Local librarian Turner Hastings has worked at the First Bank of Winosha on Saturdays for the past four years. Turner has no real aspirations toward being the best bank teller she can be, and when a couple of bank robbers dressed as SpongeBob Squarepants and Yoda rob the bank, she hands over her money without a fight. In the aftermath of the robbery, however, Turner takes the opportunity to do something she's been waiting for--steal the contents of a safe deposit box owned by the bank's president.
FBI Special Agent John MacKinnon finds himself inexplicably attracted to the mousy librarian on the security tape, and finds himself wondering why she'd risk her mundane existence for a life on the run. Searching her house, MacKinnon finds Turner's cell phone number and when he calls her, they strike up a flirtation that keeps the readers entertained, enthralled, and wondering if a hardened FBI agent and an inept bank robber/librarian can really find love.
HOT was extremely cute and funny, and a nice change for those who picked this book up expecting traditional Elizabeth Hoyt. For those who are unfamiliar, Julia Harper is the name used by historical author Elizabeth Hoyt when she writes contemporary romance. When Hoyt writes historicals, there is an element of mystery and intrigue, but with her contemporaries, I think the thing to be looking for is her comic timing, which is impeccable. All of these characters were spot-on, very funny, and each had its own distinct voice so that the comedy didn't come off as trite or overused. However, for those Hoyt fans who picked up this book looking for Hoyt's signature brand of steam and passion, you also won't be disappointed. If you're not a Hoyt fan, the closest I can compare this book to is the Jen Crusie/Bob Mayer collaborations mixed with a little of Rachel Gibson's hilarity. And if you enjoy this book, I'd suggest checking out Hoyt's historicals while we eagerly await her next contemporary as Julia Harper (they are, in order, The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince).