Turn It On (Turner Twins, #1)
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Turn It On (Turner Twins #1)

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Pushing the sensual limits can set off all kinds of alarms…

Turner Twins, Book 1

Inheriting her grandmother’s home is a dream come true for web designer Maxine Turner. She’s looking forward to a little freedom from the constant demands of her beloved, crazy mob of a family. When vandals expose just how vulnerable she is living alone, she seeks help.

Ryan Claymore’s well-t

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Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published December 17th 2009)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Turn it On is the first book of the Turner Twins, and since there are only two siblings, I’m assuming there will only be two books. That said, the Turner family is such a riot of cousins, aunts, uncles… that this could easily turn out to be an open ended series!

I had really no set notion about what to expect when I began this book, but I was expecting something more heavy on the suspense end of the romantic suspense spectrum. That said, even though this turned out to be a much more emotional rea...more
Kathleen
Story Rating 4 Stars
Characters Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 4 Stars
Heat Level 5 Stars
Overall Rating 4 Stars

WOW, this was a HOT one and I really enjoyed it. I really liked the Characters in this book too. The story was good and kept me wanting to read more. I'm very happy that I read this book and look forwards to Turn It Up in the near future.
Melissa
The first quarter of this book was kinda blah to me, it got better as time went on. There were some really hot scenes! My favorite part off the whole this was the ending of course it was a HEA, but they didn't do the whole break up move away I can't get through life with out you blah blah story to finally realize they were meant to be with it ending a half of a page later. 4 Stars ;)
Booklover1335
Feb 07, 2010 Booklover1335 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes contemporary romance with a lot of heat
Shelves: 2010
I really loved this novella, it was just what I was craving…a great straightforward contemporary romance, just a man and a woman and their story of love.

Max is from a large and protective family who is learning to spread her wings, assert her independence, and discovering that learning to say “no” to her family allows her the freedom to find herself. Ryan, on the other hand hasn’t had the best experience with his family growing up, and has been happy living life as a military man…at least before...more
Amy
This short story lacked sizzle for me. Character development was good but the overall chemistry between the couple fell flat and there were a lot of moments in the story where as the reader I questioned "really"? Are we really expected to over look that and be okay with the holes within the plot? The vandal that continued to reek havoc on the heroine's home was predictable. I'm hoping I will enjoy the next book, Turn it Up more.

2.5/5 stars
Cc
NOTE: This book should be read after Turn it Up (Turner Twins 2) as it contains spoilers. Publication wise they are #1 & #2 but not story wise. Read Turn It Up first.
Holly
This was a good contemporary romance. There wasn't a lot of conflict - either internal or external - just two people getting to know each other and falling love. It was a sweet, sexy slide, too.

Ryan was sweet and attentive. Their early dates and the way he wanted to take care of Max was cute. Max's independence was important to him and he didn't try to take that away from. The result was she felt cherished. Max wasn't sure about getting involved with Ryan, especially after the way her ex treated...more
MaggieReadsRom
TURN IT ON was my first unsolicited and non-win ARC request and I'm pretty proud of that. When Vivian Arend asked if I was interested in reviewing her upcoming new contemporary release I jumped at the chance. First because it was a contemporary romance, a genre, which holds a dear place in my reading heart and second because I had Vivian Arend on my radar for a while but an earlier opportunity to sample her work hadn't occurred yet.

TURN IT ON is the story of Maxine Turner and Ryan Claymore. Ryan...more
Mar
Fun, sexy-hot, read. Had to fan my face on several occasions. Strong, alpha male & cute, loving, independent female with very good chemistry. Some of my favorite quotes:

"What if I told you I'm not hungry for dinner?" That's right girl, get your man.

"Sometimes we're going to get dirty and rough and raw. You need to be ready for it. You need to be ready for me." Hello Mr. Durty!

"But it's all making love. The kisses, the touches. All our senses involved at the same time, including hearing. I lo...more
Darcy
I found myself really liking both Max and Ryan in this one. Max with her big family, who she lets run all over her and her sweet innocence and Ryan, for his changing his life in a heartbeat to help a brother he never really knew about. I liked that Max was trying to pull away from her family, to find her own place in the world and that she didn’t hide from her attraction from Ryan. I was also glad that Ryan didn’t hide from his attraction either and that he realized that with Max he needed patie...more
LaFleurBleue
Short novel
The overall tone was very sweet and almost "chaste Harlequin" like, while some sections were way steamier. For the first part of the book, I honestly thought the blend weird, as if a chaste and cute book had been rewritten and edited to add racier parts. However once the main characters started having sex, I was no longer baffled by this dichotomy.
The investigation and mystery behind the pranks and threats done to Maxine was really poor. The culprit was obvious from his first appeara...more
Jessica
The romance was believable, sweet and sexy. Max and Ryan both seemed like fabulous people with realistic flaws. I enjoyed the interactions with Maxine's extended family (who are named Maxwell, Maxilla, etc.) and watching Ryan care for his half brother. On the negative side, the whole who is trying to drive Maxine out of her home? storyline has such a hit-you-over-the-head obvious answer that even though I know the characters aren't shown everything that the reader is shown, it's hard not to thin...more
Natasha Keohuloa
I thought this was a pretty good read. There were alot of "steamy" scenes for this to be categorized as "erotic" but what surprised me the most was the suspence aspect of the story.

Max has kinda inherited her grandmothers home and since her moving in, weird things have been happening and she's been recieving annoying prank calls. So much so, she's hired Ryan Claymore to install one of his top of the line security system into her home. From the moment they met, there was an immediate attraction t...more
Marran
This could have been so good...and just wasn´t..I didnt feel anything for the characters they just felt flat and uh...uninteresting..I didnt care what happend at all....

And she was actually kind of stupid not understandigt the vandalism wasn´t just a child prank..duh one time a prank 10 times something else...
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
It was an enjoyable read. Not as good as Turn it Up, in my opinion. Even though, this is the first book in the series, it should be read second. The heroine was plucky and resourceful, while the hero struggled with his need to basically Dom her life. 3.5 stars.
Straight Shootin' Book Reviews
I loved this one. A sweet and sexy love story with a great HEA. Ryan will be on my list of favorite guys now. Nice mix of Alpha, sex, tenderness etc.
Robin *loves sexy books*
really wish i could do 3 and 1/2 stars, but i just don't think it was 4. it was good though, i liked ryan and maxine a lot. on to read book 2.
Tina "coffee and books"
This was a nice read. Nothing intellectual or too complicated, but a nice quick read.
Nadny
So sweet! I loved this book!
Lori
I really liked almost everything in this book. I loved the Turner family - the whole crazy lot of them. I loved Maxine and Ryan. Maxine is a sweet, innocent woman in a family full of craziness. She moves out on her own into her grandmother's old house and strange things begin to happen.

Enter Ryan, who was consulting with her on a website, and then became her security consultant. Ryan was a military guy who quit to take care of his younger brother, who suffered a brain injury in the car accident...more
Sandy M
I’ve never been a fan of older women/younger men storylines. However, Ms. Arend may change my mind about them, after reading this touching story.

Natasha is thirty-four, has a couple of failed relationships behind her, has decided she doesn’t need a man to be happy, and is making plans to have a baby all by her lonesome before she turns thirty-five. She’s turned down Max’s overtures over the years, feeling their age difference - he’s twenty-four - is to much of a hurdle for a relationship to work...more
Jetches  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Although I’m coming to realize that books from this genre just might not be for me I found that so far this one was a little more entertaining than some of the others I have read. Other than just the adult moments in this book there was quite a bit of story line, which I liked. Basically Maxine is receiving some harassing phone calls and then vandalism and Ryan believes she is in dangers. Of course the majority of this story is all about…well the adult stuff…I was happy to see a story line and o...more
Catherinen
I picked this book up because I had read a positive review of the second book in the series, and I'm one of those people who has to read series in order, so... went for this one first. Alas, I did not find it to be an incentive to move on to the second book.

Max Turner and Ryan Claymore meet when Max checks him out as a potential contractor to install a security system in her home, which has been recently subject to vandalism. Instant attraction of the too-distracted-to-pay-attention-to-what-I'm...more
Cecile
I also received the book from the author for an honest review. So, let's go!

For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.......more
D
Mar 08, 2014 D rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who think traditional gender roles are AWESOME!!
not the lowest of the 2s, but not all that high, either. okay prose, but plenty of problematic psychological character construct to give pause.

not, like, EPICALLY, CRINGINGLY bad, but there's enough alphole assery and woe-is-me heroine silliness that i was fairly annoyed with this book. the hero and heroine are mary sues in their own ways -- she's epically hot, has a lucrative job that apparently doesn't require that she ever actually work, and just inherited a gorgeous forty-acre estate with a...more
Mrs. Missive
Okay...I knock off points whenever an author uses the word "Turgid" to describe a penis. Really...he was turgid? Ugh.

But okay the first 20-30% of this book was really...meh. It was readable, and the sex scenes (turgid penis aside) were good. The thing that bothered me, was I didn't feel I knew the characters well enough to understand why they were attracted to each other. They met for a business meeting, which afterwards I don't believe we hear mention of them working again, and blammo! They nee...more
Deb
Vivian Arend is as brilliant as her stories. Turn it On is not exception. It’s a story with a lot of heart; along with some amazing sizzling scenes.
Ryan and Max’s story is full of heart, and mystery. Maxine, has some trouble ahead, not with just someone scarying her, but with what Ryan makes her feel. Oh the things Ryan can do with his mouth, would make the strongest of women crumble. Add a crazy family like the Turners and you get one interesting story.
Ryan, is someone that wants much more then...more
Sheila
Good book, I really liked this one :]
Tia
I read this book back in 2009 but haven't reviewed it until now. I didn't really love this story but after reading book two, I totally get this one a bit more and the relationship Maxy strove for. The second novel in the series really shows you more about this one. I think it would be better to read the second book in the series and then this one myself. Anyways, this definitely provided me with understand the story and characters more.
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