Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book review: Turn Up the Heat: Love Won't Wait\Beach House Beginnings\Strong Enough to Love (The Carlisles #2)

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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…

This book consists of three great fast reading novella's from three authors. Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway and Victoria Dahl each give us a romantic stories that are emotional but with some fun too. I'll start out by saying Lori Foster is always a must read for me. I'm almost always 100% sure I'm going to like what i read. I was not disappointed. Brock and Merrily are a breath of fresh air. Brick is as hot as they come and Merrily the exact opposite and when they get together kaboom! Christie Ridgway i have actually never read before and this one was good and very emotional. Caleb has to help her overcome her ideas about love and help her deal with a great loss from when she was younger.  Lastly was Victoria Dahl. Her novella is not a new one i read it before when it was first released. I liked it but was very torn about the hurt Eve was carrying and i can't figure out how she brought herself to forgive Brian. I don't think i could do that. Yes he was married and no they didn't do anything about the attraction which is commendable. What doesn't work much for me is Brian and his wife had been separated several times and this last time was 2 years.  They had no kids and if he felt that strongly for Eve why the heck would be cut and run on her and go spend a year trying to figure out if his marriage could work and then even wait til he was divorced to show up and expect open arms. I think this might have been better as a longer book with more time for him to grovel. Overall i liked the first two novellas and the third was just meh. If your looking for a quick read this is a good book for you though. You can take your time reading it and not worry about racing to the finish because there are three distinct stories. One of the fun things about anthology books.

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