Hot Summer Nights~Review


Hot Summer Nights

Volume 1

Authors:  Alicia Michaels, Carly Fall, Casse NaRome, C.J. Baty,

Elisa Marion, Kasey Hammell,Natalie G. Owens, Peggy Martinez, R.K. Ryals

Published 2014

Published by The Indy Author Co., LLC

And edited my Melissa Ringstead of There for You Editing Service

Cover Art by PJ Friel


Welcome to the exotic paradise of Dasia Island. In the Elysium Resort, nestled among the lush beauty of the rainforest, adventure and romance await. In these nine short stories by bestselling and award winning authors, passion ignites between people from all walks of life, with stories ranging from New Adult to Erotic Romance, and even a bit of Paranormal and Time Travel thrown in—after all the island itself has a mystical history, with mysteries and legends to explore. Lose yourself in the magic of the island … you’ll never want to go home again!


Beauty & The Brain

By Alicia Michaels

She’s a rich, spoiled brat.  He’s a smarmy know-it-all.  Chloe Sanders came to Dasia Island to lie on the beach and go to the spa.  Chase Watkins is roughing in the rainforest with a research group, studying wildlife. The two couldn’t be more different, but in the swelter and mystery of the island, opposites just might attract.

Fans of Alicia Michaels’ V-Card are sure to love this short story.  Remember Chloe, Jenn’s fashionista roommate?  Well, this short story is all about Chloe and her hook up on the island.  By the way, Alicia drops a major bombshell!  You don’t want to miss this.


Laws of Attraction

By Carly Fell

 Criminal attorney Jared Greer cares about one thing: the next big case.  He doesn’t think about right or wrong; just a paycheck.  A potential client brings him to Daisa Island where he teams up with Monica, an island local. Working together makes Jared reconsider his life; especially if he wants Monica in it.

Hard balling Jared has met his match in Monica and soon has to decide where his priorities lie and what his ethics are in this short story.


Art of Losing Inhibition

By Casse NaRome

One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure.  Reeling from the loss of her husband to a carefree socialite, Kennedy retreats to Dasia Island for a little bit of R & R.  Will she learn to let loose in the arms of Basil, a wild, trust fund baby with a silver tongue?

 If F/F contemporary romance is your thing, join Kennedy as she retreats to Daisa Island and discovers love in the arms of Basil.


His Paradise

By C.J. Baty

Gar Lancaster wasn’t depressed, no matter what his sister said.  He didn’t need a trip to a tropical island to meet some guy for a vacation romance.  But when Mike Peters kissed him on the balcony under a sea of stars with the pounding waves hitting the shore below them, things changed. Maybe he didn’t need a happily ever after. Maybe happily for right now would be okay.  Whatever happened, Gar was pretty sure he was in over his head. 

A contemporary M/M romance staring Gar Lancaster.  Gar may not be looking for love but a vacation fling maybe just what he needs on Dasia Island.


Life After Death

By Elise Marion

 The loss of their son in a tragic accident left Jameson and Victoria Blake’s marriage in tatters.  Together they were never able to move past it, and they parted waves after a painful divorce.  But in the wilds of the rainforest, the realization that love has never died between them will rise to the surface.

This may be a short story but Elise Marion packs in the feels.  You may need the tissues on this one.  She definitely gained a new fan in me!



By Kacey Hammell

Hands off.  That’s Gemma Sands’ cardinal rule when it comes to dating co-workers.  But she would like to get her hands on Michael Harmon.  An unexpected layover in Dasia Island forces the two to share a room, & they are unable to resist there passion & surrender to every touch they desperately need.

Will Gemma throw her rules out the window for a night of hot passion with Michael?  Heck yeah!  This short is sure to steam up the windows.


Woman in the Mist

By Natalie G. Owens

Garrick Kaili Langston (Kai), heir to the Euthykhia Hotel, remains on Dasia Island out of a loyalty to his family.  But this building harbors some dark secrets- unsolved mysteries that haunt one its oldest residents. 

Some say Poppy Drummond had been swallowed by the deadly mist near the Dasia ruins.  Others claim such notions are merely the product of a crazy mind. Kai is about to find out.

Can a 40+ year old murder be solved when Poopy Drummond returns from the mist in present day? What lengths will the Langston family go to to keep their secrets?  Will Poppy find love after all?  This is a great little mystery with a surprise ending.  Don’t assume you know who did it…  This is one of my top picks from HSN.


Guide Me Gently

By Peggy Martinez

Alyssa Monroe always dreamed of escaping to exotic locales as a photographer. Unfortunately, she’s spent the last four years capturing a truly frightening species, celebrities.  When the opportunity presents itself to visit the exotic Dasia island, Alyssa is thrilled. Now if she can deal with the only guide willing to take her deep into a forbidden forest.  A sexy, tattooed local who sets her blood on fire and gets her camera finger itching.

It takes a random visit to Dasia Island to photograph a wedding for Alyssa to find her true purpose and perhaps love too.  It’s a story about following your heart.


City of Sin

By R.K. Ryals

On Dasia island, there is a legend about a city of sin, a tragic story that ended in a mist of death. Haven Ambrose is Journalism major on a mission.  River Brayden is a meteorologist with a tropical system to follow.  Their love is strong, but is it strong enough to survive a storm that leaves them stranded with an ancient evil?

The editor definitely saved the best for last.  I have read works by a few of the authors in this collection but Mrs. R.K. Ryals was a first for me. Her short immediately pulled me into Haven and River’s lives.  Their story actually began in The Singing River and I am pleased to say I snagged a sign copy of it recently.


These short stories are here to introduce you nine fantastic authors.  Maybe some you haven’t read before but well worth the price to take a chance on.  I discovered the talents of Elise Marion, Natalie G. Owens and R.K. Ryals.  Who will you find?






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