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Skintight, by Susan Andersen

25 Apr

SkintightI am so very late with this month’s TBR Challenge review, it ain’t even funny. This year, though, I’m just going to push through; better late than skipping the month entirely.

(Sez I)

I actually got this book signed by the author, which means that I either got it at RWA 2009 in DC, or RWA 2010 in Orlando. Either way, it’s been sitting on the TBR mountain range for ages. Oh, and I note that this is a rare one for me: a straight contemporary that is not a category romance.

There’s explicit sex and adult language, so if those are not your thing, skip this one.

Skintight, by Susan Andersen

I’m pretty sure that this is only the second of Ms Andersen’s novels that I’ve read, and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I did All Shook Up; partly, because I’ve been in a filthy reading mood–my inner critic (hat tip to Liz at My Extensive Reading) just wouldn’t shut up. And partly because…oh, where to begin?

But I’m getting ahead of myself; here’s the blurb:

Professional poker player Jax Gallagher should have known better than to wager a World Series baseball that wasn’t his to lose. Now the man who won the collectible is demanding his prize…or else. Trouble is, the ball is owned by his estranged father’s widow–a flamboyant Las Vegas showgirl. Jax will do whatever it takes to get it back.

Yet Treena McCall is anything but the ruthless gold digger Jax expects. She’s build a life for herself filled with good friends and hard work. And she’s got enough on her plate trying to hang on to her job as a dancer without being wined, dined and seduced by sexy Jax Gallagher.

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All Shook Up, by Susan Andersen

23 Mar

All Shook UpAll Shook Up, by Susan Andersen

To my recollection (which, alas, isn’t perfect!) this is the only novel by Ms Andersen I’ve read. When I got the urge to read it again a couple of weeks ago, I remembered liking it quite a bit but not feeling any great curiosity about the author’s backlist.

Looking back, I blame the covers and, most especially, the stepbacks¹. The whole cartoony bit made it seem too much “chick lit” for my taste–plus what is written as romantic comedy often misses me by a mile, so…

At any rate, let’s get to the point.

I remarked to Holly over at the Book Binge that I had only read this novel once before, way back when I got it my (used) copy. On this re read I found it interesting how much of the feeling of the story and characters, as opposed to specific passages or events, I remembered. All Shook Up didn’t just hold up well, but was all the more enjoyable this time around.

Obligatory back cover blurb:
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