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Bare Essentials

(Bare Essentials #1-2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Naughty But Nice
by New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

Lingerie model Cassie Tremaine Montgomery intends to have her revenge on the citizens of her hometown—starting with seducing the sheriff, Sean "Tag" Taggart. Tag, however, isn't cooperating. He's more than willing to set the sheets on fire with her, but he's asking for more than just sizzling sex…. He knows
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin (first published December 20th 2013)
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Ash Wednesday
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy… without the wizards, vampires or trolls
"You're not a fan of Pleasantville?"
"It's all right," the girl said shrugging. "Could be a decent place, if it would move out of the 1940s and into the new millennium. Just needs something to shake things up."

Ah Pleasantville, if only you were as interesting a character in this book as that town from the eponymous 90s movie.

I have bit of a weakness for small town stories. I'm a sucker for the returning hero or heroine, revisiting old flames and deep grudges, meaning to serve some retrib
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed part one of this book, which was written by Jill Shalvis. I've read maybe a handful of her stories and I've really liked some, others... not so much. The saving grace for this story was the length. It kept the animosity on Cassie's part from being dragged out. There was a point maybe halfway that I thought "enough is enough" and luckily that was the turning point. Cassie's not a typical heroine that I enjoy, but I liked the dynamic between her and Tag.

Leslie Kelly's part two was also e
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
All of the last few Jill Shalvis books I've read have been rather under-whelming, so I approached this without a great deal of enthusiasm. After reading the first story, the Shalvis story, I was pleasantly surprised. It was sexy. It had lots of tension and teasing and was exactly what I was hoping for. The back story was a little hard to swallow, but I didn't pay much attention to it and it wasn't a problem.

After the first story went so well, I decided to keep going with the second story. Again
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Okay, time for some honest truth here … I may be one of the only people on the face of this earth but have to admit – this is the first time I am reading Jill Shalvis. Yep, go ahead, yell at me, laugh at me and then slap me in the head. But, I have read Leslie Kelly before … yea me! Now, since the confession is over, I have to give you my honest and true opinion of “Bare Essentials” and I think
Two separate stories that are happening at the same time, Cassie and Kate are cousins who have a score to settle back in their hometown of Pleasantville, Ohio. This is my first time reading Jill Shalvis and Leslie Kelly, they both tell entertaining stories with plenty of steam. I was more into the first story not because it was necessarily better but by the time we get to Kate I think I was just over the whole idea of people in a town making your childhood years miserable. Don't get me wrong, I ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Library Book. These were 2 short cheezy books that where put into one book about cousins who wanted to get out of their hometown and come back after time and shock the people who made their younger lives miserable. Silly. They came back to town to open a "women's" store to shock to people in the town and no one really cared. Prime example of living well is the best revenge.
-- Naughty But Nice by Jill Shalvis -- 3.5 Stars
-- Naturally Naughty by Leslie Kelly -- 3.5 Stars
Overall Average: 3.5 Stars

Review to come.
Lisa Myers
Great Read

Fun, sexy and sweet. I really liked this book. The characters were genuine in both stories. There was just alot to like.
Emily McGee
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Naughty But Nice
The first story in the Bare Essentials duo begins with Cassie who is running back to her hometown to escape a stalker. Hilarious, because ten short years ago she was running from said hometown because of the stigma that the Tremaine women carry. So, she's back with big chip on her shoulder and hell bent on wreaking havoc among the townsfolk that had once made her life hell. Of course, the only one who can steady her speeding, and music blaring is Sheriff Taggart. A different Tagg
Book Reading Gals
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Bare Essentials
Authors: Jill Shalvis and Leslie Kelly
Genre: Modern Day Romance

Naughty But Nice
by New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

Lingerie model Cassie Tremaine Montgomery intends to have her revenge on the citizens of her hometown—starting with seducing the sheriff, Sean "Tag" Taggart. Tag, however, isn't cooperating. He's more than willing to set the sheets on fire with her, but he's asking for more than just sizzling sex…. He knows Cassie's not as tough as she pret
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I have never read books by Jill Shalvis or Leslie Kelly so I had no expectations when reading this book. And I need to congratulate whoever thought about putting two books like this together, GENIUS! Two different cousins, two different stories, two different guys. PERFECT! I thought both books were equally competent and I really enjoyed being able to read one after the other. Both stories complimented each other, despite the fact that they were two different authors.

Naughty but Nice
by Jill Sha
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't really understand the mixed reviews here- I totally loved this book!
It's actually 2 stories that have intertwining characters and story line which made it so much fun, and I really hope these authors will visit Pleasantville again because there are so many more stories to be told there!

Both stories revolve around cousins from the wrong side of town, the family everyone loves to gossip about in the small town. They both open on the heroine's prom night experiences' and how it lead them to
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Betty by: Sent for Review

Bare Essentials: Naughty But NiceNaturally Naughty
By Jill Shalvis
Harlequin Blaze
February 2014

Reissue - Naughty but Nice: Bare Essentials (Harlequin Blaze, No 63)

Cassie Tremaine Montgomery never stood a chance in a small town with the Tremaine name. She was branded “easy pickings” because her mother liked men and men really liked her mother. Cassie and her cousin, Kate, keep adding to their list “goals for life”, but the first thing either one of them wa
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Bare Essentials is two 2002 novellas put together under one cover. The first one -- Naughty but Nice by Jill Shalvis -- is about Cassie, much-maligned daughter of the town vixen. Cassie returns to her hometown to start a racy "women's shop" to spite all the gossips. I loved that she was up for fun with Tag, the new sheriff, while keeping her heart safe. Shalvis wrote some very steamy scenes here, running the gamut from a fling-y diversion all the way to making love because Cassie was f
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This duellal was a fun read with just enough romance and spice to get me through a rainy day at the cabin. Growing up poor and from “the bad” family was hard on Cassie and her cousin Kate. Both girls lived in side by side town houses with their single mothers. Cassie was always beautiful, but years of being objectified have left her jaded about men and relationships. Her mother was a woman who loved men: she loved spending time with them, talking with them and laying with them (married or not). ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3 1/3 stars rounded to 4!

Shel: If you like Kristen Ashley (and YOU KNOW we do!), then this is anthology will remind you a little of her. You have strong and funny female and male characters who resist (or try) the natural magnetic force that continually tries to pull them together. In Naughty but Nice Cassie has been so guarded that Tag has to have the patience of a saint to get her to see that he's not the guy. And in Naturally Naughty Kate has felt so wronged by the people of her home town it'
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
2 books in one, why yes please!

I enjoyed the first part which was written by Jill Shalvis. I am a huge Jill Shalvis fan of her writing style. It's just so effortless the way she weaves and tells her story with humor and tension between the two characters. I just loved it! It's about a girl named Cassie who goes back to her childhood home town to deal with her mothers assets and hide from her stalker. The people of her hometown was never kind to her and her family. While she hides out from her st
Naughty but Nice> by Jill Shalvis
Cassie Tremaine Montgomery is back in Pleasantville, Ohio. Not by choice. Her family, the Tremaines, was known for their rather... loose morals. Because of that, her reputation suffered and she couldn't wait to leave town. Before she left, one of her goals was to get even with the sheriff who had made a pass at her when she was eighteen years old.
Now a famous lingerie model, Cassie is trying to avoid a stalker as well as closing up her mother's house. Stopped
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is a reprint from 2002 but to be honest I didn’t know that until I pulled up the information to type of this review. There were a couple of small things written that now I realize are dated but a handful of small comments does not take away from the story and 99% of the story is not dated at all.

The story of Cassie and Tag is very engrossing. I enjoyed the way they came together. I story background is interesting and comprehensive. I think Tag is a
Sharon Redfern
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Bare Essentials is really two books which tell the stories of two cousins, Cassie and Kate, who have returned to their old home town. Both of their mothers were considered a loose women by the town and going back is uncomfortable.
In Naughty but Nice by Jill Shalvis, Cassie has returned to a home her mother inherited and to escape a stalker. Her first day is marred by receiving a speeding ticket from the son of the sleazy guy who was sheriff during Cassie's youth. The entire story hinges on Cassi
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
At the start of the story, which is really gripping, Cassie is the teen daughter of the town tramp. Her prom date is getting handsy and is pulled over by the sheriff. The sheriff tells the kid to walk it off, and Cassie is left under the leering gaze of the creepy Sheriff but she gets away from him physically unscathed.

Fast forward a decade. Cassie returns home a hugely successful super model having achieved her dreams and looking for some payback. She runs into the new sheriff, Tag, who happens
Darci Goodman
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc
This is actually a book about two cousins and their stories growing up in a town that treated them and their mothers like crap. Both are grown and successful women who are both forced back to town by circumstances that make them have to deal with their pasts. Each has to find their way to some kind of closure on what they thought they knew about their teen years and their mothers and the other people in town. For me this book was all over the place. I liked it i didn't like it. I was interested ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very cute romance series by two different authors but following the same time period and with connecting characters. Two cousins, Cassie and Kate, grew up in a small town where they were treated poorly because of being from the Tremaine family, a family notorious for being poor and with loose women. Both Cassie and Kate have their own novels that talk about their return to Pleasantville to not only wrap up their mothers possessions when they leave, but to also prove to the town that the trashy ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two stories that share characters and setting, but each focuses on one of the characters while using the second as a foil. Good concept and great execution. Cassie the lingerie model is primary character in first as she works through problems and rumors dating back to high school. Kate, her cousin, is the prime character in second as she, too, works through similar problems. Cassie has the money and resources to enable Kate to open a second location of her successful Chicago women's store, Bare ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked both stories in this anthology. Both Kate and Cassie were treated like crap in school because of their last name/family. They both met their match in Tag and Jack. The guys were great, even if they pulled some typical guy moves. That's to be expected and made me like them more. Two great connected stories from Jill and Leslie.

Honestly what seemed the weirdest to me was that their stories seem to overlap a bit, but each cousin seemed out of the loop in regards to what was happenin
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I think this might have been the first time I picked up a Jill Shalvis book and didn’t fall head over heels in love the the characters. I am not sure what it was but I just didn’t care for Cassie at all.

This was my first read of a Leslie Kelly story and while I liked Kate and John I just never felt totally vested in them.

Not to say that these were bad stories or anything. I just didn’t get sucked into the world.

Swanangel15's Book Review
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two cousins who were condemned in their small town by the name they carry come back to seek revenge on the town that made their childhood a living hell.

Cassie Tremaine is a famous underwear model that has a fan that is a little too much for her. In order for her to get away, she returns to her home town and becomes bored within a few hours of arriving.

Feeling like the town needs to be shaken up a little bit, Cassie convinces her cousin to open a branch of her store, Bare Essentials, in the town
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Two books in one, how lucky for readers. These offerings from Jill Shalvis and Leslie Kelly are quite good stories. Both are well written, I believe they are reprints but have stood the test of time. As always the Shalvis offering is full of humor and passion, engaging characters and a strong storyline. I was pleased as well with the Kelly book,her characters are also strong, the story tight and the settings beautifully detailed. If you haven't read either author, this would be a good introducti ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Bare Essentials was a really good read. It is 2 stories in the 1 book and both were as enjoyable to read as the other. The characters were great and all quite different, as a fan of Lori Foster I wasn't surprise to find a good story but I haven't read anything by Leslie Kelly before I probably will look for her books in the future after reading this book though. The only negative I found was that both stories probably would have been better it they were a little longer and explored the ch
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