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Heat of the Moment Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 2004

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Features Terri & Cort's story who were featured in 'Into the Fire'

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What can I say, Terri and Cort are.....explosive together!! 18 Oct. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't wait until this book was released, the first book "Into the Fire," featuring Cortland's brother J.D. was equally as good, all because of the love/hate relationship between Terri and Cort. Cort couldn't deny his feelings for Terri in the first book and Terri couldn't deny the love she's had for Cort since she met him when she graduated the police academy with J.D. In the "Heat of the Moment," literally, the "sparks" continue as Terri and Cort team up to catch a serial arsonist. Terri as tough as ever, and butts head with Cort once again, but they soon learn to trust one another. Terri having sex with Cort on her Harley motorcycle! Now, how trusting can you get! All I can say is Wow!! Terri also undergoes a makeover from head to toe, which all I could say was "It's about time!" She needed it "bad" in my opinion. Overall the book was exceptionally good, from the drama to the suspense to the romance. This book keeps you on the edge of you seat. Ms. Hall, I can't wait for the your next book!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Heat Is Explosive And You Won't Want To Miss It!!! 16 Dec. 2004
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first time I've ever read anything by Ms. Hall, and needless to say I've gone and ordered her entire backlist after reading this story. I came to this story not being aware of the foundation that had been laid in the previous title "Into The Fire" so I was unaware of the previous relationship between our hero Cort and our sassy heroine Terri. This was not a problem and in fact was what prompted me to purchase her other books.

Cort and Terri have a certain chemistry that pulls them together even though they try so hard to fight what they both want. Terri is a first rate police detective and Cort is the fire marshal they are brought together yet again due to the case that they are both working on. Ex-girlfriends of Cort's are finding themselves being killed by a serial arsonist. Why is he targeting Cort? Terri is assigned to act as his "fiancée" and this is going to be easier said than done. Terri rides a Harley and fishes. She is not into the clothes, make-up, and hair that good society girls are into. This could be a problem...a big one.

Cort and Terri are wonderfully complex characters. I truly enjoyed how their story unfolded. There is a section of the book that reminded me of a portion of "Miss Congeniality" and was a wonderfully funny part of the story that truly showed us Terri at her best. The suspense portion of the story was very intense and managed to keep the reader in the dark until the final unveiling. If you like authors such as Linda Howard, and Julie Garwood, than you are going to like Ms. Hall. This is one author that I have no trouble recommending.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thrilling Ride 28 Oct. 2005
By Kool Kat - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The best part about this book is the way the relationship between Cort and Terri progresses, from an unwilling attraction to greater understanding of each other. The tension and the sparring between the two, who are trying to fight their attraction for each other, are amusing. Terri is a tough-talking, sometimes crude, yet intelligent and vulnerable heroine. Cort is a macho guy! He starts off as rather insensitve and mean to Terri, well deserving of a good kick, and his former dates seem to have the unfortunate habit of going up in flames, but he redeems himself by finally seeing the great qualities in Terri. They are great together!

The plot is intriguing and the pace of the book never flags. The ending therefore was a total letdown. But by that time, I had enjoyed the book so much, it wasn't that big a quibble. The sex scenes were imaginative -- the bike ride was thrilling but best not tried at home.

This is also part of a series, with the first book featuring Cort's brother, and there are some scattered references to the earlier book. I hadn't read J.D.'s story before I picked this up, but they're not really connected and therefore it wasn't confusing. This book does however, give a clue about the conclusion of the first book, which I read anyway, after this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Really 4 1/2 stars 8 Jan. 2006
By Idalis - Published on
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Just think Miss Congeniality and this is what youve got. Terri is a humorous smart ass, tomboy cop who comes from the Bayou and Cort is a reserved Alpha Male who comes from a wealthy family. Both try to fight their feelings for each other between finding a murderer and having sexy interactions.

I love love love Terri, she is sooo damn funny, (and not in that generic humorous way that most authors try to fork off on readers , this is good writing)I found myself trying to remember her wisecracks and saving them for myself. Hall is able to develop such a rich character in Terri when it seems some authors dont bother with the effort. Usually you get the virtuous cinderalla who says and does all she needs to do in order to keep the story going. Terri's character was not like that, youll love this story not only for its sexual chemistry and action but also for Terri, great `character, my favorite.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hot, Sexy and A Completely Satisfying Read! 7 Oct. 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the footsteps of the first novel INTO THE FIRE featuring those sexy Gamble men, this sequel is also set in New Orleans, featuring Cort Gamble. Chock full of suspense and some very hot sensuality it is a non-stop read as a serial arsonist, torches a well-known bar claiming 15 victims in a well-planned and insanely effective statement. The next target, following closely on the first tragedy, is a beautiful socialite trapped and burned alive in her Mercedes. With some super sleuthing by a cast of fully developed CSI type characters, the case lands in the lap of Detective Terri Vincent whose long sought transfer out of homicide was backfiring and bringing her right back into a personal situation she wanted to avoid at all costs.

Cort Gamble, Fire Marshall had his hands full with the investigation and did not need the complications of working side by side with the one woman he determined was so not his type but could not forget. As the clues unraveled showing a madman whose aim in life seemed to be removing from Cort's life any woman he'd ever loved. In an attempt to draw a madman out Terri was assigned to play the part of Cort's lover - a part she'd played as a one night stand months ago that had left both of them with unfinished business. Would Terri's new assignment be setting them both up for a trip from the frying pan into a fire of unimaginable heat before the Torcher completed his quest?

Wow, if you like books hot with intrigue, action, humor, searingly sultry and non-stop page turning, then you are sure to love this book! Additionally, coupled with the suspense of such a serious plot, there was some humor injected into the makeover of a `butch' type serious detective into a sexy socialite diva! Immediately coming to mind as I read this was Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine's battles as he did her makeover in the movie `Miss Congeniality' - this was an absolute riot! Andre, who had the Herculean task of turning a sow's ear into a silk purse was priceless! For anyone thinking that the levity detracted in anyway from the seriousness of the plot will just have to take my word that, in my estimation, it only added another dimension to the entire story making it for me one very fabulous, hot and steamy read that I most certainly can recommend. --- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
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