Book Blurb :
Bargain in Bronze
If you can’t take the heat…
Entrepreneur Libby Harris’s specialty is making her famous muesli. So when an Olympic hopeful invites her to his flat to make her delicious cereal, she’s bewildered when his brother Jack walks in, accusing her of trying to ruin his brother’s career. Libby has every intention of staying single, but with Jack around, no way can she suppress the personal pleasure she’s long denied herself.
Investment banker extraordinaire Jack Barnes’s attraction to Libby is instantaneous, but he’s raised his two siblings after their parents died in an accident, and it’s been all work and no play for as long as he can remember. He can’t let down his guard now–not when his brother is so close to the gold. But keeping Libby busy and out of his brother’s life challenges every ounce of his self-control.
Neither wants a relationship, and though they can’t deny their incredible chemistry, Libby and Jack agree that what they have is temporary. So when things start to sizzle between them, will they be able to take the heat?
Seduction in Silver
A limited engagement…
For two weeks Nina Breslin had passed an enticing stranger when catching the Baker Street Tube to go to work. So utterly sexy, and enticingly foreign, she figures he’s eons out of her league–until the day he makes an outrageous proposal.
Dr. Eduardo Ruiz needs a break from the heart-breaking reality of his job. So when he finally introduces himself to the vivacious woman he’s been admiring, he quickly realizes they could help each other with their sticky situations…and have great fun in the process.
They agree to an outrageous plan. For one night only, she’ll masquerade as his girlfriend to appease his overzealous family members, and he’ll accompany her to meet with her ex-fiancé’s friends, pretending to be her attentive lover. Can they play by their own rules, or will they succumb to the pull of seduction?
Gamble in Gold
The one that got away…
Seven years have passed since shy Lexie Peterson had her heart trampled by her teenage crush. When she comes face to face with him in London, she vows to stay strong against his charms. But there’s something about the man who has always made the impossible seem possible.
When Luke Marchetti walks into his flat to find Lexie in a negligee, all he can think of is having a little flirt and fling. But sweet, caring Lexie is all grown up now, and her determination to keep him at a distance makes him realize she deserves more than he can offer.
One kiss when they were younger ignited a passion that lasted seven long years. But is it enough to entice the two to take a gamble on love?
Bargain in Bronze
When Tom Barnes, Libby Harris’s favorite national lightweight rower begs her to come to his home and make him some specially made cereal because he loves her muesli, she doesn’t know that she will end up with a big problem called Jack Barnes, Tom’s big brother.
He was the most gorgeous thing outside of air-brushed men’s underwear ad fakery. Him smiling made it hard for her brain to retain operational status.
It was impossible to answer in more detail given the way he kept rapping out the questions. He was worse than the hideous insurance agent she’d dealt with—letting her have nothing but “yes” or “no” options.
I love the response Libby gives to Jack when he accuses her of trying to ruin his brother’s career.
“You should get a job with MI5”
Libby’s thoughts made me laugh … she is angry because Jack almost kisses her.
The man was a tease. Wasn’t being that good looking enough for him? Did the arrogant jerk have to have all women under the sun want him so obviously? His ego was clearly ravenous.
They both hope never to see each other again, but Tom thinks her muesli is his talisman; he’s never lost a race since he started eating it, and so he wants her back with her amazing muesli.
To make sure Libby will make all the muesli his brother wants, Jack offers her a place to make muesli during the night; after he discovers that she lost the last place she was using because of a fire. There’s a codicil, of course, the place is hers on the condition of not seeing Tom. When she clarifies that she doesn’t want Tom, Jack gives her the kiss of her life.
“Um, um…” Great. Kissed into confusion. Only one thought dominated her brain and it wasn’t one to be uttered aloud. More. “Um…”
And that makes her add her own addendum to the bargain—no kisses. But she soon breaks her own rule, and the kisses turn into much more; Libby thinks it would be just for a night, but Jack wants more. And he has to fight Libby’s deepest fears to keep the only woman he has ever loved.
I love the story!! Torrid love scenes, wonderful characters, deep and real, interesting storyline; can’t get enough. 5 couples.
Seduction in Silver
For two weeks, Nina Breslin has passed a very attractive man every morning on her way to the Baker Street Tube station and he’s not once glanced her way. So she is sure he is not interested in her.
He looked like the statue of an ancient Greek athlete come to life. He stood aloof, never directly engaging with those so irresistibly drawn to admire his masculine perfection—i.e., everyone.
Nina reads a body language book the day before and decides that the sexual attraction she feels for him is just an animal reaction.
Such a strong sexual attraction to a remote stranger was that “raiding foreigner” thing—the desire to mate with an outsider so as to widen the gene pool and preserve the species. Utterly cave-girl of her.
Still, this time something is different. Instead of getting in the car and driving away, the man is going into the station and spares her the long wait for the next train by holding the doors open when they were closing while she was still three meters out from catching it. And she finally meets him.
For a moment there’d been a connection—when he really saw her and she most certainly saw him—and Oh my.
Just before Nina’s station, the train stops midway between stations, stuck. It provides her the first conversation with the out-of-her-league gorgeous foreign guy. Nina soon tells him that she is leaving for the Continent in a week and frets about the meeting that night she would rather miss than go to. Because she will be meeting those people while she’d been with Corey, her ex fiancée. The stranger shares his dislike of going to dinner at Pascal Dumont, a Michelin-starred celebrity haunt. He proposes to her:
“You know we’re both adults.” Her train companion said idly, his accent lilting more strongly. “We could simply decide not to go. We could do something else.”
“I have to go.”
“I have to go too.” His smile became more of a grimace. “Duty.”
Watching Nina those weeks has brought vitality to Eduardo Ruiz. And he decides that he could be her date for that night and she could be his; especially since he invented a serious relationship, intending to make his family understand that his home is in London and not in Spain. So he searches her to make his proposal.
I totally loved Eduardo’s answer when, after Nina accepts playing his girlfriend, tells him that she doesn’t want to be ignored and he should treat her wonderfully.
“I will look at you and they will all know how desperate I am to get you alone. That I cannot wait to have you naked in my arms. That there is no one else in the world for me and nothing more important to me than you. That I can’t believe how lucky I am to have you in my life.”
Haha, they agree, shake hands and then, Eduardo asks her name.
“One last thing,” he murmured, his voice raspier than hers had been before. “What is your name?”
Her eyes widened. She hadn’t realized they hadn’t shared that info? He chuckled. So did she.
“Nina Breslin,” she eventually answered, her voice sounding bedroom husky again.
His muscles clenched involuntarily and he quickly relaxed so he wouldn’t crush her fingers.
“I’m Eduardo Ruiz.” Reluctantly, he released her. “I’ll see you tonight.”
After waiting twenty minutes for Eduardo, Nina is sure he won’t come. But he does and Eduardo focuses on her all the while talking with the friends of Nina’s ex. Still, before going to the dinner, Eduardo presents the incredible ring that caught his attention after leaving Nina in the morning; and told her that he wants to present her as his fiancée. After they share a torrid kiss, Eduardo doesn’t seem to be as affected as Nina and she gets angry.
He’d French-kissed the brains out of her. He’d teased with his hands and fingers. Hell, she hadn’t imagined the size of his hard-on. He’d been as into it as she was. And she’d been more into it than she’d ever been in her life. So he couldn’t act either the outraged virgin or the uninterested male. What was with the silent treatment?
Nina soon discovers the truth about his silence.
“I almost embarrassed myself on the footpath in broad daylight. Don’t make me think about it. I’m still trying to calm down.”
Yet, when their date ends prematurely because Eduardo is called into work as a hematology pathologist (working with many different blood diseases), he wants another date with Nina. Their one night stand isn’t just that and although he is cold with her in the morning when one of his patience dies, Eduardo comes to Nina and their one night stand lasts until she has to go … and Eduardo has to decide if he wants her to go or stay.
Here when I thought the first story was so awesome, I read the second and am equally bowled away. Could the third be better? I loved the humor, the Hamlet quoting, the vivid descriptions … I felt like an interloper to all those private moments!! Incredible well done. I loved all the characters!!! 5 couples.
Gamble in Gold
When Lexie Peterson comes to London with no money, no job, and nowhere to stay because of her last boss, Dani, her best friend and Luke Marchetti’s sister, gives her the keys to Luke’s apartment to stay there and take care of Mango, Luke’s dog during the month Luke would be out preparing for a marathon. Luke Marchetti was her high school crush; her first-ever crush … and Lexie hopes the seven years without seeing him has cured her of that crush even while she still sees him sometimes in her dreams.
Luke gets home before the date Dani gave her… and catches her in a negligée.
Could Mother Earth gobble her in a single bite now? Please?
Lexie is the only woman Luke Marchetti wanted and couldn’t have. She was the shy New Zealand exchange student who’d stayed with his family for six months some years ago.
Just as he’d been seven years ago, he was drawn to her expressiveness, her smile, the awareness that there was so much going on beneath her quiet exterior.
Now back, after he fell in training and wrecked his knee, they’ll have to share his house … and there is just a dormitory and just a bed.
They soon start seducing one another, but Lexie is still a bit bitter because she wanted him from the first moment she saw him so many years ago, while Luke went out with a different girl every night. Lexie thinks that he wants her now because there aren’t other women around. What she doesn’t know is that she was the reason all those dates.
Now, after an incredible night together, Luke knows Lexie is the woman for him … that he wants her forever, but he still has to convince her of that.
He stepped closer and locked his arms around her.
“Why’ve you gone boa constrictor on me?” She could hardly breathe. But it was good.
“You keep running away. What else am I supposed to do? I need you to listen to me.”
This story as compared to the previous one, Seduction in Silver, doesn’t have as much depth or vivid immersive descriptions and was shorter in length. 4 couples.
What I can say about the whole anthology? That is one of the best I have ever read. With her breathtaking style, Natalie Anderson knows how to captivate the readers’ attention from the first word until the very end. This book too finds itself on my favorite author and story lists. Entangled has another winner … 5 couples for the anthology!
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source : Publicist Provided for review
Released :August 20th 2012