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The Guy Next Door

(Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #0.5)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,587 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Three sexy new spring-fling novellas from three of today's hottest contemporary romance authors!

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor. That's what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head—and heart—together. But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by HQN (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ugh, what a nightmare! This was one of the "strangest" anthologies I've ever read. The first story ends with a cliffhanger, the second has some of the most idiotic characters I've met, and the third makes no sense at all. :(

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster (3 stars)
This story is a prequel to LF's new series, Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor. Jett Sutter and Natalie Alexander are "neighbors with benefits". Their no-strings affair should be the perfect setup for a man intent on maintaining his bachel
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars for The Guy Next Door***

"You haven't known the best relationships, honey, but I swear to you, we'll be good together. We'll be fucking amazing together."

Oh, Jett....

I met Jett and Natalie in When You Dare, the first book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and absolutely fell in love. I originally wasn't going to read their novella since it was part of an anthology and they were brief secondary characters in the first book....but after their scene stealing moments
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of hot contemporary romance
This review is for Victoria Dahl's Just a Taste only...

Holy smokes this was one extra steamy prequel to the whole Donovan Brothers Brewery series. If you ever wondered what happened during that s-m-o-k-i-n' hot encounter (alluded to in book #3, Real Men Will between preppy, ultra-responsible brewery owner Eric Donovan and coming-to-terms-with-her-sexuality (and embracing it!) erotic store manager Beth Cantrell you're going to want to read this short story. H-O-T!

*I read this whole series out of
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorty, family-series
As much as I'd love to, I can never meet Victoria Dahl in person. If I did, one of two things would happen: (1) I would get so overwhelmed that I'd crumble at her feet, overcome by laudable sobbing, or (2) I'd invade her personal space, shrieking hysterically and trying to hug her. Both cases would be resolved when security showed up to haul me away. All of that would be made worse by the fact that my luck dictated that the security personnel would be elderly grandfather-types who would call me ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Review Edited 12 November 2011 to include the Victoria Dahl story

I have just finished Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl story and yes I liked it but once again feel that it was probably unnecessary as I am sure we will re-visit it all when we read Eric and Beth's story. It has also kind of annoyed me that I will have to wait until the 3rd book in the series to finish reading their story.

Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed both Lori's and Victoria's works - I went on to read those the rest in Lori'
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
3 Stars

This story is the prequel of a new series by Lori Foster called Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor. First of all, the whole concept of the series is very appealing to me, so I was very excited to start it by reading this story. AND this is my first time EVER reading Lori Foster. I have heard such great things about her writing and that just made my expectations higher.

And, quite frankly, I was disappointed! So disappoint
4 stars – Contemporary Romance Anthology

This is really more like a 3 ½ star read, but I rounded up because I enjoyed the smokin’ hot, yummy morsel Just One Taste, the prequel to Dahl's Donovan Brothers Brewery series and by far my favorite of this anthology, so darn much!

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster -- 3-3.5 stars

Gail's Gone Wild by Susan Donovan -- 2.5-3 stars

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl -- 4.5 stars

Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Only 'Just One Taste' by Victoria Dahl was worth reading. The other two stories were lacking in substance that made me skimmed the pages to be done with it..
Victoria Dahl's story was very exciting. But I hated the way it ended. Beth still didn't know that his name was not really Jamie but Eric. And Eric shoulda fought harder to not let her go. Still, all will be resolved in the Donovan trilogy coming out next. Can't wait..
Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆
Only read Ready, Set, Jett (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor # 0.5) by Lori Foster
Feb 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I sometimes feel bad when I read and review something that isn't my usual genre/preferred storyline/type it definitely isn't fair to read a book that has things you normally don't read and then give a bad review because you don't like those things. Still, I will request anything intriguing off of netgalley and have had some great experiences, so it's always worth trying something new. Just keep in mind that my preferences in romance tend to run towards historicals, and tend to prefer more of a r ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Angela and Francesca
Rating and review is only for Victoria Dahl’s Just One Taste

This is the first I’ve read from Victoria Dahl and as the title suggests, it was just a taste of her wonderful writing. I’ve read such great things about the Donovon Brothers Brewery series, so I had to start at the beginning with this prequel!

Eric Donovon is the eldest of the brothers and rarely indulges in play. But at a business expo, he finds this inexplicable attraction to this woman in the brown, ass-hugging skirt and dark green h
Edit 5/13/2012

As I begin V.Dahl's Donovan Brothers Brewery series I re-read her prequel, Just One Taste, that is included in this Anthology. While all three siblings are introduced it centers around Eric Donovan and his one night stand with Beth Cantrell. It is Scorching HOT and left me wanting more.

I was tempted to jump to the third installment,Real Men Will just to finish their story.

All three stories were easy reads, sexy and enjoyable. They didn't feel rushed because they were short and the heroes were nice guys not bad boy alphas. I liked Susan Donovan's the best about a single mom taking her teenagers on Spring Break to Key West. Foster's was the sexiest, but not as exciting (lead into her new series) and Dahl's was a teaser that didn't have an HEA ending, but leads into her new series that I will definitely pick up when it is released in September.
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
3.75 Stars

I have to make a confession...I usually don't like these types of books, several novellas all rolled into a nice package. I am the type of gal who likes a longer read simply because, IMO, that gives the author more words to deliver a story that has everything I hope to gain. World building, character development & so on. I've often referred to novellas as the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am for novels - while they are ok on occasion I'd much prefer the opposite. With that being said, I really
This review is for Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster

Full review

3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings bout this book, i had it 4 a while but i never found the time for this series.

I really really loved Jett he is awesome, sweet, good locking, a totally alfa male and bad ass ex FBI and P.I. in present.

Natalie is a school teacher, cute, very skittish cuz of her back ground, coming from a rich family with a dad which expected perfection from her and her sister Molly and her mom which commits suicide when she
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars for the Lori Foster story only. I'll get to the other stories later.

If I hadn't already devoured the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, I would never have picked it up based on this novella.

The rest of the books in the series are all incredibly intense and sexy Romantic Suspense.
This novella isn't. It starts out with Jett and Natalie who are neighbors and sex buddies, but nothing more. Those are Natalie's terms, but after a few months of this, Jett decides he wants more.

When Nata
Riverina Romantics
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-blog

I am still undecided about my opinion of novellas. One the one hand they are a great way to get a feel for an author that you haven’t read before. You can determine if you like their writing style. Do they have a good sense of humour? Are they boring as hell? Do they give long winded descriptions and then skim over the juicy bits? But on the other hand it is really hard to get a good romance in such a short amount of words without making the heroine out to b
I mainly read this book for the Victoria Dahl novella (but I also really enjoy Lori Foster, and am super interested in her new series now!) and I was so not dissapointed! Victoria Dahl has quickly became one of my fav. contemp. romance authors! Her books are sweet, funny, and extremely steamy! The novella in this book is actually more like the begining of the 3rd book in this upcoming series, and doesn't have a typical HEA...YET! I worried about that going it to it, but I was completly satisfied ...more
I only read the short stories by Lori Foster and Victoria Dahl. Lori Foster is a new author to me, but I enjoyed this short story and will keep an eye out for her other titles. I purchased this book to read the Dahl short story that serves as a prequel to the Donovan Brothers Brewery Series. I am definitely looking forward to this new series. If you are looking for short, steamy contemporary stories, then I definitely recommend this one.
Seena Seena
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fav-s
I only read it for Victoria Dahls story and what an OH-MY-SHITNESS-I-WANT-A-ERIC fantastic starter to the Donovan series. I can't wait to read them all!!!
The Guy Next Door is made up of three stories by three talented contemporary romance authors starring three incredibly sexy guys from next door. My main thought/question about the book is:

Can anyone hook me up with a realtor that can produce neighbors like these guys?

I have to say that this is one of the best romance anthologies I've read in awhile. Usually romance anthologies are carried by one or two big name authors and a couple lesser known authors are thrown in as filler which tends to res
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of steamy contemporary romance
There was a theme to the three stories...concealed identity. In each story, the heroine has been intentionally misled as to the hero's true identity.

Lori Foster gives us a great story about two neighbors who have been using each other for booty calls but keeping it superficial. He wants more, she has fears to overcome. His profession would be an obstacle, so instead of coming clean he conceals it. Naturally, this deception becomes a part of the conflict delaying the happily-ever-after. I liked t
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, arc
Ready Set Jett by Lori Foster

Jett Sutter has admired Natalie Alexander since the moment he has spotted her in their apartment complex. Shortly after their introduction, they begin a hot, no-strings attached affair. The problem is that Jett is starting to care for Natalie and he wants something more. He just has to figure out how to convince Natalie. When Natalie mentions her plans for a vacation, he invites himself, seeking the perfect opportunity.

Wowza! Does Lori Foster know how to write hot se
Jennifer Estep
The Guy Next Door is a contemporary romance anthology features stories by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, and Victoria Dahl.

In Foster's story, Ready Set, Jett, teacher Natalie Alexnader and her private investigator neighbor Jett Sutter are enjoying a casual affair until Jett decides that he wants more out of their relationship.

In Donovan's story, Gail's Gone Wild, professor Gail Chapman takes her teenage daughter and her daughter's friend to Key West for spring break. But when Gail meets author Jess
I only read the Foster and Donovan entries in this collection. I'm putting the Dahl on hold for now.

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster

Jett and his sexy neighbor Natalie have been having a no-strings-attached fling for months. Jett is ready to take it to the next level (much to his surprise) but Natalie shows no signs of feeling the same. So he does what any rational man would do when he finds himself falling in love with the woman who wants nothing more than sex from him - he ties her to the bed an
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2011
Ready, Set, Jett- Lori Foster
I really, really liked this story. I think I liked it more because I already was familiar with the characters from Lori's new book When You Dare. Although, Natalie in the new book really sort of annoyed me, in this short story I get why. I like that she is a school teacher and at first in it for the sex, but tries to hide her true feelings. Jett (Love Him) hot, sexy and typical guy (when it comes to the no strings attached sex) really is sweet, because he also has fe
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
One Taste by Victoria Dahl. I purchased this book specifically because two of the stories (Foster, Dahl) are prequels to series I'm reading so I was well aware that they were not going to have clear cut conclusions.

As I'm preparing to read Eric's story in the Donovan Brothers Brewery series, it was important to first learn the origins of his "relationship" with Beth. I thought it helpful to read the first two books in the series prior to the prequel and my instincts were correct. You don't get
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Three novellas about neighbors getting together, whether they are near each other due to where they live, where they vacation or even booths at a business convention. Two of the stories will have an incomplete feel to them unless you’ve read other books in the series.

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster is the reason I picked up this anthology from the library. You meet Jett and Natalie in this story which takes place during When You Dare. Without reading that other book, you are going to feel cut of
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Each novella had a little bit of everything to suck me in and keep me engrossed within its pages to the very end.
I gave it 4 stars because the last piece cut off too soon in my opinion and I was a little irked by that. But to be honest... it was really well done.

Lori Foster does a wonderful job of setting up the scene for her new series featuring hot, uber alpha males. Jett was sexy as hell and my only problem was that there wasn't enough of him. I'm looking forward to reading The Men Who Walk T
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This trio of short stories was a wonderful find.

In Ready, Set, Jett, Lori Foster gives us the perfect situation – Jett Sutter, who wants a no-strings-attached relationship, meets Natalie Alexander, a woman with the same goal – and he discovers that sometimes strings are very worthwhile. But he has his work cut out for him as he tries to convince her of that.

While Natalie’s falling in love, her sister, Molly, is missing. Molly’s story is continued in When You Dare, the first book in Foster’s n
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Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

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