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From Hollywood's red carpet to a farm stand in Missouri. Four novels about finding love in the unlikeliest of placesMaid to Crave by Rebecca Avery (Man Maid, Book 2)Single mom Tori Stewart doesn't know her housekeeper, former army man Seth Lewis, has many other creative uses for the feather duster. Until a night out on the town showcases those talents. Now Tori can't stopFrom Hollywood's red carpet to a farm stand in Missouri. Four novels about finding love in the unlikeliest of placesMaid to Crave by Rebecca Avery (Man Maid, Book 2)Single mom Tori Stewart doesn't know her housekeeper, former army man Seth Lewis, has many other creative uses for the feather duster. Until a night out on the town showcases those talents. Now Tori can't stop fantasizing about the housekeeper/exotic dancerwho's proving to be so much more than the sum of his spectacular parts.All I Have by Nicole HelmMia Pruitt is determined to have a successful year at her farmer's market stand, but her fierce competitor keeps taking off his shirt to attract female customers. Mia might know more about apples and oranges than men, but she can't deny her attraction to Dell. Now, as the battle of the farm stands heat up, Mia and Dell arrive at the perfect compromisethey'll have fun, till it's not.The Last First Date by Maggie WellsFirst date number forty-eight comes to a screeching halt for detective Langley Sheppard when his date lifts a pack of gum from the local convenience store. But things start looking up when he encounters spunky damsel in distress Jessica Vickers, who's stranded in the store parking lot. Now Lang is about to discover that on a night when everything goes wrong, falling for Jessica feels spectacularly right.Light My Fire by Kristina KnightLily MacIntyre's life is offtrack, and she knows exactly how to right it: shed her America's sweetheart image in a big way. Getting down and dirty in a limo with rocker Nate Lansford seems like the perfect solution. Plus, she's had a mad crush on him practically since birth. The only problem? Nate is her brother's best friendand he doesn't see her as anything other than a surrogate little sister....

Title : Harlequin E Contemporary Romance Box Set Volume 2: Maid to Crave\All I Have\The Last First Date\Light My Fire
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Harlequin E Contemporary Romance Box Set Volume 2: Maid to Crave\All I Have\The Last First Date\Light My Fire Reviews

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2019-02-24 02:28

    This boxed set contains four stories, two of which I really liked, one was just okay and one I didn’t like at all. I think for the current Amazon price of $3.82, it’s worth it for the two stories I enjoyed. All of these stories will be available separately in September. I’m going to review them out of order from how they appear in the set.All I Have by Nicole HelmI had never read Nicole Helm before and what a gem I found! It’s a farmer’s market romance – does it get cuter than that? I think not. Dell and Mia are both farmers in the town they grew up in. Mia was considered quite a geek in high school while Dell was more of a playboy so they were not in the same social circle. Both have the farmer gene flowing strong through their bodies though – and they both want to succeed. Farming is a hard business and Dell’s father wants more for him, but Dell won’t hear of it. Just like Mia, he can’t imagine a life outside of the farm. To prove to his father that he can turn a profit, he sets up a big stand at a weekly farmer’s market. He soon learns that the ladies that shop at this market seem to like it when he takes his shirt off and flexes some muscle. He is soon referred to as the “Naked Farmer” and steals most of Mia’s business away. Although Mia is painfully shy and awkward, she is extremely competitive and won’t stand for Mr. Naked and hot abs to steal all her customers. She pushes it up a notch by making her wardrobe a bit tighter and starting a battle of the sexes competition each weekend. While these two have nothing nice to say to one another at first, their angry words turn into a delightful romance with great chemistry.I just adored both Mia and Dell. They may fight constantly at the beginning of this book, but it made me swoon with delight. Dell is all charm and flirting, which Mia tries so hard to resist but it’s a losing battle. But although Mia has her awkward moments, her competitive side really shines. Mia’s embarrassment when talking with guys and just her goofy nature is so endearing. I love that Dell falls in love for all her amusing quirks and admittedly, nerdy moments.“I love your glasses.”She gave his shoulder a shove. “Shut up.”“I do. They’re so nerdy. It’s like a fetish I didn’t know I had.”“I hate you.” She wrinkled her nose. “And unfortunately, I have to bring out the big nerd guns tonight.”“And that is?”She pulled her overnight bag off the floor and retrieved a little plastic case out of her bag and opened it.He looked at the bizarre instrument inside. “What the hell is that?”“My retainer.”“I’m sorry. We’re not sixteen. You cannot have a retainer.”Mia is a twenty-six year old virgin, and while at first I was like, not another virgin! It all plays out well. The scene where he realizes she is a virgin made me giggle a lot. But it’s not all awkward. Dell is a very swoon-worthy hero. He is more than just hot abs and flirty charm.Right under the brim of his cap, lines fanned out at the corner of his eyes, either from smiling too much or squinting at the sun too much. Even in May his skin was tan and golden and she itched to touch it.It made her smile to think she might be able to. “So, what are you going to do about me?”He met her gaze as he stopped at the stoplight and she noticed the black under his eyes and the couple of days’ growth of beard. Some of her bravado faded into concern. Her hand reached out to touch his cheek, but she caught herself.Which was stupid, because her hand was now just there, in the air between them. Awkward.Just as she got enough brainpower to snatch it back, Dell grabbed it. Then, in a move that made her heart beat so hard it felt like her entire body was pulsing, he pressed the palm of her hand to his cheek.Then the light turns green. Darn it!I’d also like to quickly note how much I enjoyed both sets of parents in this story. The author takes care to quietly give them such details that add a lot to this story.The farm setting, the battle at the farmer’s market and the chemistry these two share is truly something special. Highly recommend this one, even if it’s the only story you read from this set.Rating: AThe Last First Date by Maggie WellsI’ve never read Maggie Wells either but what a nice surprise. This is a shorter story, only taking place during one night. I would have loved to go more in-depth but what we get is witty and sexy. Hard to complain about that. Lang is a detective who is on his 47th first date in 18 months. He is a serial first-dater. This time it’s with some girl his grandmother set him up with. Instead of getting to a new years eve party, he finds himself at a gas station with his date who just shoplifted gum. In the parking lot of this gas station is another woman who can’t get her car started. Jessica is normally very put together but recently her life is falling apart. Boy problems and living with her mother for a few weeks has left her stressed. When her car doesn’t start, she is just exhausted by her bad luck. But the sexy detective in the parking lot catches her eye.Her only option is to have him give her a ride back home. But when she gets home, her mother has tied a scarf on the door knob, and Jessica does not want to walk into whatever her mom has going on inside. So she is stuck in the car with Lang. All through this story, even before they arrive at Jessica’s house, there is great dialogue. These two definitely have chemistry, but they fight it as long as they can, both trying to act a little mature and respectable. Their banter back and forth made me laugh more than once and it’s also quite a steamy story. It ends abruptly – like I said, I would have loved another 200 pages with this couple. But it’s cute for what it is. I’d like to try something else by this writer, I enjoy her voice.Rating: BLight My Fire by Kristina KnightThe hero falls for his best friend’s little sister. I like that trope, but I don’t think there is enough time in this story to really let anything develop. Nate is a rock star who falls for Lily, a former childhood star and current actress. He has known her for a long time, and has seen her as his little sister, but that changes. Lily has a hard time dealing with the paparazzi and trying to change her image into an adult than the teenage star she was. They both end up as panelists on a television show, and so are forced to work together. This leads to romantic feelings and lots of sex. And that’s about it. This story kind of skims along the surface and doesn’t really give us a lot to chew on. I needed a reason to want to read their story.Rating: C Maid to Crave by Rebecca AverySingle mom Tori Stewart doesn’t know her housekeeper, former army man Seth Lewis, has many other creative uses for the feather duster. Until a night out on the town showcases those talents. Now Tori can’t stop fantasizing about the housekeeper/exotic dancer–who’s proving to be so much more than the sum of his spectacular parts.This author had the first Man Maid book in the previous boxed set, and I didn’t enjoy it so I should have just skipped this one. But the hero in this story is also a male stripper and the heroine is set up to be more nerdish so I wanted to see how it all played out. I wish I had just skipped it. The first half is okay, as Seth comes in as a fairy godmother of sorts. Part of a cleaning crew of former army men, he cleans and organizes her life and he also swoops in and magically teaches her son how to read better. He is pretty perfect. I like the idea of the hero doing things like this but he is a little too perfect. Then the last 1/3 of the book comes along and it takes a big turn downward. First, Seth and Tori are making out, both fully clothed and Seth comes in his pants. Okay, no biggie, but Tori thinks he peed himself because she pressed too hard against him. Umm what? She isn’t a virgin or anything – who in the world would think that? It made no sense. There is also a side story about Tori casually dating her boss and thinking she is getting promoted and dating her boss has nothing to do with it. Later he asks her to marry him and she is still clueless – I really didn’t like this heroine. She is weak and lets others push her around. Seth kind of barrels over her too. Not a fan.Rating: DI hope you take a chance with the first two stories, I think you guys would enjoy.

  • Sandy S
    2019-03-08 00:23

    3.75 starsAbout the book: RELEASE DATE: June 2014Maid to Crave by Rebecca Avery (Man Maid, Book 2)Single mom Tori Stewart doesn't know her housekeeper, former army man Seth Lewis, has many other creative uses for the feather duster. Until a night out on the town showcases those talents. Now Tori can't stop fantasizing about the housekeeper/exotic dancer--who's proving to be so much more than the sum of his spectacular parts.REVIEW: The premise follows Tori and Seth’s building friendship-one that begins as employer and employee, to friends to something more. When Tori approaches Man Maid about hiring a temporary housekeeper, she is surprised when she discovers that Seth Lewis has been assigned to the job. Tori had previously overheard Seth make some rude comments about her and now she was going to have to face the man who destroyed what was left of her fragile ego.The storyline is slow to build as is the relationship between our leading couple. Tori is a single mother who is extremely naïve about sex and Seth is a very sensual and sexual man- a housekeeper by day and an exotic dancer by night. Their attraction to one another is high but Tori’s naivete and lack of sexual knowledge is almost too much to believe. For a single mother, she was oblivious to sexual interaction and sexual bodily functions. Overall, the storyline was interesting and had promise but Tori’s unbelievable lack of sexual awareness was disconcerting and a distraction to the story.All I Have by Nicole HelmMia Pruitt is determined to have a successful year at her farmer's market stand, but her fierce competitor keeps taking off his shirt to attract female customers. Mia might know more about apples and oranges than men, but she can't deny her attraction to Dell. Now, as the battle of the farm stands heat up, Mia and Dell arrive at the perfect compromise--they'll have fun, till it's not....REVIEW: Sexy bad boy Dell Wainwright and twenty six year old, former nerd girl Mia Pruitt struggle at the local farmer’s market for sales. From shirtless man candy, face painting and battle of the sexes competitions, Dell and Mia go head to head in a battle of wills, emotions and family struggles. There is no love loss between Del and Mia-from hurtful words said in high school to condescending remarks said in competition, our couple will soon realize that it may be better to join forces than battle one another in life and love.All I Have is a sweet look at two people struggling in an industry that has an increasing rate of failure; a story about family; and letting go. The storyline is slow to build as our couple struggle between what they want and what they need to do. The secondary characters play an integral part in the story as well as give insight as to Dell and Mia’s choices in life and for the future.The Last First Date by Maggie WellsFirst date number forty-eight comes to a screeching halt for detective Langley Sheppard when his date lifts a pack of gum from the local convenience store. But things start looking up when he encounters spunky damsel in distress Jessica Vickers, who's stranded in the store parking lot. Now Lang is about to discover that on a night when everything goes wrong, falling for Jessica feels spectacularly right.REVIEW: A wild New Year’s Eve of mishaps, misunderstandings and convenience store junk food are what lay ahead for Detective Lang Sheppard and Jessica Vickers. Once his blind date has been arraigned for shoplifting Lang makes it his mission to see that Jessica arrives home safe but not before an unending stream of problems befall our couple. The Last First Date is a quick read where two people profess their wants and desires. The storyline covers approximately 8 to 12 hours in the life and in the end our couple have found what each has been missing. A cute romantic story with a little bit of humor, sex and a happily ever after.Light My Fire by Kristina KnightLily MacIntyre's life is off track and she knows exactly how to right it: shed her America's sweetheart image in a big way. Getting down and dirty in a limo with rocker Nate Lansford seems like the perfect solution. Plus, she's had a mad crush on him practically since birth. The only problem? Nate is her brother's best friend...and he doesn't see her as anything other than a surrogate little sister.REVIEW: Two young Hollywood success stories: one a bad boy rocker and the other a wholesome young woman trying to shed her virginal image. Enter the opportunity to work together on a talent search and twenty years of memories and history combine for a friends to lovers storyline.Light My Fire is a quick storyline where childhood friends are pushed together into a world most of us have only dreamed. The storyline may have been taken from any of today’s paparazzi headlines where the good girl gone bad finds love with the famous rock star. The love scenes are sensual and sexual. The secondary characters are limited as the story focuses on Lily and Nate’s building love.HARLEQUINE E CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Box Set Volume 2 is four book box set of quick reads with a happily ever after. Each storyline has its own plus and minuses; there is the angst of the unknown; the possibility of heartbreak and a passionate relationship leading to lover ever lasting.www.thereadingcafe.com

  • Steph McVicker
    2019-03-06 08:42

    The Harlequin Contemporary Box Set, Volume 2 is a compilation of four stories by four different authors all focused on finding love in unlikely places. Whether it's a snowstorm with a broken down car, the man you've known since childhood protecting you from the paparazzi, a sexy rival farmer competing for his share of the profits or the guy loading the dishwasher during the day and dancing at night, love can bloom anywhere at any time! You never know when cupid's arrow might strike! Overall, this was a decent box set, with some stories better, for me, than others, but definitely worth reading. Highlights of the reviews of individual books are as follows (the full review will be posted on each book's review page):MAID TO CRAVE by Rebecca M. AveryWhat else would an Army veteran do upon retirement but join his former commander's company, Man Maid!MAID TO CRAVE is the second book in Rebecca Avery's Man Maid series and the first story in the Harlequin Contemporary Romance Box Set Volume 2. I had to immediately suspend reality a bit to believe a higher ranking Army guy would be content washing dishes and doing laundry...and getting nekked and dirty with random screaming women on a regular basis. It sounds sexy. I liked the underlying theme of MAID TO CRAVE of not judging a book by its cover and getting to know the person underneath the glasses or flirty smile. But I'm not entirely convinced that Tori is the right woman for Seth quite frankly. I also don't particularly care for the ugly duckling storyline either, and their connection seemed completely superficial and solely based on looks on both sides. Also disappointing was the lack of sex. When it finally did happen between the two, it was very anticlimactic. Overall, this book was rather frustrating but decently written.ALL I HAVE by Nicole HelmEven years after high school, labels are difficult things to shed, though farmers Mia and Dell give it their best shot in ALL I HAVE. This is a cute story featuring the popular jock and the class nerd ten years later. She's educated, he's not. She's doing very well at farming while he struggles every day. She's going to buy out her parents' farm and his dad refuses to sell to him…the differences are huge between the two. I liked them together, though their combined insecurities became a little too much at times. However, the two had decent chemistry and I actually liked them together though. Mia's almost debilitating anxiety was well written and sweetly awkward, making her easy to connect with. ALL I HAVE was a short and sweet romance and a good addition to this box set. THE LAST FIRST DATE by Maggie WellsTHE LAST FIRST DATE contains what I can only describe as THE best meeting between a couple in any book ever. It is a terrifically funny story that will have you chuckling and panting in turn. Jessica's inner monologue is really hysterical and her names for Lang and his date just kept me smiling. "Detective delicious, officer Galahad, detective do me, officer hottie and his dream date, backseat bimbette, shoplifting Sally..." The fun went on and on.I really loved the unique storyline, and THE LAST FIRST DATE is one I could easily see as the plot of a romcom on the big screen. Like all of the books by Ms. Wells I've had the good fortune to read, THE LAST FIRST DATE is a funny and lighthearted read with great dialogue and characters you can connect with.LIGHT MY FIRE by Kristina KnightI really dug this book, a combination of fun and sensual and sexy with excellent characters in a Hollywood setting. They sound like the typical Tinsel Town couple—man-whore musician with gorgeous upcoming starlet. But their banter and obviously deep friendship and love was evident in every move they made and the chemistry was incredible. LIGHT MY FIRE also had some decadent sex scenes, making this last book in the box set a much desired treat.LIGHT MY FIRE is an excellent read and a great addition to the set! I'd love more of Lily and Nate in the future.

  • Dakota Storm
    2019-03-25 08:37

    Maid to Crave by Rebecca Avery (Man Maid, Book 2)Single mom Tori Stewart doesn't know her housekeeper, former army man Seth Lewis, has many other creative uses for the feather duster. Until a night out on the town showcases those talents. Now Tori can't stop fantasizing about the housekeeper/exotic dancer--who's proving to be so much more than the sum of his spectacular parts.Nanee's Review:Loved these characters, especially Seth. He's gorgeous, sweet, caring and hot as hell. Love Caleb too what a sweetie. Tori is a special person she's hard working, cute and nerdy, a great mom and loves helping people. These two are opposites but they are perfect for each other, love their friendship, their flirty ness and there not quit love making. So damn sexy these two together. Love how they one each others eyes to new things. Love the guys and their friendships and brotherhood. Love Zach, he's sweet, smart and just too cute, love the influence the guys have on him. Hate Tori's sister and father - just saying ...great story would love to read more by this author. 5 starsAll I Have by Nicole HelmMia Pruitt is determined to have a successful year at her farmer's market stand, but her fierce competitor keeps taking off his shirt to attract female customers. Mia might know more about apples and oranges than men, but she can't deny her attraction to Dell. Now, as the battle of the farm stands heat up, Mia and Dell arrive at the perfect compromise--they'll have fun, till it's not....Nanee's review : great characters, love Dell he is so sexy, he is so NOT dumb, he's sweet and sensitive too. Mia is a geek and I love her for that. They are perfect for each other, love their passion for farming and working hard. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Sweet and romantic story with a good amount of sexy too. 4 stars The Last First Date by Maggie WellsFirst date number forty-eight comes to a screeching halt for detective Langley Sheppard when his date lifts a pack of gum from the local convenience store. But things start looking up when he encounters spunky damsel in distress Jessica Vickers, who's stranded in the store parking lot. Now Lang is about to discover that on a night when everything goes wrong, falling for Jessica feels spectacularly right.Nanee's review:Loved this quirky, funny, lighthearted and sexy as hell story. Great characters, love Lang and Jessica too cute together, they are so freaking funny and made for each other. Lang is a Detective and his gun chewing date steals gum and gets arrested, Jessica is a wreck, she's back staying with her mom, getting a new job, not much money and her car breaks down. in comes Detective dreamy to the rescue. Loved it from start to finish, wish there was more but hey it was great. Very sexy and sweet. 5 stars Light My Fire by Kristina KnightLily MacIntyre's life is offtrack, and she knows exactly how to right it: shed her America's sweetheart image in a big way. Getting down and dirty in a limo with rocker Nate Lansford seems like the perfect solution. Plus, she's had a mad crush on him practically since birth. The only problem? Nate is her brother's best friend...and he doesn't see her as anything other than a surrogate little sister.Nanee's Review:Love books with sexy musicians...Love Nate, he's a sexy as hell bad boy rocker but he's trying to be honorable where his best friends sister is concerned but damn he wants her bad. Lily is everyone's sweetheart and she's tired of it, she wants Nate just as bad. Love these two characters together...wow...sexy sexy. Love their flirty/snarky banter, Lily pushes him away...but keeps wanting him. They are hot as hell together and perfect for each other, love the press with their questions and what Nate says to them. Very sweet, romantic and sexy. Nate is quit the charmer ....great story 4 stars All great stories, sexy characters and terrific writing...over all I would give this box set 5 stars review by Nanee at upallnightreadallday.blogspot.com

  • Laurie
    2019-03-07 08:24

    Overall I enjoyed this box set. Each told a unique story. I particularly enjoyed All I Have, Dell and Mia showed they cared about each other as they work the land that they love. The Last First Date had a nice blend of humor and sexiness. Lang and Jessica sizzled together.Light My Fire, moved quickly as it told the story of Nate the rocker and Lily, television's sweetheart. We watch these friends explore their true feelings.Maid to Crave fell a little short for me. I never connected with Tori. She seemed a bit self-deprecating to me. Seth played into that as well. I did enjoy how he interacted with her son.

  • Nicole Helm
    2019-03-24 05:50

  • Kristina
    2019-03-04 01:38