by Linda Lael Miller, Alison Kent, Lucy Monroe, Jill Shalvis, Susanna Carr and Morgan Leigh

June 2005
ISBN: 0-7582-1094-9
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Trade Paperback

Beach Blanket Bad Boys is an anthology written by Linda Lael Miller, Alison Kent, Lucy Monroe, Jill Shalvis, Susanna Carr and Morgan Leigh. I have been waiting for this book for a very long time and it truly didn’t disappoint!!

Parable, Wyoming was the scene of Gayle Hayes’ biggest heartbreak and she doesn’t want to go back. She’s doing a favor for her mother, who is currently touring the country on the back of a Harley. Well, if she can stay away from Tristin McCullough, she’ll be able to get in and get out before anyone’s the wiser. No such luck – the first person she sees before even hitting the city limits is Tristin. Tristin has her back in town and he’s not letting her go until they can get some things cleared up. Now he has to convince her that a real live man – him – is much better than her current “man” and Batteries Not Required. Tristin is very determined to get what he wants but Gayle can’t figure out exactly what he wants! This story is classic Linda Lael Miller!!!!

Sara Wade has a secret that she must share with her live-in love, Jax Stacey. She’s positively floored by his reaction, though. Can she make Jax see that their world isn’t ending, but expanding? Sara Smiles by Alison Kent is a deeply touching story about two people in love with one another and yet not sure of the direction their relationship is headed. Can they get their relationship back on track before it’s too late?

Tabitha (Tabby) Payton is the quiet, shy older sister who has always being asked things about her younger sister, Helene. Not many gorgeous men like Calder Maxwell has shown much of an interest in her, so she thinks he’s wanting to know more about Helene when he approaches her at a party. She couldn’t be more wrong!! Calder wants her and has from the moment he saw her walking the beach. Now he has to set about Seducing Tabby. Lucy Monroe has another winner on her hands – I loved seeing Tabby “blossom” under Calder’s quiet seduction.

Ella Scott has a career she loves, a house on the beach in Baja and …… she’s unhappy! Why? Well, right now she’s handcuffed to the towel bar in her bathroom in the house in Baja!! How? Well it’s a result of that career that she loves – the career that cost her her husband, who happens to walk into the house in Baja, as she’s handcuffed to the towel bar! James is a cop who can handle almost anything, except his wife being at risk in her job. He finally couldn’t take any more and walked out, which broke his heart, and Ella had divorce papers sent to him, which broke her heart. Jill Shalvis’ Captivated is a terrific story of two people that belong together and will do anything to get that way again. Ella is a feisty heroine and James is about as macho as can be.

Tracy Parks’ wedding is day after tomorrow and she needs her twin sister Jessica to stand in for her at the rehearsal. She’s not marrying for love so it’s no big deal if she’s there or not. Besides if she can pull off this plan she has, she can call off the wedding. Jessica agrees to help Tracy but has no idea what she’s gotten herself into because Tracy also misses the wedding and the plan fell through. She sneaks into the bridal suite but has no idea that Nicholas Taggert, her fiancé’s right hand man and an old flame, is following her. She dumped him and it hurt her terribly when she did but she thought she had good reason. Nick has loved Tracy since the day they met, but he’s never told her. Fear and pride have held him back, even when it looked like she’d be marrying his boss. Sister Switch by Susanna Carr is a delightful story with Tracy and Nick each trying to outdo the other, without giving away their feeling for one another.

Spencer For…Ever by Morgan Leigh has Arden Prescott coming back to town 10 years after she left Kip Spencer. However, this is a grownup and mature Arden, much different than the timid girl Kip remembers. He just wants her gone so he can get on with his life, but she’s not going anywhere. She’s here to stay and she wants Kip. Can these two people see through their individual pain to the bliss that awaits them, if they’ll take the chance?

These authors have written six of the yummiest Bad Boys ever!! I enjoyed each and every one of these stories and this is a Keeper for me. Don’t let anything keep you from reading this book!!!!

Reviewed in May 2005 by PamL.