The Hot Line by Cathryn Fox is broken down into three parts. Each one is centered on a sexy firefighter.
Part One: Sara and Mitch
Sara is in Chicago for her best friend's wedding when she meets bad boy Mitch Adams. The sexual awareness between them is instantaneous. His pal Nick (the groom-to-be) warned him to stay away from her; she's not one for casual flings and his fiancé doesn't want to see her best friend get hurt. Meanwhile, Sara's friend gives her a card with a number to call for a "fully equipped" firefighter to come and take care of your "fire." She calls the hotline and he comes to the house. She tells herself to remember to keep her emotions out of it, keep it purely physical, just for research for an article for the Chicago-based magazine she wants to work for. Mitch realizes she's special because, unlike all the other women he's been with, she cares about giving him a fantasy too. She cares about his pleasure, not just her own. Both are afraid the other just wants a fling, so they hide the deeper feelings that are developing. Never mind protecting Sara's heart - how can Mitch keep from losing his own?
Sara and Mitch's story is scorchingly erotic, some of the hottest sex I've read. Cathryn Fox really knows how to make her characters come alive. Just as I was bracing myself for some prolonged angst, the characters delivered a pleasant surprise with intelligence, honesty and quick thinking. I loved it.
Part Two: Jenna and Dean
Jenna designs lingerie, and Cassie (the bride-to-be) has asked her to put together a show for her friends before the wedding. She's been lusting over Dean's perfect body since the first time she saw him, but can't imagine he'd be attracted to someone like her. She thinks he's more likely to be into someone like the thin model she hired to work her lingerie show. Unfortunately, the model is sick at the last minute, so Jenna reluctantly models the sexy lingerie herself. When Dean catches an eyeful of the delectable, curvy Jenna, he's mesmerized. How can he help Jenna find the confidence to let herself go?
I absolutely loved Dean's methods for helping Jenna gain her confidence and explore her sexuality. There's an incredible depth that makes Jenna and Dean's story irresistible. Readers will enjoy seeing Jenna blossom with the help of Dean's caring attention.
Part Three: Megan and Brady
Megan was married to a selfish "house hippo" so she isn't looking for a serious relationship. Brady is determined to show her he's different. He wants to pamper her and show her he appreciates her. Circumstances conspire to throw the two together, as they end up saving the day by cooking together for the wedding. She's worried he's too good to be true; he's incredibly patient and understanding. Can he convince her to risk her heart?
Readers will not be disappointed with this cute and very sexy romance. All three stories in The Hot Line are short enough that the angst isn't dragged out too long, but they're long enough to develop the characters and build the start of a relationship. That's a fantastic formula for an emotionally satisfying book. The three heroes are mind-blowingly fabulous; the heroines are intelligent and likeable. What's not to love?
4 1/2 Kisses, 2 Peppers (hot M/F/M ménage with firefighters (implied), voyeurism/exhibitionism)
Reviewer, TwoLips Reviews, LLC