I was disappointed in the first two stories. They both dealt with a wanna-be female author writing her first book. (How many times have we heard that plot before?) In Ms. Miller's story, it also centers are a violent argument/great sex during a powerful thunderstorm. (This is a redundant theme, too.) I felt the best story was the third and final story. It was about shape shifters (a town marshall/jungle cat and a witch fall hard & fast for each other) and was sexy, cute and creative. It was also over 150 pages long, so you got to know the very interesting characters well, too.
Ellen (gremlin) - reviewed Sun, Sand, Sex: One Last Weekend / You Give Love a Good Name / My Kind of Town on
I got this for the Shelly Laurenston story, but I enjoyed all three stories.
My Kind of Town by Shelly Laurenston is set in the same universe as her Pride series, though is otherwise unrelated as far as I can tell. This story is followed up by a story in the anthology Belong to the Night, about Emma's friend Jamie.
Denise L. (fangrrl) - reviewed Sun, Sand, Sex: One Last Weekend / You Give Love a Good Name / My Kind of Town on
Picked this up because of the Shelly Laurenston story, it's also the only one of the three I read. For a short story "My Kind of Town" was very well rounded in plot and character development. The author is great with character interaction and humor (IMO not all authors are funny, even tho other readers find them so). I wasn't disappointed, typically well written story by Shelly Laurenston.
I really liked this anthology and I usually rate them kind of low. It's your typical cheesy but sweet kind of romance with a getaway theme. It won't change your life but it's nice fluffy reading.
I would have sworn I read Linda Lael Miller's "One Last Weekend" before and if not, I've read one very similar to dog included. The story is about Joanna and Teague who wants to give one last try at their marriage before divorce. What I apprecaite about the story is the dialogue. It can be frustrating but old couples do make a lot of assumptions and accusations when they talk. So not only did they have to rekindle their sex life but they had to learn to listen and talk to each other again.
I have a love / hate relationship with anthology. One of the things I love about it are discovering new authors. I've always wanted to try Jennifer Apodaca but never got around to it. So now I have an extra incentive to find her books. It's not exactly rocket science who Lexie's stalker was but the story was fun. Nick is such a Neandethral and an all around idiot around Lexie. You can't help but giggle. But the main idea is that Lexie needs to grow as a person and believe that Nick really has her back.
I, of course, bought this book for Shelly Laurenston's "My Kind of Town." If you have never read her, it's almost like this story doesn't fit with the rest of the book. It's not about a vacation place although they are near a beach and it is paranormal based (part of her shifter series). But Laurenston as usual is laugh out loud funny. This story isn't as crass as her others but still has lots of silly enthics. Well worth the read. After reading this if you would like the story that follows, it is in "Belong to the Night" starring Tully and Jamie.
I only read My kind of Town by Shelly and this is about a coven of witches that have moved into a little town ran by shifters called Smithville, NC. The coven got kicked out of New York by doing something they shouldnt have so they are no in NC and one of the witch's are in sights by the Deputy Kyle Treharne, a jaguar, but poor Kyle has to work to keep his eyes on Emma Lucchesi because she and her friends are up to something but he will do anything in his power to bring the little witch down to his level and get her to get Emma to like him the ways he has been liking her since day one.
Deputy Kyle Treharne, swamp panther or jaguar all around southern gentleman, step brother to the Mayor Tully Smith, hate anyone Yankee. Meets a powerful witch that is sent to his town from New York and has a car accident. Kyle helps hew out and takes her to Smithville Hospital, he doesn't trust her because shes a Yankee. She doesn't tell him about the reason shes there and wont until her coven shows up to help her out. Little did they know that they were sent to Smithville for protect the town from the ghosts of the previous covens.
I just got this for the Shelly Laurenston story (and that's the only one I read). This was disappointing. I didn't think this had the humor I'm used to. I didn't like Kyle, he was too Alpha asshole, possessive, etc.