Beach Blanket Bad Boys – book review

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Beach Blanket Bad Boys
by Multiple Authors – see review for links
Release Date:  June 7, 2005
Publisher:  Kensington
Compilation – 6 short stories by 6 different authors
Number of pages:  352
Hardcover
Source: borrowed from Warren Public Library
Contemporary Romance
Rating:  XXX
Read 11/4/16 – 11/15/16

This is a steamy collection of short stories, none more than 50 pages long.  I’m not quite sure where the title of this book comes from, but it could be the fact that this is a perfect beach read.  Each story is self-contained and quick to read.  As with other compilations, I am basing my rating on the overall book on the average rating.

Batteries Not Required
by Linda Lael Miller
35 pages
Although this is a very short story, it felt complete.  No extra characters to get to know, not really anyway.  It’s focused on the heroine, Gayle, and the hero, Tristan.  There’s not a lot of dialogue and it’s really not needed.  Short, sexy, emotional, and fun.
5 stars

Sara Smiles
by Alison Kent
46 pages
This was really a sweet story.  The couple, Sara and Jax, is already in a loving and long-term relationship.  The story is about them finding out about a life changing event and how that will or won’t affect their relationship.  There are some steamy scenes thrown in for good measure.
4 stars

Seducing Tabby
by Lucy Monroe
43 pages
Any woman with a sister or good friend who is model gorgeous will relate with this story.  Tabby’s sister is beautiful and sought after by all men so Tabby is confused when a new-comer makes it clear Tabby is his objective and not her sister.  Calder is tall, mysterious, and British.  He’s also kind, loving, and infatuated with Tabby.  Loved it!
4.5 stars

Captivated
by Jill Shalvis
50 pages
This story is the reason I checked this book out from the library.  I love Jill Shalvis.  Unfortunately this one was only so-so.  I definitely hope readers who haven’t read her other books don’t judge her talent based on this story.  It was steamy and sexy, but I found something missing from the characters.
3 stars

Sister Switch
by Susanna Carr
46 pages
This story made me laugh, which is something I love doing while reading.  Other than that, I didn’t really feel I engaged with the characters.  They weren’t likeable at all and there seemed to be pieces missing.  My rating on this one has to do with the humor that was involved.
2 stars

Spencer For…Ever
by Morgan Leigh
46 pages
Hot, hot, hot!  They saved the best for last.  There is so much told in this story but it doesn’t seem rushed.  Somehow, in just a few chapters, Morgan Leigh made me care for Arden and Kip as if I’d known them for years.
5 stars

3.9 stars rounded up to 4 stars

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About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 23 and living at home while working. He just finished trade school for media arts and is looking for a job that will be a career so he can get out on his own. In the meantime he's got a steady job with benefits. Our youngest, Griffin, is 19 and in the Army. He just got married so I have also gained a daughter. Unfortunately, he is stationed in Washington so they're across the country from us. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago. Since that time I've been slowly trying to get our house in order and catching up on a lot of reading.
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