- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted July 31, 2014
I was given an ARC by one of the amazing authors that are featured in this anthology. Here is my most honest review...
I usually don't read anthologies. I prefer to read one book by one author and get the full story. But since the author that offered me the ARC is one of my favorite authors and there were a few authors in there that I wanted to read.
This book is all contemporary romance and there is a lot of HOT sex in it. I was blushing, and laughing and crying at several of the stories. The whole story takes place on the exotic island of Dasia Island
Beauty and the Brain by Alicia Micheals is part of her Sharing Spaces series. Chole is the rich girl and she invites all her roommates to enjoy a tropical vacation with her. She meets a man that is the total opposite of her. But it shows that opposites do attract each other...
The Laws of Attraction by Carly Fall. This one was full of hot sex. An overworked attorney is on the island working on a case. He meets his temporary worker and attraction is there. Jared starts rethinking his life
The Art of Losing Inhibition by Casse NaRome. This story is a f/f romance. Kennedy decides that she needs a vacation after her husband left her. She meets a woman named Basil and her life changes... The sex scenes in this book were beautifully described.
His Island Paradise by C.J. Baty. This is the m/m romance. This is the first m/m romance that I have ever read. It had me blushing the entire time. But between the hot sex, there was a good story of man that is losing his heart to man that he should probably not to.
Life After Death by Elise Marion. This story had me bawling. After the death of their son, Jameson and Victoria drifted apart and divorced. They had no idea that they were on the same island. Dasia Island helped them heal.
Layover by Kacey Hammell. Getting involved with co workers is sometimes not a good idea, but Gemma was attracted to her boss Micheal. After they had to share a room, the extremely hot sex helped them get closer.
Woman in the Mist by Natalie G. Owens. This one is about time travel. A young woman disappears in the mist after she witness the death of someone close to her. Many years later she comes back and finds the truth and love.
Guide me Gently by Peggy Martinez. This story is super sweet. Alyssa is a photographer that is wanting to explore some parts of the island that not many explore. Her explorer shows her the island in many different ways.
City of Sin by R.K. Ryals. This is also a super sweet story. Haven and River help people of a legend. True love can conquer anything.
Each one of these authors wrote amazing stories. I can't wait to read more of the authors that are a part of this anthology. The authors all have different writing styles but they seem to flow together through this book. Hot Summer Nights is anthology that is a must read!!
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2014
Hot Summer Nights Anthology Review – 4 stars
I actually love the whole idea behind this book. The group of authors has created an island paradise that includes a swanky resort,
rainforest, an ancient mystery and lots of romance. All the stories feature elements of the island and resort that these ladies have
dreamed into existence.
Beauty and the Brain: I have to say I disliked both the female and male main characters. Chloe is a spoiled, rich brat; and Chase is a
know-it-all who actually doesn’t have much of a clue. I found it hard to picture them as a couple. I was actually more interested in one
of the other characters Kinsley and would have loved to seen more of her. 2 stars
Laws of Attraction: Jared comes to Dasia Island to work. He’s not interested in the scenery or the resort; well at least not until he
meets his temp Monica that is. I enjoyed the way the characters developed and it was interesting to see Jared’s view of not only
his work but the way he was living his life change. 4 stars
The Art of Losing Inhibition: This is labeled a female-female contemporary romance. I didn’t find much of a romance in it.
Actually I didn’t find much of a story here; unless you want to consider random sexual encounters the story. 1 star
His Island Paradise: This is a contemporary male-male romance. Let me say upfront; don’t skip this one just because it’s in the same
genre as the previous one…its nothing like it. Gar is dragged to Dasia by his sister so that he could get over ‘the jackass’.
He doesn’t want to be there; until a chance encounter with Miko changes his mind. Will he get his HEA or will the fickle hand of
fate snatch happiness away? 4 stars
Life after Death: Broken-hearted, pulled apart by the tragedy of their son’s death; Victoria and Jameson travel to Dasia Island with
friends not knowing the other is also there. A chance encounter on the beach will bring them back into each other’s lives and
provide a way to healing. Make sure to have a box of tissues nearby. 4 stars
Layover: Michael and Gemma have eyed each other across the plane as they travel with their boss around the world. Gemma’s
‘no dating co-worker’ policy has been the only thing holding Michael back from asking her out. When an unexpected layover on
Dasia forces them to share the last room available will they finally act on those long-held fantasies? 3 stars
Woman in the Mist: Poppy Drummond disappears in the mist near the ancient ruins on Dasia in 1965…. Present day: Kai is the heir
to the Euthykhia Hotel and has befriended Poppy’s mother who has told him all about her daughter. As Kai explores near the old ruins,
suddenly the mist appears and he finds himself facing an impossible vision. 3 stars
Guide Me Gently: This is a story about finding who you are and following the path of your choice not the one that someone else has
laid out for you. Alyssa is a highly regarded photographer-mainly of celebrities and the wealthy. She dreams of exploring exotic
locations; when an assignment finds her on Dasia she sets off with Ben, the only local tour guide who will take her into the rainforest.
Will they both find the freedom and love they look for? 4 stars
City of Sin: This story follows River and Haven as they journey to the forbidden city as a major storm moves onto the island.
These 2 have a history that they’ll need to tap into if they want to make it out of the ruins. 3 stars
Overall, a good selection of stories and well worth your time to read.
I received an ARC copy of this work for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2014
I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies and boxed sets: I love the idea of a common thread or theme, with the ability to read authors that I have not yet encountered. But, they are more time-consuming to read and write a review for, and time isn’t always something I have in great supply. Additionally, when stories are at most novella length, the authors need to be laser focused in word choice and plot development.
In Hot Summer Nights, the common thread is Dasia Island resort – setting the scenes for several ‘vacation-minded’ encounters in nearly every combination and heat level of romance possible when you don’t add in the paranormal. Ranging in heat level from sweet to erotic, these nine authors bring us to the tropical setting and hot summer escapades of their characters.
Average – 3 stars – 3 flames
In Beauty and the Brain, Alicia Michaels brings us a new adult story. I disliked Chloe intensely and found that I was quickly bored of her spoiled rich girl. Chase was a bit better, but still not solid enough for me to believe in them or their connection. 3 stars / 3 flames
Carly Fall’s Laws of Attraction again brings a character I couldn’t like, who actually grew and developed in the story, to and ending that, while possible in a daydreaming way, wasn’t particularly plausible but still was very enjoyable. 4 stars / 3 flames
Casse NaRome brings us The Art of Losing Inhibitions and this hot, sexy and fast-paced female-female story was loaded with steam and sex. Basil and Kennedy were interesting characters that grew dramatically during the story, even if it was a major bonkfest. 4 stars / 4 flames
His Island Paradise from C.J. Baty is up next. I admit – I love her writing for the heart she manages to bring to her characters, and the moments of heat never hurt. A male-male romance that brings Garland (his mother had a Christmas obsession) some much needed release and distraction. 4 stars / 3 flames
Life After Death from Elise Marion takes the broken marriage of Victoria and Jameson – both pining for one another, both harboring guilt after the death of their son. Chance encounter or kismet brings the two of them to Dasia Island, where they finally find a way to reconnect and release their guilt. 4 stars / 3 flames
Kacey Hammell brings us a “colleagues to lovers’ story with Layover. Pilot Michael and attendant Gemma are on a mechanical layover at Dasia, with only one room left. Although both have noticed one another, Gemma’s rules about no involvements with colleagues will be tested and tossed to the side in several steamy encounters. 3 stars / 3 flames
Woman in the Mist by Natalie G. Owens is a twisty time-travel story where a woman, missing 49 years pops back into existence. Kai was out walking in the jungle when Poppy reappeared, first thinking he was his long-deceased great uncle. His attention and friendship to Poppy’s mother, now in her mid 90’s have left him a little obsessed, and only Poppy knows just who was responsible for her father’s murder on the night she disappeared. Twisty, unique and solving a mystery all in one. Stars 4 / Flames 3
Peggy Martinez’s installment Guide Me Gently plays on Alyssa’s disquiet with her career path: a well-regarded photographer, she has been on the celebrity beat for ages, and is tiring of it. After an assignment leaves her with some downtime on Dasia, she heads out to find a tour guide to take her away from tourist spots. Ben is off the beaten path and unlike any tour guide you could imagine. When Alyssa doesn’t quit and sparks fly, they both find the freedom in making your own path. Stars 4/Flames 3
Lastly is City of Sin by R.K. Ryals. A follow-up novella to her earlier story, storm-chasing River and journalism student Haven head into the forbidden city before a storm. When their connection pleases the god who condemned the residents to death, the ancient curse is broken, but River and Haven need to scramble to safety ahead of a devastating storm. Stars 3/Flames 3
A little bit of something for everything, this collection is quick to read in one sitting or over a few days.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted September 26, 2014
No text was provided for this review.
Posted October 3, 2014
No text was provided for this review.