Preview: TROPICAL HAZE by Jess Dee, Lexxie Couper & Sami Lee

The tropical sun is high. The heat is sweltering The breezes dance in from the Pacific waves.

You all know where we are again, right?

Welcome back to Bandicoot Cove Resort. And welcome to the most anticipated wedding of the year.
A wedding is all about love and desire and passion…as the guests of Mack and Aidan’s wedding know, oh, so very well. It’s time to celebrate. Bandicoot Cove style.

Are you ready?

Things may look a little different since last time you visited. Due to an unfortunate incident with Australian Customs, Vivian Arend could not make it this time, but that’s not going to stop the wedding of McKenzie Wood and Aidan Rogers.
A wedding is not a wedding without family members. In Mack’s case, it’s her brothers. Six of them. And the eldest, Mitch, is the most Alpha of them all. Who better to bring the world an Alpha Australian hero than an Australian erotic author who knows aalll about them. May we introduce to the Bandicoot family, Sami Lee…

Next week TROPICAL HAZE releases. I was offered this anthology for review and I have read all three. My average rating for the 3 novellas comes down to about an 8.8 out of 10! So it’s safe to say I really enjoyed them.

To prepare you all for the release and my upcoming reviews here are the blurbs, my favorite quote from each one of the novellas and all three authors talk about their novella through their own favorite quotes. Enjoy and I hope you come back tomorrow, Friday and Monday for my reviews.

A second chance at love is worth fighting for.

Bianca Rogers is one signature away from finalizing her divorce. And she will finalize it just as soon as she gets home. But for this weekend, she’s putting her troubles aside and enjoying the gorgeous, sunlit luxury of Bandicoot Cove, the resort where her brother is getting married. The last thing she expects is to be knocked off her feet—literally—by gorgeous Brody Evans.

The fireworks are instantaneous. Brody is just her type: sexy, warm, friendly, and in the same boat as her: in the process of getting a divorce.

Spending time together is a mutual no-brainer. Attraction quickly grows to full-blown lust. But flying sparks come with increasingly personal conversations, and soon neither of them can ignore their past mistakes or the circumstances that have led them to the island.

Now it’s time to determine whether old hurts and sudden doubts will prevent love from leading them to a whole new happily ever after.

Product Warnings:
If you don’t believe in second chances, never thought it was possible to fall in love again and aren’t interested in scrumptious, hot love scenes, then this story probably isn’t for you. You’d be missing out – big time – but yeah…it’s probably not for you.

Pearl’s Favorite Quote:

Then instantly regretted it as his tongue ravaged her defenses, leaving them in tatters at her feet.
One kiss. One stupid, measly, heart-stopping, gut-wrenching kiss, and Bianca melted in a puddle in his arms. What was it about this man that turned her into a whimpering fool any time he neared?

Jess Dee on Afternoon Rhapsody:
Bianca’s big brother is getting married. And she’s all for celebrating the happy occasion.
Here are a couple of my fave quotes:

Try as she might, she could not remember the last time seeing a man had taken her breath away. But the second her gaze touched his face, there went her oxygen. Gone. Just like that.

I love when a character loses his/her breath. I think it says more than a thousand words ever could. (Which might explain why my characters are always breathless.)

He might as well have run his hands over her skin, the way his gaze burned wherever it landed. It gave her both goose bumps and shivers at the same time, and she knew he’d see the telltale signs of her arousal in the millions of fine hairs standing to attention all the way down her arms.

This is a tough one for Bianca. She’s become so used to living without a man in her life this past year, being with one who arouses her so intensely comes as a bit of a surprise.

Desire, red-hot and lightning-quick flooded her body. It swept her away on a tide of passion, clouding her thoughts, fogging her brain.
Brody stood so close his scent drifted through her nose, his aftershave sinfully seductive: mellow notes of the outdoors and subtle suggestions of man and musk. If she could bottle his scent she would. She’d keep it beside her bed to sniff at night. And in the morning. And perhaps once or twice during the day, as well.

There’s no explanation for this quote. I just love it. So much so, I might have used it once or twice more in the book.☺

“You’re crying,” Brody whispered.
Bee nodded. “I am.”
He shot her a rueful smile. “Was it that awful?”
She smiled back through her tears. “No. It was that good.”

This is the pivotal moment for Bianca and Brody. The moment that everything changes. I had to include it here.

His mouth met hers with demanding fury. He didn’t mess around. The instant their lips touched, his opened and his tongue sought entrance. He wasn’t backing off, wasn’t giving her a chance to refuse him.
Powerless to stop him, she gave in.
Then instantly regretted it as his tongue ravaged her defenses, leaving them in tatters at her feet.

Ah, this is Bianca’s biggest internal conflict. She knows, on a logical level, that things can never work out between her and Brody, and yet the second they touch, her defenses simply melt away.

A photographer, a firefighter, a rake. Let the debauchery begin!

When Kennedy bolted after a mind-blowing one-night stand with a sexy Australian firefighter, she never expected to be standing in front of him four months later on a tropical island resort. Naked, thanks to her phobia of butterflies.

Trouble is, she’s equally turned on by Luke and his hunky British cousin. Not exactly how she’d intended to spend her first day as Bandicoot Cove’s official photographer.

Luke never planned on falling for the feisty, flirty American he met at a New York bar. Now that he’s face to face with her again, he has two questions. Why did she run? And why can’t he stop thinking about sharing the woman of his dreams with his cousin?

Addison invited himself along on his cousin’s trip for a weekend of no-strings-attached sex. But he wants to get to know Kennedy on all levels. Seriously, this is no way for a rake to behave. And how the hell is he going to tell his cousin he’s interested in the very woman Luke can’t get out of his mind?

Product Warnings:
The setting sun isn’t the only thing heating up Bandicoot Cove, because when the word “threesome” gets thrown into the mix, it’s seduction on a global scale. (Note: No butterflies were scorched during scenes of burning passion.)

Pearl’s Favorite Quote:

[Addison]“Well, there goes my reputation for being suave and poised.”
(…) “Don’t worry.” Kennedy shifted, slowly rising to her knees. “I won’t tell anyone.”
(…) “It’s not you I’m worried about, love,” Addison answered. “It’s the sleeping convict over there.”
“I’m going to tell the whole bloody world,” Luke said without opening his eyes. He wanted to live in this moment for a while longer. The scent of Kennedy’s pleasure in his breath, Addison’s laughter in his ears. He’d never imagined he could feel so relaxed, so content. “Addison Ellis Lancaster turns into a gibbering idiot when having a climax.”

Lexxie Couper on Sunset Heat:
A groom can always depend on his Best Man. And Aidan’s Best Man is a firefighter ready to die for him. Can’t get much more heroic than that, right? Or maybe you can…with a knight in shining armour, like Luke’s cousin Addison.
Here are some of my fav quotes from Sunset Heat:

“Head’s up, convict,” a deep voice called, a second before a damp towel whacked into the back of Luke’s head.
Luke pulled a face, unwrapped the length of thick cotton from around his neck and tossed it back to his cousin. “Will you bloody well stop calling me convict? You damn well know my ancestors didn’t come over on the First Fleet.”

Why do I love this quote so much? It shows the relationship between Luke and Addison straight away, the natural Australian/British rivalry and the dry humour of both me

The rough edge of anger in Luke’s voice scraped against her fraying control. She lifted her chin, meeting his stare.
Damn, she wished she hadn’t. His gaze was as intense and focused and…and…as sexy as it had been four months ago.
Her throat grew thick. Her pussy grew tight.
“You were Rebound Guy.”
The confession slipped from her before she could stop it. Luke’s eyes widened. His shoulders straightened. So did his spine. He studied her, a muscle twitching in his jaw, his stare unreadable as he opened his mouth to say…

Rebound Guy. Kennedy names Luke many things during the course of Sunset Heat, but Rebound Guy is the title that affects him—and her, and Addison—the most. And changes everything…

No, he was a rake, and as empty and self-loathing as that title was, he’d owned it since the day his balls dropped and his voice broke. He was the rake of the family, and a rake seduced women.
Even ones connected to your cousin?
His gut knotted again, an entirely too ambiguous emotion behind its presence. Guilt? Morals? Couldn’t be. He didn’t suffer from either.

I love this quote because it shows Addison’s conflict so well. A British rake is a sexual force to be reckoned with…and Addison is the ultimate British rake. But he has a loyalty no rake would ever admit to possess. How he chooses to respond to that loyalty however…well, that remains to be seen…

“Think what, Kennedy?” Addison asked again. Like Kennedy, his accent was more pronounced. It was as if both their core beings had somehow been amplified by the tension of the moment. Luke wondered if he opened his mouth now would he sound like the stereotypical Aussie? Or would he sound like what he was: a man more turned on and conflicted than he’d ever been before?

For those who have read my work before, you’ve probably figured out I have a thing for accents. For those that haven’t…yeah, well, this book really highlights that fact ;)

Addison brushed his knuckles over the front of his shirt and cocked an eyebrow. “Saved from a naked Australian by a naked American. I’m not sure if Her Royal Highness would be ashamed of me or impressed.”

This quote cracks me up. I really wanted to create an international feel at Bandicoot this time. Just didn’t realize they were going to be soo naked.

“Ado.” He loosened his shoulders. “Mate, you don’t want to—”
“No.” Addison shook his head. “You’re wrong. I do.”

My last quote from Sunset Heat. It’s a dark one. It’s THE dark one. I felt sick when I wrote it. It still churns me up reading it now. Sometimes I think I’m incredibly cruel to my characters.

A new lover, an old flame, sultry moonlit nights. Why let inhibitions stand in the way?

Two years ago, Hayley Bryant left Australia on a round-the-world odyssey that changed her life, and her attitude. After that, coming face to face with the man whose rejection sent her packing shouldn’t affect her at all, right?

Except there’s one thing that hasn’t changed—her former boss Mitchell Wood makes her burn as hot as ever. The difference is, Hayley’s now a grown woman who knows how to get what she wants, and she wants Mitch. Trouble is, she hasn’t come to her friend’s wedding alone. Her very sexy friend with benefits, Ty Butler, might pose a problem.

Business was always Mitch’s first love…at least until he hired his little sister’s friend as an intern. Pushing her away was the right thing to do, but now his sister’s wedding has Hayley re-entering his life—and the empty place in his heart. Soon he’s acting less like the consummate workaholic and more like a man crazy in love. But Hayley’s “plus one” is an unexpected obstacle.

Fortunately, Mitch has never been one to shy away from a little competition…

Product Warnings:
Bilby Island’s sensual spell strikes again. Book contains hot lovin’ made in beautiful tropical surrounds, some exhibitionism, voyeurism and bondage. Best read with a margarita in hand and the fan switched to high.

Pearl’s Favorite Quote:

Mitch held her to him afterward, his erratic heartbeat refusing to decelerate. Dimly he recalled actually saying the word please somewhere during that incredible experience, when he, Mitch Wood, had never pleaded with anyone, man or woman, for anything.
She’d lived up to every expectation, every dream he’d had about her. She was both submissive and strong, pliant and unbreakable. There was no one else like her—no one else in the world who could make him feel this off-kilter sense of euphoria.

Bandicoot Cove… From Sami’s Perspective:
So how did I get involved in the Bandicoot Cove: The Wedding Anthology? The way I get talked into most things—by a persistent Lexxie Couper. Although truth be told, I didn’t need a lot of persuading. When Lexxie sent me a blank email, the subject line of which read ‘so do you wanna write a Bandicoot Cove book?’, my immediate reaction was ‘Hell yeah!’
I believe I sent an email back, the content of which comprised three letters – W T & F

Later that night Lexxie called me up and explained that Samhain wanted a sequel to the Bandicoot Series and this time Vivian Arend couldn’t do it, so they were looking for a third author. I said I was in and we talked about our kids for a while, then Dr. Who (David Tennant vs Matt Smith…or could we have both somehow *evil grin*), then our kids again. Then Lexxie spent quite a bit of time talking me into going to Romantic Times in 2012 (as it turned out, I did to go RT12. See what I mean about her persistence?). Then after a while I wondered aloud if we should discuss this book I was supposed to be writing. So she told me about the concept, which involved a whole bunch of people traveling to Bandicoot Cove for Mack and Aidan’s wedding. Remembering that Mack was a lone female in a family of brothers I immediately exclaimed ‘Can I have the eldest brother?’. No I didn’t mean it like that but the way Mitch Wood turned out… hmm, yes I wouldn’t mind ‘having’ him at all.
Here’s one of my favorite lines of his from Moonlight Mirage:

Hayley said, “Now, tell me what you smell.”
“Your perfume. Vanilla and some kind of spice, cinnamon maybe. It’s the same one you’ve always worn, the one that used to make me forget what I was saying the second you walked into the room, even if I was on the phone to Japan.”

You see, Mitch is a land developer, owner of a resort development company. Very successful, very alpha. Years ago he fell in love with his intern, who just happened to be one of his little sister’s best friends. But he saw it as his duty to push her away. Now, two years later they meet again on Bilby Island, and when we first get into Hayley’s head she’s thinking this line:

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, why would Mack insist I feel up her brother in this one?

You’ll have to read the book to discover why she’s being asked to feel him up ☺. The sparks fly between Mitch and Hayley immediately. They share a beautiful sunrise kiss on the beach:

For a long time she held his gaze, saying nothing as the sky changed colors around them. Then her gaze lowered, trailing over his face until finally landing on his lips. It was all the invitation Mitch required. Without a word, he stepped toward her and brought his hands up to cup her face. Then he dipped his head.
He wouldn’t have thought it possible for someone to taste like the sunrise, but Hayley did.

And do, er, other stuff you’ll have to read the book to fully appreciate:

There was no one else like her—no one else in the world who could make him feel this off-kilter sense of euphoria.
Tonight his intention had been to mark Hayley as his. But at some point, Mitch had become hers too.

The road to happiness is not easy for these two, especially as there’s a sexy pro-surfer by the name of Ty Butler standing in the way. How is poor Hayley to choose? Or does she even have to?
Like I said: read the book, find out. I hope the reading is as much fun as the writing was.
PS Huge thanks to both Jess and Lexxie for thinking of me when they needed an author for this anthology. It has been a glorious ride!

If you’re tempted enough to pre-order (and come on! who wouldn’t be!), find the links below.

AFTERNOON RHAPSODY
Samhain|Amazon|Barnes and Noble

SUNSET HEAT
Samhain|Amazon|Barnes and Noble

MOONLIGHT MIRAGE
Samhain|Amazon|Barnes and Noble

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