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Hot Summer Nights [Mass Market Paperback]

Jaci Burton , Erin McCarthy , Carly Phillips , Jessica Clare
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5 Sep 2013
Bestselling erotic romance authors Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy and Jessica Claire return with four super-sexy stories of temptation, longing and satisfaction in Hot Summer Nights. In Jaci Burton's """"Hope Smolders,"""" struggling divorcee Jane has put her personal life on hold to raise her kids - until she runs into Luke, her ex's former best friend, who convinces her it's time to start having fun again. Carly Phillips takes readers back to the town of Serendipity, where overworked Alexa has a connection with a sinfully sexy American football star on the dance floor.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425263398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425263396
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Luke warm 14 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Jaci Burton's "Hope Smolders"

2.5* - I just find Jaci Burton's writing style quite amateurish which lets her stories down

Carly Phillips' "Perfect Strangers"

3.5* - Good enough to make me move Carly Phillips's Serendipity series towards the top of my `To Read' list

Jessica Clare's "Legend of Jane"


Erin McCarthy's "Ice Princess"


Overall this anthology was nothing special and I can't say I would particularly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Great Romance Stories 3 July 2013
By J. Sapa - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed all four stories but I will have to say Jessica Clare's "Legend of Jane" is my absolute favorite. Any story with a hot but shy cop in it is a win win in my opinion.

All four stories definitely made me want to read more by each author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer read! 26 July 2013
By Harlequin Junkie Blog - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Hot Summer Nights anthology is a perfect summer read! In fact I read most of this while lying on the beach...

First up is Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton. Jane is a divorced, single woman who has put her own life on hold after her ex-husband deserted her and their two children. She works 2 jobs to make ends meet and has no social life...but she is happy. Or is she? When she keeps running into her ex-husband's good friend Luke, she soon figures out it's no coincidence...Will is definitely interested in her! But Jane has self esteem and body images. In her mind, what hot single guy would be interested in a single mother with two young children and her post baby body? As Jane and Will start seeing more and more of each other, she starts to feel things in places that have long been dormant! While they are definitely compatible in bed and have a lot of fun together as a couple and with Jane's children, how can she trust another man, let alone expect him to accept her whole package? As they get more and more comfortable in a relationship together, Will is determined to help Jane see he can be that man. Can Jane believe in him and in them or will she let her insecurities rule and push Will away until he's tired of trying?
I really liked Luke! He came across as just a really great guy, not to mention he takes great care of his body!! He really wants to be with Jane and her children, he wants the whole package, if only Jane could see that! Jane has focused on the kids for so long, it was great to see her finally start to focus on herself too! The only frustrating thing with Jane was the constant mention of the whole 10 pounds she feels she has to lose before she can feel attractive, as a busy mother working 2 jobs if that's the only extra she's carrying I'm jealous! I was really pulling for Luke and her to be a couple, hoping she'd believe in the happiness and love.

In Perfect Stranger by Carly Phillips we get Alexa and Luke's story. Alexa is a Doctor working hard at the same hospital her father runs and is a Doctor in. She has always been living up to his expectations, and she is all about work. When she takes a night off and meets some friends for drinks, her unexpected uninhibited side comes out to play when she meets the stranger named Luke. Luke is only in Serendipity for a brief time to help out his friend Sawyer, he never expected to meet someone like Alexa! Alexa does something even more out of character when she takes Luke home with her and they spend a very fun night together!
Luke is intrigued by Alexa, and while he is in town they end up spending some fun time together. Neither of them was looking for a relationship, but sometimes when fate knocks you have to answer...But soon Luke will be leaving and Alexa will be back to working herself to the bone to try to make her father happy. Luke is good for Alexa, he really makes her think about what she wants out of life, not what her father wants...what makes her happy. Will thinking and dreaming be all Alexa does though? Or does she have it in her to take a stand and lead her life how she wants to lead it? Do her and Luke have to end when he leaves?
Perfect Stranger was a perfect short story. Carly gives us a couple who weren't looking for anything, yet they find each other. Luke is so good for Alexa, and I loved watching them grow together in such a short time. Luke encouraged Alexa to follow her dreams, now it's up to her if she will and if they include him.

Legend of Jane by Jessica Clare is a real modern day romance! Luanne, aka Jane the blogger, has just recently moved in with her sister at her B & B. Due to a lot of unfortunate circumstances Luanne is out of a job and she's taken up blogging. With the money she gets from advertisers on her site, she manages to get by. Even if it means sometimes her blog posts involve her doing somethings possibly illegal. When one of those activities gets her a ride with Officer Hank Sharp (aka Officer Hotness), Luanne can't be all that sorry, especially when they end up spending more time together! Luanne is fun and spontaneous compared to Hank's law abiding ways...something that might not be a good mix no matter how much they steam together. Hank won't ask Jane to give up her work, but he can't be with her if she's going to continue skirting the law for her blog. So no matter how much he likes her, he might have to give up her. With Luanne's act that finally breaks the straw, she's going to have to decide what's more important to her - her blog or Hank.
I really liked Hank and Luanne. I don't think Hank knew what to do with Luanne half the time! He obviously really likes her, but he's really uncomfortable with some of what she's doing and planning to do for her blog. He is a dedicated police officer who would love to dedicate himself to Luanne also, but it might not be a relationship that will work for him. Luanne is fun but doesn't always think things through...she might have to start thinking before acting a bit more before she loses Hank for good. Hank and Luanne will be a great couple if they can find a way to make it work!

Finally we read about Chelsea in Ice Princess by Erin McCarthy. Chelsea is on a ski vacation with two other couples. She was supposed to be part of a couple too, but when they broke things off she decides to take the vacation anyway. When Brody rescues her stuck hanging from her balcony in the cold, she finds out that her vacation might be a lot more fun than she'd first anticipated! Soon Chelsea and Brody are spending not only the night together in Lake Placid, but the days too. Chelsea has no regrets about her vacation fling...even if she does start to feel that Brody could be more to her than that. But soon they will go their separate ways...will they find their way back together somehow? As Chelsea told Brody, she's not looking for a Knight in Shining Armour...she's looking for the beast. She might have found both!
Chelsea and Brody are both fun people without a lot of baggage dragging them down. I loved this about them, that they were able to move any past issues and relationships and move forward with an open mind and heart.

Hot Summer Nights brings us 4 hot romances from some of our favorite authors that will leave you smiling and your heart feeling happy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This story will definitely leave you wanting the first book in the Hope series 3 July 2013
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

This story will definitely leave you wanting the first book in the Hope series!" ~Under the Covers

Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton 4.5 stars

I can already tell. This will be another favorite series of mine! I love small town romance, and all the town gossip that comes with it. Yes, everyone wants to be in your business. I actually LOVED this story. Not only is the perfect introduction to the series by giving us what could be considered side characters, but it's also a second chance at love for Jane. And she deserved it! Jane Kline is basically a single mother. Her husband walked out on her and basically skipped town. This was after quite some time of him doing drugs and ruining their marriage. She's left with her kid, a lot of bills and just low self esteem. But then she runs into Will, who used to be her husbands' partner (yeah, a man in uniform!), and the sparks fly almost immediately!

Will and Jane have a lot of chemistry. But in such a short story, Ms. Burton was able to not only make me believe in their sexual chemistry and attraction, but in their connection as a couple and how they could work going forward.

Will has enjoyed his life as a player but when he sees what he could have with Jane, and the fact that he already cared about her kid, it just made it all work so much better!

This story will definitely leave you wanting the first book in the Hope series!

Perfect Stranger by Carly Phillips 4.5 Stars

Another story that was a complete winner from Carly Phillips and the town of Serendipity! This one is about Alexa. She's Cara's friend, the doctor. The one who lives and breathes work. One night of letting go and dancing leads her to meet sexy football star, Luke. He's in town visiting his friend and team mate. But the attraction is instant and in a big way.

I loved how Luke was able to draw out Alexa from her work mentality, which was not even something she was enjoying up to now. And Alexa was a refreshing woman for Luke because she didn't even know she was a football start. Not at all like all the women that are always hanging on to him trying to get with the football start instead of Luke the man. This story happens around the time of PERFECT FIT.

Another favorite of mine in this anthology and it just leaves me anxious to get to read PERFECT FLING!

The Legend of Jane by Jessica Clare 3 stars

Here I confess that I haven't read the Bluebonnet series. I'm sure if I had I would have an idea about these two characters. I personally wasn't too crazy about Luanne aka Jane. I found her a bit immature in her reasoning of why she was doing the things she did. See she basically runs a blog where she does videos of crazy stunts. She's successful at it and popular because of it. And her crazy stunts are sometimes illegal. And that lands her in the Sheriff's radar. Hank is 100% straight laced, good guy. He's a gentleman, he does everything by the book, he never pushes the envelope. I enjoyed the fact that he liked Luanne's craziness because she was everything he wasn't. However, I think unless she changes some of her ways, there's going to be friction in that HFN.

Ice Princess by Erin McCarthy 3.5 stars

This was another cute story! It reminded me of SNOW BOUND by Larissa Ione a bit. Chelsea is in her 30s and she's single. Her friends and her go away on a ski vacation, except they are all couples. Being the single girl on vacation is a bit depressing. That's until she meets the hunky ski instructor. What they thought would be a vacation fling ends up being a deeper connection.

This has Ms. McCarthy's signature sweet and cute style. I can't say it was as memorable for me as the first two stories, but I enjoyed it.

*ARC provided by author
4.0 out of 5 stars The stories are short, sweet, with a good blend of romance and steam. 18 Aug 2014
By Cupcakegirly/Jenuine Cupcakes - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a fun end of summer read, this one is it! The stories are short, sweet, with a good blend of romance and steam.

Fans of the authors will recognize the settings and even a few of the secondary characters. However, you don't have to have read their full length counterparts in order to enjoy these. (I hadn't and I didn't find it difficult to connect or get swept away at all.)

Plus, there's the added bonus of getting to try out authors you may not have previously read!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT SUMMER NIGHTS 2 July 2013
By Beth Foster - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Carly Phillips. She always make you laugh and cry. I love book because I get to try out authors I have not read before.
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