Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl
Turn Up the Heat Anthology
Harlequin / December 31, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital
Love Won't Wait
Brendan “Brick” Carlisle is used to women falling at his feet, so shy waitress Merrily Loveland is a breath of fresh air—and an irresistible challenge. But before he can make his move, Merrily comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. If only their “no-strings” pact didn't leave him wanting so much more….
Beach House Beginnings
She might have avoided Crescent Cove, California, for years, but no-nonsense Meg Alexander is confident she can handle a brief trip home. What she doesn't count on is the spark of desire she feels for Caleb McCall. Can a weekend in paradise convince her to give love a second chance?
Strong Enough to Love
Photographer Eve Hill had always told herself that sexy Brian Stewart was off-limits. But now he's back in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Eve can't resist their long-denied attraction. When the reality turns out to be hotter than the fantasy, Eve might end up getting more than she bargained for….
In this anthology, Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl show us that although we believe our heads rule our decisions, it is our hearts that show us the way. In each of these stories, our heroes and heroines are simply looking for a little passion to heat up a cold night with no attachment and no life-long commitment. They don’t know that this one moment will put them on a path to a true love that can’t be denied.
In Love Won’t Wait, Merrily Loveland has had a tough beginning in her twenty-four years. For most of her high school and college years, she had been the sole caregiver to her sick mother. This didn’t allow for much time for dating and even her one long-term boyfriend didn’t understand her lack of desire to get intimate. After her mother’s death, she moved to new city, got a new job and is looking at the start of a new life. What better way to begin these new changes then by finding a man to help rid of her of her virginity? And she has the perfect man for the job—he comes into her restaurant almost every day and she has been drooling for a chance to get to know him better. Brendan “Brick” Carlisle looks like the type of man who know just how to please a woman.
Although Brick is more than willing to teach Merrily all she needs to know about sex, he wants her to understand that he doesn’t do relationships, and she needs to keep her heart out of the bedroom. Merrily is willing to take the risk, but this time around, is it Brick that will leave his heart behind?
He recalled her exact words—that she didn’t plan to rope him in. What exactly did that mean? Did she want sex only once?
Like hell! Once wouldn’t cut it. A dozen times might not suffice. He intended to get his fill.
Christie Ridgeway brings us back to Beach House No. 9, in Beach House Beginnings, as well as bringing Meg Alexander back to Crescent Cove since she lost her first love to the angry sea. Meg left Crescent Cove at nineteen after Peter’s death. She has never been able to face the memories that surround her wherever she looks. If her sister didn’t need to attend a wedding, she might never have returned.
The last person Meg expects to find renting one of the cottages is Peter’s cousin, Caleb. She also never expected that Caleb would be the one man to awaken her desires. But the past has taught her to protect her heart. All-encompassing love can only lead to pain. Can she separate her heart from her desires and indulge with Caleb in the passion that she hasn’t felt in years and still walk away with her heart intact?
She went willingly, her mouth already parted, eager for his tongue, his taste. Why not this? she thought, her mind going woozy as he licked her bottom lip. Maybe one of those quick, physical releases she’d claimed were her thing was in order. A reward for doing her sister a good turn.
Yes, yes. A casual fling. Nothing worrisome, because didn’t he look just like a casual kind of man?
Eve Hill lost her heart to her best friend and mentor two years ago, but he walked away from her and what they might have had. While she could admire the fact that he chose to try to save his failing marriage, what hurt the most is that he walked away from the possibility of them with nothing but a letter declaring his intense feelings for her. When he walks back into her life after his divorce hoping that they can start fresh, Eve won’t risk her heart again, but there is no way she can let the man who meant so much to her walk away from her again without having a chance to know if the man lives up to her fantasies, and if he does, will she be able to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart again?
She swallowed hard and made herself say it again. “One night. But that’s it. Nothing else. No love or promises or hope. Just one night to get this out of our systems.”
In looking for a night of passion, these characters all found a love that would endure, if they were just willing to take the risk.
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