Hot Summer Nights: Hope Smolders / Perfect Stranger / The Legend of Jane / Ice Princess
Hot Summer Nights Hope Smolders / Perfect Stranger / The Legend of Jane / Ice Princess Author:Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy, Jessica Clare, Jaci Burton Passions ignite in these all-new stories from four bestselling masters of contemporary romance? — In Jaci Burton's "HOPE SMOLDERS," struggling divorcée Jane has put her personal life on hold to raise her kids -- until she runs into Luke, her ex's former best friend, who convinces her it's time to star... more »t having fun again.
Carly Phillips takes you back to the town of Serendipity, where overworked Alexa has an instant connection with a sinfully sexy football star on the dance floor. A one-night stand evolves into multiple nights when Luke decides to teach the good doctor about his own brand of fun. But when it's time for him to leave town, will these "PERFECT STRANGERS" be able to say goodbye for good?
In Jessica Clare's "THE LEGEND OF JANE," an intrepid Bloggess catches the eye of local law enforcement when she gets caught trespassing. Luckily, Luanne wouldn't mind getting handcuffed by Officer Hotness?
Single girl Chelsea is tired of feeling like the fifth wheel on her weekend jaunt to Lake Placid, until she gets stuck out in the cold and finds a muscular knight in shining armor to warm her up -- in Erin McCarthy's "ICE PRINCESS."« less
I am not a big fan of anthologies but this one was really good if you are looking for a light-hearted read with really goofy characters.
"Hope Smolders" by Jaci Burton
Burton is on and off for me and this one was on. I thought the storyline was interesting. Divorced mother trying to make ends meet and dealing with her husband's abandonment. She meets up with ex's best friend and is a bit gun shy. The only thing that bothered me was that Burton kept introducing characters that didn't really add to the story but wanted you to know about them because she plans to write books about them in the series. I think I definitely identified more with Jane's hesitation to throw herself into things than Will's decisions to move the relationship along. Good read. 3 1/2 stars.
"Perfect Stranger" by Carly Phillips
This is part of her Serendipity series and it mostly circles around Alexa needing to figure what she really wants in life and to stand up to her father. Sweet little story. 4 stars
"The Legend of Jane" by Jessica Clare
I have never read Clare before but I have to say she makes really interesting characters. I thought I would find Jane/Luanne obnoxious but I ended up really liking her craziness and straightforward way of talking. Very funny story. The ending is predictable but well worth it just for the interaction between Luanne and Officer Hotness. Story of opposites attract. 4 1/2 star
"Ice Princess" by Erin McCarthy
Chelsea is another goofy character with funny, straight forward lines. She is a tone down version of Luanne. Lots of humor in the story and getting into silly situations. The ending needs a little work but overall good read. 4 stars
Hope Smolders (Jaci Burton)
I liked Will and I liked Jane and I thought her concerns were very realistic. I got tired of reading about her body issues (she thinks she is fat)- that's my biggest complaint.
The Legend of Jane (Jessica Clare)
Laugh out loud funny.