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Red-Hot Summer by Maya Banks
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4 stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica/Ménage Anthology

Red-Hot Summer is hot indeed and a satisfying anthology featuring four very spicy stories, all of which I really liked.

4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica – Reckless by Maya Banks is about small town sheriff J.T. trying to fight his lust and feelings for his best friend’s off-limits ‘kid’ sister Nikki, who’s darn determined to make him hers, despite their 12-year age difference. She’s wanted and loved him ever since she was a teen, and now that she’s back in town and their both adults, she’s not letting him get away, even if she has to get herself arrested to succeed with seduction! This is a stand-alone sequel to the story Brazen, and the characters from it, Jasmine, Seth, and Zane, play small roles here. It’s a sexy, sweet story that fans of Maya Banks should enjoy. 4 ½ stars

4 stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica/Ménage – Color My Heart by Red Garnier is a very steamy story about brokenhearted artist Hannah who literally throws herself at a complete stranger, who happens to be her neighbor Billy. They engage in a sex only relationship for a bit, but eventually he wants more from her and she’s not willing to risk her heart again. To show Billy that she’s only interested in sex, she brings hot neighbor Lance into the mix and they engage in a hot, angry three-way, but Billy is determined to prove that she’s all his. This story is smokin’ hot, especially a scene involving very creative use of a paintbrush…yowza! 4 stars

4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica/Ménage– Heat of the Moment by Elle Kennedy was my favorite story of the whole lot. It’s about perky bakery/café owner Shelby who harbors a serious year-long crush, which she mistakenly thinks is one-sided, on Navy SEAL John Garrett. He’s been coming to her café and buying fancy overpriced mochas for a year, just to spend time with Shelby, but she thinks he only sees her as a friend. He’s got a wild sexual past, so Shelby sets out to seduce him and his best friend Carson into a ménage to prove she’s not just an innocent, freckle-faced, vanilla-sex gal. This story is funny, incredibly sweet, and verrry hot. I’ll definitely read the sequel Heat of Passion, which is Carson’s story, to find out what happens next with Shelby, Garrett, and Carson. 4 ½ stars

4 stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica – Lady Sings the Blues by Mallery Malone was perhaps the most pleasant surprise for me out of all four stories because I honestly didn’t expect much, but found it to be extremely sultry and a really sweet interracial romance about former exotic dancer turned club owner Alina “Miss Scarlet” and blind blues musician Joshua Hanover. They engage in some seriously hot sex, but soon the relationship evolves into something much deeper, and they both have to confront their insecurities and preconceived notions to hold onto the beauty they’ve found in each other. It’s a very sexy, romantic story about two people learning to open up and trust. 4 stars

Overall, Red-Hot Summer is a satisfying, erotic anthology with four diverse stories, all of which I enjoyed. 4 stars!
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message 1: by Tammy (new)

Tammy S -

Are all 4 stories by the same author?

The first story - the one with the kid sister - has my name all over it. I love that theme!

Shawna No, each story is by a different author.

message 3: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Thanx. =)

Shawna By the way Tammy, did you read Victoria Dahl's "Talk Me Down"? I just read and reviewed it...I LOVED it! It has a sexy sheriff trying to resist the heroine...very sexy and funny!

message 5: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Yes, I read it. Almost everyone on GR liked it, but I'm the odd man out. I really liked Ben, but I didn't care too much for whats-her-name.

Shawna Yeah, I LOVED Ben, which was the main reason I liked it so much, even though the heroine was irritating as all-get-out!

message 7: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Part of my problem was that I LOVE the reunion romance theme, so my expectations were too high going into the book after all those great reviews I read.

The other part of the problem was that the heroine fit the TSTL category. Why didn't she tell Ben (the sheriff!) about her stalker? Duh! And why wouldn't she tell anyone she was an erotica author? She almost acted ashamed of it. I believe in the theory of "living life out loud". Not being ashamed of who you are and what you stand for. Probably because of the way I was raised.

But I did like yummy Ben! The author definitely got his character right. =)

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