by Christie Ridgway, Lori Foster, Victoria Dahl
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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….
When I saw, the cover *yum* and Lori Foster I couldn’t resist grabbing Turning Up the Heat. This anthology offers three romances. One was sweet; one was hot and one was so hot it sizzled; in fact I told my hubby I was reading porn. Two of them held me completely captive and the third was cute making this collection a win. Mini review: escape, hot, sexy romances, perfect for reading by the fire.
Love Won’t Wait by Lori Foster– You all know I have mad love for Foster’s romantic suspense series, and this was really the first contemporary I have tried of hers. I fell in love with Brick Carlisle and Merrily Loveland. I still can’t believe this was a novella. Foster completely developed the characters and even had me invested in secondary characters. The tale was sweet, funny and Foster delivered some heat, as well. Apparently this is the second novella featuring the Carlisles, and now I am going to need to buy the Love Bites Anthology. I am so hoping there is a third because I want the neighbors’ romance too.
Beach House Beginnings by Christie Ridgway– The tale takes us to Crescent Cove, California and shares Meg Alexander’s journey of letting go and taking a chance on romance again. Both Caleb and Meg were sweet. Each has suffered loss. Caleb has learned to embrace life again and is determined that Meg love again. This was sweet and had a little supernatural element to it. I enjoyed the tale but didn’t become completely immersed in the romance, which surprised me because I have enjoyed so many of Ridgeway’s contemporaries.
Strong Enough to Love by Victoria Dahl– Holy hotness, this was my first read by Dahl, but it won’t be my last. I am sure this is tame compared to some erotic novels, but I had to fan myself a few times. I connected with Eve Hill and Brian Stewart despite my initial nervousness. Dahl gave them a solid history and made their emotions and physical attraction to each other very believable. I wanted them to find their happy, and woozier the ride there was smoking hot.
Turn Up the Heat, offers some heated romances for cold winter nights and is the perfect start to the new year. I am glad I got to try Foster’s contemporary and discovered a new author.
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
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