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Hunks, Hammers, and Happily Ever Afters

(Lantano Valley #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  65 reviews
An anthology of novellas about hunky blue collar, hammer wielding heroes and the women who tame them. Stories are by USA Today Bestselling Authors Cari Quinn, Cathy Clamp, and Anna J Stewart, and featuring authors Jodi Redford, Amie Stuart, Leah Braemel, and Chudney Thomas.

Get down and dirty with this sexy blue collar bundle featuring seven original contemporary romance no
Published November 3rd 2015 by Dancehall Diaries
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Stars (Knockout by Cari Quinn)

I've been denying too much for too long.

Ladies and ovaries, allow me to introduce you to your next must read. If you're looking for some smutty goodness wrapped up in a fantastic story, it simply doesn't get better than this. Did I mention that it has one of the hottest MMF threesomes I've read in a while? Because....damn.

It's no secret that I'm a shameless hussy when it comes to Cari Quinn's books. So when she told me she was writing another MMF and
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4 stars overall

Knockout by Cari Quinn 4 stars (Reviewed by Slick Reads)

Author Cari Quinn continues her Tapped Out series with Knockout and it was pretty damn delicious. Up and coming MMA fighter Emerson Knapp has wanted his best friend Lily for a long time, but given that her overprotective police officer father is like a father to him he’s put his feelings aside until her friend JC invites them to a housewarming party which turn
Maria Rose
This is a review for four of the stories in this collection of hot working guys and the women (and men) who catch their eye. There are m/m/f and m/f stories to steam up your ereader and were a delight to read!

KNOCKOUT – Cari Quinn

This steamy new adult novella may not be long, but it's packed with sex and emotion as Lily, JC and Emerson discover that the feelings they have for each other are more than they ever dared to admit, until now. It's told from all three points of view in first person, an
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc, kindle
Leah Braemel shares a quick sexy story about 2 best friends who fall for the same women and each other. It's not all fun and games because each one of them have to decide if they can handle a relationship together and all have personal inner problems to navigate. Max and Noah have been friends forever. Hayley is a house flipper who walks into their lives and they fell in love from the first moment they see her. It takes two years of working together and being friends to get to get to the point w ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an advance copy of Knockout by Cari Quinn and it's a hot and super sexy m/m/f. I couldn't hardly put it down. I can't recall the last time time I wanted to stay up all night to finish a book. I enjoy how the author brings little snippets from other story's characters. This book involves self discovery and the discovery that love does not always fit into a neat category. I sincerely enjoyed this book. I HIGHLY recommend it. ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Now THIS sounds like it will get me out of a book slump!!
Deb Markanton
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Deliciously Fun Stories
Hunks, Hammers, and Happily Ever Afters is an anthology of seven (mostly) naughty little stories that range from romantically sweet to yowza hot and steamy. What’s not to like about muscled guys wielding power tools? Okay, that was a dorky pun but seriously, I swoon over a man who works with his hands and maintains a buff body through manual labor. All of the authors except one, Amie Stuart, are new to me, so I enjoyed getting a taste of new voices, some of which I will de
Elizabeth Neal
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Knockout by Cari Quinn

Holy hotness, this book hit all the right spots. Loss, sexiness, second chances, sexiness, love, sexiness, friends to lovers x3 (rawr), and did I mention sexiness...oh, I did? A lot? Well then, maybe there's a reason for that. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Let's start with Emerson. He's a fighter, but that wasn't always the case. He got bullied a lot as a kid because of his size, well, lack of size. As if adolescence wasn't hard enough, he also tragically lost his Dad at a young a
Cathy Geha
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Get down and dirty with this sexy blue collar bundle featuring seven contemporary romance novellas that range from sweet to sizzling. (Estimated word count is 200,000).”

KNOCKOUT – Cari Quinn
Emerson, Lily and JC are attracted to one another but how they manage to work through things to get from attraction to a relationship that involves all three of them is quite a story!

Sophie and Gabe have co-inherited a property but also have instant chemistry. The characters ha
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
These authors have put together a box set that is worth the price tag. The stories in this set range from sweet to scorching HOT!
Knockout is a M/M/F romance told from the viewpoint of all three characters. Emerson, JC and Lily are wildly attracted to each other, but can all three of them get what they want and need from this new relationship?
4 1/2 stars
Hot Summer Nights is the story of Gabriel and Sophie, who are now co-owners of a motel. They both want to make their benefactor proud, so they wo
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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KNOCKOUT by Cari Quinn

If two is good, isn't three better? In the case of Emerson, Lily, and JC, the more the merrier.

Cari Quinn is a mistress of steaminess. Her gift of words is matched by her ability to write a sexy romance like nobody's business. KNOCKOUT, a novella from the Tapped Out series, has everything that I have come to expect from one of Cari's books. More than just a sexy escapade, although there is plenty of that, the focus is on the people, on the personalities of each characte
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
It is so hard to review an anthology without looking at all the individual pieces. Usually there is a theme that carries through, with this anthology it's all in the name. This is supposed to be a blue collar anthology and while some of the authors kept to the theme it seemed that some took stories that were maybe already in the works and threw in a little blue collar in an attempt to make it fit. Unfortunately that really took away from the stories rather than making them better because they fe ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Knockout Cari Quinn!
Right from the start I was jumping up and down with the ideas I was having of where this story would go! The visions in my head were nothing compared to what Cari created. I was the lucky recipient of an ARC for an honest review. Serious hot connection between Lily and Emerson – known each other for years and suddenly the feelings are not of a “friends only” nature. Throw JC into the mix and exploding ovaries! JC is a smart ass who sets the scene to bring about his one desire
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this boxed set in exchange for an honest review. I had my favorites in this anthology – Marked for Love by Anna J. Stewart – but read other new-to-me authors. The authors wrote some great stories and I enjoyed some more than others. And ya gotta love a hunk, or hunkette, in a tool belt! Great deal for seven sexy reads.
11/18/2015: Read Knotty Magic by Jodi Redford & Hot Summer Nights by Cathy Clamp

Knotty Magic by Jodi Redford:

nice use of fantasy, lots of sex, character development was adequate, my attention wandered frequently.

Hot Summer Nights by Cathy Clamp:

low on drama, angst, or conflict, sweet romance, stretched credibility a bit, but a sweet enjoyable story.
Char (1RadReader59)
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read two of the read two of the seven stories. So here we go with the two I picked.

Knockout: Tapped Out #4 by Cari Quinn

Lily Mathews, 20, and Emerson Knapp, 23, formed a special bond at a young age. One you wouldn’t normally want to form. You see they each had a parent who had died Lance, Lily’s dad became a mentor to Emerson (Em) especially being a cop he helped him instilled order in his life. His mom after the dad was gone was no longer able to function. Em he grew to love Lance like a d
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
KNOCKOUT – Cari Quinn (4 stars)
I liked this one enough, but I wouldn't really consider this a blue collar story. Yes, one character did construction, but the primary focus of the entire story was on the fighter Emerson. Yeah, Emerson mowed lawns as a side job, but the entire focus was on his fighting career. I did notice some inconsistencies throughout the story, but I did enjoy the heat level between the characters. On the flip side, the interaction between JC and Emerson was just awkward and t
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of Cari Quinn, Knockout in exchange for my honest opinion and a review.

Cari Quinn is quickly becoming one of my all time favourite authors she never fails to amaze me her books are the best of the best.

In this short but steamy story we meet Lily, JC and Emerson and these three sure do pack in allot of heat and emotions.

This story focuses on the three main characters and how they discover all of there true feelings for one another these feelings are way more than they would ha
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good collection with something for everyone. I haven’t read all the stories yet but here’s what I have and I’ll add to my review as I finish more. I did receive an ARC of this book from the publishers through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Knockout by Cari Quinn

All I can say is WOW! This book is all kinds of hot!!! This is a story of three people who are friends, they’re all sexually attracted to each other and maybe even in love but no one wants to risk the friendships by
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Why Are You Hesitating? One-Click This Sucka NOW!

If you have not discovered erotic romance author Cari Quinn, your life is not complete. Her contribution to this anthology alone is worth ten times the price of admission, and you can get this story along with all the others for a measly 99 cents. Stop reading the reviews and get this immediately, then scroll to KNOCKOUT and lose yourself in luscious goodness menage for a good three hours or so. Savor it, for it is wonderful! I can’t speak to the
BBMoreB ~
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, trr
Hit and Miss...
There is some good lovin' going on in this sexy blue collar bundle. These seven authors mix wittiness, hard work with tons of after hours sexy tidbits. All except Cari Quinn and Leah Braemel are new to me authors; each story has a distinctive style.

I enjoyed that each story/author provided a diversified narrative. Given the short nature of each, it was not unexpected that a couple felt incomplete.

These are perfect lunchtime read - just be sure you have some privacy.

This is my l
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this anthology in exchange for an honest review.

This anthology consists of seven novellas. Most novellas are written by authors that were new to me.

#1 is Knockout by Cari Quinn. This is a m/m/f story about Emerson, JC, and Lily. Emerson is a fighter and JC is a construction guy. This is not my kind of book, but if you like that genre you will probably like this story.

#2 is Hot Summer Nights by Cathy Clamp. This novella centers around Gabe, Sophie, and the Starlight Motel. I
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review for Knockout by Cari Quinn:

Knockout is a fast and enjoyable read! I’m a huge fan of athlete heroes and love a good MMF romance, and this book seemed to have it all. Emerson is an MMA fighter who had a difficult childhood until Lily’s police office father took him under his wing. Lily and Em have been best friends for a long time, but neither has acted on their growing feelings for one another, especially Em with his sense of obligation to Lily’s dad. We’re also introduced to JC, a young c
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Knockout by Cari Quinn
Part of the Hunks, Hammers & Happily Ever Afters anthology.

This review is only for Knockout by Cari Quinn and while it is part of her Tapped-Out series, this can be read as a standalone.

This is a hot and sexy ménage story about MMA fighter, Emerson, construction worker, JC, and a gym receptionist, Lily. Both boys are best friends with Lily and Emerson is in denial about his feelings about JC. JC himself is fully aware of and embracing his feelings for both and go so far
Jean Marie
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Knockout in exchange for an honest review.

I loved how the author alternated between the different characters to show each person's POV. There was Lily, a 20 year old girl that works at the local MMA gym. She's overly protected by her police officer father and Emerson. Emerson is an MMA fighter who was taken in by Lily's dad. Emerson is a few years older than her and he's watched her grow up. He's always had feelings for her but he never wanted to act on it because of everyth
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This must be the year of anthologies. I think I've read more this year... at least at the end of this year, than I've read in quite some time. Hunks, Hammers and Happily Ever Afters!! is another one that's pretty much full of 'new to me' authors. But see, the thing about anthologies is that they give you a taste of authors and genres that you may not have noticed or thought about before. Not that I need any more books or authors added to my TBR list, but I can't just skip a story in an anthology ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
KNOCKOUT by Cari Quinn

Cari Quinn is dangerous with just one hero, but give her two to play with and she’s absolutely lethal. She always brings the heat, but this is OFF. THE. CHARTS. I’m surprised my eReader didn’t spontaneously combust…along with the reader. Holy Hannah!

Lily is a young woman who yearns to take her relationship with her two male best friends from friends to lovers. Together. Emerson is the guy she grew up with after her dad took him in as a teenager when his own father was kille
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is a M/M/F story and boy is it Hot! This book is about Emerson, an underground MMA fighter and lawn maintenance worker, JC, who owns a construction company, and Lily, a receptionist and Dollhouse builder. Emerson and Lily have been best friends since her dad, Lance a cop, brought Em home when they were children. Emerson denies his feelings for a long time due to his relationship with Lance. JC, Lily, and Emerson start out as friends but become so much more.

These three have chemistry,
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-or-gift
I received an ARC of Kockout, by Cari Quinn, in exchange for an honest review.

It's a story about Lily, who's overly protected by Emerson (the Hunk), and intrigued by both Em and another friend, JC (Hunk with Hammer lol). When these three decide to explore the sparks of interest that fly among them, well, the third part of the anthology title *is* "Happily Ever Afters". A steamy m/m/f tale with a good story woven through. I love Cari's stories and characters, and this novella is no different.

I lo
Sue Zawisa
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review for KNOCKOUT
I received this as a gift for an honest review
Emerson Knapp, Lily Matthews and J.C. O’Connor. Lily is BFF’s to both these men. And if she wants to be totally honest, she is in love with both of them..and they are both in love with her. If Emerson and J.C. are being honest, they are attracted to each other also, but Emerson is not going to do anything about either J.C or Lily…or so he thinks. Until one night, everything spirals out of control. Not only are these three trying to
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USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn grew up wanting to be a singer more than anything else. When she realized she probably wouldn’t be hired as the opening act for the Foo Fighters, she stopped singing and started writing. Now she happily writes about rock stars, MMA fighters, suited heroes, bodyguards and everything in between. And she blasts her music as loud as the neighbors can stand, beca ...more

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