Bad Boys Next Exit Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004
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Jane Duvall is a great headhunter and she's determined to snag her next client even if it means stealing him away from hotel CEO, Michael "Mac" Mcnamara. Mac plans to find out what Jane's really up to even if that means he has to seduce it out of her.
This story started of well but pretty soon turned into absolute trash. Mac was such a bully that it was uncomfortable to read. I like an alpha male as much as the next girl but Mac's treatment of Jane was emotionally abusive and I was horrified that anyone would class this as romance. Dreadful.
EXPOSED by Donna Kauffman
All Delilah Hudson wants is to get home for Christmas - too bad she's stranded on a train in the middle of a blizzard. As soon as photographer, Austin Morgan, spies Delilah he's interested in capturing her in more than just a shot. Perhaps they can heat up the holidays together.
This was a fairly bland story with characters I didn't empathise with, identify with or particularly care for. The sex within five minutes of meeting each other seemed seedy rather than sexy and the thought of a stranger taking naked pictures of me gave me the creeps rather than turned me on!
PURE GINGER by E.C. Sheedy
Ginger Cameron is fed up with being judged solely on her looks. So she decides to change her look to something a little more dowdy. Cal Beaumann needs to hire Ginger to do PR work but he doesn't believe that this girl is as straight laced as she appears. So he sets out to uncover her secrets one by one.
Easily the best story of this anthology, I still couldn't identify much with Ginger. It was all a bit ridiculous and the silly conflict at the end of the story was a bit high school for my tastes. Still the best but still not so great.
This book has been sitting on my shelf for years waiting to be read. I'm actually beginning to wish I'd left it there to gather dust because I really didn't enjoy it. I've previously read other books in the 'Bad Boys' series and by these authors and enjoyed them so this book was a little bit of a waste. There are much (much) better romantic anthologies out there and I would recommend you give this one a miss and try one of them. 2 stars and the extra star is only for E.C. Sheedy's tale which wasn't too bad.
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Shannon McKenna's Meltdown has headhunter Jane Duvall having a meeting with the general manager of the Crowne Royale Group of hotels posing as a travel writer. But the GM is called away and instead she meets the CEO Michael "Mac" McNamara. Their attraction is explosive and Jane decides to indulge in a fantasy with Mac. Mac cannot get Jane out of his mind after their initial fiery meeting. They agree to meet again and it's a night of passion and betrayals. Shannon McKenna writes another highly erotic story. Jane and Mac will be remembered for their fire, passion and heart.
Exposed by Donna Kauffman has two strangers meeting on a train. Delilah Hudson was on vacation taking pictures as she travels. Del meets fellow photographer Austin Morgan. Austin is returning home after his abusive fathers death. Del and Austin connect on so many levels. Their passion is all consuming but can they make it past the train ride. Ms. Kauffman's story is so titillating, a very enjoyable read.
Pure Ginger by E.C. Sheedy has Ginger Cameron trying to change her image. Gone are the sexy outfits, over the top ways and most of all drop dead gorgeous men. This proves to be a problem when for her PR firm she meets Cal Beaumann, who wants to hire Ginger. Cal is thrown by this frumpy looking woman. Ginger is not what he envisioned helping him launch his new cinema. But Cal sees beneath Gingers tone down look to see the real woman inside. Cal and Ginger have a connection that leaps off the page.
Bad Boys Next Exit is a great addition to the Bad Boys stories.
1. Meltdown by Shannon Mckenna is about headhunter Jane Duvall. She pretends to be a magazine writer to infiltrate a hotel and possibly steal away one of their executives. During her masquerade, she meets CEO Mac McNamara and they have instant chemistry that ignites during her tour of the hotel's penthouse. But Mac knows that she is lying and given his own history with women, Mac doesn't know if he can trust her.
2. Exposed by Donna Kauffman is about Delilah Hudson who is stranded on a train with Austin. Luckily, they are both photographers and have more than that in common. Soon Delilah and Austin are happily ensconced in his private sleeping car. Austin knows that Delilah is someone special and wants to keep her with him, even after the train starts up.
3. Pure Ginger is by EC Sheedy. Ginger is the head of a publicity business and she is all business. Due to some past relationship mistakes, she has sworn off men and has reinvented herself to be a plain, serious businesswoman. But Cal Beaumann is considering hiring her to promote his business and wants a more sexy image and knows that Ginger is just the women for him.
All three books were good stories with great couples. Shannon Mckenna's story was by far the best one..it had more likeable characters and they had more chemistry. Bad boys Next Exit wasn't as good as the previous books in this series, but a solid effort for fans of the Bad Boys books.
My favorite story of the three was Shannon McKenna's, Meltdown. McKenna is an author I discovered through these anthologies and I haven't been disappointed with anything she's written yet. Smart, edgy, sexy and unique, the heat between Mac and Jane is palpable and the sex scenes are amazing. EC Sheedy, a new author discovery for me, writes the my second favorite. Ginger is a smart successful woman with insecurities, Cal is the sexy man who sees beneath the dumpy clothes she wears to keep away men just like him. Nice chemistry, hot love scenes. Donna Kauffman's story was my least favorite but it was still really quite good.
As with most romantica books of the genre, you get characters who find and declare love quite quickly and usually end up married or engaged. Not the most realistic scenario in the world but it is a work of fiction and a little bit of love at first sight is not a bad thing.
All in all, well written, great characters with sizzling chemistry. A fabulous return to the first highly readable books in the series. The series has brought authors like Erin McCarthy, Shannon McKenna and Janelle Denison to my attention and I'll be adding EC Sheedy as well.
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