- Paperback: 293 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; First Printing edition (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758204280
- ISBN-13: 978-0758204288
- Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.3 x 8.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,934,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bad Boys on Board (Watson Brothers) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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Nell left her boyfriend and publicist job in LA to visit with her great aunt Gertie in Kansas. There is a biker gang in town that Gertie hates. When she hears a motorcycle coming, she pulls a tree limb onto the road which causes the biker Wes to be thrown into her yard. He is unconscious. Nell gives him CPR and mouth-to-mouth. He comes to temporarily and kisses her. Later when he regains consciousness, he has amnesia but he remembers her somehow and thinks she's his girlfriend. The doctor tells Nell to play along for a while pretending to be his girlfriend which might help him recover (less stress in his mind). They soon have sex. Nell likes it so much that she wants to continue having sex, so she doesn't tell him the truth. She likes him even though she normally would never date a biker gang member.
Reviewer's Opinion With A Mild Spoiler:
This was pretty good. Slightly above average. My problem was the way they lied/withheld information from each other which caused their major conflict. I didn't like Nell lying to Wes after the first day. Then after he learned she was lying, he kept up the pretense which was also a lie. They each withheld information, yet he was the one who got angry about it later. I was also disappointed with Wes' somewhat illogical actions after that.
Story length: 78 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: around 12. Setting: current day Harleyville, Kansas. Copyright: 2003. Genre: contemporary romance.
2 ½ stars for MY HOUSE, MY RULES by Lori Foster.
Sam is an undercover cop, going to bars at night, pretending to be drunk, so muggers will target him. It's a dangerous job, and he doesn't want a woman to worry about him. Ariel is 24. She has always desired Sam who is 36. She has been platonic friends with Sam's younger brother Pete. Sam thinks that Pete has romantic desires for Ariel, but that is not true. Ariel finally decides to goes after Sam. She tells him that she wants him and that she and Pete were just friends, never lovers. Sam thinks he's too old for her. He tries to make her uncomfortable sexually in hopes of scaring her away. She doesn't scare.
I didn't really like it. Sam is so overly bossy. He denies himself and assumes incorrect things about Ariel. Later Ariel also assumes something incorrect about Sam causing her to go away for awhile and be unreachable. There wasn't any getting to know you or relationship development. It was mostly conflicts based on inaccurate assumptions (a pet peeve of mine). The conflicts eventually dissolved. It just didn't do anything for me.
Story length: 89 pages. Swearing language: moderate, including religious words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total sex scene pages: around 20. Setting: current day Duluth. Copyright: 2003. Genre: contemporary romance.
2 stars for GOING DOWN? by Donna Kauffman.
Dominic is a wealthy British corporate mogul. He just broke up with his fiancée. Something has been missing for him in relationships - almost like he doesn't feel anymore. He's in town meeting with Stephanie doing a corporate deal. Callie has been working for Stephanie as a temp worker. Stephanie has to leave, but asks Callie to stay until Dominic is finished with his phone call and then escort him out of the building and lock up. It's after 11 pm. Callie and Dominic are in the elevator when the power goes out. They begin talking and then more.
I just couldn't buy the relationship. They have a conversation in the elevator in the dark. It was somewhat of a boring conversation. Yet it caused Dominic to see that Callie was unlike any woman he had ever met before and that she caused passion and romantic feelings in him that he never felt before. I didn't buy it. There was nothing in that conversation to cause anyone to have such a dramatic reaction. That ruined the story for me. I would have preferred seeing how she was different from all the other women he had known. But it wasn't shown. I also had trouble buying their actions at the end, especially Dominic's. He did something totally out of character and something no rational business person would ever do.
Story length: 95 pages. Swearing language: moderate, including religious words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2, one was many pages long. Setting: current day Crystal City, Virginia. Copyright: 2003. Genre: contemporary romance.
To adhere to the truth, I wished I saved Kauffman's for last :)
Now, I hear Foster's stories are well-known for their sexy alpha-males =) And boy, isn't that the truth! Rough, rugged, yet honorable copper Sam Watson definitely fit in well with the category. Even more endearing is putting in petite, spunky, yet sweet Ariel into the path of Sam...Sam, who gave me the pleasurable honor of reminding me of probably my most favorite alpha-male ever; Ethan from "If you Deceive." Anywho, the combination of these two definitely was steamy; Sam's domineering rules with Ariel's enduring willingness to agree to those rules if at the end, she successfully enlightens him that there can be love between the two of them. Um, gruff Sam makes "sweet" look REALLY good.
But I must say, I found myself missing the company of Dominic and Callie while reading Foster's short story. Donna Kauffman's "Going Down?" left me with such an concrete impression. It was just my cup of tea; a romance story with enough substance and background that when it does come to the HEA ending, you BELIEVE in their love and completely back them up. I just came out of the reading feeling such satisfaction from "Going Down?" There were just more touching moments of self-discovery, confrontation, and the built-up to the love scene???? MY GOODNESS!! One of the most amazing love scenes I've ever read :) Ah, thank you Donna Kauffman.
I found myself constantly tearing my eyes from "Going Down?" and just shaking my head in bewilderment(!) Dominic is a lonely, rich, emotionally adrift man who never thought he would be able to partake in a relationship. Then you have Callie who is your (what you're lead to believe) "average" dumped damsel still nursing the wounds pertaining to a lowered self-esteem and such... Fortunately, Kauffman makes Callie SUCH an incredible women simply by having her talk it out with Dominic in the run-down elevator...The author amazingly breaths such life into the plot, with a woman scorned...But the way in which Kauffman brings it to light and probes it and with Dominic's sweet aid? Ah, thank you indeed. You simply MUST read to find out for yourself.
5 stars for "Going Down?" simply for having the right amount of substance with the right amount white-hot passion! That, and learning that men who cheat on their wives because the women didn't aspire to their their demands; THOSE men are the ones who take the easy way out and have actually failed their wives in aspiring to THEIR needs.
GOING DOWN? (Donna Kauffman)...This was the best of the three. After a painful divorce, which made her feel like less than a woman, Callie Montgomery has thrown all her energy in her career. That all changes the night that she escorts Dominic Colbourne out of the building. When the elevator comes to a halt and she is stuck in the dark with the lucious Dominic, Callie can't help but think that he wouldn't be interested in her in the light of day. Soon, it doesn't matter, because Dominic is showing her a whole new side to her sexuality. Dominic has lost his enjoyment in anything but business. Suddenly, this woman that he has a fleeting impression of is bringing all his scences blaring back to life. He can't get enough of her in the hours they are stuck together. And when they get out, he knows he won't be able to give her up.
A FAST RIDE (Nancy Warren)...Nell Tennant has come home to Kansas to regroup from the fast paced life she led in L.A. When an unconsious biker flies into her aunt's yard, she saves his life...and arouses his desire. Suddenly she has a criminal in her house that doesn't even know his last name. And one that she lusts after. She knows that the game will be up when he regains his memory, but for now, Nell decides to take advantage of the man that stirs her blood like none other. Wes knew that he wasn't a criminal, but he didn't know why he knew that. All he knew was the only person he could trust is Nell. The only thing he can't figure out is why he can't remember someone like Nell. When he does get his memory back, he doesn't know whether to be outraged or flattered. He does know that he won't give Nell up, though.
This is a great anthology that you won't want to miss!
Going Down by Donna Kauffman was just so-so to me. It involves Callie and Dominic who get trapped in an elevator lift together overnight. What I didn't care for about that story is that they didn't really know each other and they couldn't see each other very well in the dark yet they didn't have any problem hooking up. I just skimmed through the story after that.
A Fast Ride by Nancy Warren was a good story involving Wes and Nell. Wes has a motorcycle accident and ends up with amnesia. Nell takes him in and nurses him back. Wes wakes up thinking Nell is his girlfriend so the doctor tells Nell to just let him go on thinking that they are an item. Being that Wes is easy on the eyes, Nell has no problem and very soon things heat up between them. Bad Boys on Board is a 4 1/2 star read!
"My House, My Rules" by Lori Foster: When dynamo Ariel Mathers comes to the rescue of undercover cop Sam Watson, sparks fly. She previously had dated his younger brother, and Sam has decreed hands off. But he when he takes her home for repairs after their encounter, Sam finds himself in a dominating role in a desperate ploy to remain in control of his own emotions. One of the hottest romance authors of our generation, Foster once again proves her talented pen with this lightly dominating story that sizzles!
"Going Down" by Donna Kauffman: A stalled elevator results in an erotic interlude for strangers Callie Montgomery and Dominic Colbourne. Recently divorced, Callie believes she must make her mark in the corporate world after her marriage failed so miserably. Dominic also does not believe himself cut out for romance although he is a successful millionaire. But in the dark, they find common ground and sensual excitement. Kauffman's provocative style sizzles in the ultimate elevator story!
"A Fast Ride" by Nancy Warren: A booby trap lands a mysterious biker right in Gertie's beans and results in great niece Nell giving CPR. When he awakens, a case of amnesia and coincidence leaves him assuming that Nell is his woman and that he is a member of the Hog Squad gang. With an opportunity like this, Nell decides to take advantage and to live on the wild side. Warren's gift for the unexpected gives readers a wild ride!