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Emma Holly Returns

Hello, and welcome back! Looks like the weather will be cooperating enough this week for me to get some more garden clean-up done--the weeds are growing as fast as the flowers! I'm nearly done with the May review stack already and have been fairly disappointed this month. I did come across one this time, however, that didn't leave me feeling disappointed when I'd finished it.

All U Can Eat (Berkley) by Emma Holly is up first. Frankie Smith just got dumped by her long-term, live-in boyfriend. But her diner is too busy for her to mope for long. Plus the sexy police chief tends to drop in regularly. Of course, having a body dumped behind her diner puts a real crimp in business. When you pick up an Emma Holly erotic romance, you know what to expect--lots of steamy sex. This one won't leave you disappointed in that regard, and it even has a little mystery to go along with the sizzle. This is the first of the May books I've picked up and really enjoyed. What a relief to find something good at last! I'm giving this one four of Cupid's five arrows.

Extreme Bachelor (Berkley) by Julia London is next. Stunt coordinator Michael Raney and actress Leah Klein have a past together, but he broke her heart five years ago--and now they've got to work together on a new movie. The latest in her 'Thrillseekers' series, this one to me is just more of the same. I'm not finding the characters likeable, or even believable, nor their conflicts gripping. Could be just one of those authors I'm not destined to like, no matter how other people feel. Whatever the reason, I'm taking a pass on this one.

Hide in Plain Sight (Pocket) by Michele Albert rounds things out this time. Fiona Kennedy's antique bookstore is pretty much her life since her husband's disappearance years ago, and now she's officially considered a widow. Griff Laughton's arrival at her store doesn't bode well for her future. Griff's there on a mission, one he can't reveal to Fiona, but that doesn't stop him from sleeping with her. While I don't mind knowing from the beginning who the bad guy is, perhaps if there were more mystery in this one I'd have enjoyed it more? Because I had a hard time buying into the romance aspect of it--way, way too fast. For a woman only just planning to restart her life, Fiona falls too hard too quickly for Griff, even after knowing about his lies. Doesn't seem too smart to me. It was a bit of a let-down when I'd finished this one. It's earned only two and a half arrows.

Until next time, happy reading!

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