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A SEAL's Temptation 
Tawny Weber
Harlequin Blaze #859
Mass Market
978 0373798636
****1/2


     In the wake of her mother's death, Lark Sommers has found herself running her mother's coffee shop instead of making the pottery she loves. She's stuck in a rut and hasn't had a lover in a year and a half. But her friend Sara O'Brian has an idea of how to shake up Lark's life. Sara's birthday is coming up, and she's inviting her brother Shane up to visit in honor of the occasion.
     He's estranged from the family because of his career choice: He's a Navy SEAL. Maybe if he hooks up with Lark, he'll accede to the family's wishes and leave the Navy altogether. Neither Lark nor Shane knows of Sara's machinations, but they hit it off in spectacular fashion. They don't want anything more than a hookup, and Lark fears that her feelings are becoming too intense. Shane leaves for a mission and gets hurt; so she travels from Idaho to California to see him in the hospital. He wants to keep her there, but neither one of them is emotionally ready to truly take that step.
     Tawny Weber pens a tale with uncommon depth. Her heroine has issues to process, and readers are right there as she does it. Shane is an excellent hero, and his flaws are right there along with his heroic qualities. This is part of a series, but it stands alone.
Heather Nordahl Files



It Must Have Been the Mistletoe
Kate Hoffmann, Rhonda Nelson, Tawny Weber
Harlequin Blaze #579
Mass Market
978‑0373795833
****1/2


     The three Cole sisters share a most unusual upbringing, and they also share this excellent holiday anthology.
     Alison Cole is a musicologist on the trail of a real find. Her specialty is Christmas music, and she has just heard an old recording of two Christmas songs that she's never heard before. So she heads to the Tennessee Mountains to find the elderly songstress. She finds her, and also finds Drew Phillips, country doctor and attractive man. They shelter together through a storm, and sparks fly. But such divergent people seem to have no chance at a real future. Kate Hoffmann creates wonderful characters and real conflict in "When She Was Naughty."
     Layla Cole is a mandolin player skilled in her art, but crippling stage fright usually keeps her in the studio. The promise of enough money to pay off her land and build her house brings her out to play two shows. Gorgeous head of security Bryant Bishop distracts her with kisses, but didn't he hurt her sister? Rhonda Nelson's "Cole for Christmas" has plenty of heat to roast your chestnuts this holiday season.
     Rita Cole does not have the musical gifts the rest of her family enjoys, and she flounders in her inability to figure out what to do with her life. Tyler Ramsey remembers Rita as the vapid sex goddess who broke his little brother's heart. One kiss and one punch cause her to lose her job and her apartment. Luckily, she has Tyler to give her a ride to her parents' house, and a box of sex toys to sell to pay her way. Tawny Weber thrills with "A Babe in Toyland." Her characters are wrestling with long‑held image issues, which make them real, and the sex is blazing hot.
Heather Nordahl Files

 

Riding the Waves
Tawny Weber
Harlequin Blaze #564
Mass Market
978‑0373795680
****1/2


     After one too many dating horror stories, Dru Robichoux decides (after some arm‑twisting by a friend) that she needs a vacation fling with someone outside of her field of astrophysics. And hot surfing instructor Alex totally fits the bill. They completely connect on a physical level, then Dru leaves without giving Alex any way to contact her. But reality hits with a thud at work. She's leading an important project, and her co‑leader is science "rock star" A. A. Maddow... her vacation fling.
     After Alex gets over his anger at the way Dru left, he wants nothing more than to get back into her pants. But where's his vacation fantasy girl? Now she's a buttoned‑down, beige ice princess. But as they work to get funding for their project, they get to know each other, and he can see the woman he met beneath the cool façade. No matter that it could ruin her career, Dru's having a hard time resisting Alex.
     Nerds are enjoying popularity right now, but this book does more than follow a trend. The characters' chemistry is strong and the sex is off the charts, but Alex's and Dru's pasts and how they drive their present actions really make this a special tale.
Heather Nordahl Files

 

Feels Like the First Time
Tawny Weber
Harlequin Blaze #492
Mass Market
978-0373794966    
**** +

       High school was a miserable experience for Zoe Gaston. She was a misfit who was shamed with the label of Most Likely to Die a Virgin. So she has no interest in attending her ten-year high school reunion... until her sister-in-law asks for a favor. The video game designer known as Gandalf is rumored to be in her high school class, and Zoe needs to find him to help her brother's business stay afloat. But at least now she can catch up with her only friend in high school, Dex Drake.
       Dex has had a crush on Zoe forever. Maybe now he can get her to see him as a lover as well as a friend. He knows she's looking for Gandalf, but he can't tell her that he is Gandalf, because a confidentiality agreement forces him to keep it secret. It drives him crazy that she thinks her old high school crush Brad is the one she seeks. Hopefully Dex can at least get her in bed, as himself or as a masked stranger.
       As a former high school misfit myself, I can identify with much of Zoe's character. A lot of the secondary characters are cliches, but Tawny Weber does a good job of revealing that Zoe's memories of some of these characters do not match the reality. This intelligent and very sexy tale is her best to date!
Heather Nordahl Files

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