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- Print Length: 151 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (4 Aug. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KPJNL70
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One Hot Second (Bitterthorn, Texas) Kindle Edition
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Okay, moving on ... I liked the premise of the book. The feeling I got at the beginning of the book excited me because the main character (Parker) was super sassy and she had some funny moments, as did Chandler. I was about 15% into the novel and I was really enjoying it. Until ... (cue the suspenseful music) ... until I realized that this book was mostly inner dialogue.
This is how most of the book went:
24 pages of inner dialogue for Parker
2 sentences of conversation
17 pages of inner dialogue for Chandler
176 page sex scene
1 partial moan
98 page inner dialogue for Parker
5 paragraphs of conversation
And on, and on, and on....
And no, as Reese Witherspoon says in Sweet Home Alabama, I am not s***ing you. Okay, well maybe that was a bit exaggerated but it was honestly ridiculous. I would say that 3/4 of the book is inner dialogue and that isn't fudging the truth. The sad part is that I really REALLY enjoyed the conversations that Parker and Chandler would have with each other and others but there just wasn't enough of it. It was like sitting in my 7th grade Drama class, watching these people perform horrible monologues. Pure. Torture.
I don't think that I'll read anything by this author again. This was just too much for me.
Stacy Gail's One Hot Second is one steamy read! Chandler and Parker have a sizzling chemistry that leaps through the pages. Gail nicely ties in the aspects of Bitterhorn, including some of the sights and settings we have already encountered in her previous books. If you've read the rest of the Bitterhorn series, you'll realize that the apt setting of "The Nooner" in particular sets the tone for this story. If you haven't read the rest of the series, not to worry, this story stands on its own as well.
I particularly liked the subplot of this book. It was well-developed and I didn't feel that there were any loose threads at the end. I did meet some interesting characters, and I hope we see them again in future books. As for the main characters of this story, I enjoyed Parker's spunky attitude and Chandler's determination.
The main issue I have is that I felt that this story doesn't have the same emotional depth as Starting from Scratch or When There's a Will. I absolutely loved those two stories, so reading this one afterwards may have skewed my view of it. But to be fair, it is part of the same series, so I had similar expectations going into this novel as I did the other two. I have to admit that I did enjoy the other three books in the series a little bit more than this one.
This story really focuses on the physical attraction between the two characters. We do get to see how, for Parker in particular, this changes them fundamentally. But again, this is a more light and sexy story. Yet again, Gail gives us unique characters and wonderfully realistic dialogue. Overall, a fun and spicy read!
Chandler Thorne is on a mission to rebuild his ancestral home and restore a piece of Bitterhorn history. With the persnickety Mayor Weems hounding, he’s determined to get everything just right. This is why he set out to find the best conservation architect to oversee the rebuilding of Thorne Mansion. And Parker Radclyffe is the woman for the job! Chandler is instantly smitten with the architect, and sets out to see if they can light each other’s fires!
As a military brat, Parker has always been enthralled with the stability and history that buildings represent. And it’s her passion to recreate that history when it’s lost. Parker is used to jumping from project to project, and the Thorne Mansion is simply next on the list. But there’s something about Bitterhorn that charms her from the get-go. And her immediate attraction with Chandler Thorne just adds to that. But is there something deeper beyond that sizzling chemistry?
Review by: Jane Eliot
Disclosure: Review copy from the publisher/author for an honest review.
Chandler Thorne is a decedent of Declan Thorne Senior, the founder of the town of Bitterthorn and the editor in chief at the Bitterthorn Herald. He will do anything is his power to rebuild the Thorne Mansion that housed his ancestors and held so much history to not only him, but his hometown. What he didn’t expect was for his new architect to be a woman that he is insanely attracted to.
They work together on rebuilding the Thorne Mansion and keep their dirty thoughts and attraction to themselves, but does that honestly ever work?
“She’d thought she understood what it was to want a man. But what she felt for Chandler was so overwhelming, she half-feared it would bury her sanity alive.”
Chandler is not only physically attracted to Parker, but finds he wants to know everything about her. He is deep-rooted in his hometown and heritage and wants to make Parker see that she too can call one place ‘home’. Will digging up the past be too much for them?
I am so happy that I found out this book is part of a series. It is a standalone as well as the others in the Bitterthorn series. I have to say this book just flowed for me. There was such strong sexual tension between Parker and Chandler that I thought I was going to burn up. Like, seriously hot. I loved that they both had such an interest in unearthing the truth of the past; regardless of it could hurt people in the present. With all the drama going on with the rebuilding of the mansion, they find common ground with each other and their bond only gets stronger. I only wish that the story was longer! I can’t wait to see what else Stacy Gail has to write for this series. This is definitely 4 out of 5 stars for me!
Parker is an avid history whose latest restoration is taking her to Texas in the heat of summer. She is known for being the best conservation architect currently in that specialized field. After arriving at Bitterthorn, Parker quickly realizes that the temperature isn’t the only thing that is making her hot.
Chandler is a resident of Bitterthorn as well as editor of the Herald and the decedent and owner of the Thorne Mansion.
With their first encounter you knew it was going to be a very interesting job when they both had very similar thoughts…
Parker; “If she thought the sun was hot, it was nothing compared to the open-flame sizzle of his smile.”
Chandler; “The fever prickling his skin soared higher at the sight of that lovely freckled territory. (Shadow of cleavage he could see sitting across from her at his desk) Guess he had the answer to where this influx of head-swimming heat came from.”
I absolutely love the instant connection that we, as the reader, see from the first meeting between Parker and Chandler. The amazing passion that Parker has about her job and her love of history is wonderful to read about. It just made me love her and her spit-fire personality even more. Chandler’s love and commitment to his roots in the town founded by his family is another endearing quality in this very sexy and confident man.
Stacy Gail does an amazing job in the detail that she describes in this book. When Parker begins talking about what she sees in the historical buildings, Stacy makes it possible for the reader to see exactly what Parker is seeing. The chemistry that Stacy demonstrates through words when Parker and Chandler have their first kiss, made me feel present in the moment and it was breathtaking.
Thank you for an amazingly, witty, entertaining, sexy, HOT summer read!!!!!