Bodyguards In Bed by Lucy Monroe, Jamie Denton and Elisabeth Naughton
Contemporary Romance -May 31st, 2011
Who's Been Sleeping in My Brother's Bed by Lucy Monroe
Danusia is young, smart and pretty. The problem? She feels like an outcast in her loving family. With an IQ that is off the charts and the youngest in the family, she is loved, but treated differently. Cosseted, she never feels quite apart of her family. When a break in at her apartment causes her to leave until it is repaired, she decided to stay at her brother's place while he is away. But to her astonishment, a colleague of her brother's, the sexy Maxwell Baker is currently staying at the apartment when Danusia moves in! Danusia has secretly had a huge crush on Max and to her confusion and surprise he is really attracted her, too. Danusia can't believe Max is attracted to a boring geek, but she isn't about to question her luck either! When another break in occurs, hunky Max is just the man to take care of all of Danusia's needs!
This was a steamy romance and the chemistry between the two main characters had me turning the pages. I really liked how Danusia feels unsure because she still sees herself as a nerd and not really attractive. However, Maxwell sees her as a woman! I also liked that the author has an interracial relationship. For such a short story, this story was fully fleshed out and even includes a mystery that made it feel like a full length novel. 4 ½ stars
Hot Mess by Jamie Denton
Alyssa has gone from job to job, never quite finding her place. At her latest job for Primo Security, she is the official jack of all trades, filling in where needed. But a mess up in the scheduling has her stressed when she is tasked with picking up a last minute VIP at the LAX airport. This man is a high profile witness and she needs to keep him safe before the trial even though she really isn't a bodyguard. As she rushes to find him at the airport, she meets a very attractive man who turns out to be her client. She can't believe her luck, because he certainly is eye candy! But what Alyssa doesn't realize is that he is actually, Noah, a FBI agent. Noah is assigned to stay with Alyssa and keep the bad guys distracted from finding the real witness. But passion runs hot as these two flee from danger.
This story took me by surprise. I loved the author's humor. The heroine is hilarious and reminded me of a klutzy Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich's series. I did find the story improbable but the author's light touch had me ignoring most of that. I really liked Noah, he was super sexy and felt bad deceiving Alyssa. Fun and outrageous, this is a quick and satisfying read. 4 stars
Acapulco Heat by Elisabeth Naughton
Finn Tierney has what most men would consider the best job ever - guarding the beautiful super model Lauren Kauffman. In reality, this assignment is sheer hell as Lauren is high maintenance and spoiled. But what really gets Finn is that he can't help himself from wanting her just like any other man on the planet, and that makes him a very grumpy man, indeed. He is just waiting until he can leave this assignment and the maddening lust he feels when she is near. But on his last night guarding her, they go to a club where one of the other models is killed. Now the killers want Lauren, too...
This story was fast paced and I liked both characters, but because it was a short story, I did not think the author had enough time to do the plot justice. I never got the depth of the characters that I think I would if the author had written a full length novel, which I felt this story deserved. So, while it is a solid read, I felt it could have been even better. 3 1/2 stars
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Club