Honk If You Love Real Men Paperback – May 26 2005
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About the Author
CARRIE ALEXANDER is the award-winning author of many romance novels, including Hidden Gems and My Front Page Scandal.
PAMELA BRITTON is the award-winning author of On the Move, Playboy Prankster and Total Control.
New York Times bestseller SUSAN DONOVAN is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. She lives in rural Maryland with her family and dogs.
LORA LEIGH is the author of Live Wire, Forbidden Pleasure, and Enigma, among many others. Writing is her passion, her peace, and her lifeline, and she can often be found daydreaming and plotting and planning with the varied characters that fill her imagination. When she isn't writing, she tends her flower gardens, watches horses romp outside her home, or spends time with the family and pets she fills her life with. She lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky.
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First up is Ms Alexander's story of Estrella and Jesse. Estrella has been lusting after a guy working on a road crew in the neighborhood where she works. She's a maid for a wealthy female executive and when her boss goes out of town on business, she borrows her car, her clothes and her apartment in order to lure the hot road crew guy into her bed. Jesse sees through her "car trouble" ploy immediately but decides to see where this whole farce will go. If she's a rich lady looking to play, why not play along? Well, what he finds is a woman full of contradictions and obviously, as he discovers, not what she seemed. I liked this story. Sure, the plot is contrived but what I really liked were Estrella and Jesse. It's rare to find blue collar leads in romances and here we have a Latina and an ex-con who are both trying hard to build better lives for themselves after past mistakes. I found it refreshing, enjoyable and, of course, steamy!
To be honest, I more skimmed than read Ms Britton's story of a woman who had been raped by her fiance who is looking to get her sexual footing back. She returns to her home town and to the guy whose heart she broke in high school. He's the only guy she trusts to help her recover her sexual self. Of course he is all too willing to comply. Yuck. I thought she was incredibly selfish and he put up with way too much. And I feel I must warn readers of her other books who may not expect it, she does push the envelope with a rather torrid girl-on-girl scene. Not for me.
Susan Donovan is one of my fave authors of contemporary romance and this is another of her fun, amusing and sexy stories. Win is a screenwriter who has hit a slump but still has a deadline to meet. Her agent sends her off to his cabin in the woods to get her inspiration back. Fully knowing that some of the appliances may not be in working order and that her neighbor Mac, a capable and hunky Navy SEAL on leave, is nearby to fix anything that goes wrong. Anything. Will he agree to be her muse? Sexy fun!
In Lora Leigh's story Raven has had it bad for Reno for years. They both know it just as she knows he's been crazy about her as well. He never acted on his feelings because she was too young at the time. He joined the Navy, traveled the world, waiting for her to mature. Now he's back, home on leave, and the waiting is over. He and Raven will finally act on the mutual attraction that sizzles between them. But when feelings intensify can Raven get over her fears about his being a SEAL? She saw what it did to her parent's marriage, can she deal any better than her mother? Intense, hot and emotional. Classic Lora Leigh.
NAUGHTY GIRL by Carrie Alexander -I really liked this one. The couple Jesse "Drum" Drummond & Estrella Ianesque seemed like everyday flawed people and I enjoyed their story. I must admit it started slow for me.
WANTED: ONE HOT-BLOODED MAN by Pamela Britton- This story was the 1 that did NOT do it for me. Her damage "issues" and how the author dealt with them bored me. I liked the interaction of the couple but I wanted it to flow differently.
HAVE MERCY by Susan Donovan- This story was my favorite. I liked the whole idea the female lead Win thought she needed a "muse" to write and how the couple got together. The story was fun and had a good pace for a short story.
RENO 'S CHANCE by Lora Leigh- I am glad I read it to start her Tempting Seal series. I wish it was longer. I know I will see these characters again in the series and can't wait.
Honk If You Love Real Men
Naughty Girl - This was a sweet story, kind of cute. However, the fact that she'd been abused and was trying to make herself believe she was a "dirty" girl was not realistic, and huge turn-off.
Wanted: One Hot-Blooded Man - I don't know what Britton was thinking when she wrote this. It was quite disturbing. When you are raped, you don't suddenly want to have a lesbian experience. This was just so wrong is so many places - the whole story was a terrible description of mental trauma, and not at all realistic.
Have Mercy - Not even gonna go into how ridiculous this story was.
Reno's Choice - If this had been a little longer I might have liked it. But Raven was so angry. She also dressed kind of...well, skanky, for a virgin. And Reno was a little too arrogant and dominant for me.
As hot as the sex scenes were, the lack of...everything else vitally important in a story was too much to overlook.
"Naughty Girl" is the story of Estrella who is given a chance to be someone she isn't and pursues the one man that has been keeping her up late at night. Road construction worker Jesse Drummond. Does she have what it takes to be a "naughty girl?"
"Wanted:One Hot Blooded Man" is the story of one woman looking for a way to not be scared of intimacy. Bree goes to her best friend and old high school sweetheart. But the boy has become a man. Will he have what Bree is looking for, and will she allow herself to feel what he makes her feel?
"Have Mercy" is the story of a screenplay writer Winifried Mackland. She has too pen the hottest, sexiest conclusion to her movie series that she has even dreamt about. But first she has to find her muse. What she finds is a recovering SEAL. Oh, and he is a perfect example of her action adventure hero. Will this SEAL do double duty as a muse and find love at the same time?
"Reno's Chance" is the story of a SEAL that has finally finished waiting for the girl of his dreams to grow up and realize that what she wants is him. But how far will he have to go to prove that to her?
All four of these stories offer steamy toe curling love scenes, not for the faint of heart that's for sure. This was a fast-paced read and perfect for taking on the road, to the beach, or just kicking back for enjoyable afternoon of reading.
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So other than that, great book, awesome stories, totally righteous writers.