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Be Mine: Sizzle\Too Fast to Fall\Alone With You (Jackson #1.1)

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Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie
Business takes a backseat when successful ad executive Emily Tate meets Richard Parker. He's an accountant who's been sent to keep her in line and under budget in her ad campaign for a sensual new perfume called Sizzle. And if Emily's not careful, she could well melt in Richard's hands.

Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl
For Jenny Stone, driving is he
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rating this collection altogether is really difficult for me, as there is a 5-star and also a 1-star novella in it.

First of all, Victoria Dahl’s story, Too Fast To Fall, is absolutely worth reading!

Too Fast To Fall by Victoria Dahl

5 stars out of 5

It was just perfect! I absolutely loved it! Given a not-too-complicated, everyday situation, an endearing couple, some trouble, some misunderstanding, some uncertainty, great chemistry, the finest not love, but attraction confession without saying tho
Jan 18, 2013 Desere rated it it was amazing
Three of the most awesome and intensely written stories of romance of all time, nicely packaged into one read.

All three the stories in this book were hot, hot, hot. And filed with romance, passion, intrigue and the perfect elements for Valentines!

In the first book Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie I was entertained with fun, witty and sassy one liners and I really laughed out loud at the scenarios the characters ended up in. The story was about Emily and Richard, he needs to control her and control her
Review part one: Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie

I am a devoted fan of Jennifer Crusie, and a long-time romance reader. And I have to be honest, if I weren't aware of what Crusie is capable of, I would write this story off. It's got two pretty big problems, and since I'm used to the cliches of romanceland I probably could have rolled with one. But having both left me ... disappointed. Cliche/problem #1 - The Asshat Hero. This hero didn't listen to a word the heroine said. Not one. Not even after she po
Jan 25, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
The three stars is an average, because the collection was a bit of a mixed bag. I'd really looked forward to reading new stories by Jennifer Crusie and Victoria Dahl (I'd never read anything of Shannon Stacey's before), but I was in for partial disappointment. The Jennifer Crusie offering turned out to be old enough to vote (the title page reverse says it's copyrighted 1994), and it read like it. It was HORRIBLY dated (VCRs? big hair? please), and despite headlining a Valentine's Day anthology, ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The first story was a DNF for me. The 'love bomb' was dropped at a weird moment with no build up and it was just not right. After that, I was done. The other two stories were perfect though so I decided to ignore this one before I moved to the other two as far as my rating goes.

Victoria Dahl's story is set in her new town, complete with a saloon and sexy cowboys. I loved this story, it was perfect, cute, not too over the top, and had a small valentine's theme which was adorable.

Shannon Stacey's
Feb 20, 2016 Shelly rated it liked it
I wasn't sure about this anthology, especially after the first story by Jennifer Crusie. But the last two stories more than made up for it! I liked the characters and plots in both. The Crusie story was by far the weakest of the three. It was written about 20 years before the other two, and you could tell. Even for an anthology story it moved way too fast. The characters were also really unlikable.
Amy  M. Brobst
Mar 29, 2016 Amy M. Brobst rated it liked it
Shelves: march16
(There are spoilers!) I usually really like Jennifer Crusie books in general, but I have found that I am disappointed in her novellas and novels where she collaborates with other authors. "Sizzle" could have been really great, but the characters lacked the development, and I found myself irritated by the female protagonist, because she just gives in and has sex with the male, even though he DOESN'T listen to her. He ignores her business decisions regarding marketing, and he ignores her when he t ...more
Skyler Donaldson
Sep 26, 2014 Skyler Donaldson rated it it was ok
2/5... if even.
Combined this book wasn't the worst thing I've ever read but it certainly wasn't something I would ever recommend to anyone, ever. I am going to take in to consideration that each author was only allotted a little near a hundred pages so a fully fleshed out story couldn't happen. Now with that in my mind I have to say, I am and not disappointed with this book as a whole. Which is a shame considering I do rather enjoy all of the authors involved. It was too rushed and not enough pa
May 24, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

JC's story was pretty funny in places with her and her secretary going back and forth. But when it came to the H/H, frankly I didn't like either one of them and had a hard time staying with the story.

VC's story was better and very hot. Jenny and Nate rocked the smexy times. I also appreciated that we didn't have an ILY at the end. The story was too short for that, but there was plenty of you give me lots of explosive o's and we must continue delving into this. :-)
Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie
Okay, about three pages into this story, you can figure out that it's an old one. So there is definitely the hint of the Alpha (really alpha) male that was overpopulating the landscape during the nineties.
Emily Tate is used to running marketing her way. Unfortunately for her, her company is not as confident that overrunning the budget every time is always going to mean more profits. Richard Parker is called in to keep her in line. Mutual attraction but he doesn't seem to
They were okay. Nothing to write home about. I actually enjoyed the first story, but not as a romance. To me, it was more of a trainwreck that I laughed at (wrong, isn't it?!). The main characters were both kind of assholes, so I guess they deserved each other. Jennifer Crusie is still funny, even when her characters stink.
The second story, the cop was okay (although to me, cops are about as far from romantic as it gets) but the girl was horrid. I felt like she was such a loser of a character an
Jan 06, 2016 SweetSue rated it it was ok
**Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie - Mostly stupid. Dated obviously, but even so the couple doesn't really like each other, but since they have the hots for each other it must be love. I think the company should fire them both.

***Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl - part of Dahl's series in Jackson Hole. A really cute story. I could definitely see the attraction between the couple and the story arc fit within the space of a short story. The rest of the series is good also.

*Alone With You by Shannon Stac
Dec 28, 2015 MaggieReadsRom rated it really liked it
SIZZLE by Jennifer Crusie - no rating as I did not read this story

TOO FAST TO FALL by Victoria Dahl - 4,5 stars
I loved this story so much! I met Jenny in Grace's story: CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH and I immediately liked her. In her own story the like turned into love as she was everything I expected her to be as the speed and cars loving heroine. She was genuine and compassionate and pairing her with Nate was a great idea. I also liked Nate but to be honest not as much as Jenny. He was hot and yummy
I can't rate this one with stars. The first novella, Sizzle, was so terrible that I couldn't finish it. The characters started as insipid and cliched, and went downhill from there. I stopped reading when the female lead had reservations about sex and the male didn't listen to her. That's not romance, it's rape. And I refused to read further.

The second novella, Too Fast To Fall, was okay. I'm sure I'd appreciated it more if I were reading the series from whence it came. Since I'm not, it was fine
Dec 30, 2014 Claire rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
(Set of three novellas)

I really wanted to like the Crusie novella here, as I generally really like her stuff, but while the main character and her bff were great and the first chapter was fun, the love interest was so stunningly obnoxious that I couldn't understand why she was into him. I was not comfortable with the way the male character's 'inability to listen' worked out in the plot. Warning for consent issues not really acknowledged in the text.

I liked Victoria Dahl's Too Fast to Fall bette
I'd give Jennifer Crusie's book 1star. Ms Dahls book 1 star. And Ms Stacy's book 4 stars. The first two were just BAD.
Average. Three novellas in one book by different authors. There is a minimal Valentine's Day thread running through the stories, but only just enough to get them published together I'm guessing. They dug up a Jennifer Crusie novella from 1994, the other two were written in 2013. Those two stories seemed to be solely to flesh out the asking price. I got my copy from the local library, so I'm not cranky about it, if I'd paid for the book I would've been.

It was entertaining to read "Sizzle" an o
SIZZLE by Jennifer Crusie

Business takes a backseat when successful ad executive Emily Tate meets Richard Parker. He's an accountant who's been sent to keep her in line and under budget in her ad campaign for a sensual new perfume called Sizzle. And if Emily's not careful, she could well melt in Richard's hands.

Emily is an ad exec who is very good at what she does, but she does have problems keeping within a budget. The company assigns accountant Richard Parker to keep her under control. Emily ca
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Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie: Crusie begged people not to buy this anthology, stating that she hates this story. I can see why. You see traces of the classic Crusie humor, but the pacing is off and the characters don't feel alive. 2 stars.

Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl: I started Too Close for Comfort, but I never finished it. This novella is set in that series, but I didn't feel too lost. I though Dahl packed a lot of characterization into such a short story and I really 'knew' the hero & h
Feb 10, 2013 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
Six hearts, three sizzling HEAs, two hits and one miss.

No blurbs this time around (the ones on the cover are good enough.)

Headliner Jennifer Cruise's Sizzle is the only one of the three short steamy Valentine romances that didn't work for me. It did deliver on the sizzle, but I really did not like the leading man, finance guy Richard, who orders the leading lady, marketing wiz Emily, around and doesn't listen to her at all in or out of the bedroom - this guy would be a nightmare boyfriend or h
Kylara Jensen
Feb 10, 2013 Kylara Jensen rated it it was ok
Shelves: cops-and-robbers
I know I don't like short stories very much, but in the past I have enjoyed novellas. These romance novel novellas however, were a bit too... insta-love? No, not insta-love. Tht's only to be expected in a romance novella, but the happily ever after, marriage part came a bit too quickly. Which I guess is also to be expected in a romance novella.

Jennifer Crusie is pretty much my favorite romance author. There are a few others I enjoy but typically her stories have good plots fun characters and are
Sep 08, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
The book has 3 novellas by 3 different authors. I enjoy all the authors in this book. Even so, I chose to check it out from the library due to the story Sizzle being one the author receives no royalties on and would rather have not seen reprinted. This is a case of the publisher trying to and probably successfully cashing in on an author's name. That said, I feel sort of sorry for the other two authors as well because they are newer published authors and can gain good exposure from the book. The ...more
This anthology consists of three stories, two of which are not good in different ways. The only story I enjoyed was by Victoria Dahl.

Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie was a terrible story. It featured two asshat characters, with the hero being a complete douche. He never listens to the heroine, she calls him on it, he says "I sowwy", and she forgives him just like that, even though he repeats this behavior a couple of times. At one point, she even says "That's good enough for me", after he lamely apolog
Feb 19, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Three part review: I had never read Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie. I have always loved every thing she writes. Sizzle was no exception. I can't count how many times I laughed through Sizzle. It was an awesome read!! I highly recommend it to anyone who reads romance and likes humor in the story. I give it 5 stars!!

Review part two: Too Fast To Fall by Victoria Dahl. I don't think I have ever read or maybe finished a book, would say it better that I really had trouble with. The down side to this story
Jan 29, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
These are three of my very favorite authors so having a collection of novellas from them in one book is a real treat. I did actually love some more than others. Ever since I read Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise I’ve been a huge fan and devour any and everything she has written. I unfortunately didn’t enjoy her novella at all. I was extremely frustrated with what her heroine saw in her hero. I don’t know if he was supposed to come off as dominate but I just saw him as a jerk and wanted to smack him ups ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
I have enjoyed books by Jennifer Crusie and was intrigued when I saw that there was a new one out on our library list. They fooled me! I had not looked closely enough to see that this was actually three short stories rolled into one book with Jennifer Crusie in large letters and the other two author's names on the bottom in much smaller print.

Putting that aside, I decided to give it a go since I had requested it through interlibrary loan. The stories were all romances and were pretty typical. B
May 01, 2013 Andreasoldier rated it it was ok
Three novellas where instant lust turns to love.
The funniest is Crusie, and the herione waits the longest before succumbing to the hero's charms in bed — a whole week. The other two heriones had one-night stands that turned to more.
Crusie's tale takes "men are from mars/women are from venus" to corporate perfume sales. The heroine is a top marketer matched with a penny-counting accountant to keep her from spending money like water. He does but he doesn't listen and the perfume will tank unless s
Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie, 2/5 stars

This is one where I feel like it would have been better as a longer story, but I don't know if I would have tolerated it if it had been. I just don't think I could have put up with the hero's bullshit for an entire book. Which is sad, because I liked the premise.

Too Fast To Fall by Victoria Dahl, 3.5/5 stars

I liked this so much more than the full book she wrote in this series. The suspense-like subplot was sort of ridiculous, but mostly, this was just about tw
I bought this anthology because of Shannon Stacey's story and even tough the other 2 stories weren't great I'm still happy that I bought it since I really enjoyed Shannon's story.
If I could only rate Shannon's story my rating would have been 4 stars but since I did end up reading all 3 stories I felt like I should rate all 3 stories.

The first story Sizzle is not a new story- it was first published in 1994 and you really feel that it's an older book. Some parts were funny but I didn't really fee
Feb 01, 2013 TashNz rated it really liked it
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 b
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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