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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
Just to let fans know, this is not a new Jennifer Crusie story. It is a reprint of her first story Sizzle. Also, as she doesn't own the rights and doesn't get any royalties, she is not very happy about this reprint (see her blog). I know nothing about the other stories.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
There are 3 stories here, and two of them are excellent. One of them is awful. Jennifer Crusie has been around for a while, and I understand that this is one of her earlier works - and you can tell. The main characters in her story are some of the most irritating personalities ever written. I swear I thought the H had a hearing problem, maybe he was a lip reader, and at some point his issue would be divulged and all would be explained. But, no. Whatever.

Victoria Dahl's and Shannon Stacey's stories were very good and I enjoyed reading them. There's a Valentine's Day theme in all 3 stories, but it really worked for me with Shannon Stacey's story.

Anyway, this is not a bad purchase, but just be warned that the first 1/3 of the book is going to make you want to throw your Kindle across the room.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
"Sizzle", the lead story in this trilogy, is interesting only because it is very early Jennifer Crusie. Published in 1994, it gives only a few hints that she is to be a masterful romance writer. "Be Mine" is pedestrian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
I thought this was a new book by Jennifer Cruisie, but it just includes a short story that she wrote many years ago . Not her best work . Not bad but not that good . Disappointing .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
Three fast-paced short stories which will heat up those of you stuck inside over winter on Valentines Day.

Sizzle, actually a perfect title! Emily has problems with sticking to the company budget. Enter Richard... and the sizzling sparks are flying left right and center. Emily is fab and her friend Jane deserves a special mention. Trivia: Jennifer Cruise's first novel.

Too Fast to Fall - Very funny! Very hot! Very fast! Lots of action. Waitress Jenny owns a super sexy Camaro is stopped for speed by Deputy Sheriff Nate for the FIFTH time. Man in uniform, yes thank you! Love the way the story started and roller-coastered to the dramatic end. Trivia: Book two of Victoria Dahl's series set in Jackson, Wyoming.(I'll definitely be looking the others up)! Loved It!

Along With You - a second chances story. Fate brings Darcy and Jake together again. A quick read which I could definitely have read more of. I loved the humor and am super happy to have been introduced to an author I haven't read before. Trivia: I don't have any for this book ;)

Highly recommended for Valentines Day Reading :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
be mine:sizzle be mine was good but sizzle was awful I will only buy from my favorite writers from now on. My mistake I was impatient to wait for their next book to come out
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VINE VOICEon May 31, 2013
This won't be a long review, because the three offerings in this book were not only short, they were mostly also light on substance. The latter isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case, though, when one is looking for quick, escapist reads with a fair amount of heat and warm and fuzzy HEAs. Victoria Dahl's and Shannon Stacey's stories fall into that category: in both stories, the men were a good mix of alpha male and actual good guy, and the heroines had brains, spines, and warmth (which is really saying something, because it seems like way too many female characters nowadays have far too much of one quality and far too little of the others). Those two stories were quick reads, both in terms of the lengths of the stories and the breeziness of the events therein. The characters were root-able and the stories were fun, hot, and romantic. I liked both of them a lot, with Shannon Stacey's story being my favorite, which was a happy surprise as the author was new to me.

As for Jennifer Crusie's story. . . I'll begin by saying that I'm a big fan of hers and have been for some time, and I had read that this was her first story, so I expected it to maybe be a little rough around the edges. What did surprise me when I read the story was how much I hated it. That sounds harsh, I know, but the h was so unbearable - with her, it was just a nonstop stream of self-righteousness and attitude - and the H was ridiculous - totally oblivious to reality and mostly devoid of personality. So, I didn't like either character, the scenes were repetitive, and given their substance-less interactions, the leap to the "I love yous" happened way too quickly and was totally unbelievable (at least to me). The one thing the story had going for it was a decent amount of heat, but in my view, that was literally the one and only positive aspect of the story.

So, to readers who pick this one up, I'd recommend the stories by Dahl and Stacey and I'd suggest just outright skipping Crusie's and instead going in search of one of her other stories or books.
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on May 19, 2013
BE MINE is a series of short stories from Jennifer Crusie, Victoria Dahl, and Shannon Stacey, that offered some connection to two premises.... Valentine's Day and falling in love.

SIZZLE by Jennifer Crusie is not a new story from this author. It was quick, cute and not at the caliber of her other works, like BET ME, AGNES AND THE HITMAN, and others, but it offered her well-received humor.

TOO FAST TO FALL by Victoria Dahl was something from an author that I did not have the pleasure to read any of her other works. While I cannot judge her writing abilities with this short story, I will say that it was not that bad, but probably could have been better in this rushed format of a story line.

ALONE WITH YOU by Shannon Stacey almost offered the most promise. Of course, I have read just about every Kowalski Family story she has written, but I felt that she needed to expand her character choices and have this story be not connected somehow to her Kowalski series. I enjoyed the story, but it just felt as if she is incapable of creating new and different character choices.

Understanding that this is a compilation of short stories by these authors, I did manage to overlook the speed of how the stories were told. I did not expect strong character development, nor did I expect a perfect flow to how the story unfolds (meaning: the rushed feeling from beginning to end). What I did hope for was... more. More ability to hold the interest of the reader. Either there was more fluff to these stories or it just lacked the right balance to have the story move at an easier clip.

Trust me, I love all these authors. I have been a HUGE fan of both Ms. Crusie and Ms. Stacey. I was seriously looking forward to something new from Ms. Crusie and something from a different cloth from Ms. Stacey. I felt a little short-changed with this book. Fortunately, I checked this book out from the local library than spending actual money for this, so.... my disappointment did not run over to stating what a waste of money it was to obtain the book to read it.
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on May 14, 2015
I agree with a lot of comments made already but I guess I enjoyed it more than most. I would agree that my least favorite is Jennifer's which surprised me but I didn't regret reading it and was in the mood for short stories that I didn't have to invest too much energy into. I would recommend this when you have had an exhausting week and just want to relax and have a little fun. No need to rehash the stories as it is nice to leave a little to your imagination and the stores are short so hard not to tell too much and give things away. I have many Dahl books which I haven't delved into yet but will go get them now!
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on November 18, 2014
I ordered this book for my Kindle. Jennifer Crusie is one of our brightest stars, she is hilarious, down right scary funny! Her dialogue is right up there with Janet Evanovich, rich in humor & word play that these lady authors shower us with is so delightful! I'm an unpublished writer & the hardest part to write is the dialogue but both Crusie & Evanovich stagger my mind as I read the books they've written. These authors are like Lay's Potato Chips you can't just READ ONE!
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