Spring Fling: A New Adult Anthology

Spring Fling: A New Adult Anthology

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Spring Fling: A New Adult Anthology 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MelissaAlexander0 More than 1 year ago
Set in New Orleans in middle of Mardi Gras, we follow the stories of four young women. Emma Barton doesn't usually do "pleasure" trips. Her vacations mostly consist of charity work. After spending years with her high school boyfriend turned fiance, she finds herself single. He said she was "boring". Well, how boring is it to find two hot guys to spend the week with in New Orleans? Cassidy Dupre used to be good friends with Travis Dean until her mom died. She tried to become the young woman her mom would have liked, shunning Travis in the process. Travis tortures and teases her all through high school but when he sheds light on her cheating boyfriend they run to New Orleans to find him, together. Travis and Cassidy finally get what they both really need. Eva Parker is a self proclaimed geek and is ready to hand over her "V" card!! She has had a crush on her brothers best friend for as long as she can remember. She knows she can't have him but decides to trust him to show her how to be attractive to other men. He doesn't want her to be with other men, he certainly doesn't want some other guy getting her "V" card! Then there's Callie Gilmore. She is best friends with Ryder Hawkins. She doesn't want to be just friends and decides that New Orleans is the perfect opportunity to seduce him. At the masked ball she leads him back to his room, and just before she gets what she wants someone bursts through the door. It's Ryder at the door, with another woman. Which means the man it the bed is NOT Ryder! Turns out, its his brother. Callie has a decision to make. All of these stories are hot! The collaboration between the authors was fantastic. There is one common thread throughout the stories that I will leave you to find for yourself. I would describe this book as watching a movie from four different perspectives. Its all the same time frame, setting, etc. We just get to experience Mardi Gras through four sets of eyes. The only thing that would have made it better would be if somehow the characters from the different stories would have had cameo appearances in the other books to tie them together a bit further. I could see how that would be a challenge and perhaps the authors may not have wanted to write about someone else's characters.  This is not a typical boxed set of somewhat similar themed stories. These authors worked together to create a seamlessly flowing anthology that takes you right to Bourbon Street. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a collection of mid length steamy reads! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge julia kent fan and had to pre-order the book. I read the book in one day and lived it enough that I reread it again before i did this review. All three authors did a great job with the New Orleans theme. What all three stories were looking for a spring break fling but found so much more. Kristy D
KEH02 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review. I loved how all 4 books took place in New Orleans & Madame Ysabeau makes an appearance in all of them! 1. Share Me by Julia Kent- I LOVE Julia Kent's writing & she certainly didn't disappoint me. She always makes you fall for her characters & want more. And that's what she did with Miki, Emma, & David. It was a hot, sexy book filled with fun friends & great sayings: What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans! 2. Shake Me by Sara Fawkes- is about a Cassidy, who's a good girl & resident bad boy Travis. Cassidy thinks she has her life all figured out until a road trip to New Orelans makes her see the light. Go along on this ride with the virgin Cassidy & Travis & you'll see how unbelievable HOT these two are for each other. 3. Show Me by Cathryn Fox- Eva's on Spring Break with her friends. She's a nerdy physics student who gets her brothers best friend, Luke to help her become hot & land a guy. In the process Eva & Luke fall for each other. Bring on the SEX! 4. Shock Me by Lauren Hawkeye- The sex scenes in this book are HOT! Callie thinks she's in love either best friend Ryder, but at a masked party she meets Liam.  And the sparks fly between them. You'll have to read this to find out what the story is with Callie, Ryder, & Liam!!
jgausman More than 1 year ago
Spring Fling is Hot...Hot...HOT! Awesome book to read on your Spring Break, Lunch Break... or on any break.  All four of these authors are established in the romance field.  If you don't have them on your must read list you don't know what you are missing. Julia Kent writes some of my favorite serials ever.  While this story is a stand alone, it is extremely creative and steamy.  In Share Me we will find out if it is too little (in more than one way), too late for Emma's Ex-boyfriend. In Fawkes' Shake Me, Cassidy finds the best way to get over one boyfriend...is to get a better one.  In the process, she finds that sometimes you get more than you could have ever asked for. Fox's Show Me brings a new view of "the brother's best friend."  Eva is set on seduction, her brother's best friend is willing to teach her.  Will Eva get what she wants or will she get the only man she's ever wanted? Lauren Hawkeye's Shock Me certainly holds up to it's title.  When Callie sets out to seduce her best (guy) friend Ryder she ends up with a shocking case of mistaken identity at a masked party.  Callie learns that sometimes you don't get what you want...but you get what you need. Put all four of these stories together, you get an amazing read that keeps your eyes glued to the page and your temperature rising.  Don't miss out on this excellent set. Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
I love anthologies and there are some wonderful ones coming out now, this one included, with a couple of authors I know and a couple I didn't it is always exciting to see what you get. They are all tied together by New Orleans on spring break and Madame Ysabeau, a fortune teller.  First up is Julia Kent, an author I know and like and I wasn't disappointed in Share Me which was her contribution, all I can say is revenge is sweet specially when served up with a couple of hot guys. Shake Me by Sara Fawkes was next, this is an author I wasn't familiar with so was interested to read her story, it was a sweet new adult story about a very patient man, that was extremely well written, as they all were.  Cathryn Fox was also an author that I was unfamiliar with but she won me over with her new adult story Show Me, the premise may be old but the writing brings it to life and I will be looking for more books by Cathryn. Last but not least is Lauren Hawkeye with Shock Me another favourite author and once again she has come  through with another "love to read it" story of mistaken identity, but oh what a mistake to make.  Altogether the stories fitted in well together, working to give you a very enjoyable reading experience, on that  shouldn't be missed especially if you get a Spring Break.  I received a free copy for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review* There is a real art to presenting either a good anthology or a quality novella. To achieve both is even more challenging – but Avon Impulse most certainly achieved that here. This anthology presents four new adult novellas centered on New Orleans at Spring Break. Each installment is developed well and provides hot, instant interest in the main characters, while still giving the fun-size of a novella. The way each story has a consistent sweet thread makes it even more delightful and therein brings the joy of a great anthology. Another important part of anthology is that I introduce you to authors you didn’t know before. And, boy, does this do that! I came for Julia Kent, but I stayed for the other three great authors. I have been very impressed with how Avon Impulse has embraced the fun and adventurous side of this new generation of romance writers and readers. Keeping with that trend, there's nothing "traditional" about this anthology, except in the best ways possible – by playing off some favorite classic plots and bringing them each a new, sexy, and modern twist.  Each novella is great and I was very impressed overall. Below is my review of each piece: Share me – 5 Stars - It's about time a traditional publisher recognized the genius that is Julia Kent. She's been rocking readers' worlds for a while now and seeing her included in this Avon Impulse anthology is a brilliant move by them indeed. I love all that she writes, but Ms. Kent has a special gift for creating layered, unique, and sexy new adult stories that stick with you long after they're done. Share Me is no exception! This novella is hot, hot, hot, but also thoughtful and intriguing in the best way. Emma is complex and a bit unlikeable at first, but her unfair dumping at the hands of a guy she gave too much of her life to, and her ensuing path of self discover with not one, but two, mysterious international men, is fabulous. My only complaint is not really one at all – I need more! I am sending a silent plea now to beg Ms. Kent to keep this story going – while still bringing me all the other books in her other series that I am desperately panting for from her. Shake Me – 4 Stars - This is just the sweetest story, with sexual tension and descriptive writing to keep you up all night. I have a deep love of stories of boys with secret crushes on the girl next door, and, oh my, does Travis bring that. Light but fun and very well written, I enjoyed this, as well. Show Me – 5 Stars - I am obsessed with the classic Pygmalion/My Fair Lady trope. You tell me someone is grooming another character for love or sex and I am there! Yet Show Me is so much more than that. Dual POV is used to perfection to tweak this story in that that "artist" was in love with his "creation" all along. I am looking forward to finding some time to reread this one, because I love it. Shock me – 4 Stars – W hat New Orleans based anthology would be complete without some masks and wild passion in the French Quarter? Callie has convinced herself she loves her best friend Ryder and will finally take matters into her own "good girl" hands behind the comfort of a mask. She's not prepared for Ryder's devastatingly hot bad-boy brother, Liam, and trust me, he's not ready for her either. Loads of fun, if light on conflict and angst, I still adored it. 
GeminiCowgirl More than 1 year ago
Spring Fling In an Amazingly HOT set of books!! If only my College Spring Breaks went this well! Julia Kent, Sara Fawkes, Lauren Hawkeye and Cathryn Fox do not disappoint in this Anthology sure to make your heart roller coaster and your Panties wet! Share Me by Julia Kent.. What better way to get back at your ex-fiance, who called you a control freak, then to hook up with not 1 but 2 very hot and attractive guys? When he's posting pictures of himself with a ton of naked girls how do your friends talk you into one upping him? How about making it look like your getting married to 2 hot guys on Facebook? The adventure is anything but controlled!' Shake Me by Sara Fawkes... What do you do when your old best friend.. now worst enemy comes up to you and tells you that his sister has run off with your boy friend? Join forces and go after them of course.. However, what happens from there is anything but what is expected as they learn that true love as kids can stand the tests of time.. Show Me by Cathryn Fox... A Eva's on a mission to break of the box everyone has put her in. The nerdy girl. She's had a thing for her brothers best friend Luke and since he's on this trip too she asks him to help her transform herself.. since he knows what guys like. As he realizes he's not enjoying other guys giving her the attention he wants to give her.. things go from Nerdy to hotter then Fire in a flash. Shock Me by Lauren Hawkeye... A case of Mistaken Identity.. in a good way. Callie's had a crush on her best friend and decides it's time to act. What better time then a masked party. When she hears him talking in her ear seductively she's ready to head back to his room and see where the night takes her. Only her best friend Ryder shows up with a girl in tow.. so who is this masked man that looks like him...???? None other then his older brother. After running and some self doubt things become amazing and hotter then hot for Liam and Callie. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.  I have to say, I was not disappointed.  One of my very favorite authors, Julia Kent is featured in the book with her novella “Share Me”.  Let me tell you, in my opinion, the book is worth it for her story alone.  She has such wonderful character development and has a way of drawing you into the story almost from word one.  You’ve also got three other very talented writers bringing you three more excellent novellas.  I wasn’t familiar with the other writers before this book, but after reading it, I am definitely a fan of each of them now.    With New Orleans as a backdrop, these stories take you on four incredible journeys that will have you hanging on every word and rooting for that happy ending every time.  These stories are all intriguing, endearing, sexy, and beyond HOT!  You can’t go wrong with this one!  Do yourself a favor and read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all four stories. Very creative and good characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because of Julia Kent, but I loved all 4 stories!!
bonjovi01 More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of 4 short stories some by authors I have read previous works and some where these stories were my first reading. I enjoyed the book and was completely drawn in to each story and was sorry to see each end. I loved that all took place in New Orleans. This book features one of my favorite authors, Julia Kent, and for her story alone it is worth purchasing the book. Julia Kent"s - Share Me - Emma goes to New Orleans with a group of friends to forget that her well planned life went up in smoke when Ryan breaks up with her telling her she is boring and too predicable! Well lets just say that Emma is no longer predicable! She finds "comfort" in Miki and David. Her friends respond to Ryan's use of social media to show her former fiance that two can play his game! Lets me say that I could have read more of Emma's story, I wanted to find out what happened after Spring Break was over and she returned to the "real world". This in my opinion could be another full length book! I consider myself very lucky to have been given a copy of this book by Julia Kent to read. This The other stories were written by Sara Fawkes, Catherine Fox and Lauren Hawkeye, these stories were first's for me by these authors. I did enjoy them would read more written by them. Overall a great collection and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good hot, sexy read with some drama thrown in! The men aren't too shabby either!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all four stories. Each author did a wonderful job contributing to the story. I would really love to see if Julia Kent continues with her story. I feel like she has so much more to offer to her readers. She's one of my favorite authors.