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4 Stars for The Guy Next DoorYou haven t known the best relationships, honey, but I swear to you, we ll be good together We ll be fucking amazing togetherOh, Jett.I met Jett and Natalie in When You Dare, the first book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and absolutely fell in love I originally wasn t going to read their novella since it was part of an anthology and they were brief secondary characters in the first book.but after their scene stealing moments, I just had to have I needed to know how they got together and why their relationship was such a whirlwind And I have to say, reading it backwards really added to the enjoyment and I d suggest doing it that way Jett and Natalie have been neighbors and sex buddies for a few months They are ready, willing and able to scratch that itch when needed However, Jett wants He d like to get to know Natalie outside of the bedroom Natalie enjoys Jett s company and really likes things the way they are She s tired of men using her due to her father s wealth and connections and she doesn t want to go through that again When Jett sets his mind to something.he gets what he wants He s set a plan in motion and he ll get Natalie to open up one way or another Curveballs are thrown there way with a stray dog, nosy sisters and one heck of a snowstorm But the biggest cureveball of all is the realization that feelings run deeper than either thought Jett won me over in When You Dare, but he stole my heart in this novella Just the right balance of sexy, sweet and protective Did I mention sexy Because SWEET MOTHER OF COCK did the man have a way with sexual warfare His interrogation techniques are something I d gladly endure And on top of that his interactions with his sisters and Buddy melted my heart Natalie took me a little longer to warm up to I understood her insecurities, but I couldn t grasp how socially awkward she was.And as seems to be the case with some novellas, the ending veered into the express lane and felt way too rushed Jumping from one end of the spectrum to the other that quickly just didn t work for me I hope we get glimpses of Jett and Natalie later in the seriesI did not read the other books in this anthology My rating is only for The Guy Next Door Review Edited 12 November 2011 to include the Victoria Dahl storyI have just finished Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl story and yes I liked it but once again feel that it was probably unnecessary as I am sure we will re visit it all when we read Eric and Beth s story It has also kind of annoyed me that I will have to wait until the 3rd book in the series to finish reading their story.Don t get me wrong I really enjoyed both Lori s and Victoria s works I went on to read those the rest in Lori s series and now will go on to read Victoria s I do actually think that yes they do deserve a lot than 2 stars but have downgraded them because I feel that the book is totally unnecessary Lori Foster story onlyThis was a short sweet story but I am actually a little dissappointed in it I think because it was a Lori Foster book I expected much from it but I dont think it delivered It might have been a better story if it had not been a novella I am not a great lover of novellas short stories as they dont have enough page space to make a decent story out of it and usually I dont buy them but as it was LF and because it was tied to the new series I went against my usual judgement but I really dont think it needs to be linked to the others as surely what is relevant could be easily inserted into the background history Having said that I havent read the others yet so I could be wrong I feel like a bit of a traitor as I love Lori s work and know that she works really hard and pours her heart and soul into it but just dont feel like she pulled this one off I am sorry Lori This review is for Victoria Dahl s Just a Taste onlyHoly smokes this was one extra steamy prequel to the whole Donovan Brothers Brewery series If you ever wondered what happened during that s m o k i n hot encounter alluded to in book 3, Real Men Will between preppy, ultra responsible brewery owner Eric Donovan and coming to terms with her sexuality and embracing it erotic store manager Beth Cantrell you re going to want to read this short story H O T I read this whole series out of order, starting with book 2 Bad Boys Do , then 3 Real Men Will , then 1 Good Girls Don t , then finally the prequel to the series Just a Taste from The Guy Next Door Would I recommend that Nope Knowing what already happened kind of ruined book 1 a bit for mehowever, I would recommend saving the prequel for last Getting to know Eric and Beth first kind of made that one night stand they had in Just a Taste seem that much hotter, if that makes any sense Loved this whole series 5 stars As much as I d love to, I can never meet Victoria Dahl in person If I did, one of two things would happen 1 I would get so overwhelmed that I d crumble at her feet, overcome by laudable sobbing, or 2 I d invade her personal space, shrieking hysterically and trying to hug her Both cases would be resolved when security showed up to haul me away All of that would be made worse by the fact that my luck dictated that the security personnel would be elderly grandfather types who would call me Deary and look nothing like the men I read about in these books Alas, I am limited to expressing my love for Dahl over the internet.I love Dahl s contemporary work I don t want to give anything away but I ve never seen anything like what she did in this short story I absolutely loved reading it, I was completely absorbed in the characters and the setting And I love how it ends I enjoy reading about two characters and watching their love as it develops from book to book In purely romance novels, I haven t really found this but I encountered it in the Mercy Thompson Alpha and Omega series as well as the Lily Bard series This is the first instalment of Eric and Beth s story and I love that I can t wait to see what s happens next But we ll all be waiting till November 2011 which is cruel.Anyway, Dalh s contribution was great and it looks like she has a good series cooking up for 2011 If it was a stand alone story I would rate it 5 stars I lost interest in Lori Foster s story I felt like the story was going around in circles The story took place over 2 days and was over 40% of this anthology according to my kindle It was sooo long I would say 10% of the anthology too long It s an OK concept but dragged on a bit with no real developments A bit of a disappointment But the first full book in Foster s new series is set up well in this short story There is a lot of mystery surrounding the heroine s sister and I know I ll be lining up to read that book, so I suppose this short story served a purpose I have a Meh for Susan Donovan s story I suppose it just didn t hit the spot for me because I just didn t care about the characters But maybe I was just impatiently reading so I could get to Dahl s story Who knows.Bottom Line read the book for Dahl, it s a great story. Only Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl was worth reading The other two stories were lacking in substance that made me skimmed the pages to be done with it..Victoria Dahl s story was very exciting But I hated the way it ended Beth still didn t know that his name was not really Jamie but Eric And Eric shoulda fought harder to not let her go Still, all will be resolved in the Donovan trilogy coming out next Can t wait.. This review was posted at Under The CoversReady, Set, Jett by Lori Foster3 StarsThis story is the prequel of a new series by Lori Foster called Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor First of all, the whole concept of the series is very appealing to me, so I was very excited to start it by reading this story AND this is my first time EVER reading Lori Foster I have heard such great things about her writing and that just made my expectations higher.And, quite frankly, I was disappointed So disappointed with this short story First of all I think the heroine, Natalie, is just a tad stupid I mean, she s had issues because she comes from a wealthy family, where there was no concept of family at all, no values, and no love And on top of that every man that has ever wanted anything to do with her was to get her money So, ok I get it She has to be very careful But in this case, she just doesn t want anybody to know who she really is, and she feels that she can t EVER have a real relationship, no matter how much she likes the guy Thaaaaaaat was a bit extreme for me.So she s living in an apartment complex, and out of the blue, kind of, one thing leads to another and she ends up having a booty call affair with her hunky neighbor, Jett And when I say booty call, that is strictly all she ever does They don t have conversations other than dirty talk, they are never seen in public together, she leads her life as if nothing was happening between them Supposedly, this is to protect herself.But Jett really likes her, and he wants from her Since he was injured in the line of duty, he is now a PI of sorts and he does some background checks on her and discovers her past He then decides that he will push his way into her life and into a relationship.So, I m not going to tell you how the story ends, but it just felt that she all of a sudden has a change of heart, on issues that I thought were a little stupid to begin with, and all of a sudden they re going to get married HmmmmmOne other thing that I didn t enjoy as much as I thought was the actual writing I felt it was choppy at times, either something would drag and then all of a sudden it was done It didn t flow for me as I was expecting I have seen from other reviews that this is not Ms Fosters usual style and I m still very hopeful to read a full book by her Novellas and short stories can be very difficult to write and still convey the same connection as a full book.I am interested on how the first book of the series was set up and I can t wait to read it.Gail s Gone Wild by Susan Donovan2.75 3 StarsThis story was actually cute, it flowed nicely, it was entertaining at times, but it was one of those stories where you just want to beat the hero with a stick over the head.Gail is 36, with a 17 year old daughter who s dying to go to the Florida Keys on spring break Gail is recently divorced, her husband was actually embellishing money from a lot of people and just a lying con artist, so she s been hurt and has been alone for some time So when her daughter brings up spring break vacation, she decides to go with her to chaperone and at the same time give herself a little much needed fun time.What she wasn t expecting is the hot cuban who lives next door to her rental, with the salt and pepper hair and earring She is smitten with Jesse s charm But Jesse has also been burned before At 38, he s a very successful author, and he recently had a woman who rented that house whom he became involved with only to find out she wanted to make money off of him, and she had sued him for abuse, accused him of getting her pregnant, in the end a media disaster.So what does Jesse decide to do NOT tell her who he really is She thinks he s a tour guide She is very straightforward with him, and tells him all about her past and how important honesty is for her And he keeps going with his lie.Of course, these two have really good chemistry, and during the course of her vacation they develop feelings for each other, that is until the time he decides to come clean.This story was cute, it was sweet, but it certainly wasn t compelling me to not put the book down There wasn t anything that special about it But as short stories go, I think it s pretty good Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl4.5 StarsAnd this is the reason why I wanted to read this book I love Victoria Dahl and I can t wait to start on her new series about the Donovan brothers and their brewery Set in Colorado, the Donovan brothers, and sister, have a pretty successful business and in this prequel, Eric Donovan, the oldest, gets stuck at manning the booth at the local business expo He is the behind the scenes guy His youngest brother should be the one doing this, you know serving beer to prospective clients wearing his kilt But he can t make it and it s up to Eric to take his place, along with trying to make new business contacts to get their beer out to people.Except, he almost can t concentrate because all he can do is stare at the hottie in the booth across from him, and its a booth for the sex shop in town nonetheless She is the last person he should try to get involved with He s the serious guy But he can t hide his attraction, and when she comes up to him thinking he is Jamie, he decides Why not Jamie would do it Beth has a thing for preppy guys If her friends from work would know she d be the talk of the town and ridiculed, but that s her ultimate fantasy But that guy in the Donovan Brewery booth is a preppy God When she passes the booth she looks at the name tag on the table Jamie Donovan She s heard of him, kind of a player reputation Maybe she could have a fling with him and no one would have to know.This story was sexy, hot, cute, everything I loved it And it has a very open ending which makes me want to rush and read book 1 Another great story by Ms Dahl 4 stars Contemporary Romance AnthologyThis is really like a 3 star read, but I rounded up because I enjoyed the smokin hot, yummy morsel Just One Taste, the prequel to Dahl s Donovan Brothers Brewery series and by far my favorite of this anthology, so darn much Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster 3 3.5 stars Gail s Gone Wild by Susan Donovan 2.5 3 stars Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl 4.5 stars *Free E-pub ↛ The Guy Next Door ↵ Three Sexy New Spring Fling Novellas From Three Of Today S Hottest Contemporary Romance Authors Ready, Set, Jett By Lori FosterA Vacation From Her No Strings Romance With Her Sexy Next Door Neighbor That S What Natalie Alexander Needs To Get Her Head And Heart Together But Her Solo Trip South Turns Into A Disaster When Gorgeous Jett Sutter Turns Up With Another Challenge Gail S Gone Wild By Susan DonovanSingle Mom Gail Chapman Insists On Chaperoning Her Teenage Daughter S Spring Break Trip To Key West But She Never Expects To Face Temptation In The Hunky Form Of Jesse Batista, The Mysterious Man In The Cottage Next Door Just One Taste By Victoria DahlAll Work And No Play Businessman Eric Donovan Won T Be Distracted By A Businesswoman Who S All Wrong For Him Beth Cantrell Owns A Women S Erotica Shop And She Has A Juicy Little Secret Can She Tempt Him To Put Pleasure Before Business For Once Only read Ready, Set, Jett Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor 0.5 by Lori Foster I sometimes feel bad when I read and review something that isn t my usual genre preferred storyline type it definitely isn t fair to read a book that has things you normally don t read and then give a bad review because you don t like those things Still, I will request anything intriguing off of netgalley and have had some great experiences, so it s always worth trying something new Just keep in mind that my preferences in romance tend to run towards historicals, and tend to prefer of a romance heavy chick lit for anything set in modern day That probably biases the review.Ready Set JettI just couldn t handle this story, and after about 80 pages, just flipped through to get the gist of it I was really bored by most of it, and there were bits that felt long and drawn out even though it is a novella She has trust issues, he s this dreamy perfect guy They have perfect and magical sex She can t trust anyone They find a dog and the fact that he feeds it and keeps it on the spur of the moment makes him a good guy I would have suggested irresponsible maybe They both had traumatic pasts where they could or could not save people He invites himself along to her vacation that he overheard her plan on the telephone Turns out that vacation is TOMORROW oh it was all a bit much I had given up on the story, no hard feelings, by the point that I got to the beautiful line Babe, when you look at me like that, I feel like I m already inside you Also, the male lead, Jett, says boner all the time So Beavis and Butthead, not sexy for me at all boner boner bonerSo, anyway I couldn t finish This just isn t my bag I don t like previews of books and series that are disguised as stories in their own right I am picky with my contemporaries I just didn t like them.