These  two contemporary books are at present  awaiting republication. Hope to be back on the shelves soon.

 When Lyn Redford’s sandal hurtles across the deck of the cruise ship, it makes     her first introduction to Henry Matasie rather hostile. It wasn’t just that the man was seriously grumpy; he was a walking wardrobe disaster. Do you really need to wear woollen socks with your sandals in the Caribbean heat?

 

 

  What is it about men in breeches? Shona's dream man turns out to be not at all what she expected. 



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Excerpt from the Man in the Blue Flowered Shorts -

"Is this yours?”

The harsh undertones of the words jolt me from the Duke’s arms,and my eyes pop open to meet a pair of stormy grey ones. He holds out a sparkly red flip flop as if he wants to batter someone with it. The item has obviously upset him in some terrible way and I consider denying ownership. My gaze sweeps down past the lime T-shirt and the flowered shorts to the socks. I stifle a grin and hold out my hand to accept the flip flop.

“Please secure this properly. It blew across the deck in that gust just now and knocked over my drink. The screen of my Blackberry and my Financial Times have been ruined.”

He glances down to my chest where The Duke is still resting. His lips move into what I interpret to be a disdainful smirk at my choice of literature. I jerk up from lounging to sitting position and feel the back of the sun lounger stick momentarily to my back, causing the whole frame to lift from the deck.

The scream that follows, I think, is unnecessarily theatrical, especially from a grown man. The sun bed leg has landed on his foot—but it isn’t as if I weigh a ton.

 His face contorts as he wrenches his foot free.

“These things are lethal, aren’t they?” I give the sun bed a scolding look followed by a little slap, thereby relinquishing any responsibility for its action. “Good job you had your socks on.” I try to keep a straight face but my lips disobediently spread in to a grin.

His grey eyes glint at me for a moment, making him look slightly less ridiculous. Then another sudden gust of wind whisks away his sunhat. We both watch as it blows over the ship’s rail, soaring gull-like on a warm air current in the direction of Barbados. Stripped of the silly head-gear, he looks ten times more threatening. I harness my laughter and push my face back into neutrality. He gives me a long assessing look and his anger seems to subside as he begins to talk in low, soft tones.

“If, Lady, our paths cross again on this vessel, perhaps you would do me the honour…”

I silently panic as he pauses. Surely he wasn’t going to ask me on a date.

“Of attaching a warning siren to your forehead, so I can keep you and your juvenile humour at bay.” He turns and hobbles off. I stare after him focusing on the words printed on his lime green back—chick magnet. The volcano of laughter that erupts from me causes Angus and Anthea, the Scottish couple, to remove their matching sunglasses and turn in my direction.

Reviews  for The Man in The Blue Flowered Shorts

5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, clever and satisfying reading! 19 Nov. 2013

By grace gibson - Published on Amazon.com

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Susan Lodge's light, contemporary novella is a showcase for her razor sharp sense of humor and crisp writing style. The plot is brisk and satisfying; from beginning to end there are many moments that are delightfully funny and fresh. Now, on to the sequel...

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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 17 Jun. 2014

By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com

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Such a short read but so intriguing. Kept my interest from beginning to end. Would love to read more from this author. Highly recommend!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read 14 May 2014

By ElizaB - Published on Amazon.com

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This story goes fast and was quite funny in places. Perfect story if you want a quick read and some laughs.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Quick Read 1 Jan. 2014

By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com

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While Lyn is on a cruise with her friend Shona, a man in a pair of blue poppy shorts and a lime green t-shirt with splashes of yellow and pale, pale white skin captures their attention. Getting off to a rocky start, Lyn isn’t very impressed with the man in the blue shorts. He appears less than thrilled with her, too, as at both their first and second introduction she manages to hurt his previously injured foot. Soon Lyn is hard pressed to understand whether it’s annoyance, or an irritated, curious kind of intrigued that she feels towards the strange man.

This is a fun read, perfect for summer or a day where you wish it were you on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, away from the world on holiday. The author takes us on a lovely trip, filled with vibrant secondary characters, plenty of chuckles and what I felt was a well paced, gradual slide into romance between Henry and Lyn. I’m hard pressed to believe anyone could finish this story and not want to sit back and pretend for just a few minutes they had spent time on a ship, sipping cocktails, getting some sun and having the funny but still sexy interludes with a strange man that stirs your senses.

I found the plot device between Henry and Lyn a little unrealistic, in that I guessed it almost immediately, but it succeeded in adding some tension and mystery into what would have otherwise been a very smooth, too-easy progression between them. Still, the fact Lyn didn’t guess immediately what was really going on, rather than letting her over-active imagination take control, made me feel a bit disappointed in her, especially since she didn’t even pause to question her own leaping to conclusions. It made her seem a bit silly and the plot device contrived, which made me sad as I so enjoyed the rest of the story.

Overall though I thought this is an excellent book, warmly funny with interesting characters and a few laugh out loud moments. While there is plenty of chemistry between Lyn and Henry there is no overly erotic scenes, no sex and nothing to shy away from. While I found the “deception” a bit of a let down this is strongly made up for on the strength of the characters, the excellent pace of the story and the vibrancy of the writing itself. An enjoyable, quick read.

 

 Reviews for The Man in The Buff Breeches 

5.0 out of 5 stars Love Susan Lodge's writing style! 19 Feb. 2014

By grace gibson - Published on Amazon.com

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The Man in the Buff Breeches is perfect for a lazy afternoon’s reading. This quick, fun, witty contemporary romance (with a wink and a nod to those of us who love the Regency period) is a companion to the equally satisfying “Man in the Blue Flowered Shorts” by Susan Lodge. I only wish it were longer! If you haven’t read her Regency, “Only a Hero Would Do”, I cannot recommend it highly enough.



4.0 out of 5 stars The Man in the Buff Breeches 18 Dec. 2013

By sandra rolls - Published on Amazon.com

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Great book. Have enjoyed everything by this author. Can't wait for the next book. Hope she is working hard on the next book.



4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 21 Nov. 2013

By Carole "The Romance Reviews" - Published on Amazon.com

Format:Kindle Edition

Meeting a modern Mr. Darcy while playing dress up at a Regency-themed ball is many a woman's secret fantasy, but how do you deal with that other guy? You know the one; the anti-hero who seems like an annoying impediment to your perfect budding romance with Mr. Darcy!

Notorious for picking the wrong men and finding herself in a bit of a dating slump, Shona Turner allowed her friend Lyn to coax her into renting a Regency-era ball gown and attending a themed ball attended by lovers of all things Regency and Austen. Not everyone in attendance quite had the era down, as some attendees were dressed more Victorian or Edwardian than Regency, but the most shocking costume belonged to a rather rude and snarky golden-haired man in the most indecently tight buff breeches that Shona had ever seen. Luckily, Lyn's boyfriend helped Shona avoid a lengthy staring contest with the man in the buff breeches by introducing her to his recent acquaintance Nick--a handsome and charismatic man that was the epitome of a modern day Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Despite Nick nearly sweeping her off her feet in a single evening, Shona can't seem to avoid running into the irritating and mysterious man in the buff breeches. It's almost as if he's stalking her and surely that's no coincidence. But nothing is as it seems and sorting out her feelings towards the debonair Nick and golden-haired Sam Salter has Shona, a woman with a terrible track record with men, giving some valid consideration to becoming a nun.

If you're looking for a quick but delightful escape that's a bit reminiscent of Bridget Jones' Diary with a hint of Jane Austen's wit and historical detail, you'll be sure to enjoy THE MAN IN THE BUFF BREECHES. Without giving the entire plot away, I can only relay that Susan Lodge has produced a cute, quirky short story that will charm everyone who is a dedicated Austen fan and finds George Wickham and Fitzwilliam Darcy equally fascinating in their own way until first impressions fall away to new revelations. Most fun!

Reviewed by Angie Just Read...
for TheRomanceReviews.com