Passions ignite in these all-new stories from four bestselling masters of contemporary romance…
In Jaci Burton’s “Hope Smolders,” struggling divorcee Jane has put her personal life on hold to raise her kids—until she runs into Will, her ex’s former best friend, who convinces her it’s time to start having fun again.
Carly Phillips takes you back to the town of Serendipity, where overworked Alexa has an instant connection with a sinfully sexy football star on the dance floor. A one-night stand evolves into multiple nights when Luke decides to teach the good doctor about his own brand of fun. But when it’s time for him to leave town, will these “Perfect Strangers” be able to say goodbye for good?
In Jessica Clare’s “Legend of Jane,” an intrepid Bloggess catches the eye of local law enforcement when she gets caught trespassing. Luckily, Luanne wouldn’t mind getting handcuffed by Officer Hotness…
Single girl Chelsea is tired of feeling like the fifth wheel on her weekend jaunt to Lake Placid, until she gets stuck out in the cold and finds a muscular knight in shining armor to warm her up—in Erin McCarthy’s “Ice Princess.”
Four bestselling contemporary romance authors offer up a disjointed collection of racy novellas for summer reading. Burton (the Play by Play series) phones in "Hope Smolders," a bland tale of betrayed single mother Jane Kline learning to trust and enjoy herself with the help of handsome highway patrolman Will Griffin. In "Perfect Stranger," a workaday entry in Phillips's Serendipity series, pro football player Luke Thompson, searching for meaning in his future, finds Alexa Collins, a doctor who's tired of trying to live up to her father's expectations and plans. The standout is Clare's "The Legend of Jane," a quirky charmer about video blogger Luanne Allard, who moves to Bluebonnet, Tex. (the setting for Clare's Bluebonnet series) and immediately runs afoul of local police officer Hank Sharp. Luanne and Hank are atypical romantic leads, but they generate plenty of heat and their lighthearted encounters balance believably with their character issues. McCarthy's "Ice Princess" is less successful, as Chelsea Carruthers's juvenile sense of humor spoils the mood of passionate encounters with sexy ski instructor Brody Durbin. Readers looking for these authors' best efforts should seek out their novels.