Novella Reviews: Dean Brothers and Friends series by Lori Foster

Novella Reviews: Dean Brothers and Friends series by Lori Foster"Some Like It Hot" by Lori Foster
Series: Dean Brothers and Friends
Published by Kensington on 06/07/2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Copy
Goodreads
three-stars

"Some Like It Hot" - Lori Foster: Family practitioner Cary Rupert wants Nora Chilton so badly he can barely keep a hold of his stethoscope. Now he's out to prove that when it comes to loving her forever, he's the man for the job.

“Some Like It Hot” is a VERY short story by Lori Foster found in Perfect for the Beach, an anthology of 6 different short stories. “Some Like It Hot” is only around 50 pages, so I can’t say that it’s amazing. I mean, often a novella (around 100 pages, usually) is difficult to pull off, so a 50 pages romance . . . well, I can’t say that it totally works here. But, that said, I didn’t hate it either.

“Some Like It Hot” is about family doctor Cary Rupert who has been pretty much in love with Nora Chilton who works at Cary’s best friend doctor’s office. But every time Cary asks Nora out, she turns him down. Cary tries to convince Nora that they’d be good together. I really did like both Cary and Nora. I can’t say that I formed strong bonds to either because there really wasn’t that much time. The conflict was a little bit out there, but still, I did enjoy reading this. It’s good for when you’re in a reading slump.
Novella Reviews: Dean Brothers and Friends series by Lori Foster"Playing Doctor" by Lori Foster
Series: Dean Brothers and Friends
Published by Kensington on 04/01/2006
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Copy
Goodreads
three-half-stars

"Playing Doctor" is written by Lori Foster.
Attitude makes a huge difference in bed. It could be Axel Dean's motto. The sexy physician likes his women with sensual moxie, and Libby Preston definitely seems to fit that bill. There's that naughty grin. That hot bod. Her eager kisses and cheeky insults. Her...admitted virginity. Whoa. Okay, cue cold shower. Axel may not be an honorable man, but he has his limits. Except Libby won't take no for an answer. She's determined to have someone show her what she's been missing, and suddenly, Axel can't bear to think of Libby playing doctor with anyone else...

“Playing Doctor” by Lori Foster is a novella found in When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys, another collection of novellas. “Playing Doctor” is around 100 pages which is nice since “Some Like It Hot” was half that.

“Playing Doctor” focuses on Cary’s friend Axel who is an OB/GYN doctor. He’s a ladies’ man. Anyway, he attends this head honcho’s party and runs into Libby Preston. They are both super attracted to each other right away, and start fooling around. But when Axel (seriously that name!) discovers Libby hasn’t had sex before, he freaks out, and totally pisses Libby off. But they do get together.

Libby and Axel do get together very quickly, which is typical in the novella department. Their age difference is pretty big, and that does make me a bit uncomfortable. But still, I enjoyed this. I think Lori Foster has a way with novellas, even if this isn’t her best.

three-stars

13 Responses to “Novella Reviews: Dean Brothers and Friends series by Lori Foster”

  1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I haven’t read this author, but I agree that 50 pages is short for a romance to develop any depth. I prefer novels or novellas, though occasionally an author pulls it off and makes me glad I tried a shorter story. I’m glad the second one was longer and more appealing.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I have a love/hate relationships as it is so 50 pages is definitely hard to imagine working! I’m stuck on the name Axel. Not sure I can get any further! I’ll I can see is a cross between Axel Rose and the kid on The Middle whose name is Axel. It’s not a good combination!

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    50 pages is really short! I’m glad you enjoyed both novellas though. And…yeah…Axel Dean. I’m not sure if I could get into that book because I would be able to keep a straight face every time I read the name.

  4. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I actually love Lori Foster so much I think I’d enjoy this. But I probably wouldn’t love it – I need more than 50 pages to be invested in the characters, and it sounds very short for a believable romance 🙂 I’m glad you still enjoyed these, though, Quinn.

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