Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hot Books For A Hot Summer

Most of the month of June has been unseasonably hot and humid. All-in-all, the kind of days where I don't want to stray very far from the air conditioned comfort of home. Thank goodness my office is in my house. :)

I think this hot weather deserves some HOT books, so I thought I'd revise one of my blogs from last summer that seemed appropriate.


The weather isn't the only thing contributing to the hot days of summer. There's also the blazing SUMMER SIZZLE of a California beach town and the sultry heat found on FORBIDDEN ISLAND, a privately owned Caribbean retreat. These two books are incendiary enough to burn up the pages while making you reach for the we need to cool things down setting on the air conditioner.

The Romance Studio gave SUMMER SIZZLE 5 Hearts and had this to say: "Unlike many romances now where the story is a set of sex scenes loosely connected by fleeting emotion or inane dialogue, Ms. Gentry has crafted a rich tale that makes the reader care about these two characters in a memorable way. The characters are fully realized and come to life in a story that was impossible to put down. The story was well thought out, the plotting spot on, and the dialogue was refreshingly realistic. Because I was so emotionally engaged as the reader, the sexual scenes meant something and were perfect for this story. This is the first story I've read by this author but it definitely won't be the last. Ms. Gentry is an extraordinary voice in today's romance market. Check her out today!"

Do opposites really attract? And if they do, can it lead to something real rather than a momentary connection based on nothing more than a hot physical attraction?

Vicki Templeton and Blake Callahan seem to be about as opposite as two people can be. She's compulsively organized, every hour of her day planned out in advance. All her efforts go toward building a financially secure future for herself by working hard and sacrificing today's fun for tomorrow's security. Blake, on the other hand, has learned a painful and emotionally devastating lesson about today versus tomorrow. His experience has taught him that no one is guaranteed a tomorrow so living for today is what's important.

Regimented work schedule versus spontaneous spur-of-the-moment fun. So what happens when these two totally mismatched people each claim to have a legal rental agreement for the same beach bungalow? While Blake plays havoc with her neatly ordered life, Vicki has him thinking beyond today and speculating about the possibility of what tomorrow can bring.

Can two people who don't agree on much of anything except the scorching hot physical relationship that nearly bursts into flame whenever they come into physical proximity manage to cohabitate for the duration of the summer? Can each discover the pieces missing from their respective lives? Can the heat of the day match the SUMMER SIZZLE pulling them together?

SUMMER SIZZLE is available from Cobblestone Press.

And to continue with our HOT weather selections, maybe I can tempt you with some sultry tropical breezes on FORBIDDEN ISLAND.

Romance Junkies gave FORBIDDEN ISLAND 4.5 Blue Ribbons and had this to say: "Chantal and Murphy’s scorching hot romance is only intensified by the exotic location. Despite there being ten years since they last saw each other there’s an undeniable connection between these characters and they certainly don’t waste any time making up for all the years they’ve been apart. FORBIDDEN ISLAND brings to mind all those fantasies about a romantic encounter with someone special in your own private paradise."

Have you ever met someone in passing and immediately knew you wanted to rip off his clothes and drag him to the nearest bedroom? No commitment. No concern about tomorrow. Someone you couldn't get out of your mind regardless of how much you tried?

That is Chantal Stevens' problem. All it took was an introduction and a businesslike handshake for her to know Murphy Abbott was that someone. But nothing came of their meeting. He was polite and charming, but seemed in a hurry to leave. She was mesmerized. But that's all the further it went. For the next ten years she continued to ask herself what if until she knew she had to do whatever it took to find the answer to that question, something that would allow her to satisfy her curiosity. Could any man really be as incredible a lover or have as much stamina as her fantasies had attributed to Murphy?

So Chantal devised a plan—a deception that would get her an invitation to Forbidden Island so she could meet face-to-face with Murphy at his private enclave in the Caribbean and answer once and for all that elusive question…what if?

But to Chantal's surprise, when she arrives at Murphy's island she discovers she's not the only one who has played the mental what if game during the last ten years. Murphy has his own thoughts about what the weekend will bring.

FORBIDDEN ISLAND is part of the Destination Pleasure series of short story quick reads from The Wilder Roses, the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romance from The Wild Rose Press.

I hope I've caught your interest and you'll pick up these two HOT reads. Check my website for excerpts from these two books, as well as my other current releases.


Kari Thomas said...

And those Covers are HOT, too, Samantha!!

Nothing like a good HOT book to heat up a summer day! lol!

Ive put your books on my TBB list and cant wait to read them!

hugs, Kari Thomas,

Samantha Gentry said...

Kari: LOL...I might have to try again in December or January. A HOT book to warm up the cold nights.

susan said...

thanks for sharing..these books sounds great. susan L.

Samantha Gentry said...

Hi, Susan. Thanks for stopping by.

She said...

A good list of summer reads. Thanks!

Samantha Gentry said...

She: Hi. Thanks for stopping by.