Ashley Tassin wanted a life in the big city but fate has brought the most popular girl in school back to Lucky Springs. The factory expansion created jobs luring a lot of men to the town. Working with a foursome of hot men who are in a relationship and want to add a woman is very tempting to Ash. However, two of the men went to high school with her and one holds a grudge for her rejecting him. Eli Hollier was a geek and now he’s a sexy genius. The men hatch a plot to teach the former head cheerleader a lesson that starts as friends with benefits. Falling for Ash is easy but for it to end happily, they must bury the past and start fresh in their hometown.Salesmen on the Rise
With the Lucky Springs factory expanding, the sales force needs to step up their game. Marketing guru Zoe Avery is retraining the sales force. Two hot sales teams are just as interested in seducing her as they are in raising their sales numbers. The last thing Zoe wants is to settle down in such a small town, but she can’t turn down a lot of fun while she’s looking for a better job in a big city. There isn’t much to do except those four sexy men, anyway. Unfortunately, keeping it casual and secret isn’t as easy as Zoe hoped!
Publisher’s Note: The last two Lucky Springs novellas were previously released by another company as individual titles. They’ve been reedited and bundled together for this release.
This volume of Lucky Springs has two stories: Quality Assurance and Salesmen on the Rise. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this as much as I did the first volume. There were a couple of reasons why. In Quality Assurance I didn’t like Eli. He had a crush on Ashley in high school and held a grudge against her for being turned down and the resulting issues he had in school. Ten years later and he is still holding onto his anger, making him appear immature. He keeps cutting off Ashley when she tries to apologize because he wants revenge.
“Look, she rejected you and made you a joke in high school. Now you get to screw her for a bit. If we dump her, with so few women around, think of what that’ll do to her reputation.” Xavier cut to the bottom line.
Eli smiled. “I’m in. I’ll go apologize to her tomorrow.”
Needless to say, I had a hard time warming up to him. What a jerk. If I had been her, I would’ve told them where to go and left.
In Salesmen on the Rise, Zoe was the character I had trouble connecting with and the reason wasn’t as clear cut as my issues with Eli. Her commitment issues and her stressing over them had me pulling away from her. On the flip side, the four men “courting” her weren’t initially one unit but two couples living together. So part of this story is Cameron and Don tentatively testing the relationship waters with Own and Jarrett, which I liked.
The last thing that really, really irked me was that both stories made wrong assumptions of what it is to be bisexual. “Being bisexual means we want both.” No, it doesn’t. Being bisexual means you are sexually attracted to both males and females. If you want more than one person in your bed and your relationship, then you are polyamorous. I’m quite disappointed in the author and the publisher for not knowing the difference.
If I ignore the BS statements about bisexuality, and the issues I had with liking Eli and Zoe, the rest of the stories did deliver hot steamy sex scenes with risque office sex in both short stories. There was more depth to these characters than in the first volume. The angst, when the issues came to a head, was short lived and wrapped up quickly to give the groups their HEAs.