Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with DisasterIsabelle West was an artist and was very guarded. She was guarded as she had been hiding for years from her past, though her past was about to be revealed.

Tom Duncan was on a task to protect a judge, his job did not include checking out an artist who had trust issues. Tom will follow his gut and find that Isabella was not who she seemed.

Flirting with Disaster is the third book to the series Girls Night Out by Victoria Dahl. I liked this third book to the series. I thought it went in a different direction than the others with a mistaken identity and dealing with cops. Although with all that was going on it still felt light (not a suspense novel) but full of romance.

The characters are strong in their convictions and passions which makes Isabella and Tom almost explosive when they interact. I liked how Dahl created Isabelle’s character, you got the impression that she did not trust easily and was a loner for most of the time. The mystery behind her past intrigued me as a reader. Now Tom was a good man and solid US Marshall. He did his job well but he gets in trouble when he meets Isabelle, especially when he finds out that she is hiding something. You knew immediately there would be trouble when he didn’t come clean that he knew about her past.

The fourth book comes out this month and I’m sure that I will I will be picking it up  in the near future.

Looking for Trouble

Looking for TroubleSophie Heyer had lived with scandal since she was a child when her mother had disappeared with another man. She had lived with the rumors and made sure to play the part of the good girl so no one compared her to her mother but then she will meet Alex.

Alex Bishop was back at his brothers request. He did not want to be back in Jackson but he gave in. Alex will ride into town and find that nothing had changed except that his mother had become crazier and that he was lusting after a librarian.

Looking For Trouble is the second book to the series Girls Night Out by Victoria Dahl. I liked the book. It was full of passion and lust with some heartbreaking moments.

The character of Sophie was one who was sweet and shy but there was another side to her. She was also wild and wanted more. I liked that she found it with Alex. Now although their scenes were definitely steamy I wasn’t thrilled with the way that Sophie wanted to be treated in bed. There were only a few lines that I thought weren’t necessary but overall they were steamy scenes. So then there is Alex who is the big bad biker boy. He is rough and doesn’t want any attachments. He found the perfect partner with Sophie but you know that real feelings will bloom between them.

Rose Bishop’s character was unbalanced. I know in the end there was a reason for her recent behavior but even before that she was crazy. I felt bad for her at least to a point. She should have gotten help and not neglected her children or spread the rumors around town that made Sophie’s life very hard.

Also for those who read Jackson Hole series you will notice Shane and Merry’s character from Too Hot to Handle. Shane is the brother of Alex.

I am reading the third book next which is with Isabella who is friends with Sophie and Lauren.

Fanning the Flames

Fanning the flamesLauren Foster was looking for a night of sex. She had not expected that night would involve Jake Davis who was a firefighter and her ex husbands good friend.

Jake Davis was told by his adult daughter to get out and find someone. Jake will take the advice and find himself looking at Lauren, a local librarian.

Fanning the Flames is the first book to the series Girls Night Out by Victoria Dahl. I liked the book but I felt that it should have been longer. This was a novella under one hundred pages.

The story was about two characters who were middle aged and will be lusting after each other. I was happy to read that Jake, who was forty seven, was wanting Lauren who was a few years younger than him. He was not looking for a twenty something girl. Though as I said before I wanted more, I wanted them to find love with each other and have that struggle but find their way back together. Dahl did hit those points it was just really quick. I guess it seemed just too short for me to really love either character, I liked them just wasn’t loving them.

I, however, am going to read their next two books to the series which are full lengths book. The second book is with Sophie who was mentioned in this book.

Turn Up the Heat

Turn up the heat

Turn Up the Heat is a collection of three stories by three different authors, Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway and Victoria Dahl.

Love Won’t Wait

Brendan “Brick” Carlisle is used to woman falling at his feet but Merrily Loveland does not fit that mold which makes Brick want to know more about her. She is a challenge but he will get knocked off his feet with what she proposes.

Beach House Beginnings

Meg Alexander was coming back home for a quick trip to Crescent Cove. She is a confident woman but will be baffled at the spark of desire that she feels for Caleb McCall. Passion will take over for this no-nonsence woman making her rethink love.

Strong Enough to Love

Eve Hill knew love and it was hard especially when you feel for a married man. Two years later Brian Stewart is back and wants to pursue that attraction he had for Eve. He left those two years ago to give his marriage a chance even though he knew it was over long ago. Brian will have to work to win Eve back as he had broken her heart.

All three of these stories were rather on the short side with a little more than 100 pages for each story but all very entertaining to read. I find that each author can write a story that you will want to read. Lori Foster I will always read so I enjoyed her story. Christine Ridgway I will be honest I don’t read much of her but I liked the book. The last book, Strong Enough to Love, stuck with me the most which also could be because it was the last story I read. But I liked Eve’s story because I distinctly remember her in the series Jackson Hole. I wanted her to have her happy ending and I was happy to read that she finally got it.

So Tough to Tame

So Tough to TameCharlie Allington had been wronged and had come back home to scrap her life back together. She will find that her high school crush will be living next door and she wouldn’t be the shy girl anymore. Charlie just hopes that he wouldn’t think she is like the girl the news said she was like. Walker Pearce needed work now that his job was down the drain thanks to some moments of weakness. He will get a job but his thoughts will go straight to his friend who he is seeing in a completely new light.

So Tough to Tame is the third book in Jackson Hole series. Victoria Dahl is an author I like, she has good characters and it seems even more steamier scenes with this book which has scenes that will make you want to fan yourself as you read about them. I really liked the book with the secrets behind those closed doors with the main and side characters. There are some good small twists that come forward within the book as the secrets are revealed. At first I wasn’t sure I really liked Charlie or Walker. They had their faults that made them human but it was all about cheating that they had done not in the distant past. Charlie didn’t know but Walker was going in with his eyes wide open in his situation. You know they are not bad people but ones who just made bad choices. In the end justice is given for those who have done wrong and Charlie and Walker do have that happy ending that they deserve. I am on the look over for the novella where Eve will take center stage but until then I keep reading.

Crazy For Love

Crazy for LoveChloe Turner has had her world turned upside down when her fiancee is thought to be dead. Really he jumped out of a plane running from her. Chloe wants the paparazzi to leave her alone. She will find her troubles lifting away especially when she meets Max but all good things come to an end.

Max Sullivan had come to the island with his brother. He wasn’t looking for love but there walks Chloe who looks to be perfect girl next door but he will find that she is not the perfect girl next door.

Crazy For Love is a stand alone novel by Victoria Dahl. With everything I have read from Dahl I have liked. Her stories are steamy, humorous and heartwarming. The story has all of it but I will have to say this would not be my top favorite of hers. I think what hinder me from loving it was the fact I couldn’t decide if I liked all the characters. Like Max who wouldn’t even listen when the time came. When Chloe needed him at that moment or Jenn since she was hiding something big from her friend as the guilt drove her to tears. I didn’t know if she was the other woman, I hoped she wasn’t. You learn the secret eventually and is forgiven but not at first. I did like Chloe even though her situation was a little out there with the paparazzi following her every move but it could happen.

I will say Dahl keeps you on your toes with what was happening with Jenn and the secret she was holding. The plot is a little crazy which fit the title of the book but as I said it was a good book to read from Victoria Dahl.

Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot To HandleMerry Kade was the girl next door, that is what everyone saw. Merry was more than that and she was going to prove that as she found a job that she was determined to do. She will be distracted by a cowboy who will have her heart beating faster but he is not being completely honest with her.

Shane Harcourt was in the middle of a lawsuit and wanted it done. Now he finds himself with more trouble with Merry Kade who wanted to change the ghost town that belonged to him and restore it. He will get close to her to find a way to stop it but feelings will soon get involved and the lies were building up.

I had read Strong Enough to Touch and loved it. It was a fantastic book and great beginning to Victoria Dahl’s series Jackson Hole. Too Hot to Handle was a great follow up to the series with passion and betrayal all wrapped up together.

I loved Merry’s character. She had many layers and was fascinating to find out the real person. She was stronger then the persona she gave off with those around her. She was still fragile and heartbroken but there was a certain toughness that she gained and confidence to face those who thought little of her like her cousin. Now Shane I wanted to like but lying to start a relationship was not the best way to start out with. Of course you liked him because he was sensual and gave something to Merry, her own confidence.

There was the normal fall that happens in novels and you knew it would be coming and it was heartbreaking as I imagined it would be. There is a happy ending that follows but not before some more heartbreaking scenes and surprises which follow.

Victoria Dahl introduces a new character named Walker who is another cowboy and will be featured in the next book, So Tough to Tame, from the series Jackson Hole.

Close Enough to Touch

Close Enough to TouchGrace Barrett is down on her luck and is now in Wyoming, a complete change from LA. Grace will not take any crap or charity from people but her boundaries will be tested when she meets her neighbor Cole.

Cole Rawlins is healing from an injury only several months from ago. He will be staying at an apartment but when a new neighbor shows up Cole starts getting interested. Problems are in the making especially when Cole’s past and Grace’s past collide making old injuries hard to ignore.

Victoria Dahl is an author that can get your heart pounding with her characters and not just in that passionate way. You feel for the characters as she makes them real and with many depths making a well rounded character. Close Enough to Touch is one of her several novels she has written and its one that I couldn’t stop reading. You get to know Grace and Cole very well and know without a doubt these are two very damaged people. Both have boundaries that guard their emotions and wouldn’t let others in. Grace is more effective with it as she has learned many times to keep distant. Throughout the book I grasped it hoping that these two would have a chance to be together. I wanted them to find happiness with each other which is why when Cole’s old flame strolls into town I wanted to throw the book. Of course I kept reading. Dahl keeps true to her characters when she keeps them away from each other, well there is tons of passion when they are together but that’s not the future we all hope full for them. She does change the characters but in a subtle way as no one changes over night.

At the end we are left with a heartwarming ending that makes you smile as it leaves the characters in a good place. Now I checked out when she would have another book published and it looks like two characters from this book will have their own, Merry and Shane. Within this book they were more on the side so it will be interesting to read how they are to interact.

Real Men Will

Eric Donovan is the quiet brother, the good brother, the responsible brother, but for one night he was not any of those things. That was of course six months ago. He had not stopped thinking about her but it was all moot. She did not know his real name.

Beth Cantrell was not used to unbelievable sex, a one night stand, but that is what she got. Of course it was six months ago but she couldn’t stop thinking about Jamie Donovan. That is until she found out the man she slept with was not who he said he was. No the man she slept with was Eric Donovan. Beth felt betrayed but she knew she couldn’t resist him. She would give Eric her body but not her trust.

Real Men Will is the end of the trilogy of the Donovan Brothers Brewery, which I loved. This book appeared moodier due to the main character Eric but nevertheless it was good. I liked how Victoria Dahl uncovered why Eric truly felt responsible for everything.

Both characters, Eric and Beth, hid behind their masks that they displayed for the world. I liked that they were real with each other eventually when they learned to trust. Eric I grew to like even though he was an ass through parts of the book as he was relentless with what he thought was right.

With Beth as a character she was a strong one. I felt like cheering her on as she had to rise above her past and move on. Dahl did not make it easy either with Beth forgiving Eric which I liked as he lied about his name.

I liked how Dahl also kept Kendall within the trilogy. It was interesting with how each character was involved with Kendall and effected aside from the business aspect.

Overall the series Donovan Brothers Brewery was one to read from Victoria Dahl and one to enjoy.

Bad Boys Do

The next day quickly I opened up the book Bad Boys Do. Since reading the first book of the series Donovan Brothers Brewery I was completely invested in the series, I had to find out what would happen with Jamie.

Jamie Donovan has decided to change his ways. He didn’t want a causal relationship that was just sex. He wanted to be taken serious especially to his older brother. He wanted to get educated on how to improve the brewery. He didn’t expect though to find a woman in this class that intrigued him, his teacher.

Olivia Bishop did not love teaching but it was something she knew how to do. With a divorce behind her she still had to provide for herself. Olivia’s goal was to enjoy life, to try something different. She was horrified to find herself in Jamie’s attention as she was six years older than him. Age was thrown aside and Olivia let herself go into the arms of Jamie Donovan.

I can’t get enough of this series Donovan Brothers Brewery. This series feels real with the siblings drama that happens throughout the book. You can’t help but love the feisty dialogue that travels through the story. As the second book of the series you already know the siblings but now Victoria Dahl gives insight in Jamie.

Jamie Donovan is everything a playboy should be but I loved that he was changing his ways and it was with an older woman. He found someone who let him be himself, his better self. I liked that Dahl gets Jamie to grow as he had changed from the first book, you also see a darker side of Jamie which was interesting to read.

I love Olivia. She was a shy woman who didn’t know her own self worth. Dahl lets her evolve throughout the story. She becomes confident as her time with Jamie is spent. Dahl includes her ex-husband which was the cliche professor and someone you wanted to hate.

I found myself disliking the older brother Eric as well due to his poor mood he is always in and for those who have read the first book and this one would understand. Of course I can’t hate his character the entire time through the book, but I am intrigued to read his story.