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The Guy Next Door    by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan & Victoria Dahl order for
Guy Next Door
by Lori Foster
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Harlequin, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl bring their fans a trio of steamy tales that showcase women who fall hard for the hot guy next door.

In the first, Ready, Set, Jett (Foster), Natalie Alexander is surprised when her sexy neighbour Jett Sutter wants more than their current arrangement of no strings sex. She needs a few days away to think over his suggestion that they explore a serious relationship. However, when the forecast calls for a snowstorm, Jett refuses to let Natalie navigate the icy roads on her own.

In Donovan's Gail's Gone Wild, single mom Gail Chapman isn't about to allow her daughter Holly and best friend Hannah to hare off to Florida on their own. She's heard all about what goes on down there during spring break. Their only option is having Gail tag along as chaperone. She's looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation - until she catches her first glimpse of neighbour, Jesse Batista - who's temptation with a capital T.

And in Just One Taste, straight-laced brewery owner Eric Donovan has always been all business, until he meets erotica shop owner Beth Cantrell, who's confused Eric with his more outgoing brother. Even so, he can't resist her, but after their one-night stand, Eric wonders if letting her go was the right thing to do.

Each of these stories relies a bit too heavily on clichéd characters and situations, although Donovan's tale does manage to inject a twist into the typical spring break shenanigans. It's fun watching sensible, middle-aged mom Gail let her hair down and go wild with neighbour Jesse. My only quibble is with Holly and Hannah - I was looking for a Teen Speak Glossary to figure out what language they were speaking!

Both Foster and Dahl's tales are either a prequel or an introduction to new series. Jett is well portrayed in Foster's story but even after spilling his heart, didn't really seem to establish a real connection with Natalie. As for Dahl's tale, it's simply a rather generic introduction to the leads having a steamy one-night stand - Eric and Beth's story continues in an upcoming novel, one I'm unlikely to pick up.

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