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Lazy days . . . steamy nights . . . and sweltering guys with rippling muscles doing what they do best . . .

Lusciousby Lori Foster

Bethany Churchill just quit her lousy job, dumped her lousy boyfriend and moved into a new apartment. She?s not looking for love, but her hot new landlord is determined to change her mind. SWAT officer Lucius Ryder -- known to the women in the building as "Luscious," much to his ...

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Overview

Lazy days . . . steamy nights . . . and sweltering guys with rippling muscles doing what they do best . . .

Lusciousby Lori Foster

Bethany Churchill just quit her lousy job, dumped her lousy boyfriend and moved into a new apartment. She’s not looking for love, but her hot new landlord is determined to change her mind. SWAT officer Lucius Ryder -- known to the women in the building as "Luscious," much to his chagrin -- is one sexy lawman, and before long Bethany is tempted to find out if he's really as delicious as his nickname...

It’s About Time by Erin McCarthy

County prosecutor Trish Jones has had it with smooth-talking, under-performing suits. And though she’s never had a thing for big, brawny guys, one look at Caleb Vancouver’s bulges makes her think she might have been missing out. One Harley ride later they’re back at her place, and she realizes that she has been missing out . . . on quite a lot . . .

Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey

Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt knows exactly what she wants her future to look like, and this summer that means renovating a dilapidated shed into a studio. But when hunky carpenter Leo Dawson shows up, she’d much rather have his capable hands on her than on a hammer. He’s not the kind of guy she always thought she’d fall for, but when he touches her, she can’t imagine wanting anyone else . . .

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Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, and Amy Garvey dish up a trio of steamy summer fantasies-come-true in this sexy contemporary anthology. None of the heroines of their stories are looking for love, or even sex, but let's face it, they all get lucky.

In Lori Foster's "Luscious," Bethany Churchill finds love with the right landlord when she moves into a new apartment. A stalker, a twin sister who's a pet psychic, and a great dog round out the plot. In Erin McCarthy's "It's About Time," a tough-talking prosecutor abandons her penchant for empty suits as she rescues a brawny guy from the bar -- and winds up being the grateful party. Last, in Amy Garvey's "Wish You Were Here," photographer Mackenzie Pruitt gets more than she bargained for when she decides to renovate her shed and hires a handsome carpenter with a secret. Ginger Curwen
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  • ISBN-13: 9780758209344
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances.

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Bad Boys of Summer


By Lori Foster Erin McCarthy Amy Garvey

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Copyright © 2006 Kensington Publishing Corp.
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ISBN: 978-0-7582-0965-8


Chapter One

Lucius Ryder took aim at the front porch area of the home where Mary Seeder's son held her at knifepoint in the six-hour standoff. Lucius didn't want to shoot the dumb-ass punk—but he would if it came to that.

Beneath the IIIA vest, ballistic helmet, and various pads, sweat gathered, making him itch. Material clung to his flesh. The friggin' athletic cup started to chafe. Even before daybreak, the August heat rose and humidity sweltered. But on the chance this could resolve peacefully, he'd wait another six hours before taking an impatient shot.

Unless the kid started to move that knife.

Until now, the son hadn't been visible. He'd hidden in the house, and only phone calls and reports from neighbors told them how critical the situation might be. Then suddenly, under grayish daybreak and emergency lights trained on the house, Steve Seeder dragged Mary onto the rickety front porch.

Out of the corner of his eye, Lucius detected a low, slinking movement at his right. He didn't take his eyes off Steve; he didn't dare. He trusted his backup to alert him to any additional danger.

Through his radio headset, he heard, "Just a dog, Lucius. A mangy mutt, big as a horse, but it doesn't seem threatening."

A stray dog. Just what this day didn't need. If the animal got too close to him, he'd probably end up with fleas.

"Get the hell off our property or I'll kill her! I swear I will."

Speaking of animals ... Lucius narrowed his eyes over the son's rabid warning. According to neighbors, Steve Seeder had a temper, yet Mary Seeder always took him back in. This time, however, she accepted him back with conditions, which included no smoking. She'd even gone so far as to throw out his last pack of cigarettes.

To a nicotine addict like Steve, it took only that to push him over the edge. Now, thanks to his rage, Steve had added a new slew of charges to his parole revocation warrant.

Despite the expertise of the SWAT team, standoffs were always iffy. Someone could die. Lucius would do his best to ensure it wasn't Mary.

The dog leaned against Lucius's leg. "Easy, bud." Lucius didn't have the heart to nudge it away, but he couldn't divert his attention to it, either.

It circled Lucius, putting itself in his line of vision. With one quick glance, Lucius took in the bone-skinny structure with short, chocolate-brown fur that darkened to black on its face, tail, and feet. Scars, ticks, and burs marred what otherwise would have been truly beautiful coloring.

The animal smelled Lucius from every angle. Because Lucius didn't want his position pinpointed, he said to the dog, "Go on now."

That black face turned up to him, and for a split second, Lucius looked into the dog's eyes. So much expression shown there that Lucius felt oddly connected.

With an eerie vigilance, the dog turned its head and made note of Steve and Mary on the porch, then began inching forward. Oh shit.

"Come here, dog," Lucius whispered, but to no avail. The dog continued forward.

Lucius waited—tense, alert. The knife Steve held at Mary's throat would also be good for throwing. He wanted Mary safe, but not by sacrificing a dog, damn it.

The second the mutt hit the clearing, Steve stared in disbelief. To no one in particular, he shouted, "What the hell is that hound doing here?"

Lack of fat left lean muscles exposed all along the dog's frame—muscles now taut with readiness. Steve yanked on Mary, and the scruff on the dog's neck rose in warning.

"You call that a police dog? What a joke." While scoffing, Steve inadvertently eased the knife a scant half inch away from Mary's throat.

The dog quivered in anticipation before slowly sinking back on his haunches in a semi-crouch. He could have been cowering—or taking a stance.

Lucius put his money on the latter.

Gleeful at the prospect of causing more pain, Steve dragged Mary a few feet toward the porch edge, raised his booted foot, and prepared to give the dog a vicious kick.

He wasn't quick enough.

A sudden, ferocious snarl made Lucius's hair stand on end and in the next second, the dog attacked. He caught Steve's pant leg, ripping the material while jerking and growling, forcing Steve off balance.

Mary bolted, throwing herself off the porch in awkward haste. She landed on the weeded lawn, screaming and hysterical. With Mary free of the threatening hold, the SWAT team swarmed in, and Steve Seeder had no choice but to give up. The dog released him and eased away.

In seconds, the standoff ended without bloodshed.

No one touched the dog. No one had to. Black ears perked in interest, he watched the proceedings until everything calmed, then started to saunter off the same way he'd come in.

With everything now under control, Lucius gave all his attention to the animal. The poor thing had the look of a greyhound—but Lucius suspected it was starvation, not breeding, that exposed the dog's rib cage. Patches of abuse showed through the dark, matted fur. Head down in a posture that epitomized sadness, the dog retreated.

Hell, Lucius had never seen such a long face on a mutt. He couldn't bear it.

Soft and low, he whistled. The dog halted, ears perked.

Lucius hunkered down to one knee. "C'mere, boy."

Sharp shoulder blades flexed as the dog looked back with heart-wrenching hope in his mournful brown eyes.

And on that sizzling-hot August dawn, Sergeant Lucius J. Ryder became the owner of a very heroic pooch.

The knock on the door startled Bethany Churchill so that she almost fell off the couch. With blurry eyes, she squinted at the kitchen clock on the far wall. Barely seven A.M.! Another glance at her sister's bedroom door showed that Marci slept on.

Wrapping herself in the borrowed sheet, Bethany hauled herself off the couch and went to the door. She put one eye to the peephole, and moaned at the sight before her.

Big, tall, sexy male.

No, no, no. She didn't need this, not today, not right now, not before caffeine.

Without opening the door, she called out, "What do you want, Luscious?" Her teeth snapped down on her tongue and she mentally cursed. "I mean, Lucius."

At the sound of his deep laugh, her head hit the door with a thump. Damn the other women in the building for giving him that ridiculous nickname. So he was SWAT. And brave. And he looked downright luscious. Luscious Rider, they called him, a name that seemed strangely apropos to her sleepy brain.

Not that Lucius, the egomaniac, ever complained over the endearment. Nope, he soaked in female adoration as if it were his due.

"Bethany, I take it?"

How could he always tell them apart? More than one guy had been confused over time. More than one guy had insisted he didn't have a preference, as if she and her twin were interchangeable, especially if Marci proved unavailable.

But not Lucius.

He behaved very differently with each of them. Issuing an obvious challenge, Bethany said, "Yeah, so?"

"Open the damn door."

"Why?"

His head hit the wood this time. "I need to see Marci. Now open up."

Of course he wanted to see Marci. The men always wanted to see Marci. Her twin had a charisma that somehow hadn't entered Bethany's gene pool. "No. She's asleep." And I'm in my underwear, and I haven't yet recouped enough from a bad week and a long night to face you.

Another couple of hours sleep, at least three cups of coffee, then she might be ready to square off with the hunky landlord.

A hesitation, then, "When did you get in, Bethany?"

Uh-oh. She knew that tone of his, a tone he never used with Marci. "Midnight. Why?"

"You realize you're breaking the rent agreement by imposing on your sister so often?"

Go screw yourself, Sergeant, she mimed to herself—but she didn't dare say the words aloud. After all, he was the landlord, and Marci really liked her apartment. "I'm only here for a few days." Or weeks. Maybe even forever, if she didn't find her backbone. "No big deal."

"It will be a big deal if you don't open the door."

"It's early."

"And I have an emergency."

Now more awake, Bethany put her eye to the peephole again. Lucius looked rumpled and tired, but in a good, cozy and warm way—not panicked. Definitely not injured. Her suspicions rose. "What kind of emergency?"

From behind Bethany, Marci yawned, then said, "What's going on?"

Well, shoot. They'd awakened her sister. "I don't know." She glanced over her shoulder at Marci. "It's Lucius. He wants in for some reason."

"I have an emergency," Lucius yelled, proving the paper-thin walls did little to protect privacy.

Also in a T-shirt and underwear, Marci strode forward and edged Bethany aside. As if Lucius Ryder saw her in a state of undress every day, Marci opened the locks, removed the chain, and swung the door wide without a hint of modesty.

It was then that Bethany detected the beastly howling coming from Lucius's apartment across the hall.

"What is that?" Bethany asked, at the same time Marci said, "Oh my God. That's a dog, isn't it?"

"A dog?" Wrapped in the sheet, Bethany joined Marci in the doorway so that they stood side by side.

Lucius started to explain, but his mouth snapped shut. He went on alert. His exhaustion disappeared. From Bethany to Marci and back again, his gaze went up and down one, then the other.

Finally, one brow raised, he said, "Yeah, see, I brought a dog home and—"

Shoving past him, Marci ran to his apartment, yanked open his door, and disappeared inside.

Lucius flicked one more scorching look over Bethany's sheet-covered frame, then started to follow Marci across the hall.

Without thinking it through, she snagged onto his upper arm. "Oh no, you don't." No way was she leaving "Luscious Lucius" alone with her sis—Wowza. The man had very impressive biceps. She couldn't even get her fingers around him ...

He stared at her hand up to her face, a question—or maybe a suggestion—in his green eyes.

Recalling herself, Bethany scowled. "You," she said, filling that single word with warning, "are waiting for me to come with you."

"I'm a gentleman." He leveled a very hot look on her. "I always wait for the lady to come."

Her mouth dropped open. Visuals crowded her brain. She started to speak, and squeaked instead.

Oozing satisfaction at her reaction, he grinned. "But in this instance, I can't. You see, the dog—"

Flustered and somewhat feverish, Bethany pulled him inside. "I'll only be a minute." With that dismissal, she raced the few feet across the teensy living room into Marci's bedroom.

Hurrying, so he wouldn't leave without her, she dropped the sheet and bent to fetch her jeans from the floor.

Lucius spoke right behind her. "This could be a wet dream except that I'm wide awake and there's a dog pissing all over my floors."

Squawking, Bethany yanked the jeans up so fast she tripped herself and landed on the side of the bed. She bounced right back up again—no sense in testing things—and turned to fry him with a glare.

He stood with one muscled shoulder propped in the bedroom doorframe. His jeans looked well worn and comfortable, and his T-shirt read: I quit the band. Now I just play with myself.

She sneered at the shirt. "I bet that's appropriate."

"Wouldn't you like to know? Maybe fodder for some dreams of your own?"

Absolutely ... not. Well, okay, maybe a little. Bethany drummed up a convincing snort, pretended disinterest, and rummaged in a drawer for more clothes. If the apartment weren't so minuscule, she might have found a smidge of privacy. But Marci liked the small place, the inconspicuousness of it, and the anonymity it afforded her.

"What are you doing?"

Grumbling as much to herself as to him, Bethany said, "I'm getting Marci some clothes, too."

"Not on my account, I hope."

Don't look at him. Don't look at him. Her teeth locked, making speech difficult. "She probably doesn't even realize what's she's wearing."

"Or not wearing?"

Obviously, he'd noticed. "She wasn't trying to entice you, Sergeant. It's just that Marci's never understood her own sex appeal."

That made him laugh, but not in a ha-ha way.

"What's so funny?" she demanded.

"You think your sister is sexy?"

"You know she is." Good grief, he'd all but swallowed his tongue when he saw her.

"She looks exactly like you, Bethany."

Heat crept up her neck. "No—"

"Exactly like you."

Clutching another pair of jeans, Bethany straightened. Damn it, so they were identical twins. That's not what she meant and he probably knew it. "There's a big difference."

"How?"

"It's an attitude thing."

The second she turned, his gaze skipped over her again, lingering in inappropriate places before settling on her face. "You wanna explain that?"

She didn't, but since she'd talked herself into a verbal corner ... "Men have always noticed Marci, while she remains oblivious to them."

"And you think they don't notice you?"

How the heck had she gotten herself embroiled in this stupid conversation at such an ungodly hour with the stud of the complex? "Look, forget I said anything."

"Not on your life."

Pigheaded, stubborn, macho ... "You've eyed Marci, haven't you? You're aware of her as a woman. I know it's true, so don't try to deny it."

"I've eyed you, too." His voice sounded like rough velvet. If rough velvet could talk. "And trust me, babe, I know you're all female."

"I am not your babe."

"More's the pity."

"Lucius," she warned, but her heart tripped at the way he said that, as if he actually wanted to get something going with her. Which he didn't. At least, she didn't think he did.

Did he?

He shrugged. "I'm not blind, gay, or too old to fantasize, so yeah, I've noticed you both. But Marci is a fruitcake and you've formed some grievance against me, so I mind my manners."

Those words, in that particular tone, left her mute for an extended moment. He'd sounded almost complimentary. Then she kick-started her brain and stiffened with affront. "If you consider your current behavior mannerly, I'd hate to see you being rude."

He melted her with a long, hot, dark stare. "I haven't mentioned that enticing lace I saw on your panties, now have I? Or the fact that you're not wearing a bra and it's pretty damned noticeable. Or that you look like a woman who's just rolled out of bed, all sexy and warm and soft." His mouth quirked at her wide-eyed stupor. "If that's not polite, I don't know what is."

She had to get out of the bedroom.

It had always been that way with Lucius. From the first day she'd met him, they shot sparks off each other. Marci adored him, but according to her sis, their relationship remained strictly platonic. He teased Marci, and Bethany had seen him flirt with every female that came into his vicinity.

But it seemed different with her. Somehow ratcheted up a notch or two.

She didn't know how to take him, given he'd known Marci first. Had her sister been oblivious to Lucius's amorous attempts, so he chose to focus on her instead? Wouldn't be the first time. She should be used to it by now, but no way would she ever accept being second pick. Ever.

Not even for Lucius Ryder.

So despite the sparks, she did her best to keep their relationship platonic, too. Her efforts often seemed antagonistic, but then, she'd never had to deal with such an awesome case of admiration before. Sergeant Ryder was a walking dream of a man.

On the way out of the bedroom, Bethany snagged his arm again. "I don't harbor any grievances against you," she felt compelled to admit.

She just resented the fact that he had an earlier association with Marci, and that women seemed to gravitate to him. Most of all, she resented the easy camaraderie he had with her sis. She couldn't admit any of that, though, so she said instead, "It's just that I don't appreciate how you always poke fun at Marci."

He stopped, which meant she stopped. In fact, the sudden brakes nearly took her off her feet.

Frazzled, she turned to him and snapped, "What?"

"Your sister claims to be a pet psychic."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Bad Boys of Summer by Lori Foster Erin McCarthy Amy Garvey Copyright © 2006 by Kensington Publishing Corp.. Excerpted by permission of BRAVA BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Lazy days . . . steamy nights . . . and sweltering guys with rippling muscles doing what they do best . . .

Lusciousby Lori Foster

Bethany Churchill just quit her lousy job, dumped her lousy boyfriend and moved into a new apartment. She’s not looking for love, but her hot new landlord is determined to change her mind. SWAT officer Lucius Ryder -- known to the women in the building as "Luscious," much to his chagrin -- is one sexy lawman, and before long Bethany is tempted to find out if he's really as delicious as his nickname...

It’s About Time by Erin McCarthy

County prosecutor Trish Jones has had it with smooth-talking, under-performing suits. And though she’s never had a thing for big, brawny guys, one look at Caleb Vancouver’s bulges makes her think she might have been missing out. One Harley ride later they’re back at her place, and she realizes that she has been missing out . . . on quite a lot . . .

Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey

Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt knows exactly what she wants her future to look like, and this summer that means renovating a dilapidated shed into a studio. But when hunky carpenter Leo Dawson shows up, she’d much rather have his capable hands on her than on a hammer. He’s not the kind of guy she always thought she’d fall for, but when he touches her, she can’t imagine wanting anyone else . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    Not that great

    This book is 3 short stories.. Everything happens too fast and it was kind of dumb...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    only for Its about time by Erin Mccarthy

    well i really only bought the book because i love erin mccarthy's books and well this one is another big hit. of course its a short story so don't expect a lot of history or in depthness here, its just hot and lustful. who says this couldn't happen: go to a bar, meet a guy, bring him home and hey start a relationship, it happens all the time. the story is just hot. and it's great to hear about previous characters from her other books, like kindra from bad boys online, ashley from bad boys over easy and violet from when good things happen to bad boys. I give the story 5 stars.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    three hotter than a lit match contemporary romances

    ¿Luscious¿ by Lori Foster. Twin sisters Bethany and Marci Churchill share an apartment (breaking the lease) when the former quit her job and dumps her boyfriend. Though she would not mind a roll on the sheets with her sister¿s landlord, hunky SWAT police officer Lucius Ryder, she knows he desires Marci. However, the police sergeant amazes her that he can tell which twin is which and soon with the matchmaking of her sibling and the Dog Hero, Bethany and ¿Luscious¿ Lucius fall in love. --- ¿It¿s About Time¿ by Erin McCarthy. County prosecutor Trish Jones has had it with smooth-talking suits who lie and ultimately fail to show up on dates. She is commiserating at the local bar when she notices hunky Caleb Vancouver, whom she has known for fifteen years, getting drunk as his ex-wife remarries tonight. Caleb plans to celebrate with a one night stand once he picks someone up. When he and Trish talk, drink and ride into the night on his bike for a tryst, both realize it must be love when he begins to think about letting her drive his Harley. --- ¿Wish You Were Here¿ by Amy Garvey. Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt plans to use the summer to convert a ramshackle shed into a studio. Her plans modify when hunky carpenter Leo Dawson arrives to work on the renovation. Mac wants Leo to work on her renovation, which he will gladly show her how to use a screw. --- These three hotter than a lit match contemporary romances uses the successful Bad Boys theme to provide readers with delightfully heated tales of summer love between three bad hunks and the women who somewhat civilize them. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Great Summer Read

    All three authors have done a wonderful job with their stories. You can never go wrong with Lori Foster and once again in Luscious she does an outstanding job balancing hot sexual tension between the hero and heroine. Macho SWAT Sergeant Lucius, with his protective attitude towards any female, but especially Bethany, slowly convinces her that he is the hero for her. This story will have you falling in love and searching for the water spritzer to cool off. It¿s About Time by Erin McCarthy will have you laughing out loud and sighing at the happiness true love inspires. Hot pink condoms, red lace underwear, ex-wives, true friends, and learning to trust in love are all included to make this story one to treasure. Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey gives us a taste of learning to trust and knowing that true love doesn¿t judge. Leo and Mackenzie began their relationship with secrets on Leo¿s side. He just doesn¿t believe Mackenzie could ever love an ex-rocker and recovering alcoholic, but finds that true love knows no prejudices. Three wonderful stories by very talented authors ¿ a must read and one for the keeper shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Fun summer reading!!

    LUSCIOUS by Lori Foster. When Bethany Churchill moves in with her twin sister, Marci, the last thing she expects to find is a man who is interested in her. Not her gorgeous, self-assured, confident sister, but her. SWAT officer/landlord Lucius Ryder, also known as ¿Luscious¿ to the all-women tenants in his apartment building, wants Marci for the magic she can work with his newly acquired, badly abused dog. Marci has the gift of ¿reading¿ dogs, understanding what is troubling them and what makes them happy. Lucius wants Bethany strictly for himself and once he sets out to seduce her and prove to her how he feels, she is more confused than ever. Once you throw in the eclectic personalities of the women in the apartment building, Bethany¿s lack of self-esteem, Lucius¿s abundance of self-confidence and the dangers of his job, you have a well-rounded story with all of the feel-good qualities that Lori Foster is known for.***** IT¿S ABOUT TIME by Erin McCarthy. Prosecuting Attorney Trish Jones has been stood up. Again. After waiting for an hour for her date, she makes her way to Ryan¿s Pub. There she runs into Caleb Vancouver who, with empty beer bottles covering the bar in front of him, appears to be successfully drowning his sorrows. It turns out that his ex-wife is getting married the next day and he¿s trying not to think about it. Trish eventually gets him sobered up and they enjoy the rest of the evening in pleasant conversation. After last call Trish drives Caleb home, to her home, and they spend an incredible night together, followed by an incredible morning. When Caleb hears Trish make a flip comment about their relationship to her friends, he doesn¿t understand why his feelings are hurt when he has only known her a scant number of hours. But he¿s determined to turn those hurt feelings around and convince Trish that there is something unique between them that is worth pursuing. It promises to be fun, especially when Erin McCarthy is the one getting them together.***** WISH YOU WERE HERE by Amy Garvey. Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt is excited to begin renovations to the beach house she has inherited from her deceased aunt. Her top priority is getting the ramshackle backyard shed spruced up to use as a cozy little photo studio. When carpenter Leo Dawson shows up to do the work, Mackenzie is certain that he is the most gorgeous man she has ever seen. These two are steam-worthy from the word go and begin a red-hot relationship almost immediately, but Leo is hiding a secret and there¿s no way they can have a future together until he is willing to share his past with Mackenzie. Amy Garvey¿s contribution to this anthology is a wonderfully romantic story that practically sizzles on the pages.***** This book should be required summer reading whether you toss it in your suitcase, read it in the car, or tuck it in your beach bag, you¿ll be glad you did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    Funny & Sexy--just the thing for Summer!

    **This anthology features three excellent storytellers! You won¿t want to miss it, trust me.__________The first story is ¿Luscious¿ by Lori Foster. Her stories always have a deep sense of family that I just adore. In addition, her writing tends to have a message about right and wrong and standing up for the little guy. I just love that! This story is no exception. Things start off tense from the get go when Lucius Ryder, SWAT hunk, is stuck in a heart-stopping hostage situation. And you¿ll let out a great big, ¿ahhhh¿ when it¿s all said and done, and Lucius manages to rescue a hero of a dog. Unfortunately, he hasn¿t a clue what to do with the poor little thing. His first thought is to take him to his neighbor, Marci Churchill. She¿s very good with animals. In fact, one would say she can even connect with them. Lucius isn¿t really sure about all that, but one thing he is certain of is Marci¿s twin, Bethany. He wants her. Bad. Now. He¿s been a good boy and managed to tamp down his wild urges, but now, with Bethany so close, Lucius isn¿t so inclined to control himself any longer. Unfortunately¿for Lucius¿Bethany doesn¿t want anything to do with men anymore. Seems, it¿s up to Lucius to change her mind on that score. And the way he goes about doing it is just downright yummy!____________________The second story, ¿Its About Time¿ by Erin McCarthy, is true Erin McCarthy style. Her stories always make me laugh and yet they are oh-so steamy too! I haven¿t read a story by her that I didn¿t love. This story begins as the heroine, Trish Jones, is stood up. She¿s feeling just the slightest bit of self-pity. Then, she spots a sexy, brooding man at the other end of the bar wallowing in his own fair share of grief. While Trish tries telling herself that Caleb is not really right for her, her body isn¿t all that keen on listening. She wants Caleb Vancouver. Vigorously, passionately, wildly wants Caleb Vancouver. Caleb hasn¿t had sex in two years and he is way the heck past ready! Trish isn¿t going to know what hit her once he gets his big, hard hands on her delectable curves. And he plans to leave her breathless and begging. She plans to let him¿these two sure do heat up the pages!____________________The last story in this anthology is Amy Garvey¿s ¿Wish You Were Here¿. I¿ve never read this author before, but wow, I really enjoyed her story. I thought Garvey closed this anthology with a very charming and tender romance. It was the perfect happily-ever-after, in my opinion. I can¿t wait to check out what else she has on the shelves! Photographer, Mackenzie Pruitt, has just inherited her Aunt¿s house. The little dilapidated shed out back is going to be McKenzie¿s new studio. She¿s excited to begin this new chapter in her life, but still the `studio¿ needs a lot of work. A LOT of work. McKenzie hires contractor, Leo Dawson, to make the little shack into the studio of her dreams. When she first sees Leo, she finds herself nearly drooling. Good lord, the man was gorgeous! Big and rough and just gorgeous! Her first thought¿okay, maybe not her first thought¿is to photograph him. He wholeheartedly nixes the idea, saying that if she even tries to snap a single picture of him he¿s out of there. McKenzie is disappointed, but agrees, what choice does she have? But what she doesn¿t know is that Leo has a secret lay buried in his past, one that he doesn¿t have any intention of revealing. But as mutual attraction turns to something much deeper, Leo has to choose. Does he risk everything and tell McKenzie his secret, or does he walk away and let her go¿? You¿ll have to read the book if you want to find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    As usual, This Antho Rocks!

    Lucious By Lori Foster Sexy Lawman Lucius Ryder is attracted to his neighbor sister. He thinks that ignoring the object of his attraction is the way to go. But, Surprise! Fate interferes and soon sparks are flying between Bethany and Lucius. Lori¿s trademark of a sexy fun romance is accomplished once again in this story. Its about time By Erin McCarthy Trish Jones has been stood up again. Determined to have a pity me party, she goes to her favorite bar and meets Caleb Vancouver. He is halfway drunk, not her type, or so she though until she decides to ¿help¿ him and takes him to her place. The chemistry between them can¿t be denied and soon things start to heat up. Erin¿s sexy romance trademark shines again in this story. Wish you were here By Amy Garvey Mackenzie Pruitt is determined to restore the house she inherited from her aunt, for that she need a carpenter! Leo Dawson is just what she needs and more. He is one hot package of sexy male/carpenter. Sparks fly when they are in the same room. This is a sexy, tender story that will have you sighing. My first read for Amy Garvey and will not be the last. In general this is a steamy romance by great authors that once again prove that love can be found anywhere, even with a bad boy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    Hot and Spicy Read

    This is an anthology featuring Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy and Amy Garvey. It is a hot, spicy read. The first novella is****Luscious by Lori Foster****Lucius Ryder is the Sergeant of a SWAT team, who has an small apartment building with all women tenants. The women refer to him as 'Luscious Rider'. When he gains a dog through circumstances in his job, he requires the help of one of his tenants. Only when he goes to Marci's apartment to gain her help he is confronted by Bethany Churchill, who is the identical twin sister. Few people can tell them apart, but Lucius knows the difference since this sister turns him on in a big way and turns him inside out. Bethany has come to stay while she tries to get her life back in order after making some dramatic changes. The two of them send out sparks that burn up the pages. But when Lucius has to save Bethany's life, he realizes just what he stands to lose. This is an enjoyable hot read from start to finish.********The second novella is****It's About Time by Erin McCarthy ****Is about Trish Jones who is a County prosecutor that has been stood up by dates so often she has lost count. Mind you it does not help her ego either that her three best friends have found their soul mates. After having again been left waiting at a restaurant for a couple of hours on another no show date,Trish goes to the neighbourhood pub on her way home. There she meets Caleb Vancouver, a long-time friend of the owner of the bar, who is there to celebrate his ex-wife's marriage to an older guy the next day. Caleb is the direct opposite in all ways to the men she usually goes for. Blue collar versus suits. He is one sexy, hot hunk of a man. The journey of how they end up with each other is one hot, spicy read that burns up the pages.********With the last novella being****Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey ****Mackenzie Pruitt has inherited her Aunt's house on Wrightsville Beach. She has visions of turning the dilapidated shed that stands on the property into a Studio for her photography. For the undertaking of this project she hires Leo Dawson, a contractor carpenter to do the job. Leo has her tongue tied right from the start, and when her idea of photographing him fizzles, she realizes that there are secrets being hidden by him. The pages literally burn themselves up as this story unfolds. Leo knows he should level with Mackenzie, but he doesn't want things to end because he feels he will lose her if she ever finds out exactly what he is hiding. This is a hot, spicy read with lots of action, and shows that people do change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    Hot and Spicy Read

    This is an anthology featuring Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy and Amy Garvey. It is a hot, spicy read. The first novella****Luscious by Lori Foster****Lucius Ryder is the Sergeant of a SWAT team, who has an small apartment building with all women tenants. The women refer to him as 'Luscious Rider'. When he gains a dog through circumstances in his job, he requires the help of one of his tenants. Only when he goes to Marci's apartment to gain her help he is confronted by Bethany Churchill, who is the identical twin sister. Few people can tell them apart, but Lucius knows the difference since this sister turns him on in a big way and turns him inside out. Bethany has come to stay while she tries to get her life back in order after making some dramatic changes. The two of them send out sparks that burn up the pages. But when Lucius has to save Bethany's life, he realizes just what he stands to lose. This is an enjoyable hot read from start to finish.********The second novella****It's About Time by Erin McCarthy****Is about Trish Jones who is a County prosecutor that has been stood up by dates so often she has lost count. Mind you it does not help her ego either that her three best friends have found their soul mates. After having again been left waiting at a restaurant for a couple of hours on another no show date,Trish goes to the neighbourhood pub on her way home. There she meets Caleb Vancouver, a long-time friend of the owner of the bar, who is there to celebrate his ex-wife's marriage to an older guy the next day. Caleb is the direct opposite in all ways to the men she usually goes for. Blue collar versus suits. He is one sexy, hot hunk of a man. The journey of how they end up with each other is one hot, spicy read that burns up the pages.*******With the last novella being****Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey****Mackenzie Pruitt has inherited her Aunt's house on Wrightsville Beach. She has visions of turning the dilapidated shed that stands on the property into a Studio for her photography. For the undertaking of this project she hires Leo Dawson, a contractor carpenter to do the job. Leo has her tongue tied right from the start, and when her idea of photographing him fizzles, she realizes that there are secrets being hidden by him. The pages literally burn themselves up as this story unfolds. Leo knows he should level with Mackenzie, but he doesn't want things to end because he feels he will lose her if she ever finds out exactly what he is hiding. This is a hot, spicy read with lots of action, and shows that people do change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    a sure summer sizzler

    Bad Boys of Summer LUSCIOUS by Lori Foster Bethany and Marci Churchill are sisters identical twin sisters who are so much alike that even their parent¿s still get them confused. SWAT officer Lucius Ryder doesn¿t have any problems telling them apart. Marci makes him feel all warm and fuzzy like it feels to hold a new puppy. Bethany makes him hot, hard and extremely frustrated. When he learns that she is holding him at arms length because another guy used her to try to score points with Marci he sets out to prove to her that he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt which sister he wants. Forever. IT¿S ABOUT TIME by Erin McCarthy After being stood up for her date, County prosecutor Trish Jones heads to her favorite pub to lament the fact that an attractive, successful woman like herself can have everything she wants in life except a sex life. At the other end of the bar sits Caleb Vancouver who has been celibate for two years but plans to change that tonight. On the surface Trish and Caleb could not be any more different. Trish moves in the world of power suits, high heels and pearls. Caleb is a construction worker who wears faded jeans and rides a Harley. After spending four hours talking they discover that it may be what¿s under the surface that matters the most. WISH YOU WERE HERE by Amy Garvey Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt hires Leo Dawson to do renovations on the shed behind the house that she inherited from her aunt. From the second she sees him thoughts of the shed go flying out of her head and she wants to photograph him. With his bulging muscles, chiseled features and haunted eyes he would look wonderful in a photograph. His adamant ¿no¿ immediately makes her wonder what he has to hide. After a few nights spent in his arms she thinks that she has learned his secrets and is prepared to deal with them. Little does she know that it¿s what he doesn¿t tell her that could tear them apart. Bad Boys of Summer is the perfect companion for whatever your summer plans may be. Whether it goes with you to the beach, the mountains or just the backyard it is three stories in which you can lose yourself. Lori Foster provides a hot story with a bit of suspense that also contains her classic wit and super sexy hero. Erin McCarthy, while exhibiting her well known humor, delves a bit deeper with these two characters as a reminder that what you see is not always what you get. Amy Garvey is a new author to me and one that I will be reading again. Her story was more serious but very sensual and I adored the emotional side of Leo. Grab the ice water, turn the AC down and get ready to experience these Bad Boys of Summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    A gem of a book

    Bad Boys Of Summer is an anthology with three hot and spicy stories. Perfect for a treat on a hot summer day. ________ Luscious by Lori Foster has SWAT Sgt. Lucius Ryder returning home after a tense hostage situation. He brings home a rescued dog that he needs his neighbors Marci¿s help. Seems Marci has a way with pets but Lucius would really like to have his way with Marci¿s twin sister Bethany. Bethany Churchill is changing her life and really doesn¿t want a man to mess things up for her again. But Lucius Ryder is convinced he can change her mind. The sparks between these two really heats up and the love of family and friends makes it an extra special story. ________ Erin McCarthy¿s story It¿s About Time has lawyer Trish Jones being stood up again. She takes comfort at her favorite local bar and meets a stranger drowning his sorrows. Seems Caleb Vancover¿s ex wife is remarrying and he thinks he will never find happiness again. Meeting Trish has rocked Caleb¿s world. Neither will be the same after just one night. It¿s a funny and sexy story with the added plus of seeing old friends from previous stories. ___________ Amy Garvey¿s Wish You Were Here has photographer Mackenzie Pruitt rehabbing the home and studio she inherited from her Aunt. She realizes she can¿t do all the work her self so she hires a local contractor, Leo Dawson. Leo¿s life now is light years away from the rock and roll life he used to led. As he gets closer to home and hearth Amy will the truths about him destroy her trust. This is a great story about second chances and a love worth fighting for. _______________ Bad Boys Of Summer is the complete package. Each story is funny, sexy and tugs at your heart. It really is an anthology to make you believe in the power of love.

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