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Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After a Box Set from Melissa Schroeder, Lucy Monroe, Nancy Warren, Sabrina York, Allie K. Adams, Destiny Blaine, Cathryn Cade, Jami Davenport, Kate Davies, Taryn Elliott/Cari Quinn, Rachel Grant, Sandy James, Adrianne Lee, Hildie McQueen, Katy Regnery & Sandy Sullivan

Today I have the opportunity to present to you Hometown Heroes, Hotter than Ever, a new contemporary romance box set.  This set is unique in that ALL proceeds for this  17 Author set will go to Pets for Vets.  If you want to keep updated on the set progress and get more news from these authors and about this box set, please be sure to check out the Hometown Heroes Facebook Page.  BUT – don’t forget to enter the giveaway sponsored by Sabrina York where you could win the box set, signed books a tiara and more!

A bit about Pets For Vets : 

The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal. 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. These dogs can make excellent companion animals but never have that chance. Pets for Vets believes that companion animals can be a life-saving therapy that many U.S servicemen and women need.  Visit their Website to learn more, and grab a copy of this set from USA Today, NY Times and other Award-Winning authors where the proceeds will be sent to this worthy organization.

Time constraints preclude my reading and reviewing all of the titles, but here I have had the ability to give you a taste of the great stories to be found in this box set.

Book Review:

Box sets are wonderful for readers: you get a taste of authors you may not be familiar with, and get to check back in with favorites you already know.  And this set is chock-full of wonderful reads, with sixteen (yes 16) full-length novels.  Sadly all of that makes a huge problem for me as a reviewer.  Sixteen full-length books (whether stand-alone titles or part of a series) really is a TON of reading for a post/spotlight.  But, I have read many in this series, and skimmed others – and here is what I come up with.

Most of these titles range from 3 – 5 stars, with some super sexy and others focusing on the romance and the connection.  Both styles of story focus are good: it really comes down to a personal choice.

A Little Harmless Sex: Harmless # 1 by Melissa Schroeder

4 stars/4 flames
Anna and Max have been friends for years, but he’s always only thought of her as a ‘little sister”. Dumped by his fiancé with the lithe and sexy Anna to offer a shoulder to cry on, they soon realize that the “friends with benefits’ works for them, but the benefit is Love and a HEA.  Anna is clever, totally commitment phobic, and utterly adorable. Max is a little controlling but this hides a deep streak of romanticism and heart.

 

Heartbreak on a Stick by Sabrina York

5 Stars/3 Flames

There’s no secret that I love Ms. York’s writing, her trademark humor and snark come through every heroine making them near and dear to my heart. In this story, local poor boy makes good, Hollywood A-List good and returns to the not-so-beloved hometown to get some answers. But Jason has more than just Gina to deal with, there is an adorable 9 going on 40 little girl who brings the sass and a tiara to every party.  And who doesn’t love a reconnection between lovers with crossed communication?  The heart and the town are all you could hope for in this story.

 

She’s Worth It All by Cathryn Cade

  5 stars / 4 flames

My first encounter with this author and I found it quite interesting, working well as a stand-alone and praising her ability to create such broken characters and give them heart and hope.  Yes, Mase and Natalie both have TONS of baggage, and there is the addition of some immature behaviors from secondary characters that just added to the angst.  I was having a bit of trouble with all of the “I’m so unworthy” moments, but the reasons were clear and they did find their way to break up that monotony with some growth and some serious steam.

 

Madrona Sunset: Madrona Island #1 by Jami Davenport

5 stars/ 3 Flames
Another new-to-me author, this is a small-town (or in this case, Island) story, where everyone knows the residents and is inserting themselves, to one degree or another, into their business.  That would be all well and good for Mandy – retreating after the death of the love of her life.  People are trying to support her, and help her through, but until his friend and fellow soldier Brody appears, the keys don’t start to fall into place.  Beautifully capturing the loss, guilt and hopefulness in the journey of these two, Jami Davenport has managed to create a couple that finds strength in their bond, even though their circumstances are brought about by tragedy.

 

Brace For Impact by Allie K. Adams

3 Stars / 3 flames

Starting with a plane crash in the Cascades, there is tension, worry, and some definite danger to contend with in this the first I’ve read from this author. Pilot Reid is frustrated by the passenger, a Doctor on the run from false charges, and with a case of amnesia.  A little much to pile on at the beginning of the story, for me, the crash alone was enough to start the story off without the amnesia or a dangerous killer lurking to end Kaycee before she discovers the truth.  So, not my favorite because of all of the seeming unnecessary obstacles at the beginning, it does manage to redeem itself somewhat in the character development and growth as they both learn to trust in someone.

 Average – 4 Stars / 3 Flames 

This is an interesting mix of stories, giving you plenty to think about and enjoy.  Mixing in some romance and romantic suspense, each hero has plenty to recommend him, and there is enough variety to please fans of every romance genre.  With sixteen stories and proceeds all going to Pets for Vets, this is a must grab for readers.

Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After a Box Set from  Melissa Schroeder, Lucy Monroe, Nancy Warren, Sabrina York, Allie K. Adams, Destiny Blaine, Cathryn Cade, Jami Davenport, Kate Davies, Taryn Elliott/Cari Quinn, Rachel Grant, Sandy James, Adrianne Lee, Hildie McQueen, Katy Regnery & Sandy Sullivan

Title: Hometown Heroes: Hotter than Ever
Author: Adrianne Lee, Allie K. Adams, Cathryn Cade, Destiny Blaine, Hildie McQueen, Jami Davenport, Kate Davies, Katy Regnery, Lucy Monroe, Melissa Schroeder, Nancy Warren, Rachel Grant, Sabrina York, Sandy James, Sandy Sullivan, Taryn Elliott
Published by: Self-Published
Format:eBook
Source: Self-Purchased
Pages: 1350
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right. Now, these sixteen stories are available in a single bundle for a limited time at the discounted price of $1.99. All proceeds from this bundle benefit the Pets for Vets charity.

A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX by USA Today author Melissa Schroeder--When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.

CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today author Lucy Monroe--Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they're looking for, but a whole lot more!

WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today author Nancy Warren--Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.

HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times author Sabrina York--When the man
who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again.

MADRONA SUNSET by bestselling author Jami Davenport--Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and woman pining for her dead husband--both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.

BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams--Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her.

HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine--Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister doesn’t believe in love until she reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.

SHE'S WORTH IT ALL by bestselling author Cathryn Cade--Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she's worth it all?

DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies—A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop - looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie's Monday get any worse?

ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott--A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered—until the future comes much quicker than they expected.

GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant--An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.

TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James--Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with police detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting
than she'd ever imagined.

HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee--Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him? Not if her stalker has his way.

EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen--War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.

THE VIXEN & THE VET by bestselling author Katy Regnery--In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.

TROUBLE WITH A COWBOY by Sandy Sullivan--Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun...and a little more?

A copy of this title was provided via Self-Purchased for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

About Adrianne Lee

So excited to be included the soon to release HOMETOWN HEROES Hotter Ever After bundle. 17 authors, many NYT & USA TODAY best sellers, 16 books.
All proceeds going to Pets For Vets.
As the mother of a Veteran, I'm so happy that this is the charity we've chosen. I have two adopted cats and know the joy and comfort they can bring into a life.

While all of the heroes are not Vets, they are heroes in their own right.

If you love pies and sexy guys and hot romance, please come join the lovers at Molly McCoy's Big Sky Pie for a slice of something irresistible.

About Allie K. Adams

Allie K. Adams is the bestselling author of several award-winning stories. Previously served as a reserve deputy, Allie has firsthand experience in most of the dangers she writes about. Known for her highly erotic, deeply intense suspense romances, she can be found most days in front of her computer, saving the world one sizzling story at a time. She grew up in Seattle and now currently lives in southwest Montana with her crazy family.

About Cathryn Cade

I write red hot paranormal and sci fi romance, inviting you along on a heart-pounding ride with heroes who are more than men, and can only be tamed by the greatest force in the universe … love.

About Destiny Blaine

International bestseller Destiny Blaine writes award-winning e-books and trade paperbacks using numerous pseudonyms. An erotic romance author, Destiny writes western contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Multi-published with some of the most respected publishers in the industry today, Destiny is proud to have multi-book contracts with Siren-Bookstrand, Resplendence Publishing, and eXtasy Books. She has a single title available through Passion in Print. In 2012, several books will also be published by Secret Cravings Publishing.

Additionally, Destiny created her own label for the purpose of publishing backlist titles as well as new work she considers misfits, those books unable to fall within the normal submission guideline parameters and written specifically for Destiny Blaine Productions.

Destiny and her husband live in East Tennessee and spend a large portion of their free time on the coast. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, Destiny enjoys spending time with family and friends traveling to casinos and beach towns throughout the country.

About Hildie McQueen

I write Historical Western Romance as well as Paranormal Romance, with a touch of Historical here and there. I've also published eight Highlander Historical Erotic short stories. I am a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as Georgia Romance Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapters of RWA.

For fun I spend a lot of time with my girlfriends. My wonderful hubby is my partner in crime for traveling. We love to jump in the car or sometimes his motorcycle and head to the mountains, the city or the beach.

About Jami Davenport

An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series.

Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.

Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. In her spare time, Jami rides dressage and grows roses. She's a lifetime Seahawks fan. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.(less)

About Kate Davies

From food to fiction, Kate likes things spicy. She writes award-winning sexy contemporary romance, and has books available in both e-format and print from Samhain, Carina, and Siren. Her 2009 print release, Lessons Learned, was named Small Press Contemporary Romance of the Year by Romantic Times Book Review magazine. When she isn’t writing about strong, sexy men and women finding their happily-ever-afters, she spends her time juggling calendars for herself, three active kids, and one husband.

About Katy Regnery

KATY REGNERY, Amazon best-selling author, has always loved telling a good story, and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing, from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.

As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of six Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. When Katy’s fans asked her to turn up the heat, she wrote Playing for Love at Deep Haven, a hot standalone story about second chances. Katy was proud to offer a stand-alone romance, The Vixen and the Vet, just in time for Fourth of July, 2014. In the summer of 2014 Katy launched The English Brothers, a new series of sweet and sexy indie romance.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.

About Lucy Monroe

USA Today bestseller and award winning Lucy Monroe’s love affair with books and reading began at age 4. She often climbed her mother’s book stacks to pull down the novels on the top shelves. When she was caught reading the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version of “The Godfather” while still in Kindergarten, those books got moved. Although she’s always loved mysteries and suspense, romance has been her passion since she kyped her first Presents from her oldest sister’s bedside table (again way too early).

Known for her emotional depth, snappy dialogue, solid plotting and dry wit, Monroe’s stories have found their way into readers’ hearts and their keeper shelves. Which is exactly where she most wants to be. An author who writes so she can touch readers’ hearts, she’s never happier than when hearing from readers when she’s done so.

Lucy finds awards affirming, best sellers lists a great blessing, but it’s the interaction with readers via email, her social pages and at reader-centric events that reminds her time and again why she writes and why, for her, she always will.

About Melissa Schroeder

Born to an Air Force family at an Army hospital Melissa has always been a little bit screwy. She was further warped by her years of watching Monty Python and her strange family. Her love of romance novels developed after accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. After becoming hooked, she read close to 300 novels in one year, deciding that romance was her true calling instead of the literary short stories and suspense she had been writing. She has had over 25 short stories, novellas and novels published in four years with seven different publishers.

Being a brat she swore never to marry military. Alas, fate always has her way with mortals. She is married to an AF major with two brats of their own. They live wherever the military sticks them which for the first time in years is a place where THE BUGS DIE!

About Nancy Warren

Nancy Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. She’s known for writing funny, sexy and suspenseful tales.

She calls Vancouver, Canada home though she tends to wander. She’s an avid hiker, animal lover, wine drinker and chocolate fiend.

Favorite moments in her career include being featured on the front page of the New York Times when she launched Harlequin’s NASCAR series with Speed Dating. She was also the answer to a crossword puzzle clue in Canada’s National Post newspaper. She’s been a double finalist in the Rita Awards and has won the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine.

About Rachel Grant

Four-time Golden Heart® finalist Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children and can be found on the web

About Sabrina York

Sabrina York is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a 2017 RITA® Nominee for her Historic Romance Susana and the Scot, as well as an author of over twenty-five novels, which range from sweet and snarky to scorching romance.

Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her website to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Get the Free Teaser Book, and don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!

Join Sabrina’s Street Team on FACEBOOK

About Sandy James

Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband of thirty years and is a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoy spending time at the two Indiana racetracks.

She is published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and BookStrand, as well as self-published. She has been an Amazon Bestseller many times and has won numerous awards, including two HOLT Medallions.

About Sandy Sullivan

Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of Nashville. County music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys so you'll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots

About Taryn Elliott

TARYN ELLIOTT comes from the great state of New York—upstate, thank you very much. She’s usually busy making up stories with her best friend until the wee hours of the morning, or fangirling over her favorite TV show. She falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she writes their book, and there’s always a soundtrack to match.

She loves talking to readers, so if you’d like to reach her, please visit her website: tarynelliott.com and sign up for her newsletter, or drop her a line at: taryn@tarynelliott.com.

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