Sizzling

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A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper’s just the first bad news. Reid’s grandmother Gloria’s broken hip means she needs constant care — but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm.

Lori’s never wasted her time with amoebas like Reid Buchanan. So why are her well-fortified defenses...

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Overview

A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper’s just the first bad news. Reid’s grandmother Gloria’s broken hip means she needs constant care — but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm.

Lori’s never wasted her time with amoebas like Reid Buchanan. So why are her well-fortified defenses starting to crumble under the force of his sexy smile — and the kindness he shows her at every turn? There’s only one explanation for the feelings flaring between them — chemistry. Chemistry so hot, it’s sizzling!

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A baseball pitcher who can't say no meets his match with a nurse who can't say yes in the latest installment of Susan Mallery's entertaining Buchanan family saga (Irresistible, Delicious).

All-star babe magnet Reid Buchanan gets a reality check when he reads in the tabloids that one of his one-night stands has pronounced him bad in bed. Luckily for him, Lori Johnson, one of the nurses hired to take care of his grandmother, hasn't read the tabloids. But she knows a guy who can't take responsibility when she sees one. Unluckily for Lori, grandmother Gloria might be the worst patient on the planet, but Lori's tough when it comes to people who aren't her family.

This romance between two unlikely souls is all about transformation, including the conversion of Gloria into a less selfish person. But just when it seems that Reid has truly fallen in love, up pops trouble -- two naked blondes in his bed. How's he going to explain that? A secondary story line about Dani Buchanan, who is searching for her real father, sets the reader up for the next enticing installment. Ginger Curwen
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Mallery's latest spicy saga of the Buchanan family, Seattle's most prominent restaurateurs, doesn't quite measure up to the pleasures of her last (Irresistible), but makes a tasty dish nonetheless. This entry features Reid Buchanan, a womanizing former baseball hero trying to clean up his tarnished image after an embittered reporter he slept with publishes a tell-all newspaper article headlined, "Good in bed? Not so much." With the media hot on his tail, Reid takes refuge at the family estate, where his cantankerous grandmother, Gloria, is recovering from a series of debilitating illnesses. Gloria's as mean-spirited as Reid remembers, but now she's got to deal with peppy home-care nurse Lori Johnson, who's determined to turn Gloria's life around. Lori does her best to ignore Reid-arrogant, self-centered and "fifteen kinds of gorgeous"-knowing that even if she were attracted to him (which of course she is) he wouldn't look twice at a plain Jane like her. While Mallery's prose is luscious and provocative, and her characters worth following from book to book, fans may be disappointed when Lori resorts to expensive haircuts and fashion makeovers to catch her man. An intriguing backstory involving Reid's half-sister Dani and her search for her birth father should leave readers impatient for the next entry's July 2007 release. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441876218
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Series: Buchanan Saga Series , #3
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs. 20 min.
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Mallery
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for emotionally complex stories told with charm and wit. Susan has lived all over the United States, including a childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles, graduate school in the hills of Pennsylvania and several years in Texas. These days, she makes her home in Seattle, Washington. She's there for the coffee, not the weather.
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[Lori has come to Reid's grandmother's home to supervise the installation of the hospital equipment, and Reid drops by. He is still smarting from the news that one of his dates has publicly accused him of being bad in bed.]

That voice. Lori didn't have to turn around to know who was standing in the doorway of the kitchen. They'd only met once but everything about him was burned into his brain, including the sound of his voice. It made her want to consider a lobotomy. She braced herself for the impact of the dark, knowing eyes, the handsome-but-just-shy-of-too-handsome face, and the casual slouch that should have annoyed the heck out of her, but instead made her want to melt like a twelve year old at a Jesse McCartney concert. Reid Buchanan was everything she disliked in a man. He'd always had it easy so nothing had value. Women threw themselves at him. He'd had a brilliant career playing baseball, although she'd never followed sports and didn't know any details. And, he'd never once in his entire life bothered with a woman as ordinary as her. "Don't you have something better to do than just show up and annoy me?" she asked as she turned toward him. Her reaction to his physical presence was immediate. She found it difficult to breathe, let alone think. "Annoying you is an unexpected bonus," he said, "but not the reason I'm here. My grandmother's coming home today." "I know that. I arranged it." "I thought I'd stop by to visit her." "I'm sure knowing you stopped by four hours before she was due home will brighten her day so much that the healing process will be cut in half." She pushed past him, ignoring the quick brush of her arm against his and the humiliating burst of heat that ignited inside of her. She was pathetic. No, she was worse than pathetic -- one day she would grow enough to achieve pathetic and that would be a victory. "She won't be here until this afternoon?" he asked as he followed her back into the library. "Unfortunately, no. But it was thrilling to see you. So sorry you can't stay." He leaned against the door frame in this room. He did that a lot. He must know how good he looking doing it, Lori thought grimly. No doubt he practiced at home. She knew Reid was shallow and selfish and only interested in women as perfect as himself, so why was she attracted to him? She was intelligent. She should know better. And she did...in her head. It was the rest of her that was the problem. She was a total and complete cliché -- a smart, average-looking woman pining after the unobtainable. The bookstores probably contained an entire shelf of self-help books dedicated to her condition. If she believed in self-help books, she could go get herself healed. As it was, she was stuck with enduring. "Don't you have to go away?" she asked. "For now, but I'll be back." "I'll count the hours." "You do that." He stayed where he was, apparently unmovable. "What?" she asked. "Are we waiting for something?" He smiled, a slow, sexy smile that caused her heart to actually skip a beat. It was a new low. "You don't read the paper, do you?" he asked. "No. I go running in the morning and I listen to music." The smile brightened. "Good. I'll see you later." "You could wait until the evening nurse shows up and visit then. Wouldn't that be a great plan?" "But then you'd miss me. Snarling at me is the best part of your day. Bye Lori." And then he was gone.
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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    Romantic Times BOOKclub "When you think of passion, drama and heartwarming stories, think Susan Mallery."

    The term "sizzling" doesn't even describe Susan Mallery's third book in her Buchanan series SIZZLING. It's personally my favorite, a hard choice to make but her two main characters Reid and Lori are amazing. Spirited, smart mouths both of them in a battle of wills testing each other each step of the way. The chemistry between Reid and Lori is sensual and then throw in a terminally ill sister, a cranky old grandmother, a difficult mom and a strong family with so many dynamics........It's hot, passionate and full of depth....it is simply a wonderful story.

    Reid an ex-professional baseball pitcher, and knock down gorgeous male with a reputation for being a ladies man is faced with a problem...a reporter who is after his hide and reputation so she states that he falls short in the bedroom. Because he's a celebrity and also owns a Seattle sports bar, he is faced with the press hounding him and the embarrassment it's created. On top of everything, he has to hire nurses to care for his impossible grandmother who has the reputation of a barracuda and is simply an old and angry woman.


    Enter, the sweet and smart Lori who gives both Reid and his grandmother a run for their money. Lori doesn't let him get away with a thing and gives him plenty to think about. However, she has a horrible crush on Reid and fights it every step of the way. She doesn't want to be another "notch".

    This was such an entertaining book. It was so full of warmth and the characters wormed their way into my heart. The Buchanan family series has been such an entertaining series set in Seattle with each family member being unique and full of depth. Again, Susan Mallery brings such enjoyment to her readers especially with this book, SIZZLING.--------------
    Reviewed by Marilyn's Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Amazing <3

    I love this book. It's truly one of the best book I've ever read. I love how it flows and how they both love each other but can't admit it to one another. Susan mallery is one of my favorite authors Sizzling and falling for Gracie are two of my favorite books written by her. This book is truly sizzling :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    Can Reid be more than a one-night stand?

    What a great addition to the Buchanan family books. Reid, the former major league pitcher, has to find his way in this life because the one night stands, the playing as the manager of the sports bar, and hiding out after the article by a female reporter that wasn't impressed with Reid's 'romantic abilities'. Reid has been the one to hire the nurses to care for his grandmother, Gloria, after her heart attack and broken hip. The first 2 he hired because they pleased him the 3rd he hired because she seemed immune to him. Lori is able to get Gloria to be a nicer person which no one in the family can believe! Lori Johnston unbeknownst to her also makes Reid want to please her and be a better person. What a wonderful romance they do have, it's emotional too and is it HOT! I'm looking forward to Dani Buchanan story TEMPTING in 7/07

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    A NORMAL LOOKING WOMAN GETS THE HUNK!

    I loved this book as I do all of Susan Mallery's books. This one has a normal woman getting the HUNK! Very unusual twist but we normal looking women love the change. I have loved all of the Buchanan series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Favorite of the series so far

    This is my favorite book of the series so far, although it was a bit predictable. Was fun to see Reid become humble...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    just alright

    i love susan mallery..i love the series. but this book was over half way before i began to feel it..really couldnt get into the two main characters..til the last quarter..and the last part..was rip year heart out..i was worth a read..but not the best..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I haven't read it?

    Does this book have sex and/or cuss words-please respond I would appreciate the favor greatly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Recommend it!

    Each book in the series gets better and better. This is my favorite so far.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Another "Home run" for Susan Mallery

    This series just gets better and better with each book. Book 3 in the Buchanan Series is all about Reid, former major league pitcher who has a way with the ladies. When a former fling blast his abilities in the bedroom in the paper, Reid is looking for a place to lie low, so he moves in with his grandmother, who is recovering from hip surgery. Reid takes on the responsibilty of nursing help for her recover. Enter Lori, the day nurse, who is totally unimpressed with Reid's charming ways, or so she thinks. What happens with the Play-boy ballplayer and the bookish nurse decide to play ball? Sparks will fly and this are really "Sizzling". Would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Susan Mallery stories.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    BIG LET DOWN!!!

    Several times during the book I felt myself smacking my head. This book seems to drag on forever and play into a pathetic romance. Lori is this insecure woman who finds every possible way to embarrass herself time and time again. She is in love with ex baseball pitcher Reid who hires her to be his grandmothers day nurse. Sparks fly and she finds herself changing for a man and playing this back and forth "Am I good enough for him? He can't possibly like me, Do I love him?" I had to force myself to read the whole entire book. This is a big let down and I would not encourage anybody to purchase it. If you find any bit of curiousity out of reading the back buy it used or rent it from a library. Trust me you will be saving yourself some wasted dollars!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Great Characters

    I loved this book. I loved watching the guy go from a jerk (if I tell women, it's a one night stand, it's ok) to more of a real person. I also loved a nurse who is not a push over/brainless pea brain.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

    Three for Three

    Not my favorite of the Buchanan family series but a very good, well-written book none-the-less. It was an exciting plot line and I will definitely be rereading the series again.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    A Ball Player and a Nurse

    This was a good read a great read. Reid Buchanan was a pitcher in the major leagues until he blew his arm out. From there his world turns unpside down until his grandmother comes home from the hospital needing day and night nurses. He hires Lori Johnson a plain woman but the others nures he hires are more attractive then she is.
    Sure Lori starts to have feelings for Reid but to her he will never notice her she is not his type. Does he even have a type? Things start to change between them as well as with Gloria Buchanann Reid's grandmother. She is not being mean and rude to everyone she is actually being nice to everyone. Lori is the one who actually brings the family back together after so many years of not wanting to be around their grandmother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Couldn't put it down

    Excellent best in the series... read it in 1 day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    A reviewer

    It seemed to be over to quickly for me. The tension in the beggining was great but rest fell a little flat for me. I still recommend the whole series but this was not my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    It was good

    Susan Mallery's book 'Sizzling' brought hot and sexy to a whole new level. I will admit, the book did keep me on my toes to the point that I read the book in only eight hours. But I do have a suggestion or two for Ms.Mallery. First of all it seems to me that authors are using the same type characters. Try to step out of the box a little and try to do your own thing instead of sticking with the same boy meets girl theme, maybe even try to pick some characters with different personalities then your used to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    Good Follow Up

    I like how Ms. Mallery's books give you more of each character. This was a good read and a good ending for Reid. Lori is a good grab for him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    This Is A Must Read

    I have to say that this book was amazing. I could not put it down I loved it. I have read it twice so far and everytime I read I find something else I love about it, I do have to say that I also was a little sad about the part of Lori's sister. I started reading and I could not put this book down at all. I hope that you read this book and feel the same way.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A charming romance

    Former Major League baseball star Reid Buchanan was always a favorite of the media until recently. He had a one night stand with a reporter who wrote a nasty piece on him. Deciding to lay low until someone else is treated with scorn and knowing his injured grandmother Gloria could use help since she broke a hip, he hides in her place.--------------------------- Gloria is a curmudgeon whose family cannot stand spending time with her as all she does is rip skin. Her nurse Lori Johnston feels the elderly woman would heal better if her children and grandchildren visited her as she sees beyond the acerbic tongue to the lonely person. Lori has mixed feelings on womanizing Reid moving in with her patient as he could be good for her or cause terrible harm with his seemingly uncaring ways. As the nurse and the ex-jock squabble, fuss, and fight they fall in love, but she does not trust men especially philandering ¿little boys¿ and he struggles to accept his career is over and it is time to move on.-------------------- Like his two brothers before him, Reid is SIZZLING, DELICIOUS and IRRESISTIBLE except to Lori who sees his faults in spite of being in love with him. Gloria is a fascinating counterpoint to the often amusing battling lead couple as her feelings of mortality and dying alone lead to a Pygmalion Effect as none of her grandsons or other relatives wants to be near her caustic tongue and ergo in a classic cause and effect scenario she is alone. The story line is relationship driven predominantly by Reid and Lori who provide a terrific romance in the latest Buchanan saga gender war.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted August 28, 2011

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