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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Reissue edition (24 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455558788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455558780
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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

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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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm surprised noone has reviewd this yet. Well, here goes my humble endeavour...
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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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bad pun alert: good that this was set in Wisconsin bc much of it was as full of holes as Swiss cheese...! 9 Feb. 2015
By Abby84 - Published on Amazon.com
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I wondered why I only had one of Hoyt's books in my collection and now I remember why. She is an engaging writer but favors without common sense. Suspending common sense in romance is almost always needed, but who does not know that QwikStop stores have pet food? Oddly, the heroine, who is a librarian cannot find dog food but instead must buy saltines for her dog?

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!
4.0 out of 5 stars the librarian and the FBI agent 16 Aug. 2015
By jkobi2011 - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel is interesting because the author is trying to satisfy different parts of the reading public. She creates a romance between a librarian who is also a weekend bank employee who is grieving over the suicide of an uncle who she believes was wrongfully accused of embezzlement of bank moneys and believes the man responsible for the bank theft was actually the president of the bank . A robbery takes place in which two masked men one of whom is recognised by a young female cashier because she sat behind him in college. The librarian uses the opportunity of the robbery to take the keys to the safe deposit of the bank and take away the de3posit box of the bank president under the closed circuit tv camera which the officers from the FBI later on look at and commence hunting for the
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Read 3 Nov. 2008
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
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There are elements of this book that I really enjoyed. One was the Wisconsin setting. Ms. Harper (aka the super-amazing Elizabeth Hoyt) uses little details to create a realistic midwestern community, complete with hamburger hot dish, ice fishing, pickeled herring, ticks, and one character's unholy love of Miracle Whip.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just me 1 Mar. 2015
By E - Published on Amazon.com
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All I can say is this. When a writer has to insert politics into books I am reading to ESCAPE from this nightmare we are living through now, I tend to want to throw my Kindle against the wall. Either all the bad guys are Democrats or all are Republicans. How about I don't really want to know either way. If I want to know about the writer's political leanings, which I DO NOT, leave it to me to figure out, don't just throw it out there and expect me to be on board.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, light-hearted, but believable relationship 13 May 2015
By Merry - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this. Starts off with a bang -- literally, from a shotgun -- and the pace doesn't slow down. Yet even though she's a bank robber on the run and he's an FBI agent trying to catch her, I believed the relationship between them as it developed. Funny and sweet.
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.
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