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Today’s top erotic romance writers come together for a steamy read of four sexy stories about women who discover that real men last all night... Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lu Today’s top erotic romance writers come together for a steamy read of four sexy stories about women who discover that real men last all night... Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his.


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Today’s top erotic romance writers come together for a steamy read of four sexy stories about women who discover that real men last all night... Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lu Today’s top erotic romance writers come together for a steamy read of four sexy stories about women who discover that real men last all night... Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his.

30 review for Real Men Last All Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Auntee

    There are 4 short stories/novellas in this very hot and sexy anthology--3 I enjoyed very much, one that was just okay. Starting with the “just okay” one, Lora Leigh’s Cooper’s Fall. Normally I enjoy a hot story by Lora Leigh, but for some reason this one, about a former Army Ranger turned bar owner, and the daughter of a Mafia don with a secret past sounded like the “same old, same old”. No new ground was broken here. The heroine was typical LL: virginal, in trouble, in need of some kind of help/ There are 4 short stories/novellas in this very hot and sexy anthology--3 I enjoyed very much, one that was just okay. Starting with the “just okay” one, Lora Leigh’s Cooper’s Fall. Normally I enjoy a hot story by Lora Leigh, but for some reason this one, about a former Army Ranger turned bar owner, and the daughter of a Mafia don with a secret past sounded like the “same old, same old”. No new ground was broken here. The heroine was typical LL: virginal, in trouble, in need of some kind of help/protection; becomes a sex goddess under hero’s expert tutelage. The hero was typical LL also: uber protective/possessive, gets “hard” at the slightest provocation, desires the heroine, but gives her the old “I’m no good for you--you deserve better than me” speech. Lots and lots of hot sex; hero realizes he won’t/can’t let her go…Maybe I’ve read too many Lora Leigh’s, because this one was starting to sound like all the others. Leigh’s a talented writer, and no doubt she can write some hot stuff, but I’m dying to see if she can change it up a bit! 3 stars. Much better was Lori Foster’s Luring Lucy, about a divorcee/widow and a man who’s loved her from afar for years. Lucy, a 39 year old mother with two young teens, had been cheated on and neglected by her ex, but he died in a drunken car crash before the divorce was final. She goes to their vacation home with the intentions of having a fling with a stranger, since it’s been so long since she’s had any male companionship. Her husband’s best friend, 41 year old ladies’ man and gym owner Bram, has loved Lucy from afar for a long time. He knew their marriage wasn’t working, but he didn’t want to interfere, so he resigned himself to being her ‘friend’ only. But now Lucy’s free, and she’s looking for a man. Bram is tired of his ‘meaningless sex’ conquests--he wants a woman of substance, and that’s Lucy. It’s time for him to step up to the plate and make his intentions known. Loved it. It was vintage Lori Foster, but amped up in the sex department! Yes, this story line has been done before, but LF does it so well, I didn’t care that it had been done before. Of course it helped that Bram was the perfect man--handsome, sexy, intelligent, a good father figure, passionate lover, and ready to settle down and appreciate a woman who was feeling a bit underappreciated. This one was mega-hot, and I found I really cared about these characters. My only regret was that it wasn’t longer! 4 ½ stars. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray was another winner. This book is an offshoot of McCray’s The First Sin, about the NSA’s clandestine Recovery Enforcement Division. The hero is this book, Zane Steele, works for the Narcotics and Weapons Trafficking division of RED, and is the brother of the heroine (Lexi Steele) of “The First Sin”, but this one can be read as a stand alone just fine. But after reading this one, I was eager to read the other two books in the series! In this story, Zane is working on a case and is about to meet up with an informant in a Boston park, and notices a beautiful woman licking an ice cream cone. The way she works the cone has Zane thinking all kinds of naughty things, gets him all hot and bothered, and has him thinking about pursuing her. But because of his job, and the danger it could bring to anyone close to him, he avoids relationships. And Miss Ice Cream Cone doesn’t look like the one-night-stand type…but darn it, the temptation is too great. So he approaches her. Turns out grad student/part time cosmetologist Willow Randolph has been thinking the same naughty things about tall, dark, and muscled Zane. It’s a case of lust at first sight for both of them. They talk, they go to dinner, and have sex in the restaurant bathroom! (It was an upscale restaurant). They are perfect together; they become inseparable, she meets his big Irish Catholic family, and Zane starts thinking maybe he can do this relationship thing. But then his job gets in the way, and Willow’s life is put in danger. Will Willow and Zane fight for what they can have? I loved this one too. It had the perfect blend of decent plot, great character development, and smokin’ hot sex scenes. There even was a welcome touch of suspense. I loved both Willow and Zane. They had terrific chemistry together, and Willow was a good match for a guy like Zane. My only complaint was that it ended rather abruptly, and I was dying to read more! 4 ½ stars And finally, Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts. This story about a woman (Claire) who turns to her former lover of 10 years ago to help her locate their kidnapped daughter was a pretty enjoyable read also. Although I didn’t agree with some of the things the heroine did in the story (running away from her small hometown to California and leaving behind the boyfriend that loved her so she could “be somebody” sounded kind of crazy, immature and selfish). And then hooking up with a rich older man so he could take care of her when it turned out she was pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, and then not telling the boyfriend for 10 long years…that didn’t endear her to me. And then coming back to her hometown to get the old boyfriend’s help (who is now a U.S. Marshal) when her husband decides to kidnap the daughter after they got a divorce…yeah, I didn’t like her at first. And neither did the hero, Linc. But I warmed up to her (as did Linc) as the story unfolded, and it turned out to be a pretty good story. Linc has got to be one of the most forgiving heroes that I’ve read about in a while--Claire was lucky to have him! Some of the things in the story didn’t quite ring true--but I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t mention them. It was still a pretty good story, with some mighty hot love scenes, but did get tied up all nice and neat rather quickly. But that is the nature of the short story. 4 stars If you’re looking for a very hot anthology with a nice sampling from some well known authors, this one delivers. 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica Anthology Real Men Last All Night is a steamy anthology featuring four solid, sexy contemporary stories by three established erotic romance authors and a promising newcomer. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Ex-Army Ranger Ethan Cooper owns a bad-ass biker bar in a small Texas town and enjoys his no-strings-attached, love ‘em-and-leave ‘em, bad-boy lifestyle. He suddenly finds his life turned upside down and his hardened, cold heart turned inside out when he find 4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica Anthology Real Men Last All Night is a steamy anthology featuring four solid, sexy contemporary stories by three established erotic romance authors and a promising newcomer. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Ex-Army Ranger Ethan Cooper owns a bad-ass biker bar in a small Texas town and enjoys his no-strings-attached, love ‘em-and-leave ‘em, bad-boy lifestyle. He suddenly finds his life turned upside down and his hardened, cold heart turned inside out when he finds himself lusting after his quiet, innocent, prim and proper neighbor, Miss Sarah Fox. This was a smokin’ hot read and my favorite out of the four. I loved Sarah’s character, and her yearning and loneliness brought tears to my eyes. I really loved this story. I don’t think it’s related to any of Leigh’s previous works, but I hope it’s the beginning of a potential new series, or at least that there will be more stories about Cooper’s former Ranger buddies. 5 stars. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster This is a friends-to-lovers story about a widow who goes to her family vacation home in hopes of moving on from past anger and grief over the loss of her cheating, deceased husband and to have a fling to slake her loneliness and yearning. When her longtime friend (and her husband’s best friend) Bram insists on being the only man to give her what she needs, Lucy finds herself in a hot, passionate, emotion-filled affair that shakes the foundation of their relationship, especially when Bram wants and demands everything from her. I’ve heard great things about author Lori Foster, but this was my first read by her. It’s a sexy story and I liked it, but I think it’s one of those that really needed a bit more length to fully develop. Still, it deserves a high rating for luscious, sexy, stud-on-a-stick-with-size, Bram if for no other reason! 4.5 stars. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele in a leading undercover operative for a clandestine government agency called RED (Recovery Enforcement Division). He’s never allowed himself to get close to anyone or to have a real relationship because of the serious dangers of his job and the risk of potential threats of retaliation. When he meets spirited grad student Willow, he feels an immediate connection and explosive attraction and finds himself caring and contemplating something serious for the first time in his life. When his enemies threaten Willow, will Zane fight for what they have together, or let her go? This is loosely tied to McCray’s Lexi Steele series, and I enjoyed it, even though I didn’t really care for The First Sin. 4 stars. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire abandoned her high school sweetheart and escaped her tiny hometown to make a better life for herself. Now, ten years later, she seeks him out to enlist his help to find her kidnapped nine-year-old daughter (their daughter). Her former flame, U.S. Marshal Linc Rappaport, has harbored ten years of hurt, bitterness, anger, and betrayal over Claire’s desertion, and now he finds out that she kept his daughter a secret from him all these years. Regardless of his mixed, tumultuous feelings for Claire, he vows to help find their daughter, but being close to her again after suffering for ten long years makes Linc want to claim what’s his once and for all. This was an okay story and it covered the gamut of raw emotions, but the change from hate to lust to love felt really abrupt and unrealistic. Also, Claire’s reasoning for leaving and staying away from Linc seemed stupid and shallow, and it didn’t paint her in a very favorable light. 3.5-4 stars. Overall, it's an entertaining, smokin’ hot contemporary erotic romance anthology with four sexy, satisfying stories about hunky alpha heroes who can “last all night” and the strong women who love them. 4 ½ stars!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I really liked the Lora Leigh story. The hero was an Uber alpha without being an Uber a-hole. It's stories like these that keep bringing me back to Lora Leigh. On a side note - I loooved the piercings. *giggle* I didn't read Lori Foster's book. Edge of Sin was okay. The heroine was a brazen little hussy that certainly went after what she wanted. The sex was alright. I am just not a fan of Cheyenne McCray. I really liked Heidi Betts story. This was my first story by her and I really liked it. The I really liked the Lora Leigh story. The hero was an Uber alpha without being an Uber a-hole. It's stories like these that keep bringing me back to Lora Leigh. On a side note - I loooved the piercings. *giggle* I didn't read Lori Foster's book. Edge of Sin was okay. The heroine was a brazen little hussy that certainly went after what she wanted. The sex was alright. I am just not a fan of Cheyenne McCray. I really liked Heidi Betts story. This was my first story by her and I really liked it. The sex was hot. What about the plot you say? What plot. The story was about a U.S. Marshall who finds out he has a daughter, blah, blah, blah...... fornicating like minks........ ride off into the sunset. The end. I may have to hunt down some more books by her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    jenjn79

    This book is a collection of 4 sexy stories by popular erotic/sensual romance authors. Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh Summary: Sarah Fox is a shy but sensual young woman living in a small Texas town. But she secretly lusts after the bad boy next door. She hasn't worked up the nerve to come on to him, and he's never really shown an interest in her. Then Ethan Cooper spies Sarah sunbathing naked in her back yard and all his preconceived notions of her go out the window. And he can't stop thinking about This book is a collection of 4 sexy stories by popular erotic/sensual romance authors. Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh Summary: Sarah Fox is a shy but sensual young woman living in a small Texas town. But she secretly lusts after the bad boy next door. She hasn't worked up the nerve to come on to him, and he's never really shown an interest in her. Then Ethan Cooper spies Sarah sunbathing naked in her back yard and all his preconceived notions of her go out the window. And he can't stop thinking about her. He tells himself to stay away from her, but he just can't. Then he finds out that Sarah has a slew of secrets and past he could never have imagined. But now that he's hooked on her, he isn't about to let her go. Review: I really enjoyed this novella by Leigh. It's pretty typical, character wise, of what she usually writes. The heroine is an undiscovered sex kitten and the hero is an Alpha bad boy to the core. Cooper is mildly brutish at times, but never so much that it ticked me off. He's just Alpha. The story is pretty simple, but what do you expect with something just about 100 pages. Still, it was a solid story that didn't leaving me feeling cheated because it was so short. I thought Leigh got enough in to make the story complete. And the sex was smokin'! It's mostly of the vanilla variety, but it was still damn hot. Just an all around, moderately sweet, sexy, story to read. I liked it. Rating: 4 / 5 Luring Lucy by Lori Foster note: this novella is apparently a reprint of a previously published story Summary: Lucy is a weary, lonely widow who is trying to get some spark back into her life after a marriage that was nearing divorce before her husband died. So she decides to head up to her vacation cabin on the lake with every intention of finding a man for a hot fling. But when her longtime friend (and her late husband's best friend), Bram, realizes what she has planned, he realizes he finally has to make a move on the woman he has loved for a long, long time. It's for him to seduce Lucy and reveal his feelings for her. Review: I didn't enjoy this novella as much as the first one. It came off kind of flat to me. I didn't hate it or really dislike it, but it didn't draw me like the first book. I thought the story hook was a bit trite, with the good friend longing for the woman he couldn't have but now that she's free he can finally go after her. Not a particularly original storyline. It needed something more unique to hook me in. I also didn't really like how like 99% of the story covers only a few hours of time. There's all this build up and more build up, then you get the sex scene, then it's "they spent the next week..." I just wanted more. But what I liked least was the love aspect from the heroine, Lucy. Throughout the story, I just never felt like she was "in love" with Bram. Attracted, yes. In sudden lust, yes. In love? No. And then the end roles around and she's saying yes, she loves him. Probably has for a while, and I'm thinking, huh? where'd that come from? I just did not feel it from her end. Which is a big part of what made this story feel flat for me. So though it was a moderately good story, I didn't love it in any way. It was more sensual than erotic, as well...which, there's nothing wrong with, but compared to the Lora Leigh novella, it's a lot less racy. Rating: 3 / 5 The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Summary: Zane Steele, a RED agent, is in the Boston Common one day when he sees a gorgeous woman eating an ice cream cone. He's instantly drawn to her and though he tells himself to stay away, he can't help but approach her. The woman, Willow Randolph, feels the same attraction and it isn't long before the two begin a blistering affair. But Zane's dangerous job has always made him wary of relationships. He tries to tell himself Willow will be fine, but then a recent case directly affects her and Zane has to deal with the consequences. Review: First it's important to note that this novella takes place in McCray's "Lexi Steele" universe. I would call it a between-the-numbers book as it is not crucial to the series, more just a bonus read. I haven't read the other books...but if I didn't already know that they are written in the first-person (which I HATE) I would probably consider reading them. Hot story, though. It's kind of a love at first sight romance because the H/H are hooked from the first moment. I'm not always a fan of books where the H/H jump into bed right away when they hardly know each other, but this was an erotic novella and the H/H had great chemistry so I could overlook it. I did wish the story was longer because I thought the ending was glossed over, concerning Zane's worries of his job spilling over into Willow's life. I didn't feel like there was any resolution there. So I wouldn't have minded if there had been another ten pages or so. But all in all, this was a good short story. Rating: 4 / 5 Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Summary: Claire Scarborough is desperate for help. A messy divorce has led to her soon to be ex to kidnap her daughter. So Claire goes to the one man she thinks can help, the little girl's biological father, US Marshal Lincoln Rappaport. The only problem is, Linc doesn't know he got Claire pregnant all those years ago when they were high school sweethearts. He just remembers that the girl he planned to married ran off one night, leaving only a note behind. Now she's back, telling him he has a kid, and asking for help. Linc has no choice but to help, but he won't let Claire into his heart again. Which is easier said than done. Review: I must admit I was a little surprised by this novella. I've read a couple other of Betts's stories didn't really see the author as the erotica novella type. But I wrong. Betts writes a rather good, sexy short story. I actually thought it was hotter than Foster's novella. The novella was a pretty solid one, too, in the sense that I didn't feel like I was short-changed due to the length of the story. It had a mini-plot, a reunion, hot sex, a resolution to the mini-plot. The only area I thought could have been a little better was the reconciliation between the H/H. It was a little to simplified. But overall, I thought this was a really good, sexy story. It fit well with the others in this collection. Rating: 4 / 5 For the collection as a whole, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Romance novellas are often very hit or miss, but this book was mostly hits. My favorite would probably be the Lora Leigh novella and my least favorite the Lori Foster one. WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, oral sex, a little voyeurism/exhibitionism, body jewelry, semi-public sex...to be continued...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    I enjoyed all but the very last story in this erotic, modern, romantic suspense. 1. Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh This was NOT connected to anything that this author has already written, but does open a potential doorway into a new series involving former Rangers--all working at a local bar owned by one of them (the main character in this story), Ethan Cooper. He lives next door to Sarah Fox and for two years they've been polite with each other. Sarah has a dark secret... 4 Stars 2. Luring Lucy by Lo I enjoyed all but the very last story in this erotic, modern, romantic suspense. 1. Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh This was NOT connected to anything that this author has already written, but does open a potential doorway into a new series involving former Rangers--all working at a local bar owned by one of them (the main character in this story), Ethan Cooper. He lives next door to Sarah Fox and for two years they've been polite with each other. Sarah has a dark secret... 4 Stars 2. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster Neat because it involved an older couple (39 and 41). They have been friends for a long time and when one becomes single the other makes "the" move. Not much to this one in the suspense department. More a modern--erotic--romance. 4 Stars 3. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray No build-up or tension between h/h. This MAY be part of a series already or has the potential for a series. Pertains to a secret government agency called Recovery and Enforcement Division (REDS). Zane Steele is the hero who felt he couldn't get involved in a long-term relationship due to his job and the secrets around it. He meets and falls IMMEDIATELY for Willow. They actually made a good couple, but the way they start off their relationship was eyebrow raising... I believe it is this couple featured on the cover. 4 Stars 4. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Horrible plot. U.S. Marshal Linc (I'm sorry this just felt too much like a spin-off from Tommy Lee Jones with his deputy Noah) is still carrying a grudge from 10 years ago when his long-time high school girlfriend asks him to help her find her daughter that was kidnapped by her wealthy soon-to-be ex-husband (she signed a prenuptial). Then she admits that the daughter was Lincs. Ugh! He hates her guts for walking out on him with a short note and hates her even more for never telling him he had a daughter. For me, Claire never redeemed herself on either count. Linc treats Claire like dirt. Ignored her most of the time, not filling her in on what was happening. They check into a motel room and start going at it like rabbits. What! What about searching for their daughter? The author mentions that until they heard from "Noah" (the deputy, again U.S. Marshals movie!) they had to wait. Awful 1 Star Two of the stories mention the heroine having a Coach handbag...what's up with that?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gaijinmama

    Some parts were pretty hot but it's official. Contemporary romance is not my thing and cops and soldiers really don't float my boat. To turn me on, a hero pretty much has to have fangs or a British/Scottish/Irish accent. Or fangs and an accent, even better. So, really. It's about me, not the book. Just not a good fit. If I had to choose, the first story, by Lora Leigh, is probably my favorite. There's a gangster story in there by way of a plot, but it doesn't distract too much from the Boom Boom Some parts were pretty hot but it's official. Contemporary romance is not my thing and cops and soldiers really don't float my boat. To turn me on, a hero pretty much has to have fangs or a British/Scottish/Irish accent. Or fangs and an accent, even better. So, really. It's about me, not the book. Just not a good fit. If I had to choose, the first story, by Lora Leigh, is probably my favorite. There's a gangster story in there by way of a plot, but it doesn't distract too much from the Boom Boom Pow, which, be honest, has got to be the real reason most of up pick up this book! The hero, Cooper, is messed-up but endearing, and has a yummy way with words. I'd probably go for him myself. That said, a note to writers of erotic fiction! "Core" and "Channel" are not sexy words. The former makes me think of rotten fruit and the latter, remote controls or polluted water. Or Shirley Maclaine, I guess. Anyway, not sexy. There are other, more endearing names for Lady Parts. I'm just sayin'.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    Four short stories 1. Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh - I've been reading some less than good Bound Hearts books so I wasn't expecting much and ended up really liking it. Sarah met Ethan by chance years before but was so fascinated that she ended moving next door to him waiting for him to notice her. Two years later after seeing her nude sunbathing, he finally notices her. There's a mystery regarding her past that comes into play. Very good story. 2. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster - Bram has always been i Four short stories 1. Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh - I've been reading some less than good Bound Hearts books so I wasn't expecting much and ended up really liking it. Sarah met Ethan by chance years before but was so fascinated that she ended moving next door to him waiting for him to notice her. Two years later after seeing her nude sunbathing, he finally notices her. There's a mystery regarding her past that comes into play. Very good story. 2. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster - Bram has always been in love with Lucy even before she married his best friend. 20 years later, Lucy is a widow after a horrible split from her husband. After Bram finds out that Lucy's finally ready to move on with some anonymous sex, Bram freaks out and drives as fast as he can to catch up with her. Very sweet, romantic, sexy story. 3. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray - I've not cared for the two full length novels by this author so had no idea how I would like the short story. It was actually really great. Zane sees Willow in a park and is instantly drawn to her. They find out they know some of the same people. There's an attempted kidnapping and someone gets shot. I really liked both characters and enjoyed this story. 4. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts - Claire left Linc when they were in high school to go to California from Pennsylvania not knowing she was pregnant at the time. She married someone for convenience and out of fear not wanting to return home and not knowing how to support her daughter. 10 years later she's getting a divorce and her ex-husband-to-be kidnaps her daughter. She goes back to Linc who's a Federal Marshall to get her daughter back and they reconnect although at first Linc hates her because she left without really saying why and broke his heart. Very good story. This is the second short story I've read by Heidi Betts and enjoyed them both a lot. Her full length books are about women in a knitting club - which made me put the book back when I found it in a used book store. But after really enjoying both of her short stories, if it's still there I've going to buy it. I would recommend this book. For an anthology, this is one of the most well written I've read - even with the horrible title.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Four erotic novellas that are great for an afternoon of reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori Foster

    My story is a reissue, but the other novellas are new, so I'm reading them. I've gotten to know Heidi Betts now, and I like her writing style a lot. My story is a reissue, but the other novellas are new, so I'm reading them. I've gotten to know Heidi Betts now, and I like her writing style a lot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Wilder

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Short novellas are good for me because I rarely care to follow a heroine to the bitter - er - happy ending of a romance novel these days. I mean we all know they ride off into the sunset and the characters are rarely so compelling that I care to follow them as far as the horizon. So I picked up a collection of shorts. I think the general idea is supposed to be that the men are manly but that's pretty much true in all romance novels. The first guy is ex-military so yeah, that makes sense. The sec Short novellas are good for me because I rarely care to follow a heroine to the bitter - er - happy ending of a romance novel these days. I mean we all know they ride off into the sunset and the characters are rarely so compelling that I care to follow them as far as the horizon. So I picked up a collection of shorts. I think the general idea is supposed to be that the men are manly but that's pretty much true in all romance novels. The first guy is ex-military so yeah, that makes sense. The second guy runs a gym - does that make you manly? More like muscular. Third guy is a spy - okay, sure, James Bond is manly - in a dapper way. Last guy is a US Marshall - I guess law enforcement is manly? The word holster sounds kind of butch. They are all contemporaries, which I usually don't like so much - it interferes with the fantasy if things like surveillance systems and laptops and motor-boats and restaurant bathroom etiquette start to factor into the scenario. First up - Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh - she jumps right into the action and sets up her characters: a virgin desperate to lose her virginity to the guy next door and, well, the guy next door. Like all romance novel heroes he is a notorious cassanova who nevertheless has a soft spot for one woman to whom he will be completely faithful just as soon as he ravishes her and realizes that, though she was a virgin until she met him, she is more sexually satisfying than any other woman he has ever had and therefore renders meaningless the pursuit of other women. Author follows script. There is some threat to her life having to do with an ex-mafioso who is her beloved father figure but it's sort of beside the point. I didn't even finish this story because whatever, they get married, blah blah blah. Started off well but the end was boring as hell. Next - Luring Lucy by Lori Foster - nice premise here, little unusual. A guy has always had the hots for his best friend's wife but has been man enough to hide it from everyone even after his best friend cheats on his wife, she leaves him, and he gets killed in a terrible accident. Finally over her grief the widow has decided to take a random guy as a lover cause she's sick of being the good wife/widow and wants to get some (good for her) - so naturally the best friend guy follows her to her trysting spot and announces his undying love for her which of course prompts her to say - well hell yeah you're a hottie, I've always thought so. I liked that it was uncomplicated adult lust without weird power issues or death threats. I can't remember how it ends but who cares right? Two thumbs up. And then - The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray - a graduate student in something-or-other seduces a secret service agent who is actually part of some super-secret spy organization. Basically everything else, including a threat to her life - is just backdrop for a secret agent story - he wants to be close to her because she's perfect, but he can't because he has to be a secret agent. She is a virtuous, brave, hottie who just happens to have been celibate for no particular reason for a long time. It was okay. I liked that the woman was studying for a masters degree while working the make-up counter at a department store, different. Finally - Wanted: A Real Man - By Heidi Betts - this might have been the worst of the lot. She's his high school girlfriend come back to tell him that she had his child, kept it a secret, married another man and let him raise her, and now she has left the other guy and he has kidnapped their daughter. Not really that much of a fantasy for me. Also they kept bonking when they needed to be finding the little girl. I wasn't into this one. Skimmed to end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reacherfan

    This multi-author anthology has 4 stories, 2 very good ones and two poor ones and scored a 3.7* with on the strength of the good ones. In the very good group are Lora Leigh with Cooper's Fall and Lori Foster with a surprisingly gentle story of middle age love. In the poor category are Cheyenne McCray and Heidi Betts with two 'action romances' that are without a shred of believability. In Cooper's Fall, Ms Leigh writes a 'Nauti' style stand alone with her usual former spec ops Alpha hero and 'woun This multi-author anthology has 4 stories, 2 very good ones and two poor ones and scored a 3.7* with on the strength of the good ones. In the very good group are Lora Leigh with Cooper's Fall and Lori Foster with a surprisingly gentle story of middle age love. In the poor category are Cheyenne McCray and Heidi Betts with two 'action romances' that are without a shred of believability. In Cooper's Fall, Ms Leigh writes a 'Nauti' style stand alone with her usual former spec ops Alpha hero and 'wounded dove' virgin heroine, but she actually pulls it off very well. Ethan and Sarah are well drawn, the story is rather predictable, and the ending is pretty solid. The longest of the 4 novellas, it's classic Lora Leigh without the kink. It's Luring Lucy that's the surprise here. A 39 years old mom of two, Lucy wants a fling. Bram, her late husbands best fried and honorary uncle to the their two children has been in love with Lucy since they first met, but buried it for the sake of his his friend. He owns a gym and has a playboy reputation even at 41. When he realizes what Lucy is up to, he drops the kids at her best friends house and heads to the lake house to stop her having a fling with anyone but him. The insecurities of mom with stretch marks and a some extra weight, plus her history with Bram and fear of another round of gossip make this anything but a sure thing, but after 20 years, Bram isn't about to lose this chance. This wasn't the steamiest of the 4 novellas, but it was far and away the best written. An old trope with believable characters - and for once, mom gets the guy! The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray was a huge disappointment. Zane and Willow are cardboard characters without depth or real personality. The title should be Supergirl and the Secret Agent’s Sexy Encounter. There's bathroom sex, then bedroom sex, and more sex, and oh, yes, a basketball game followed by sex. Willow did everything but walk on water and do the loaves and fishes thing. I half expected her to be feeding the homeless or donating blood when the hitman found her. Like the rest of the book, Willow pulls the mind reading act in the hospital and stops Zane in his tracks. HEA. Dull, banal, and well below her usual level of writing. Finally we have Heidi Betts with Wanted: A Real Man - the story of high school sweethearts brought together by by a child abduction. Of all the precipitating events to use in a novella, child abduction is the worst. There is just no way to manage all that emotional trauma and a love story of 'she done me wrong' by running from him to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood only to realize she was pregnant with his child. (Eyeroll) Now Claire needs Linc, a US Marshal, to help her get her daughter back from her soon to be ex-husband, the scion of a super wealthy and influential family in San Francisco. How can you have make-up sex or revenge sex when your daughter has been kidnapped? The most touching part of this was the dedication to the author's late friend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. OK story. Didn't really seem to be much of a plot, just lots of bedroom action. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She ne Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. OK story. Didn't really seem to be much of a plot, just lots of bedroom action. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. I liked this one a little better. Lucy is ready to move on after her cheating husband's death and is looking for a short fling. Family friend Bram has been in love with her all along and is determined she won't be "flinging" with anyone but him. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. Zane has avoided any kind of relationships because of the dangers of his job. When he meets Willow that starts to change right away. He can't get her off his mind. I really liked her attitude that she's quite capable of making up her mind who to be with and how to protect herself from danger. I really loved the basketball game with Zane's brothers and sister. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his. This one seemed to have the most plot to the story rather than just an excuse to get the characters into bed. Claire's ex-husband has taken her daughter threatening to arrange to get sole custody even though he isn't her biological father. Claire goes to Linc, who is the father though he doesn't know it, for help finding her. Though justifiably angry he immediately enlists fellow marshals to help. Spending time with Claire makes him realize he's never forgotten her. I liked the fact that they actually did some talking to resolve their pasts.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh 3 1/2 stars Typical Leigh. Gets right to the point. Characters are decent. A little bit of suspense, but not great. Cooper is overly alpha while Sarah is a tough cookie trying to take care of herself. She's also inexperienced while he is very experienced. Nothing new from Leigh. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster 2 stars This is a reprint from the anthology "Hot and Bothered" that was printed in 2001. I really hate when they just toss in an old story because the author is well kno Cooper's Fall by Lora Leigh 3 1/2 stars Typical Leigh. Gets right to the point. Characters are decent. A little bit of suspense, but not great. Cooper is overly alpha while Sarah is a tough cookie trying to take care of herself. She's also inexperienced while he is very experienced. Nothing new from Leigh. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster 2 stars This is a reprint from the anthology "Hot and Bothered" that was printed in 2001. I really hate when they just toss in an old story because the author is well known. I started reading this and knew I had already read it. It is so disappointing to spend money on a book only to find I've read 1/4 of it already. If you haven't read it, it is fine, but it is just an okay read to me. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray 3 1/2 stars An interesting little suspense story. A little too rushed and some of it is over-the-top unbelievable, but it still works. This is part of a series (Lexi Steele) and I would be interested in reading a longer story about the characters introduced here. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts 1 star ugh. How much did this one annoy me? Girl leaves boy, finds out she's pregnant, hides it from boy, marries another man. Ten years later girl returns because she's divorcing her husband and he wants custody of the child that isn't biologically his and she wants help getting her child back. What the heck? Just because he isn't the biological father means he can't see the child? I really wanted to burn this story. It was horrible. The ex-husband was never really explained as that bad of a man, but because he wanted the child, he was. Really bad plot. I'm not sure I ever want to read anything by Betts again. I waited a long time to read this book (it was heavily wishlisted on paperbackswap) and it was totally not worth my time. It was a waste and I could have easily lived without ever reading it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Willow Brook

    Really liked the Lora Leigh and Lori Foster stories. Cooper's Fall was fairly standard Lora Leigh fare (which I love) with a big, rough, tough loner who falls for and is soften by love. The heroine's "secret" was typical LL drama and too extreme, but was a small part of the story. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster was a fun, sweet story of a life long friend who must convince a middle age, insecure heroine to have an affair - and build a life with him. Quite steamy writing for the author who is another Really liked the Lora Leigh and Lori Foster stories. Cooper's Fall was fairly standard Lora Leigh fare (which I love) with a big, rough, tough loner who falls for and is soften by love. The heroine's "secret" was typical LL drama and too extreme, but was a small part of the story. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster was a fun, sweet story of a life long friend who must convince a middle age, insecure heroine to have an affair - and build a life with him. Quite steamy writing for the author who is another favorite of mine. Cheyenne McCray's story, The Edge of Sin, was hard for me to buy into. Drop dead gorgeous heroine, after abstaining from sex for two years just "knows" the stranger she meets is perfect for her and has sex with him almost immediately. This after the rape and murder of her cousin. I also had a hard time with the hero's top secret law enforcement agency that even high US officials don't know about but the criminals easily hone in on who the agents are. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts was pretty good but needed a longer story to do justice to the complicated relationship between the heroine and her high school sweetheart who she left 10 years earlier, breaking his heart. She crashes back into his life when she needs his help keeping custody of her daughter, who is also his daughter but she never told him about it. Ack, a secret baby story but Betts did a fairly decent job of explaining the heroine's motivations, though I don't think there is any excuse for hiding something like that from a man. I think Betts would have totally pulled this off in a book and even in short story, it was pretty good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Varney

    In Lora Leigh's story, Cooper's Fall, I didn't care much for the heroine, Sarah. She has gone through some stuff in her past and instead of feeling like a survivor to me, she just felt like a victim. The hero, Ethan, wasn't bad, but I felt that he bulldozed over Sarah. With a man like him, I can't ever see her being anything other than an overprotected wife. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster, I liked the storyline and the characters. They had a past and already cared for one another. Lucy just felt real In Lora Leigh's story, Cooper's Fall, I didn't care much for the heroine, Sarah. She has gone through some stuff in her past and instead of feeling like a survivor to me, she just felt like a victim. The hero, Ethan, wasn't bad, but I felt that he bulldozed over Sarah. With a man like him, I can't ever see her being anything other than an overprotected wife. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster, I liked the storyline and the characters. They had a past and already cared for one another. Lucy just felt really insecure to me. She constantly needed to be told or shown that Bram wanted her and not younger, hotter women. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray was my favorite out of the book. Zane is sexy as hell and I wish he had a full length book. Willow is strong and she knows how to take care of herself. She is also outgoing and she just seemed like a very fun person. I haven't yet read the Lexi Steele (Zane's sister) books but I will be moving them up in my TBR now. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts was my least favorite. I find it extremely hard to believe that after keeping a man's child a secret or 10 years, he will get over it in one night and jump into bed with you. Also, he even admits he could be doing more to try to find said child, who was basically kidnapped, but instead he decides to spend that time having sex. I just couldn't respect either character. Overall not too bad a book, if you don't look too deep into anything. Cheyenne McCray's story saved it and made it worth reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Krystean

    Strange how the picture of the book lists Lori Foster first and my copy lists Lora Leigh first but it must be the same book. I would like to give 5/5 to Lori Foster's and Cheyenne McCray's stories. They were so good and I've just found two new-to-me authors thanks to this book! Lora Leigh's was true to form and enjoyable even if the hero seemed more neanderthal to me than Alpha and I enjoyed Heidi Betts' story as well. I don't usually buy novellas unless one of the stories is already part of an Strange how the picture of the book lists Lori Foster first and my copy lists Lora Leigh first but it must be the same book. I would like to give 5/5 to Lori Foster's and Cheyenne McCray's stories. They were so good and I've just found two new-to-me authors thanks to this book! Lora Leigh's was true to form and enjoyable even if the hero seemed more neanderthal to me than Alpha and I enjoyed Heidi Betts' story as well. I don't usually buy novellas unless one of the stories is already part of an author's series I'm reading because the stories always seem rushed due to their required short length. This book was a great find all around.

  17. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    First story is by Lora Leigh and is called Coopers Fall. I liked it alot except for the very end which I thought was kind of cheesy. Second story is Lori Foster and is called Luring Lucy. This is a friends-to-"more" story. Started out ok but again, turned kind of cheesy and really, almost icky. Third story I skimmed. It was about a gov't agent and a girl named Willow who liked to laugh. Uh....whatever. Fourth story was a secret baby story which I absolutely DESPISE so I didn't even attempt to read First story is by Lora Leigh and is called Coopers Fall. I liked it alot except for the very end which I thought was kind of cheesy. Second story is Lori Foster and is called Luring Lucy. This is a friends-to-"more" story. Started out ok but again, turned kind of cheesy and really, almost icky. Third story I skimmed. It was about a gov't agent and a girl named Willow who liked to laugh. Uh....whatever. Fourth story was a secret baby story which I absolutely DESPISE so I didn't even attempt to read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I really liked this one, which is surprising because often I don't like anthologies. But there were four stories in it, and I liked each one. My least favorite was the story by Cheyenne Mccray, even though it was a part of her Lexi Steele storyline (This was about Lexi's brother Zane), it just annoyed me a bit. My favorite was by Lora Leigh. I've only read a few of her things, but this was definitely the best story out of all of them in my opinion! I think there's another book that's similar to t I really liked this one, which is surprising because often I don't like anthologies. But there were four stories in it, and I liked each one. My least favorite was the story by Cheyenne Mccray, even though it was a part of her Lexi Steele storyline (This was about Lexi's brother Zane), it just annoyed me a bit. My favorite was by Lora Leigh. I've only read a few of her things, but this was definitely the best story out of all of them in my opinion! I think there's another book that's similar to this one with the same authors, or something like that. I'm going to look for it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    marlene

    this was a pretty good anthology. i got sucked in for the lora leigh story but stuck around for the rest. the surprise was the McCray novella. i thought it was an all around good solid story. i usually cringe when i read her books. its not often i get an anthology and like all of the stories in it. this was a pleasant surprise

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    I rated this book 4 stars, a very generous rating if I average the ratings for the four novellas. Rated separately: Lora Leigh 4 1/2 (would have made a good full length novel) Lori Foster 3 1/2 Cheyenne McCray 3 Heidi Betts 1 1/2 The stories went from best to worst imo.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. The Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his. My favorite was Lora Leigh story and least favorite was Heidi Betts story. I found Heidi's story a little on the rushed side and also a little unrealistic. Linc was way too made in the beginning about the wrong things and then forgot them a little too quickly. I know it was a short story but you still need to make the characters reactions fit the entire story. She could have made him a little less over the top in the beginning and it would have fit much better.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Luring Lucy and Coopers Fall are two of my favorite novellas ever. I’ve reread both these stories multiple times over the years.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Djg

    "Real Men Last All Night" Anthology 4 1/2 stars. Overall a very good anthology. "Cooper's Fall" by Lora Leigh. My rating: 3 1/2 - 4 stars Good story with intriguing characters. The good girl virgin Sarah and the bad boy bar owner Ethan. She lusts for him and decides to go for it. His resistance doesn't last long and their romance is hot and sweet. *****Spoiler***** The only negative is the author decided to give the leads a previous encounter in the past (which only one of them remembers) tied to t "Real Men Last All Night" Anthology 4 1/2 stars. Overall a very good anthology. "Cooper's Fall" by Lora Leigh. My rating: 3 1/2 - 4 stars Good story with intriguing characters. The good girl virgin Sarah and the bad boy bar owner Ethan. She lusts for him and decides to go for it. His resistance doesn't last long and their romance is hot and sweet. *****Spoiler***** The only negative is the author decided to give the leads a previous encounter in the past (which only one of them remembers) tied to the heroines background which seemed far-fetched. It didn't seem to add to the story. It's possible these characters may be connected to another series by the author in which case it would make more sense. However, it wasn't enough to ruin the story for me and I would read it again. "Luring Lucy" by Lori Foster. My rating 3 1/2 - 4 stars I had read one other story by Lori Foster which didn't impress me so I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this short story. Lucy, a widow, decides to head to her her summer lake house to have fling. Bram, her husbands best friend (who loves her from afar) realizes why she's gone to the lake house and decides if she wants a fling, it's damn well going to be with him! I loved how he pursued her relentlessly and let her know from the start he wanted HER. A little bit of conflict but no annoying "big misunderstanding". Great second-chance story. "The Edge of Sin" by Cheyenne McCray. My rating 5 stars. I loved this story! If you look at my ratings I rarely give 5 stars but this story rocked. The lead character is the brother of Lexi Steele, McCray's heroine in another series (which I have not read). From the first scene where Willow & Zane meet it's like spontaneous combustion. I loved their chemistry and even though their romance moved at warp speed it felt natural. For a short story the characters were well fleshed out and even the suspense sub-plot worked. Mostly, I really liked both characters. So often I find one of the leads (usually the heroine) to be annoying or lacking, not so in this story. I've read some of Cheyenne McCrays Ellora's Cave offerings and have liked them but this is my favorite by her. "Wanted: A Real Man" by Heidi Betts. My rating 2 stars. The author can write but the heroine ruined it for me. She is everything I can't stand in a heroine. *****Spoilers***** Claire didn't want to give up her dreams and stay in a small town so she dumps her hometown boyfriend Linc and runs off to the big city. 10 years later she's divorcing her rich husband and turns to Linc to help her find her daughter whom her husband has taken and is threatening never let Claire see again. Early on you find out that Linc is actually the father of Claire's daughter. I HATE the secret baby plot device. There was no good reason for Claire to have never told Linc about his child. He, of course is angry but gets over it fast because he still loves her so much. The worst part is Claire never really apologizes for her deception and she even admits that her husband has been a good father and loves her daughter very much. Then she gets to tell her daughter that the man she loves is not her father and TA DA! Here's a new daddy for you. I felt Claire should have had to grovel and I felt she was completely unworthy of the hero. *****End Spoilers*****

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Once again another collection were I skipped the last story. Children in the story aren't my thing. They should be adults and peripheral to the main story. So Luring Lucy, I liked even though I thought that Bram was a bit pushy. Yes he is in love with Lucy and of course she cares for him and has the hots for him but I seriously understood why she didn't want to jump into another committed relationship. The last one sucked badly and she has the right to want to take it slow and consider her kids Once again another collection were I skipped the last story. Children in the story aren't my thing. They should be adults and peripheral to the main story. So Luring Lucy, I liked even though I thought that Bram was a bit pushy. Yes he is in love with Lucy and of course she cares for him and has the hots for him but I seriously understood why she didn't want to jump into another committed relationship. The last one sucked badly and she has the right to want to take it slow and consider her kids in the process. Even though Bram is close to the kids does not mean that he has the right to want marriage just because he has been waiting forever. So that annoyed me about his character. He waited out of respect at first but then he just waited...out of fear, maybe? That's his problem not hers. Cooper's Fall was good fun. I liked Miss Sarah a lot even though I was surprised at the amount of piercings she has. Cooper was also a fun character as well. Miss Sarah wants to break loose and embrace the whole of herself and her sexuality. Cooper thinks he's too bad and not worthy of Miss Sarah. He seriously wants to have lots of sexy fun times with no committments and Miss Sarah wants Cooper, period. They both have traumas in their pasts that makes it hard for them to completely connect to others. The story was fun with a plot twist that I should have spotted but I didn't. The Edge of Sin was just funny. It was so random that two people meet and are so hot for each other and honest about it that they are practically sexing while they walk. Zane is a top secret government bad ass of some sort. Willow is working on her Ph.D. while working at Macy's part time. She has a cousin that has recently passed away who worked with Zane. There's not much to say about this story other than they were super honest with each other and I appreciated the way that Willow just said what she thought and wanted and kept Zane on his toes. Wanted: A Real Man just didn't work for me. I read the first few pages and I just wasn't in the mood for a story of popular chick does guy she cared about in high school dirty but somehow there is a miracle baby that dude didn't know about. Like I said early, I don't like stories with kids (or dogs) in them because I don't connect to that experience.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Multi-author [semi:] themed anthology. All stories were to OK good reads and I especially liked the Lora Leigh story as it had an interesting turn on the heroine. You've got to wonder though, this guy owns a bar which has a live band, employs his 12 ex-ranger buddies as bouncers, bartenders etc. This implies a pretty huge overhead - do bars where the clientele runs to thugs, bikers, and bad boys make that kind of money? Below is from the Amazon listing: Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looki Multi-author [semi:] themed anthology. All stories were to OK good reads and I especially liked the Lora Leigh story as it had an interesting turn on the heroine. You've got to wonder though, this guy owns a bar which has a live band, employs his 12 ex-ranger buddies as bouncers, bartenders etc. This implies a pretty huge overhead - do bars where the clientele runs to thugs, bikers, and bad boys make that kind of money? Below is from the Amazon listing: Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

    Fun, hot pursuits of great steamy scenes... of the not so typical romatical expectations! "Cooper's Fall" by Lora Leigh - uhm, HAWT! Loved the way she brings Coop and Sara together in a round-about way. Her hidden past is dynamic and dark, the conclusion almost like taking a shower after a romp in the mud puddles. Always a joy to read Lora Leigh! "Luring Lucy" by Lori Fost - threw me completely off the tracks! I read a bit and then had to set it down for a few hours to chew on the new direction. I Fun, hot pursuits of great steamy scenes... of the not so typical romatical expectations! "Cooper's Fall" by Lora Leigh - uhm, HAWT! Loved the way she brings Coop and Sara together in a round-about way. Her hidden past is dynamic and dark, the conclusion almost like taking a shower after a romp in the mud puddles. Always a joy to read Lora Leigh! "Luring Lucy" by Lori Fost - threw me completely off the tracks! I read a bit and then had to set it down for a few hours to chew on the new direction. In a nutshell, I can only hope that by 40 I am doing as well! But, alas... this story left me sort of "hanging in the wind" and flagged my hope for the remainder of this tome. "The Edge of Sin" by Cheyenne McCray - Well, these two went for broke from jump! HAHAHAHA!!! LOVE IT! I will be tracking down Lexi's series shortly to see where this bright and resilient woman goes from here! And, Zane? oh yummm!!! And soo back on track! Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts - okay... what a way to finish off a collective anthology! Where at first I wanted to slap the perfectly coifed Claire and empathize with the Deputy Marshal Linc, when these two come back together I can feel the magic! And I am wanting more... almost as if this story is too short. The plot was sadly anti-climactic but I did enjoy the stamina and the determination that defines Mr. Deputy Marshal Linc Rappaport...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cooper's Fall was a great read. One of Leigh's best. I only wish it were a full story instead of a novella. I really liked Cooper's character & that it wasn't a constant disappointment for Sara & him to be together. I hope the next Wounded Warriors story is a full novel. Luring Lucy was also a great story. I thought it was very realistic to how a woman really sees things sometimes. And the fact that Lucy was a 39-year-old mother with stretch marks and all was definitely not something I've read be Cooper's Fall was a great read. One of Leigh's best. I only wish it were a full story instead of a novella. I really liked Cooper's character & that it wasn't a constant disappointment for Sara & him to be together. I hope the next Wounded Warriors story is a full novel. Luring Lucy was also a great story. I thought it was very realistic to how a woman really sees things sometimes. And the fact that Lucy was a 39-year-old mother with stretch marks and all was definitely not something I've read before. I loved it & could absolutely relate. Many things she said were things that have crossed my own mind quite often. It's good to believe that you don't have to be in your twenties with a model perfect body to have the fantasy of a lifetime. And even with the real-life imperfections it can still be just as good. The Edge of Sin I absolutely loved. I hadn't realized it was part of McCray's Lexi Steele series. Now, I intend to get her other books in the series. This was a great read and if you liked Leigh's SEALs series you'll love this. Wanted: A Real Man was a good story as well. I think Linc was a bit to angry in the beginning to suit the normal hero but he quickly turned into what the hero of a story should be.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sammie

    It has 4 different stoires in it . Copper's Fall By Lora Leigh it was pretty good , these tend to be really short and have more sex then plot but i still enjoyed reading it . she always makes characters that you just fall in love with. Luring Lucy By Lori Foster I really liked this story , i loved the characters there wasn't much of a plot besides getting laid but she always makes her stories fun . The Edge Of Sin By Cheyenne McCray And it was good i really liked the characters , but i did feel like It has 4 different stoires in it . Copper's Fall By Lora Leigh it was pretty good , these tend to be really short and have more sex then plot but i still enjoyed reading it . she always makes characters that you just fall in love with. Luring Lucy By Lori Foster I really liked this story , i loved the characters there wasn't much of a plot besides getting laid but she always makes her stories fun . The Edge Of Sin By Cheyenne McCray And it was good i really liked the characters , but i did feel like everything happend to fast i mean i know it's a short story but they didn't need to jump into bed the same day they met . Wanted :A Real Man By Heidi Betts i loved Linc but i hated Claire , i can't believe she left him 10 years ago without so much as a good bye in the middle of the night , and then we she finds out she's with child , she doesn't tell him and then goes on to marry someone eles and he get's to be the father to Linc's kid , & then when that guy takes her daughter she comes to Linc for help , that bitch has some nerve , i didn't like that Linc forgave her , and i really just wanted to punch her in the face . this story just made me mad .

  29. 5 out of 5

    HK

    Short stories are not enough to develop emotional connections. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. Short stories are not enough to develop emotional connections. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former ranger turned bar owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mom

    1. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former-ranger-turned-bar-owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. 2. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair s 1. Cooper’s Fall by Lora Leigh Former-ranger-turned-bar-owner Ethan Cooper never expected to get an eyeful of prim Miss Sarah Fox from his attic window one hot summer afternoon. But now his blood is on fire for the delicious little minx. 2. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was in innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. 3. The Edge of Sin by Cheyenne McCray Zane Steele lives a life of extraordinary danger as a government agent and has never let anyone get too close. Then he sees the one woman who changes his life forever. 4. Wanted: A Real Man by Heidi Betts Claire left her high school sweetheart Linc, in search of a better life. Ten years later she needs his help as a U.S. Marshal to find her missing daughter…Linc's daughter. Reeling with the knowledge of a daughter he’s never known, Linc sets out to claim what’s his

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