More than a romp for the beach, this anthology features characters that
have real lives -- not just hot sex, although there is plenty of that. Bond, Kelly and Betts are all justifiably renowned for their sizzle, and it's
very much in evidence in these three extremely enjoyable stories.
In Bond's "Rex on the Beach," tracking a runaway groom leads private investigator Lucinda Belvedere to the best man, land developer Rex McCormick. Professional ethics aside, getting involved with Rex is a bad idea. But Lucinda's hormones aren't listening!
Counselor Damon Cole plans to spend a stress-free summer at his family's carnival -- but his skill as a mesmerist soon has him "Getting Into Trouble" in Kelly's tale. Trouble takes the form of single mom Allie Cavanaugh -- who tests everything Damon believes.
Researcher Abby Weaver recently ended an unsatisfying relationship, and a girls-only vacation with a friend sounds like a dream. But when her friend can't make it right away , Abby meets Marine Mike Mastriani, and their fling leaves her "Shaken and Stirred," in Betts' story. (Harlequin, Jul., 320 pp., $5.99)