Friday, September 6, 2013

He's the One Anthology w/ Miller, Shalvis, Monroe, Angell & Johnson

Sometimes you just know... He's the One. This was a pretty good anthology from some of my favorites and a couple new to me authors. They're all pretty fast reads as love hits the heroes and heroines hard. While I enjoyed all of the stories they definitely improve as the anthology goes along. There are some nice sexy moments, some make you bust out laughing ones and a couple aws too. If you're looking or a quick summer read it's a pretty good choice.

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novellas/Short Stories
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 to 4.5

Amazon Book Depository Goodreads
Batteries Not Required by Linda Lael Miller 3.5 stars, Short Story

The only boyfriend Gayle Hayes has is the battery-operated kind. But when she returns to her small Montana hometown, rodeo bad boy Tristan McCullough gives her a whole new lesson in power surge...
I love Linda Lael Miller. She rocks a historical romance and I enjoy her contemporary short stories but whew I giggled over this one. It's hard to come back from seriously using 'mustashe' ride in a romance. It really, really is. lol Batteries Not Required was a quickie reunion romance. It's really well written and flows nicely, had some real good steam going and I enjoyed the characters even if i might have wanted to pinch a cowboy. lol But it moved a little too unrealistically for me to swallow with the romance flying into a HEA within 24 hours even though the two hadn't seen each other for 10 years. I know, I know, it's a short story but still. Her full lengths though? omg SO damn good.

Captivated by Jill Shalvis  3.5 stars, Short Story

James Scott warned his investigator ex-wife Ella to be more careful. Now he finds the irate woman nearly naked and handcuffed to the towel rack in his Mexican vacation condo. He should release her. Then again...
Captivated was nicely written little short about a sexy cop and his estranged wife meeting up again when he finds her handcuffed to the towel rack at his vacation home wearing...just a towel. lol She's had a case she's investigating go a little wrong it seems. I loved James and completely felt for him and his frustrations with Ella who is pretty terrible at her job and risks her life. That's what drove them apart and set them on the path to divorce. I did had some troubles with Ella. She was one of those chicks that picks the job over the man who is completely smitten with her and constantly gets in tstl situations but other than that it was a sexy little read with a good dose of steam. I was happy how it ended even if I would have liked a little more give on her part.
Seducing Tabby by Lucy Monroe 4 stars, Novella

Everybody always wants Tabby Payton's beautiful sister. But not sexy English spy Calder Maxwell. He wants Tabby, body and soul, and he's willing to take the seduction to new levels to prove it...
Oh my sexy Brit. Seducing Tabby was my first from Monroe and I'll definitely be reading more. I loved that the Tabby was a little plump, a little short, a little shy. And a bookworm. But the Calder was completely enamored with her and did his damnedest to win her over. I really felt for Tabby. She's always been the overlooked sister and has been used for years by men to get closer to her sister. I really got her insecurities and wanted to root her on. And really Calder was just sex walking which made watching them get together so very, very entertaining. My only complaint is that sometimes a happy for now is better than a happily ever after. Especially in a short story where the whole relationship stretches over like 3 days.
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service by Kate Angell-- 4.5 stars, Novella

Violet Cates is done surfing beach bums. She's ready for a new wave, someone with more ambition than a grain of sand. Like Brad Davis. He looks like a beach bum, but looks can be so deceiving...
Okay. I have found a new author to stalk. I loved No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. It was a fantastic novella that completely sucked me in from page one as two long ago loves finding each other again. Violet and Brad were in love years ago but Brad left town to make something of himself. But now he's  walked back into her diner and the sparks fly again. These two were so sweet together and had me aw-ing as they spent time together, remembered the past and shared their dreams. I loved that she didn't care if he was well off and just loved him for him. And that he protected and looked our for her. I just loved watching them get to know each other again and enjoyed Angell's writing immensely.
Fish Out of Water by Cat Johnson-- 4.5 stars, Novella

Carla Henricks is a cowgirl through and through, but her lasso has never met an English professor like Mark Ross. It's true opposites attract. Staying together is the juicy part...
Yeah I freaking love Johnson's writing and pretty much gigglesnorted my way through all of Fish Out of Water. Mark is all sexy man candy but he's so not your typical hero. In a group of muscly, down and dirty cowboys and military guys he's... the English professor. And he's absofreakingadorable. I loved every second of watching him going fishing and camping for the first time with the group. I swear his reactions were priceless and so what mine are when it comes to nature. And he's falling for one of the group. Cowgirl Carla who is right at home with the guys and getting a little dirty. The two are as opposite as can be but I loved them together and that they were both desperately attracted to the other but fighting their own insecurities because of their differences and not thinking they were what the other wanted. It was just. I loved it. I laughed and sighed and left the story smiling like a fool.

Have you read any of these ladies?
What did you think?
Do you have a favorite short story/novella?

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