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.
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.
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
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ iTunes ♦ Downpour ♦ IndieBound ♦ Google
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.