Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Saturday Review

Sand, Sun … Seduction!
Harlequin ISBN-13:978-0-373-83734-2
This book is made up of three short stories that take place in hot tropical climates.

Enticed by Stephanie Bond
Kimber Karlton, a woman with the perfect job, perfect man, and plans for a perfect life is derailed when she has trouble meeting her boyfriend on a south Pacific island where she’s heard he plans to propose. With round-about travel plans and a free spirited pilot Finn Meyers as help, Kimber hopes her new companion can get her to the island. Finn has other plans, showing Kimber a new side to life. By the time she does reach her destination, she has found a new definition for perfect - life with Finn.

Propositioned by Leslie Kelly
In St. Lucia, putting her life back together after an ugly divorce, Liz Talbot is surprised to see Jack Beaumont, her ex’s old boss. Jack is there to get Liz’s help with a business problem but finds the feelings he hid from Liz while she was married are still beating strongly. Jack woos Liz, but when she finds out what his visit is really about she is devastated. Jack faces his fear of water just to get her to talk to him. Liz discovers Jack is the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with.

Fevered by Lori Wilde
Macy Gatwick wants a news story bad enough that she is willing to track through the jungle of Costa Rica to talk to Armando Cutler. Licking his wounds from an experience with a dishonest woman, Armando wants nothing to do with another one. When a heavy rain storm develops, he has no choice but to invite Macy into his cabin until it passes. One day turned into three. Armando starts to trust again but when he finds Macy’s press pass he is furious. He wants her gone as soon as possible. Days later he wonders why his story hasn’t made the papers and finds out that Macy refused to release the story. Macy returns to the jungle and Armando’s welcoming arms.

I’m a little late (okay, a lot late) in reading this book. It was marketed for the summer as the perfect beach read but if you are cold and want to warm up during the Christmas season find this book. I like all three of these stories. I like them so well that the book is a keeper. If you are a writer this book is a good one to study to learn how to write romance well. These authors know how to do it.

Review by Susan May
4 Petit Fours and 5 Hot Tamales


PJ said...

I could use a little warmth today and this sounds terrific. I haven't read Leslie yet but Lori and Stephanie are favorites. Thanks, Susan!

Tami Brothers said...

I LOVED this book! All the stories read fast and make it seem incredibly easy to write a romance. Which most romance authors know is a sign of really good writing and takes a tremendous talent. These ladies certainly have that talent!

Thanks for the review, Susan!


Linsey Lanier said...

They make it seem easy to write a romance? I'd better study these stories. With temps in the 20s and snow on the ground in Georgia, these sound like just the thing to warm you up. :)


Cyrano said...

I love keeper novels. It seems that quite a few of the books I've read end up at the used book store after I'm through with them. I liked reading them, don't get me wrong, but some of them end up being one timers. I read them once and move on. Others, like Gabaldon's series, Teresa Medieros novels, some of Linda Howard's and a few lucky others are read and re-read...Keepers.
Sounds like this one is a keeper too. I'll have to pick it up.

Have a brilliant day!

Gannon Carr said...

Great review, Susan! I have this book in my TBR mountain and I could use some sun and sand during this frigid weather. :)

Ana Aragón said...

Hope I get to it by next summer...