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- Publisher: One Handed Reads (March 11, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 11, 2019
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- Language: English
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Most of these were heavy on the sex and light on the story but Kate Meader’s contribution, Coming in Hot stood out the most to me. Perhaps it’s because this is a short story that features characters from her Hot in Chicago series (that I LOVED) and so I already felt connected to the characters, but she managed to develop Evie and Tyler’s story in a way that it felt complete to me. She also did the virgin firefighter storyline really well and it wasn’t completely unrealistic or even the slightest bit cheesy.
Overall, I think this is a great anthology to pick up to have on hand for those times when you’re in the mood for a quick, hot read but don’t want to dive into a full novel.
These stories all have wonderful characters, fun plots, humor, heat and sassy dialogue. I loved each read and was so happy to be able to finish the short reads while in line, waiting for appointments, at lunch. I devoured this anthology in one day. If I am honest I am also a bit bummed I didn't have the patients to make it last; but there is always the re-read.
Now, my review is of my feelings and thoughts about each story (rather then an overview), because each needs to be read without spoilers. In this anthology you get the following stories:
Ready for Trouble by Tina Donahue: This story was very cute and funny. I loved the humor and lightheartedness this story contained, it was heart warming. I also loved the instant respect that was between these two main characters. Steam and love made this story, 5 stars.
Always Ready by Kimberly Nee: Wowzers, this story was hot, with a military man no less. What more could one want?! The title really says it all… I loved the plot of this story and the instant chemistry. I am new to this author and really enjoyed her writing style, 4.5 stars.
The Navy Seal’s Secret Baby by Kat Baxter: This story was troupe heavy in the best of ways. Steamy and sweet, there might even have been a swoon worthy moment or two. I love me a Navy Seal and this man will be in my dreams. I loved the contrast between the two main characters, they just worked so well together. Lovely story, 4.5 stars.
Call Me Crazy by Rebecca Royce: Funny! This was a great story. As much as I love an anti-hero, its author's like this that make me fall for the hero as well. The dialogue was amazing and the story was perfect! Short but impactful, 5 stars.
Two for the Road by Bisou deVie: Gotta represent all the awesome men in uniform, and this hero is worth reading about. This read was more an adventure with romance, and was a fun read. I like the heroine as much as the hero, 4 stars.
View from the Top by Carmen Falcone: Age gap, instant heat and a interesting plot. This was a great steamy read. I really enjoyed the story and the epilogue. Alpha male who knows what he wants! Yes, please, 4 stars.
Precious Cargo by Nicole Morgan: This story was action and passion all the way. I loved the balance the author created in this short read. Loved the character's and their interactions, 4.5 stars.
Coming in Hot by Kate Meader: Yep, I totally want to help this hero out myself! I love firemen and this hero was perfect! This author did an awesome job with the characters and plot and made the story feel fresh and new. I loved it, 5 stars.
Along Came a Spider by Delilah Devlin: I have never been disappointed with a story from this author, so I already knew I was getting something good. I enjoyed this story and the passion that was involved. Fun characters and lots and lots of heat, 4.5 stars.
I sincerely hope any reader who is on the fence regarding this anthology takes the chance. While some if the stories are shorter then expected they were all wonderful to read.
This anthology is just plain great reading, with lighthearted plots, amazing characters and enough heat to burn off some of that cold weather everyone seems to be having. I received an ARC via NetGallery and I am leaving an honest review.
I was thrilled to see that Carmen Falcone has a novella in this anthology, so without further ado, let's proceed!
Jenny Sadler has made a pact with her best friend Lewis that, by the time they turned thirty if they hadn't found the one, they would get married to each other. Lewis is the first to turn thirty, and Jenny is almost on her way to his birthday party. She only needs to catch her private helicopter ride. She is speechless when she meets the pilot: Mack Hunter. Mack had worked on her father's ranch before he left for the Air Force at eighteen. She had a big crush on him, but she never knew it was reciprocal. She was too young, and her rich father would have never approved. But years have passed, and then an unexpected event gives Mack the chance to tell her how he felt. But he doesn't know where she's going or why. And how does she feel about him now?
Carmen Falcone sure knows how to write a novella! Even though VIEW FROM THE TOP is of respectable length, it's still a confining format, still not only are Jenny and Mack fully fleshed out, but we learn about the past they shared, as well as how they got where they are now. I thought that Mack would be much older, because of the book description, but he's only three years older; but Jenny was too young back then. I love the choice for Jenny's career, I can't recall seeing before in a book, but I'm not saying more. I hope Mack and Jenny will appear in other books, she would be a great character to introduce other stories and characters; in fact, the same goes for Mack. I also loved the glimpses of Jenny's relationship with her sister Miranda, and I hope she gets her story.
VIEW FROM THE TOP is fast-paced, the story flows smoothly, and there were some giggle-inducing moments, typical of the author. There's also quite a bit of steam, and a lot of sweetness as well. The conflict was almost unavoidable, but it was short-lived, and actually gave the story more depth. I will always be thankful for the way Ms. Falcone writes her male characters: strong men who are not afraid to show their feelings, who respect women, and are more than willing to do their part in the relationship. And what a great epilogue! This is the way to conclude a novella without any dangling bits, and a fully-realised and believable happily-ever-after! And for those of you to whom it matters, the editing is flawless.
Now, on to COMING IN HOT, Kate Meader's story.
It felt so good to come back to Kate Meader's HOT IN CHICAGO world, I had almost forgotten how fun it was! Eveline Ventimiglia - Evie - is flying home from Rome, where she had been studying. Even though they had remained in contact, she couldn't wait to see her best friend Tyler Brooks in the flesh again. Eighteen months had felt like an eternity to Tyler. Although he had never told her, he's been in love with Evie since they'd met in college, but it had never been the right time to explore anything else. While Evie sowed her wild oats, Tyler worked hard at making the Firehouse Engine 6 Rescue Squad, and at 25 he is still a virgin.
Virgin heroes are my catnip, and Kate Meader just wrote one of the best I have ever read. It's always so nice to see a trope completely turned on its head! It was great to catch up briefly on old favourites, and this novella can serve as an introduction to the series because it has everything every every book has. The characters are well defined, and so vibrant that within a few pages, you feel you have always known them. Evie is brash and bold, Tyler reserved and tongue-tied around women, but the affection they have for each other jumps off the page. Ms. Meader's wild humour and her terrific dialogues shine throughout this wickedly sweet and erotic story. Like Carmen Falcone, it's amazing how much substance a talented author can pack in a novella. I wish there were more stories with characters like Evie and Tyler. COMING IN HOT was exactly what I hoped it would be, but now I want even more stories set in this fab world!
All the other authors are new to me, and I can't wait the rest!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.