Saturday, November 30, 2013

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Turn Up the Heat anthology by Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway and Victoria Dahl

TURN UP THE HEAT anthology by Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway and Victoria Dahl
Genre: Contemporary
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (December 31, 2013)

Three sizzling tales from three bestselling authors

Love Won't Wait by Lori Foster
Brendan "Brick" Carlisle is used to women falling at his feet, so shy waitress Merrily Loveland is a breath of fresh air—and an irresistible challenge. But before he can make his move, Merrily comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. If only their "no-strings" pact didn't leave him wanting so much more….

Beach House Beginnings by Christie Ridgway
She might have avoided Crescent Cove, California, for years, but no-nonsense Meg Alexander is confident she can handle a brief trip home. What she doesn't count on is the spark of desire she feels for Caleb McCall. Can a weekend in paradise convince her to give love a second chance?

Strong Enough to Love by Victoria Dahl
Photographer Eve Hill had always told herself that sexy Brian Stewart was off-limits. But now he's back in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Eve can't resist their long-denied attraction. When the reality turns out to be hotter than the fantasy, Eve might end up getting more than she bargained for….

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Turn up the Heat is a sizzling collection of three short stories written by ladies who know how to bring the fire of passion to your pages.

The first story is “Love Won’t Wait” by Lori Foster. Here we get the story of Brick and Merrily. Brick is a love ‘em and leave ‘em type who runs into trouble when he becomes enamored of virgin waitress Merrily. Sparks fly between them and as things heat up, both must decide if they can forge a relationship from the fire – or if they’ll end up burned. This is the only story of the three where the main characters aren’t previously known to each other, so expect a bit of a rushed story here; still, it’s equal parts sweet and spicy. Also take Brick with a grain of salt, as he’s not the most romantic or poetic of heroes.

The second story is “Beach House Beginnings” by Christie Ridgway. Years after leaving her idyllic beachfront home in the wake of personal disaster, Meg Alexander comes back and is forced to confront both her past – that of a love taken too soon away from her – and her future, that of a man who wants to give back to Meg all that she’s denied herself for so long. This story is not as rushed as the first one; it feels more like a confluence of forces happening just the way they should, which gives the story a sweet inevitability I enjoyed. Which is good, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the heroine: she is cruel in her rebuffs of Caleb, who doesn’t deserve it.

The third story is “Strong Enough to Love" by Victoria Dahl. Of the three stories, this one was my favorite. Eve has been in love with Brian for years – even though he was off limits as a married man. After admitting his attraction to her he returns to his wife, leaving Eve to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and life. Only now Brian is back – and he’s ready to face what was left unsaid (and undone) between them. In this story, Dahl nails the anguish of off-limits love, of the pain and wreckage caused by a wayward heart that won’t listen to reason. She also does an amazing job showcasing the soul-rending hurt of a woman who has battled the feeling of not being enough.

Favorite Quote:
“Can we go inside, Eve?”
She inhaled quietly at the way his voice wrapped around her name. One deep syllable that had always made her wish she was called something longer and more complicated. Genevive or Isabella. Something that would take him full seconds to say so she could hear it rumble over her skin.

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