Bad Boys of Summer

Bad Boys of Summer

eBook - 2006
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Lazy days...sultry nights...and sizzling guys with rippling muscles doing what they do best . . . Luscious by Lori FosterBethany Churchill just quit her lousy job, dumped her lousy boyfriend and moved into a new apartment. She's not looking for love, but her hot new landlord, SWAT officer Lucius Ryder, aka "Luscious," is determined to change her mind. Before long, Bethany is tempted to find out if he's really as delicious as his nickname...It's About Time by Erin McCarthyCounty prosecutor Trish Jones has had it with smooth-talking, under-performing suits. And though she's never had a thing for big, brawny guys, one look at Caleb Vancouver makes her think she might have been missing out. One Harley ride later they're back at her place, and she realizes she has been missing out...on quite a lot... Wish You Were Here by Amy GarveyPhotographer Mackenzie Pruitt knows exactly what she wants her future to look like, and this summer that means renovating a dilapidated shed into a studio. But when hunky carpenter Leo Dawson shows up, she'd much rather have his capable hands on her than on a hammer..."A Lori Foster book is like a glass of good champagne-sexy and sparkling." -Jayne Ann Krentz"McCarthy will have you giggling on page one, fanning yourself by page twenty-five and rooting for the hero and heroine the whole way through" -Romantic Times Book Reviews
Publisher: New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., 2006
ISBN: 9780758219527
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Jul 09, 2012

Luscious - Lori Foster (3 stars)
SWAT cop Lucius Ryder (nicknamed Luscious by the women living in the apartment building he owns) has been attracted to his tenant Marci Churchill's twin sister Bethany from day one. The women might be identical, but it's Bethany's attitude and sense of humor that draw Lucius. That and the fact that, unlike most women, she doesn't fawn all over him. Meanwhile, Bethany just broke up with yet another man who was dating her to get to her sister. She has always tried to ignore her attraction to Lucius because he already has a building full of women falling all over him, and since he knew her sister first she can't be sure that he likes her for herself (rather than as a stand-in for Marci). /
This is a very short story, and there's not much to the plot beyond the two main characters finally getting together and getting to know each other. Oh, and a random dangerous situation so the sexy alpha male can show off his skills. I'm OK with that - it's only about 60 pages long. It was a little strange because I read Marci's story first, but the plots don't really depend on each other. //
It's About Time - Erin McCarthy (3 stars)
Trish Jones is suddenly surrounded by friends about to walk down the aisle, and it's making her introspective - and maybe a little lonely. After getting stood up for a dinner date, she heads over to her favorite pub to sulk. Caleb Vancouver's ex-wife is getting married, and he's hoping that enough beer with get him to break the 2-year dry spell since his divorce. Trish gets a bit of Caleb's story from the bartender and decides that the last thing he needs in an alcohol-fueled night to regret. A hard-nosed, elegant prosecuter and an enormous construction worker who married his high school sweetheart seem like a terrible combination, but maybe they have more in common than they thing. And perhaps they are just what the other needs. /
Note: comparing oneself to dog hair on black pants in the middle of a sex scene is distracting. Sometimes, it's ok to simply use a descriptive verb and leave out the simile. And the term "crotch-potato?" What the...? And yet, despite those little bits of weirdness, it's a pretty sexy scene. I like the characters, but with a story this brief (shortest in the anthology) there's not much time for plot. The chemistry is the definitely the main component of this story. At least they get to know each other a bit before falling into bed, but it's definitely rushed. //
Wish You Were Here - Amy Garvey (3 stars)
Mackenzie Pruitt just inherited a beach cottage and has ambitious plans to convert the shed into a photo studio. Between fixing up the cottage, renovating the shed, and her busy work schedule, She doesn't have time for anythng else this summer. Leo Dawson, the contractor she hired to convert the shed, is way too hot not to be a distraction. She'd love to photograph him, but as soon as she suggests it, he shuts her down. Leo is drawn to Mackenzie and has a hard time resisting her, but he's worked too hard to regain his privacy and anonymity to let her ambitions destory all that. He doesn't trust her when she agrees not to photograph him, but his intense attraction to her is making it hard to keep his distance. /
The longest story in the anthology, the pacing was good. I'm trying to figure out why I didn't connect more with this story. Maybe because I couldn't identify at all with the heroine? There's nothing exactly objectionable about Mackenzie, but I didn't particularly like her. Leo is interesting and generous, so I think I kept reading to see how things went for him. If this had been a stand-alone book, I probably wouldn't have finished it, but as the last of 3 in an anthology, I muscled my way through it. //
Overall, I would not read this again, but I've encountered worse.

jcharmed Jul 05, 2012

3 really great stories

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Luscious by Lori Foster /
Bethany Churchill just quit her lousy job, dumped her lousy boyfriend and moved into a new apartment. She's not looking for love, but her hot new landlord, SWAT officer Lucius Ryder, aka "Luscious," is determined to change her mind. Before long, Bethany is tempted to find out if he's really as delicious as his nickname... //
It's About Time by Erin McCarthy /
County prosecutor Trish Jones has had it with smooth-talking, under-performing suits. And though she's never had a thing for big, brawny guys, one look at Caleb Vancouver makes her think she might have been missing out. One Harley ride later they're back at her place, and she realizes she has been missing out...on quite a lot... //
Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey /
Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt knows exactly what she wants her future to look like, and this summer that means renovating a dilapidated shed into a studio. But when hunky carpenter Leo Dawson shows up, she'd much rather have his capable hands on her than on a hammer...

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