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Linda Lael Miller , Jennifer Apodaca , Shelly Laurenston
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1 Jun 2007
What's better than a long, lazy day at the shore? Think beach-blanket bingo with a sizzling hottie (or three). So sit back, relax, and don't worry about tan lines, because in this scorching collection, swimsuits are definitely optional. . .

Linda Lael Miller One Last Weekend

College sweethearts Teague and Joanna Darby, once passionately in love, are on the brink of divorce. When a ferry strike leaves them stranded together at their beloved beach cottage, it could be the most awkward weekend ever. Or the perfect chance to fall for each other all over again--one steamy encounter at a time. . .

Jennifer Apodaca You Give Love a Good Name

Lexie Rollins is a wedding planner on the lam. All she did was defend herself (with a staple gun) against a sleazy groom--who knew the Assault and Battery charges would stick? Now Lexie's "vacation" at an exclusive resort has put her at the top of gorgeous bounty hunter Nick Vardolous's list. And Nick always gets his woman--every which way imaginable. . .

Shelly Laurenston My Kind of Town

Deputy Kyle Treharne of seaside Smithville, North Carolina, hates Yankees--even exotically beautiful ones like Emma Lucchesi. The sexy New Yorker's got trouble written all over her, and she knows more than she's telling about the increasingly strange goings-on in his town. But if the lady's got a few tricks up her sleeve, so does the lawman. And it's high time for every wicked thing to be deliciously revealed. . .

Linda Lael Miller lives quietly outside Spokane, Washington, with two dogs, two cats, and four horses.

Jennifer Apodaca went from suburban soccer mom to mystery writer when she discovered how much fun it is to kill off people in her books. Embracing her new interest in murder, she enjoys combining humor, murder and mystery into hot romances. Jennifer lives in Southern California with her husband and three sons.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. These days Shelly spends most of her time writing, reading and, like her heroines, trying to avoid any prison time.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758210965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758210968
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Lael Miller is the award-winning author of many bestselling novels, including Courting Susannah, One Wish, and the Springwater Seasons series, as well as her acclaimed vampire romances, the first two of which are collected in Out of the Shadows."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shifters rule 28 Dec 2011
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i hate anthologies, you always end up buying them because there is a story you have to have as part of a series, this is the case with this book, i love shelley laurenston and have everything she's written, as an author she is one of the best around, ll miller's story was quite good but did not enjoy the story by jennifer apodaca at all, i just wish authors would limit anthlogies to stand alone stories, that way the reader is not paying extra for stories they do not wish to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good odd mix anthology! 8 Sep 2013
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i admit straight off that i brought this anthology for the Shelly Laurenston shifter story.i wasn't really sure what to expect from the other authors,especially knowing that these were not paranormal stories.this seemed quite a strange mix for an anthology.
to my delight the Shelly Laurenston story was by far the longest taking up at least half the had her trademark wit and a great story (4 stars*).
however, to my complete surprise the other two stories didn't let the anthology down.yes the were not paranormal stories and to be honest were slightly mills and boon-ish (mainly Linda Lael Millers), but were nevertheless good solid reads.

the Linda Lael Miller story was the shortest story,taking up less than a quarter of the book, and didn't sound at all my cup of tea.yet i enjoyed was well written and paced, which kept me interested.if i'm honest i don't think it would work as a longer story anyway,but worked fine in this form(3.5 stars*).
the story by Jennifer Apodaca i thought was great.a short but fast paced story with great likable characters,a dose of sarcasm and plenty of action. i know i will be keeping an eye out for stories by this author. (4 stars*).
overall i'm glad i brought this anthology.i still think its an odd mix of stories,but i guess its one of those 'variety-is-the-spice-of-life moments.4 stars*!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brill 17 May 2013
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Great story, well worth the read. Couldn't put it down, wishing it was me.
Loved it, loved it, loved it.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 18 Jun 2007
By FizzySmile - Published on
I will be honest up front and say that I bought this primarily for the story by Shelly Laurenston, "My Kind of Town." If I've ever read either Linda Lael Miller or Jennifer Apodaca, I don't remember it. But I've read so many, I can't remember every authors name.

This collection is worth the money. Not a bit sorry I purchased it retail. First, Laurenston's story "My Kind of Town" is the lead, at least in my opinion, as it is at least half of the book in length, which had me cheering. It started out a tad slow, but once it got going, it was very engaging and I didn't want to put it down. Fans of Laurenstons' "Magnus Heat" and "Here Kitty Kitty" will find a little less "crass and sass" but no less sensuality and humor. This is the only paranormal offering in the book, and for me, worth the price all by itself.

Linda Lael Miller's story was very good. "One Last Weekend" had me tearing up a few times. While I've never experienced the kind of despair one might when their once great marriage is falling to ruins, I FELT it in this story. I felt my stomach churn as 2 people who once knew each other inside and out realized they were strangers. Too me, that's darn good writing. The ending wasn't to my personal taste, but otherwise, it was a great story.

Jennifer Apodaca's story "You Give Love A Good Name" was very sexy and entertaining. THANK YOU for writing a female who is independent but not afraid to ask for help. Thank you for writing an Alpha male who also respects the strengths of others, particularly females. These were characters I liked immediately.

I've said this before in my reviews: I'm not looking for literary enlightenment, and I don't always know if the sentence structure is correct. I AM looking to be entertained, to enjoy some "brain candy" and escape into a different world for a while. This book was that kind of book for me. Not only did I get to enjoy another hot paranormal from one of my favorite authors, I was exposed to two other talented writers whose work I will definitely keep an eye out for.

Looking from some fun, sun, sand and sex? Pick this one up.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun, Sand, Sex 4 Sep 2007
By MNix - Published on
One Last Weekend by Linda Lael Miller

Joanna and Teague Darby fell in love and married in college, had a beautiful daughter and a wonderful life. As Teague's architectural firm became more successful, he started spending a lot more time at the office, which ended up in Joanna and Teague drifting apart. Shortly after their daughter marries, Teague and Joanna have decided that they've grown too far apart and decide to divorce. Their lawyer gets them to spend one last weekend together in their cottage. Will this time together allow them to repair their marriage, or will they grow even more distant?

One Last Weekend is a sweet story that shows that no matter how much a couple may love each other, if their relationship isn't nurtured, it will still fall apart. Real life situations and true to life characters made One Last Weekend a good story that I easily identified with.

You Give Love A Good Name by Jennifer Apodaca

Lexi is being stalked by an unknown man. Even though the family that Lexi has sacrificed her wants and goals for doesn't believe her, she is still on the run. Nick is a bounty hunter hired to track down and bring Lexi back for an upcoming trial. Although they had met at his sister's wedding months ago, and Lexi turned down his offer of a one night stand, he hasn't been able to forget her. Bound, bent and determined to keep a professional distance from the woman he has to bring back, will he be able to keep the promise to himself when Lexi needs his protection from her stalker?

Watching Lexi and Nick fight their attraction for each other was a treat in You Give Love A Good Name. Although Nick swore that he'd never get involved with another woman, Lexi gets under his skin without even trying. With a stalker on Lexi's tail, Nick made her feel safe and hot, as well as driving her half crazy. I did enjoy the characters and storyline in You Give Love A Good Name.

My Kind Of Town by Shelly Laurenston

Emma is on a mission: track down a power source for her coven, as well as find and stop whatever escaped from the dimensional doorway. Emma wasn't happy about her situation. She's a city girl and in no way does she want to be stuck going to the backwoods of North Carolina. She's even less happy when she's run off the road by what looked like a huge dog, injured, hunted by something in the woods and taken against her will to the hospital by an arrogant, pushy, albeit gorgeous Deputy Sheriff. Kyle doesn't want to bring the feisty, injured outsider to his town, but there's something about her that calls to him. In a town filled with shapeshifters and other paranormal beings, having the woman around could be dangerous.

Action, magick, mayhem, steamy scenes and exciting characters made My Kind Of Town an incredible read for me; I loved it! This story drew me in from the first page and had me living the adventure right along with the characters. I simply couldn't put it down until I'd read the final word. I really hope that Ms. Laurenston writes more stories that take place in this world!

Sun, Sand, Sex is a very good anthology that has something for pretty much every romance reader. One Last Weekend is sweet and loving, You Give Love A Good Name has danger and romance, and My Kind Of Town has magick, hold on to the edge of your seat excitement, and a lot of heat!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good romance anthology 17 Jun 2009
By S. Fischer - Published on
This book contains three novellas:

Linda Lae Miller: One last weekend
Teague and Joanna used to be passionately in love, but since their daughter has grown up and married, they have both drifted apart and at some point decided to get a divorce. At the suggestion of their lawyer, they meet one last time at their beloved beach cottage, and when a storm hits, they are stuck there together - with very pleasant results...
I found this story to be interesting and well-written, but also often very sad since - naturally - a large part of the story was about the extreme sadness of the characters about their situation and what seemed to be the loss of their love for each other. I'd say it's bitter-sweet, but good.

Jennifer Apodaca: You give love a good name
Lexie is working as a wedding planner in her family's company, but she is unhappy and would like to become a writer instead. When a drunk groom harasses her and exposes himself, she defends herself with a stapler - and gets arrested for assault! As if that weren't enough, there's a stalker after her, her rather selfish family doesn't believe or help her, and when she leaves town to be safe, she's got bounty hunter Nick after her. That turns out to be a positive thing, since the two met each other at his sister's wedding and have been attracted to each other since, so he's more than willing to help her deal with her problems. But after a painful loss, he doesn't really want a relationship and Lexie isn't the type for a no-strings-attached affair...
This story has a wonderful mix between suspense, humour, and romance, as well as well-developed characters. Nick can sometimes be unpleasant, but that's motivated by his bad past and his resulting tendency to keep people at a distance, even when he wants to be with them, so it makes sense. I enjoyed this story a lot and was reminded of Shannon McKenna to some degree.

Shelly Laurenston: My kind of town
This story is connected to her shapeshifter-books, and it's certain to be more fun if you know them, but I think it will also work on its own.
Emma Lucchesi is a New York witch, and the only reason why she's in Smithville, North Carolina, is because her coven sensed an interdimensional portal that let through a monster in that area. She manages to close it, but is then attacked by the monster. Deputy Kyle Treharne finds her, helps the injured woman, and feels attracted to her right away. But while Emma feels she can't tell him about her powers, he has a secret of his own - he's a shapeshifter and so is most of Smithville...
This story is very funny, quite erotic, and very entertaining. It's more about the humour and how Kyle and Emma get together, not so much about the plot, but I still think it's a good novella. It sounds like it could be the beginning of a new subseries of her shapeshifter books, and I would definitely like that. Smithville and its inhabitants are a lot of fun.

All three stories are good, but very different. I enjoyed the diversity and would recommend this anthology, but the mix between sad and funny, realistic and paranormal may not be for everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great way to find new authors! 29 Aug 2007
By missinCO - Published on
I started reading this book because of the Jennifer Apodaca story. I've enjoyed all of her books as they are lighthearted and fun to read. "You Give Love a Good Name" is not like her other books but it was very good. Something different then what I've come to expect from her but I was not disappointed. Have you ever met someone you thought was 'the one'? This is one of those stories that makes you believe that everything happens for a reason.

I had never read anything by Linda Lael Miller or Shelly Laurenston. I wasn't sure what to expect and figured that they were short stories so not much time would be lost by reading them. I was pleasantly surprised. "One Last Weekend" by Linda Lael Miller was very good. It one of those that make you think 'what if I'd stepped back and took a good look at things instead of going headfirst into what I thought I knew'. I had a few tears, when they were being totally ignorant of each other but I found it an interesting story.

"My Kind of Town" by Shelly Laurenston. What can I say? If I'd have seen this book on a shelf and just read the premise of it, I wouldn't have read it. I'm not much into paranormal books other than Kay Hooper's which was totally different than this. I have to admit that I found this story one of the best I've read. I was immediately engrossed in the story and couldn't put it down. It was fun to let my imagination run 'wild' and I can't wait to read her other books.

Overall, this book is a must read. It's got three great stories that you'll be remembering for a long time to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 1 Aug 2013
By Ellief - Published on
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Sun, Sand, Sex by Linda Lael Miller, Shelly Laurenston and Jennifer Apodaca
Grade: B

"And how would I call you, Nick? Look you up under one-night stands in the phone book?"

Sun, Sand, Sex is a collection of three novella/short stories by three amazing authors. I enjoyed the book as a whole but I would have bought it just to read My Kind of Town by Shelly Laurenston. All three stories are very fun and this is a great book for lying around by the pool or beach this summer.

One Last Weekend by Linda Lael Miller is the shortest story and revolves around a couple, Teague and Joanna, who are finalizing their divorce. Their lawyer, who happens to be a long time friend, insists they spend one last weekend together at their cottage before signing the divorce papers. I wish One Last Weekend had been a little longer but I still really enjoyed it. I found both of the characters to be adorable and I was so happy with everything that happened for them. Overall grade: B

You give Love a Bad Name by Jennifer Apodaca takes place with wedding planner Lexie Rollins hiding away at a couples resort in San Diego. Lexie was charged with assault by a former groom and has skipped town because she knows someone is stalking her. Nick Vardolous is the bounty hunter charged with bringing her back but these two have a past and Nick will do everything he can to save the woman he cares for. This started out great and I loved the chemistry and banter between Lexie and Nick but the ending ruined the whole thing and I found myself really disappointed with how things turned out. Overall Grade: C

My Kind of Town by Shelly Laurenston was the whole reason I had to read Sun, Sand, Sex. I am a huge fan of her Pride series and while this book doesn't involve any of the characters we know and love it does take place in Smithville and is filled with all types of crazy shifters. Kye Treharne is a deputy and in charge of taking care of the cute human Emma Lucchesi who has stumbled into the wrong town. Little does Kyle know theres much more to Emma and he soon can't get enough of her. I devoured this story and am now wanting more! I love the spin off that might take place her with Emma and her friends and all i can say is PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN! I loved Emma and Kyle plus all the new characters that are introduced and I really want to go back to Smithville and see what crazy things happen next. Overall Grade: A.

Sun, Sand, Sex is a good book even with the ups and downs of the three different stories. I think any romance or paranormal romance fan will find what they are looking for in this book and like I said before if you are a fan of Shelly Laurenston, her novella is worth buying the whole book.
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