Series: Vegas Showgirls

Lightning Review: Just for Kicks by Susan Andersen

Posted September 16, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Lightning Review: Just for Kicks by Susan AndersenReviewer: Holly
Just for Kicks by Susan Andersen
Series: Vegas Showgirls #2
Also in this series: Just for Kicks, Skintight
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: May 1st 2011
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Las Vegas showgirl Carly Jacobsen keeps learning the hard way that her idea of fun differs radically from that of her neighbor Wolfgang Jones. Sure, he looks incredible, and he seems to have a thing for her legs, but the man's a robot. So what's with their chemistry?

Wolf has a plan for his life, and it doesn't include finding himself tempted by the freewheeling Carly…mile-high legs or not. Yet in a moment of weakness, the two discover at least one area where they do both have fun. But outside the bedroom the stakes are getting higher, and love might come down to a roll of the dice…

 

I’ve been a Susan Andersen Fangirl for awhile now. Her books are pretty light and fluffy, but they’re entertaining and they make me happy. Just For Kicks is no exception.

Carly Jacobsen has hit a dry spell in her love life, her newest dog won’t calm down and her new neighbor, the sexy security guard from her work, Wolfgang Jones, rubs her the wrong way. Wolf is just biding his time, gaining work experience before making a move to another state as a head security honcho and keeping a tight rein on his emotions. He doesn’t want to be known as one of the Wild Jones’.

But when his parents show up and tell him they’re leaving his 16-year-old nephew with him while then move – yet again – to Germany, he has a hard time adjusting. Especially since his neighbors dog irritates him and he’s fighting an attraction to her (the neighbor, not the dog). Of course, they end up kissing in the hall, and then battling back the attraction, while the sneaky 16-year-old tries to hook them up.

This was a cute story. I love that with SA the focus of her stories are the couple, not the plot. There’s a minor plot here with a stalker guy who’s after Carly, but it takes a backseat to the story of Carly and Wolf, which is refreshing. Watching Wolf come undone and Carly settle down was nice. And I liked the nephew, too.

I’m giving this one a 4 out of 5. It’s a light read, but good.

The series:

Skintight (Hqn)Book Cover

This book is available from Mira. You can buy it here.

four-stars

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Review: Skintight by Susan Andersen

Posted September 15, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Skintight by Susan AndersenReviewer: Holly
Skintight by Susan Andersen
Series: Vegas Showgirls #1
Also in this series: Just for Kicks, Just for Kicks
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: June 1st 2010
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, General
Pages: 384
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four-stars

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 built 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….

 

Skintight is the first book in Susan Andersen‘s Showgirls series. I wasn’t sure what to think when I started it. Not only is the heroine a Vegas Showgirl (the kind who dances without a top), but she’s also the hero’s stepmother. Creepy, right? Except..it works.I’ve always enjoyed Susan Andersen’s novels. I think she excels at writing fun, witty characters who deal with serious issues in a wonderfully warm way.This book is no exception.

Jax is a professional poker player who got drunk the night he found out his father was dead and bet the most valuable thing he doesn’t own – a signed world-series baseball. He tried to buy it outright from his father’s widow, but she wouldn’t sell. Now he has to figure out a way to get close enough to her to get the ball before the crazy Russian Elvis Impersonator he lost it too breaks his knee caps – or worse.

Treena is pretty much drowning in debt after taking time off to nurse her sick husband. Now she’s struggling to get back in shape for auditions for the next season of shows so she can replenish her savings. Her dream is to open a dance studio, and she was well on her way to having the down payment she needed, but she drained her savings to pay for her husband’s health care. She’d love nothing more than to sell his prized possession – an autographed baseball – but she promised she’d save it for his estranged son, Jackson.

When she meets Jax, the last thing on her mind is love. But the more time they spend together, the more she’s willing to risk it. Until Jax’s secret it revealed and it threatens to ruin them both.

I loved Jax. I have to get that out of the way right now. A professional poker player isn’t really my idea of hero material, but Andersen proved it’s just as sexy as a firefighter or cop. Jax was awesome. He was strong, caring and tough, but also vulnerable and in need of someone to care for him. He wasn’t irresponsible normally, so his feelings of guilt over losing the baseball made him that much more lovable. At first he thinks Treena is just a gold digger who married his dad for money, but the more time he spends with her the more he realizes that isn’t the case. It was great that he had to readjust his thinking about her.

I really liked Treena, too. She was a down-to-earth woman who just wanted to have a secure future. She didn’t think she needed a man for that, either, which was refreshing. I liked that her profession was something outside the box. I think Andersen did a credible job of showing us the demands of being a dancer, and also how respectable it is. Yes she danced topless, but it wasn’t a dirty stripper-like show.

Her reasons for marrying Jax’s dad seemed murky, though. If she didn’t need a man to make her future secure, why did she marry a man twice her age without having a passionate relationship with him (they were never intimate – he wasn’t able to)? It was kind of alluded to that she had a strained relationship with her parents and he acted as a father-figure for her, but it didn’t make sense to me that they had to marry to have that kind of relationship.

I didn’t like that Jax kept his reasons for seeking her out a secret. When he thought she was just a gold digger I kind of understood it, but he realizes pretty early on that he was wrong about her, so I’m not sure why he didn’t come clean.

I loved the two of them together though. It was sweet how they interacted. There was also some great humor laced throughout.

I really liked the secondary romance between an older couple that lives in Treena’s building. It was sweet and cute. I also liked the other secondary characters.

This is a great light read if you’re in the mood for something fun and fast.

4 out of 5

The series:

Skintight (Hqn)Book Cover

This book is available from Mira. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars

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Review: Just for Kicks by Susan Anderson

Posted June 6, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Just for Kicks by Susan AndersonReviewer: Holly
Just for Kicks by Susan Andersen
Series: Vegas Showgirls #2
Also in this series: Skintight, Just for Kicks
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: May 1st 2011
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-stars

Las Vegas showgirl Carly Jacobsen keeps learning the hard way that her idea of fun differs radically from that of her neighbor Wolfgang Jones. Sure, he looks incredible, and he seems to have a thing for her legs, but the man's a robot. So what's with their chemistry?
Wolf has a plan for his life, and it doesn't include finding himself tempted by the freewheeling Carly…mile-high legs or not. Yet in a moment of weakness, the two discover at least one area where they do both have fun. But outside the bedroom the stakes are getting higher, and love might come down to a roll of the dice…

 

I’ve been a Susan Anderson Fangirl for awhile now. Her books are pretty light and fluffy, but they’re entertaining and they make me happy. Just For Kicks is no exception.

Carly Jacobsen has hit a dry spell in her love life, her newest dog won’t calm down and her new neighbor, the sexy security guard from her work, Wolfgang Jones, rubs her the wrong way. Basically, things aren’t going too well for our girl.

Wolf is just biding his time, gaining work experience before making a move to another state as a head security honcho and keeping a tight rein on his emotions. He doesn’t want to be known as one of the Wild Jones’. But when his parents show up and tell him they’re leaving his 16-year-old nephew with him while then move – yet again – to Germany, he has a hard time adjusting. Especially since his neighbors dog irritates him and he’s fighting an attraction to her.

Of course, they end up kissing in the hall, and then battling back the attraction, while the sneaky 16-year-old tries to hook them up.

This was a cute story. I love that with SA the focus of her stories are the couple, not the plot. There’s a minor plot here with a stalker guy who’s after Carly, but it takes a backseat to the story of Carly and Wolf, which is refreshing. Watching Wolf come undone and Carly settle down was nice. And I liked the nephew, too.

Just for Kick is a light read with fun characters. I’m giving this one:

4 out of 5.

Skin Tight
Just for Kicks

This book is available from Mira. You can buy it here.

four-stars

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