Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, November 16, 2012

Week ending November 16, 2012

Cole, Chloe. Overdrive. Samhain. Jan. 2013. 103p. eISBN 9781619212213. EPUB $3.50. EROTIC NOVELLA
Vintage-car mechanic Frankie Sepkaski has a reputation for being wanton, and even though it may not be entirely founded in truth, it is a rep she is determined to protect. Wealthy architect Mac Galbraith is an antique-car collector who just happens to find his mechanic hotter than his vintage Mustang’s engine. When Mac promises only friendship, Frankie stops hiding behind her reputation and succumbs to his advances. But her revelation at dinner leaves him offering much more. Frankie can handle a bedroom mentor as long as there are no emotional attachments, as she knows a man of Mac’s means and this grease monkey will never be a match. When Mac finally has her convinced otherwise, the issue of their class differences is brought to light and jeopardizes their romantic future and a chance at real happiness.
Verdict Although the narrative fizzles briefly when a character’s abrupt attitude change proves unlikely, the sensual romance between these two protagonists will have the reader devouring the pages of this amusing yarn. Cole (Just One Night) also writes as Christine Bell.—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L., IL

Lynn, Cherrie. Leave Me Breathless. Samhain. Nov. 2012. 206p. ISBN 9781619213791. EPUB $5.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Macy Rodgers is a 25-year -old former Texas rodeo champion who manages her parents sporting goods business. It’s Valentine’s Day, and Macy is at a honky-tonk with her closest friends, Samantha and Candace, who are surprising Macy by inviting Seth “Ghost” Warren to meet them. The last time Macy saw Ghost was in the backseat of his shiny black ’69 GTO convertible approximately one year ago. Ghost has been out of town caring for his sick grandmother and traveling with his heavy metal band, but he is back in town working at his friend’s tattoo parlor. Petite, pretty Macy and tall, tattooed, and pierced Ghost pick up right where they left off. Since their relationship is new, readers are able to learn Macy’s and Ghost’s backstories, which include overbearing ex-lovers and relationship insecurities when searching for “the one.”
Verdict This spinoff of Lynn’s “Ross Siblings” series (Unleashed; Rock Me) announces itself with a welcoming warning about graphic sex, car sex, phone sex, bed sex, in-the-livingroom-with-the-front-door-open sex. It is all there. Enjoy!—Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL

Shalvis, Jill. Under the Mistletoe: A Lucky Harbor Short Story. Forever Yours: Grand Central. Dec. 2012. 100p. eISBN 9781455544905. EPUB $1.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Although missing her family in Lucky Harbor, WA, Mia Hutchinson is happy with her life in New York, attending graduate school and spending precious free time with her hottie boyfriend, Nick. Thinking that things are moving along well, Mia asks Nick to go home with her for her aunt’s Christmas Eve wedding. But relationship-phobic Nick refuses. Heartbroken, Mia goes home unaccompanied. Alone, Nick realizes his mistake. Now he has only to fly across the country, convince Mia to give him another chance, and, more important, convince her family and friends he’s worthy of Mia’s love. Fists and words fly as Nick learns that’s easier said than done.
Verdict Fans of Shalvis and her “Lucky Harbor” series will enjoy catching up with Mia and other characters from the previous books. To refresh reader’s memories, check out Shalvis’s The Sweetest Thing. Under the Mistletoe is a quick, fun holiday read to warm up a chilly winter’s night.—Christyna Hunter, Loudoun Cty. P.L., Lovettsville, VA

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"