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Start Me Up (Tumble Creek #2)

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Lori had always planned to get out of tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado, but when her late dad left her his beloved auto body shop, she'd stayed. Now, according to her crazy best friend, Molly, what Lori needs is some excitement, in the form of hot, no-strings-attached sex…and lots of it.

Quinn Jennings has buildings on the brain�not love and romance. A serious architect, he's de

Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by HQN (first published 2009)
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4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance

Top Ten Things I Loved About Start Me Up:

1. A deliciously sexy beta hero – Nerdy architect (and ultimate fantasy giver with a wild bedside manner) Quinn Jennings
2. A sassy, feisty heroine – Girl mechanic Lori Love
3. Heroine’s obsession with erotic books and hero’s willingness to please and serve in the bedroom that leads to lots of hot sex, steamy role play, and wickedly fun fantasy reenactments
4. Quinn’s sultry Spanish bedroom talk...YOWZA!!
5. Witty dialogue and...more
“Don't even try to make this into something weird, Lori. We grew up in the same place, so get over your complex. Unless, of course, this is part of your fantasy. The asshole rich boy and the noble girl from the poor family."

"Fuck off," she growled.”

In this book we meet Quinn, Molly’s brother and we meet Lori, mechanic, who had to return home to look after her Dad when he had an accident. She always had dreams to travel the world. Quinn and Lori decide to hook up for sex, just sex, no relationsh...more
Jun 26, 2009 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of hot contemporaries
Ahhh...I loved this book. It had everything I like in a contemporary romance--lots of humor, snappy dialogue, hot sex, quirky but lovable heroine, adorably sexy and romantic hero, a little bit of suspense, and a HEA that had me tearing up. And it's so fast-paced, I just breezed through it. After reading Victoria Dahl's first contemporary, Talk Me Down, I had high hopes for this one, and I'm happy to say that she didn't let me down! And there will be another one coming out in early 2010--Yea!

Miss Kim
No I love you? *grrr*. What the heck is going on here? I read these books for my “I love yous” and HEAs. This one had a ‘nice’ ending, but there was no professing of love and marriage.

We met Lori in Talk Me Down, the first in the Tumble Creek Series. She’s ran her father’s mechanic shop and tow truck business for the past ten years. He received a closed head injury after a bar fight and has been in need of constant care until his death a few months back She had to give up college to come home a...more
I hate green peas. Here I am, nearly thirty, and I pick green peas out of my food.

I love Indian food. The hotter the better. Nothing hits the spot quite like it.

So, what this book is, is a delicious plate of Indian food, spiced so hot I'm sweating, with a ton of friggin peas in it.

The relationship is the superbly spiced vindaloo.

Lori Love is stuck in a rut and feeling restless. Ten years ago she left Boston College (Eagles REPRESENT!) and her hard won scholarship to rush back to care for her fa...more
Isis FG
Jul 14, 2009 Isis FG rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isis FG by: continuation of a series
Rating: 3.5 / 5

A fun, sexy, easy to read book. It's got some interesting characters and situations. But I had the same problem with this book that I did with the first in the series: that the heroine isn't entirely likable. Which takes away some of the enjoyability of the book.

Start Me Up is the second book in Victoria Dahl's Tumble Creek series, which borders between contemporary and erotic romance. Though this book can pretty much stand on its own, I'd personally recommend reading them in orde...more
Lady Heather
HOLY HELL... Quinn is my new favorite fictional stud!

Loved this story!
'Lori Love' I can just imagine how Quinn purrs when He says her name ... *sigh*
Is an amazing character! I love her strength and Sass!
.. and Quinn.. well lets just say that Quinn has made it to my top 10 fictional stud list.

Favorite part:
Quinn has done some 'research' and read a few of Lori's favorite erotic books, and has discovered that Lori reads about bondage, and Quinn is willing to try and satisfy her fantasy.
.. a...more
In a nutshell:Oh, this was a breeze to read. Finished it with a smile in my heart. Again, the characters were great.

Ms. Dahl, you're two-for-two. :o) This book was a delight to read from beginning to end. The two characters highlighted in this book are supporting/minor characters from Talk Me Down: Vivacious mechanic Lori Love, and the very work-focused architect Quinn Jennings. Lori catches up with her best friend's brother when she is hired to repair some equipment for an upcoming building pro...more
This one was almost as frustrating and not nearly as fun as the first book in this series Talk Me Down. The entire time it was like two separate stories going on and no cohesion between them.

Lori Love gave up everything to come home and care for her dad and his business after a brutal accident. She's spent the last ten years of her life in limbo, most of the town thinks she's a lesbian, she's buried under a pile of debt, and she's still dealing with her father's death after a year. For some rea...more
LethalLovely~As Long as We're Going Down,
Jun 09, 2010 LethalLovely~As Long as We're Going Down, rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who likes contemporary romances with sassy, smart women.
My Thoughts:

I've only read one other book by Dahl,Lead Me On, & I must say that Lori is not nearly as much of a biatch as Jane was. Although she does have sometimes overwhelming insecurities. She refuses to see that Quinn wants her for herself & is not simply "slumming" with the town mechanic. The sex scenes were hot, the h/h were hot & I enjoyed the chemistry between them. I never thought geeks were something to drool over until I met Quinn & he has definitely changed my stance....more
Joint review with Sophia originally posted on Fiction Vixen.

Catherine and I are talking about Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl today. Since this is a book chat the following may be considered slightly spoilery. We’ve tried not to reveal anything key that would ruin the book for anybody, but everyone has a different opinion about what a spoiler is so keep that in mind if you decide to read any further.

Lori had always planned to get out of tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado, but when her late dad left her hi
Mar 27, 2010 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans for the Series
Had high hopes that Start Me Up would be as funny as Talk Me Down, but there wasn't much humor to be found. Instead, I found the story depressing.

Set in Tumble Creek, Colorado, a fictitious town, just outside of Aspen. There was frequent traveling between the two places. The main characters, Lori Love and Quinn Jennings, first appeared in Talk Me Down. Lori's life was depressing. She was living her life by going through the motions--existing--when she decided a summer fling would help her out o...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars

I loved this book. It was so much better than the first one. Lori Love still sees herself as the town's mechanic, who can't get a date because everyone thinks she's gay, and she'll never get out of Tumble Creek and realize her dreams, so at least she can turn all her sexual fantasies into reality by having a summer fling.

And it just so happens that her best friends brother, Quinn, wants to volunteer for the job. And he not only volunteers but puts in a good hard effort in making sure sh...more
This was a fun book but not as good as the first for me. The story mostly revolved around a lot of sex, the suspense was pretty thin. I figured out the culprit early on which was sort of a let down. New characters would be mentioned and then show up a few chapters later. I'm not sure if it was to add to the whodunit aspect of the book but it felt kind of random. Overall, it was a fun read.
Lady Allison
4.5 stars

What a FANTASTIC series, I'm lovin' it!

Lori is Molly's (from Talk Me Down) best friend. She had plans growing up. International business major in Boston, travel all over the world & take it by storm...but life had a different idea for her. When her father got injured while she was in college, she quit everything to come home & take care of him. Then when he passed, she took over his business, his house, his life. At the cost of everything she ever wanted for herself...until she...more

Oh! How delightful was to go back and visit Tumble Creek series! I have been pacing myself because i enjoy them soo much!

This book was no disappointment. IMOP Start me up,was even steamier that its first installment Talk Me Down.

This series are very fun to read because they have such fresh outlook.From the characters to the premises, and even the reader`s expectations. When i saw this books i thought they were more in the erotica side,and they are to some degree due to the graphic steamy scenes....more
This book was a 4-star until the last quarter of the book showed that the heroine wasn't in love with the hero. :( I'm sorry but I read romance to see people fall in love not imagine that it happens when the book is over.

During the whole book, Lori only thinks of Quinn in terms of sex. Now, that makes sense at the beginning because they were supposed to having a 'torrid affair' but you would expect that later on she'd wake up to his good qualities. That never happens and even at the end, she onl...more
Lori Love had to return to Tumble Creek to take care of her father, leaving her dreams in the dust. Now, ten years still working at her father's trucking company, she decides she is missing something in her life. Sex. And when she accidentally outs her secret plans to a Mr. Quinn Jennings, the table turns and now the secret fantasies are about to come to life.

This book was hot, I mean wow, I am speechless. The role-playing of the scenes from erotic books was just hot. But, again even with all t...more
This is book two in the Tumble Creek Series, and even thought it didn't outshine the first book it was still amazing, I loved the real raw emotion you got from the characters and I LOVED that it was tied up in a pretty bow at the end. Yes you did get the happy ending but not the unrealistic happy ending you usually do. Lori was an amazing character and Quinn was a perfect fit for her. They just rocked and god were they steamy and HOTT... I also loved how the the Jane who is the Heroine of book 3...more
Wow, I loved Talk Me Down, but if possible I loved Start Me Up even more! Quinn and Lori's story was very sweet, and I felt more connected to Lori's conflict than I did to Molly's. And the way Quinn proved to Lori that he 'liked' her more than buildings was touching and hot and worth 4 stars alone! I haven't read Ms. Dahl's historicals yet, but I sure hope they're as good as her contemporaries! And as this one was a spicy read!
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Some good sex scenes, but the story could have been better. Heroine’s actions were not reasonable.

Lori’s father died after a head injury. Lori left college to care for him and run his towing and auto repair business. She’s a good auto mechanic, but her dream was to travel the world. She can’t follow her dream since she is working his business to pay off his medical bills. She can’t afford to sell the garage due to costly EPA clean up issues concerning oil on the property....more
Start Me Up is the second book in the Tumble Creek series and I adored the first book Talk Me Down. Before starting this one I was a little afraid of getting disappointed- because it couldn’t really be as good as the first one. But I have to admit it is.

Lori is chained to Tumble Creek first by her ill dad and now by his garage. She never wanted to be a mechanic- she had this dreams about finishing college and than seeing the world in all her beauty. But that seems to be out of reach now. She hat...more
This book was so good *sigh happily* I have a big grin on my face and I am in total bliss. It was amazing amazing amazing. Ratings are not everything. This goes straight to favs. I am actually beginning to tire in my checks from smiling so much.

There are so many great reviews out there but I will say that this was the hottest, funniest romance I've read in a long time. I blushed and laughed so much! I love this series and you should definitely read them in order - Molly and Ben play a big role...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
After Talk Me Down, I knew I would be reading more Victoria Dahl. This time around the focus is on Lori Love, the local garage owner and best friend of Molly Jennings. This time the sex was hotter, the characters more likable, and the mystery more real. I even had a few laugh out loud moments. In other words, there wasn't much I didn't like about this one. I even loved Lori's acerbic retorts as those are what I'm used to hearing from several people I know. I recommend this one, but it should be...more
I don't know what exactly it was about this book, but it just wasn't as good as the first one was. I think though that part of my problems is that I'm just not a big contemporary romance fan. It wasn't poorly written and it started off in an interesting way. It just slowly stopped grabbing my interest, and I don't have to time to finish books once I stop caring about it. I like to try other things by the author since I did enjoy the first book in this series. I just wasn't very impressed by this...more
ooooh Quinto...where can I find one??

What a charming and sexy story, I absolutely loved it.

I just love it when a hero goes to great lengths to please his woman, and Quinn does this so wonderfully. He is sweet and charming and god is he sexy!

I can't wait for my next visit to Tumble Creek.
I loved this book, more than the first in the series. The sex is SUPER hot and I am so loving the hottie man! The characters were fun and I liked that the ones from the first book were in this book a little. I even reread a few of the steamy scenes, they were that good!
After reading "Talk me Down" I wasn't sure how any other contemporary romance could win my heart. But, after reading Start Me Up, I've learned that my heart can be an incredibly fickle bitch! Start Me Up is more funny, more sexy, and more romantic than Talk Me Down. Of course, I'm a sucker for the "old friends" vehicle so I was already pre-disposed to like this book. (I'm also a sucker for exes getting back together if anyone is keeping score!)

Because I didn't talk a lot about the sex in Talk Me...more
***Sigh, this author is terrific. While her books are not the bests I have read I just have an amazing time reading them. I'm not sure what it is but I just can't stop. I need more form this author, luckily I have one more book on this series.

With a marvelous sense of humor (one of the bests I have found so far), a kinky and horny heroine and a hero who will blow your mine away, how can we possibly not love this book? I think that what I like the most is the reality of Dahl's books. While most a...more
I think "Start Me Up" had elements in it that were much better than the first book in this series, and it read much nicer overall to me than "Talk Me Down". For one, the story begins more on a gradual development of the characters and their interactions, and the suspense elements are more believable to start. Sex scenes in this book are written a little more evenly throughout, though there are some odd scenes that Lori reads in her erotica perusals that are peppered in the chapters - I thought t...more
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