by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-373-77556-9
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Three popular contemporary writers tackle three anything but ordinary romances in The Guy Next Door.

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster is the story of two people having a very meaningless fling. At least, that is how Natalie Alexander sees it. Jett Sutter definitely disagrees. He wants to date Natalie, to take her out to the movies, and just spend some time talking with her. Natalie is sure things with Jett cannot go anywhere but she is about to find out just how serious he is about her on a road trip gone awry.

Lori Foster introduces her new series in this sweet story. Jett and Natalie have several issues to work through but with help from an abandoned puppy, these two work things out in the best way possible.

In Gailís Gone Wild by Susan Donovan, Professor Gail Chapman is not going to let her teenage daughter go on spring break without a chaperone, particularly to Florida. As a compromise, Gail decides to treat herself and they go to Key West. It is definitely not the vacation Gail expects because she meets a man who is anything but a stodgy professor. Jesse Batista has been burned badly by a vacationing woman in the past and has no intention of letting his chemistry with Gail go anywhere. But perhaps it is finally time for these two to let go of their pasts and move forward into something wonderful. Will it end up being just a spring fling?

Susan Donovan charms in Gailís Gone Wild. Both Jesse and Gail have to let go of some of their inhibitions to find joy in each other. With Jesse as a guide, Key West comes alive and Gail gets to enjoy a truly adventurous vacation.

Victoria Dahl manages to make even beer sexy in Just One Taste. At a business conference, Eric Donovan is working hard to get his familyís beer into more locations. But one look at Beth Cantrell and business flies straight out of his head. He knows the owner of a womanís erotica shop is wrong for him but he just wants one chance to believe otherwise.

Unfortunately, Just One Taste is merely a teaser for Victoria Dahlís upcoming trilogy. And while it is certainly a sizzling teaser, I expected a conclusion at the storyís end and was slightly let down by this. I can only hope that revisiting Beth and Eric in a later book is worth the wait.

On the whole, The Guy Next Door is a sexy and sassy anthology. There is a lot of great character development and amusing moments on the pages that will only prove once again why readers love these three authors.

Reviewed in February 2011 by Sarah.