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"Yes, Hot is certainly the right word to describe this sizzling contemporary romance." "Fresh Fiction""
"Hot covers all the must-have ingredients for an unforgettable story: great characters you enjoy, a story that grabs your interest, and the much needed chemistry between the couple that keeps us frantically turning the pages. Hot is a refreshing, funny, tug-your-heartstrings read that deserves a Perfect 10 from me! "Romance Reviews Today""
"Fast paced and funny, this novel reads like Janet Evanovich crossed with The Sopranos. It's full of zany characters in a book-long car chase. Though bullets fly, snow falls and babies cry, you will be giggling as you cruise through the plot twists. It's a fun way to pass a rainy afternoon."--RT Book Reviews on For the Love of Pete
"Harper offers one fast-paced, funny, and sexy little romance."--Booklist on For the Love of Pete
"Elizabeth Hoyt's historicals are hot, and her contemporaries deserve the same label. This is a great novel."--Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author, on For the Love of Pete
"Yes, Hot is certainly the right word to describe this sizzling contemporary romance."--Fresh Fiction
"Hot covers all the must-have ingredients for an unforgettable story: great characters you enjoy, a story that grabs your interest, and the much needed chemistry between the couple that keeps us frantically turning the pages. Hot is a refreshing, funny, tug-your-heartstrings read that deserves a Perfect 10 from me!--Romance Reviews Today
This hilarious, heart-stopping caper involves a bungled bank robbery, a woman on the run, and one FBI agent who's throwing out all the rules. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Turner is a small town librarian who hides behind her drab clothes and well documented lukewarm personality. Then one day she happens to be on the scene of a bank heist gone spectacularly wrong. When CIA review the CCTV footage, John , the agent in charge spots some startling behaviour form the drab librarian, that had gone unnoticed during the initial fray. Suddenly Turner is a wanted woman! Only the surprise lies in the fact that she seems prepared for this and has already disappeared. As John pursues her a sudden and surprisingly irresistible attraction develops between them . It feels wrong, dangerous and illicit but they don't seem to be able resist it. More, Turner appears to have hidden depths that take everyone by surprise...
I was taken aback by how well written this book was, for all it seems to be Harpers first. The characters are very enjoyable, unpredictable and convincingly into each other. The hero is really hot! Really, this book seemed more than just a formulaic romance (despite the packaging) and the attraction between the leads, their fascination with each other, was convincing and enjoyably more mature.
Not five stars because its her first and I am sure she could do better in her next novel!
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This may sound petty, but over and over, there are odd things like this: bad guys caught by fields of pot, but the cops do not notice the crop? Since when is Wisconsin hotter than Philadelphia in the summer? In a town of three thousand people, who wouldn't be able to find another kid that you went to high school with or their brother?
BUT we are always most interested in the Hero and Heroine. Liked him, I think SHE should have actually taken the card of the shrink that a former boyfriend handed to her on his way out.
This heroine was dumb and a wacko; From sex (she prefers herself), to a supposedly smart (librarians have graduate degrees) person who takes four YEARS to figure out how to get the key to her boss's safe deposit box <she works in the bank!>, and why, would she disguise herself as a prim librarian type, after her uncle dies,while living and working in her own hometown? Huh? When I read that she was 'disguised' as a plain-Jane, I assumed that she was new to town, not a townie!
Finally, way TMI about the hero's private parts, I could have lived forever without the word picture of graying hair 'south of the border' seared into my poor befuddled from the rest of this book brain. YUCK! I am all for sex or love making not being the sole right of the young and limber, but I do not want to read about anybody's pubic hair! Young or old, that is a topic to leave to the imagination...or ignore altogether!
But perhaps it is keeping in character for a woman who thinks that sharing a climax with someone is way too personal. perhaps most mystifying is how Hoyt can be an engaging writer and write absolute nutter crazy stuff!?Every page is a joke in crazy world, and mostly, I think, it was unintentional.
I usually feel a twinge of guilt when I write a two star review, but not in this case: this book is full of dumb and is just engaging enough to keep you reading!
librarian . What ensues is the build up of a romantic relationship between the librarian and the older FBI agewnt
conducted over their mobiles .
Harper throws into the plot the relationship between the teenage daughter of the FBI cop who wants to know why the FBI cop and her mother got divorced and her mother remarried.
There is a gunfight and a rescue of an FBI agent as well. All through most of the story the cashier is looking after the
big black dog owned by the bank president and when challenged by the FBI agent about taking the dog she claims that the bank president does not how to look after the dog.
The robbers seem .to be hapless at the robbery and no plans for how to really manage after the robbery and the author teaches them a sharp lesson on the consequences of juveniles thinking that robbing banks is a good idea of
getting money. Her attitude to the librarian is that she is very sympathetic towards her but making the reader feel that
only in extraordinary circumstances would her behaviour be accepted and not lead to punishment.
The author knows how to tell a story and in this case she is appealing to the older audience so that her older FBI copis the object of love from the not-so young librarian.The author likes to indulge her readers and she is after the older chick-lit readers who want the sexual encounters described in detail and its according to the author ok because she has accepted his proposal of marriage and his teenage daughter now wants to establish a close relationship with Daddy and that is also aimed at the older chick-lit readers.
I have not read any of the other Julia Harper books and I liked her handling of romance treatment and I think the combination of the librarian and the FBI agent has the making of more crimes to solve.
The main characters are likable. Special Agent John MacKinnon is sexy, hardworking, and refreshingly normal (this makes his rash decisions later in the book even more inexplicable). Turner has deeper problems, but I admired her commitment to her uncle and the truth. And I liked the doggy sidekick too, although too much was said about his rank breath. (Give him a milk bone, somebody.)
I also liked John's clotheshorse partner Dante Torelli.
However, having said this, there were things about this book that didn't work for me.
Too often the humor falls flat. The chapters with Yoda and Spongebob did nothing for me. They felt forced and contrived (oh, how it pains me to say this about Ms. Harper/Hoyt!). Only one good scene with these doofuses--their interview with the immaculatly clad, potato-chip-wielding Dante.
I don't think the author ever found the right tone for this book--it shifts from the ridiculous and lighthearted to the solemn, deep, and intimate with reckless abandon. The shifts in tone jolted me out of the story.
Finally, and this is the biggie for me and somewhat connected to the tone issue, the hero's actions don't fit his personality. He seems like a focused, committed, serious agent, but his investigation of Turner is irresponsible & cavalier to say the least. True, he's attracted to her from the start, but because of that attraction, he makes little effort to actually bring her in. Multiple times his partner suggests they call in backup and he refuses. I found this behavior very out of character for the hero Ms. Harper created, especially since he tells Turner how seriously he's taking this womanhunt. His emotions are not slapstick/slapdash, so I don't think his investigation should be either. It doesn't fit. It would be more believable if John made one or two serious, concerted efforts to nab Turner before giving into their emotional connection and letting his professional agenda slide.
So, the book's far from perfect, but I am such an admirerer of Ms. Harper's pitch-perfect Georgian romances that I will certainly read her next contemporary anyway. It might just take her a book or two to get into the swing of the 21st century.
It ain't deep and profound, don't read this if you're looking for deeply tormented characters full of angst, but I found it great fun to read.