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Still So Hot! (Mills & Boon Blaze) Paperback – 3 Jan 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; First edition edition (3 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263914305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263914306
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,548,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Serena Bell writes stories about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things, and how love can make it all better. She wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages from curious eyes ever since.
When not writing or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by her kids, she’s doing modern dance improv in the kitchen, hiking, or e-reading. Visit www.serenabell.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to read more of what Serena writes. 5 Jan. 2014
By Rose Arbor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Full disclosure: Serena is a college friend of mine, but this review is honest.

I see a lot of the reviews above have addressed the plot, but let me start with something different: the way I ended up reading the book. I first picked it up late at night on the day it had arrived. I was planning just to take a glance at the back cover, but then I thought I'd just read a few pages, and what do you know, after half an hour I was still sitting upright, next to my alarm clock. I finally made myself go to bed, but then the next day, I read a lot more, and the next day, I finished the book. I was so sad that it was all over that I started reading the last third a second time. I just couldn't bear to be done!

Why did I enjoy "Still So Hot" so much? It was easy to love. Aside from everyone's incredibly-perfect hot bodies, both the plot and the character motivations were rich and convincing. The emotional roller-coaster ride that Elisa and Brett find themselves on contained a lot of not-so-simple truths about the ways that people behave in relationships. It was helpful to have both characters' perspectives represented, as this helped me to understand why both Elisa and Brett were having problems getting into a relationship and how, in the end, they both find themselves ready to take a leap of faith.

I also appreciated the fact that the main female characters were not simply passive, but fully active in both their professional and passionate lives, and that the main male characters were not simply arrogant and confident but, at least on occasion, both maligned and hesitant. I am therefore philosophically comfortable with the gender roles presented here, which might sound silly, but it makes me uncomfortable when women just get swept away time after time without any real choice in the matter.

And, yes, the steamy scenes were nice and steamy.

Good work, college buddy! I can't wait to read more of what Serena writes.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sexy read 28 Dec. 2013
By LietoFine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dating coach, trying to move up in the world by taking on a celebrity client. News anchor, trying to clean up his image but feeling inadequate to portray the image of a stable, family man. Celebrity, who's not really interested in being “advised” or coached.

I go back and forth about celebrity-based books. I usually find them a little over the top and frustrating. I often end up feeling like “why did you put yourself in the spotlight if you didn't want people to look at you?”. This book turned out a lot better than that. While there were paparazzi and some celebrity sighting people, they only had a background role.

This story was really about Elise and Brett figuring things out, finally. They were best friends in college and for some time after, but had a passive-aggressive blow up when a kiss happened and having spoken to each other in two years. When Elise finds Brett on the same flight to St. Barts, and hooked up with her celebrity client, she goes ballistic. She's always seen Brett as going after anything in a skirt and she's almost insane with hatred that his current “24 hour girl” is her client. Although she is still physically attracted to him.

I thought the attraction was really well written. It sort-of flipped stereotypes on their heads that Elise is over-the-moon physically attracted to Brett still, but, while Brett does want Elise, he really misses their friendship most of all. Elise completely dropped him two years ago and he doesn't really get why, and she's not really emotionally intelligent enough yet to explain it.

Elise was a hard character to like. She felt very human, but rather too judgmental and pessimistic through the first 2/3s of the book. She's this really great dating coach and has an almost preternatural way of seeing chemistry, but that all goes out the window when she's around Brett. It took me a while to figure it out, but she was at her best when she wasn't very close to people. She could see attraction in a couple she met right off the street, but if she actually knew something about them, she was blinded by her cynical attitude. Luckily she does heal and make up for her judgmentalism by the end.

Brett didn't want to be deserving of Elise's judgment, but he truly felt that's the way he was. Although he couldn't help wanting to be with Elise and doing whatever he could to prove he's not trying to hurt her. He looked down on himself a lot, but he was a really likable guy. It was hard to see him as the hook-up sort of guy because he was just so nice. He's pretty much Elise's sidekick throughout the book and it was cute to see him following her around and being helpful while still being attracted to her. He also had some very touching and sweet lines.

Now, this is a Blaze novel, so it doesn't have quite a bit of sex. These two go at it like rabbits a lot. It's graphic but not raunchy. Both characters are comfortable and open with their sexuality. I'd put it about average explicitness for a Blaze.

If it hadn't been for the holidays, I would have stayed up and read this book in one sitting. I felt sad every time I had to put the book down. I really liked the writing style and felt connected to the characters (even the times when I got frustrated with Elise). If you're looking for a fun, sexy read with characters that have a history, this one is a good choice.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars ♥︎♥︎♥︎ Yes, I'm Still So Hot! Love Serena and her men ♥︎♥︎♥︎ 15 Dec. 2013
By Eleanor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
“This was what she had wanted. Not just all morning, not just since she had first seen him on the plane yesterday, but forever.”

Ok, I’m not a huge fan or Harlequin’s Blaze series, mainly because the ones I’ve read so far are mostly mediocre. Then again, I’m a huge fan of Serena Bell. You know which one tipped the scales on me reading Still So Hot!

So yeah, my arm wasn’t exactly twisted, and Serena graciously sent me an advanced copy of the book, for which I’m now sending back smooches. And this review!

The blurb of this book only hints to the plot, and I love that. Leaves me plenty to blabber about Elisa and Brett.

I didn’t much like Brett in the first few scenes he appeared in. I couldn’t get a good read on him, which way he’s leaning to and such. And then we got a nice little Brett POV. And I was hooked. That man… unf. He literally puts a name (and face? cast him!!) to the cliché that is a man-whore having trouble settling down because of his reputation.

Being Elisa’s college bestie (of a sort) he paraded a long list of women in front of her, until the day he went out with her sister. Oh damn!! you say? Yup. Exactly. Few days after that was when she couldn’t handle being around him anymore. Oh, little bit of info (that’s not much of a spoiler) is that right before he went out with her sister, he kissed Elisa. When I read that part all that played in my head was the few seconds from Easy A where Emma Stone walks away from her best friend saying “Ooooh buuurrrnnnnn.“

A few years later Elisa is a dating coach on her way to establishing her business while coaching a young and influenced celebrity, and that’s when her path with Brett crosses again. The happenings after that are for you to find out while reading Still So Hot!

The infamous Brett is really a good guy, somewhat misunderstood, very sweet and VERY hot! I think his character doesn’t develop much, and honestly, there’s no need for it to. I loved the lightness he brought to the story and Elisa’s sometimes tense state. He could read her and her needs very well, yet knew when to push in order to get his point across, get what he wants. Oh, and he’s a pouncer. I loved that about him. Absolutely no hesitation. LOL

Elisa, as mentioned, is tense. Yes, she’s young and content with her life, she’s got a successful business about to take off, she has her family, friends, she’s dating, although nothing much develops from those. Mostly, anything anyone would ever want. Naturally, comparing every man to Brett isn’t helping, but enough time has passed that she’s not consciously hung up on him.

And that’s what the story is about; the change in Elisa. Her character arc is pretty obvious. She is transformed from a bitter (mostly on the inside) and cold ex-best-friend to a helplessly in love woman. Her true test in this change is actually at the end, when she chooses her path.

The storyline progress and development is assisted with two pretty awesome minor characters: Celine and Steve. I love how through others’ troubles or should I say… compromising and questionable situations the MCs learn how to act in their own lives. Serena Bell managed to do that nicely here.

So yes, while Blaze novels aren’t my favorite thing, Still So Hot! is a fun, well written, extremely sexy and leaves you with a smile on your face. Brett is going to be a fantastic post-NYE cuddler. I guarantee.
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy second chance romance. 16 Dec. 2013
By Harlequin Junkie Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Still So Hot by Serena Bell: Elisa Henderson and Brett Jordan met in college and became fast friends shortly thereafter. Their friendship began during an evening when Brett was seeking out a Scrabble partner, and Elisa just happened to be available and enjoyed the game. Over a very short period of time, they became inseparable, platonically speaking. Scrabble was their thing. One night they were both a little drunk and shared a mind-blowing kiss. Unfortunately, the kiss combined with some other difficulties caused their friendship to end. Now a few years later, they meet again, and eventually realize how much time they wasted without each other.

Brett has always been a womanizer, unable to commit to anyone for more than a couple of hook-ups. He is a smart, accomplished journalist, but has used his good looks as a crutch. Growing up, Brett's parents labeled him as the "handsome son" which contributed greatly to his present insecurities about his intelligence and the fact that he is constantly putting himself down. Once Brett is able to recognize himself as the complete package, he will be able to find love.

Elisa is a single, hardworking, personal dating coach, and she is using her skills to help Celine Carr, a wild, newbie celebrity find a date. Elisa's young and up and coming company could use some publicity and with Celine as her client, she believes she can tap into the celebrity marketplace. A destination dating boot-camp is planned for Celine, but when she arrives at the airport with her latest pick-up, Brett, Elisa's mind runs a muck.

Of course nothing goes according to plan. The plane ride is emotionally uncomfortable, the boot-camp is a bust, the paparazzi are out of control, Celine ends up falling in love all on her own and Elisa and Brett find themselves totally captivated by one another. Indirectly, Elisa has made two successful matches, Celine and herself. Hot, passionate sex is an understatement, when Elisa and Brett finally get together.

I found Ms. Bell's writing style to be clear, smooth and sensual. The love scenes between Elisa and Brett left me panting and wanting more. The underlying feelings between Elisa and Brett was always lurking and Ms. Bell does an excellent job of creating romance, understanding and love through her word choices and devotion to the characters. The supporting characters are well described and real, thus adding tremendous awareness to the circumstances of the plot.

Overall Still So Hot! by Serena Bell is one steamy romance. The story is satisfying and the characters are likeable. Second chance romances are always fun to read and this one does not disappoint.
4.0 out of 5 stars Man from the past returns at the wrong time. 20 Jan. 2014
By Affaire de Coeur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Serena Bell is an author to watch, and this tale is a luscious delight. This reviewer isn't fond of heroes like Brett, who rely on a sort of arrogant charm to get by, but readers get a peek under the surface to reveal a true heartbreaker. Don't miss this wonderful 4 1/2 star read!
Heather Nordahl Files at adcmagazine.com
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