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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Multiple double-crosses and scams are afoot involving two scheming pimps, several rogue cops, dangerous Japanese businessmen (one with a rather large butt-plug up his, well, butt), a cross-dressing lawyer, Mormon bad guys, and incarcerated drug dealers, all under the watchful surveillance of our heroes, Chase and Brandon, not to mention their drag alter-egos, Liza and Judy ...more
ebook, 286 pages
Published February 8th 2011
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Shannon
I'm giving this one 4 stars on entertainment value and humor. This book had me laughing in so many places with it's ridiculous band of investigators that I lost count. God, these guys were just funny as hell. Then we get their scary girl friend added in and what an adventure. It is kind of skeezy with prostitute act (even he thought so) but it was done in such a way that it wasn't offensive, to me anyways. There were so many suspects and twists and turns that I did get a little confused once in ...more
Pamela Su
An unabashedly ridiculous, over-the-top story which went on a little too long for my liking.

Not much of a romance but there is a lot of heat between Chase and Will. I loved their interludes. Brandon added a further sparkle to this madcap adventure.

Crazy hijinks abound in this story. Quite amusing for the most part. Still, all that non-stop OTT humor and whacky commentary drags after awhile. The mystery was alright but there were so many things happening that I got a little turned around.

Not my c
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Nerine Petros
Hot Lava is a mystery novel set in Hawaii, and the descriptions of the scenery around these guys made me pant for a holiday, even though I share a fear of flying with Chase, one of the main characters in the story. I found it interesting that the three main characters share the limelight in this novel - without a ménage in sight.

Chase and Brandon are best friends, and as soon as I started reading, I was plunged into their personalities, especially Brandon. Brandon feels huge to me, and manages t
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Kassa
3.5 stars

Those fans who read the utterly delightful Divas Las Vegas by Rob Rosen know that this author can write some hilarious madcap insanity. If you haven’t read the book, seriously why not and Hot Lava follows in that lauded tradition. While I didn’t laugh out loud as much with Hot Lava, nor did I end the book kissing the ground that I’d read it (like I did with Divas), the humor and clever writing combines with a lightening fast pace to produce a fun, witty, and very entertaining light sto
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J.B. Sanders
Just as much a humorous thrill-ride as Divas Las Vegas, but also surprisingly tender and gritty in moments. Love the wry style and zippy quips. Lots of fun!
Elisa Rolle
I was taken a bit aback from this novel since at the beginning it seemed so much similar to the previous book I read by Rob Rosen, Diva Las Vegas, that I had to go back to that book to check if maybe I hadn’t forgotten some supporting characters there who were having here their own story. Like in the previous book, a young and pretty gay man who suddenly is without a steady job; thank to a lucky cash availability he decides to spend a good share of that sum in a classy holiday with his best gay ...more
Jon O
I have read a few books by Rob Rosen. Just like the others, I was not disappointed by this one. Rob Rosen has a humorous way to deliver the punchlines again and again, and cheekily too. I giggled a few times, amazed by how funny he could make the conversation between the characters. I am not usually fond of men dressing in drags, but Rosen made the plots interesting enough that I would not mind much. And yeah, the plots. Not just some simple story line, but one with good twists and turns to keep ...more
Don Bradshaw
This light-hearted, comedic mystery will please even the most jaded of Rosen's readers. Chase and his best friend, Brandon, take off on a Hawaiian vacation with all the stops pulled out. They meet a hot Federal Agent, Will, on the plane while he's escorting a prisoner back to Hawaii. Almost before you can say Aloha, the prisoner has escaped and Chase is getting it on in a bathroom with Agent Will. The three main characters are very likable and manage to turn a two week vacation into a three rin ...more
Jimmy
Aug 18, 2011 Jimmy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jimmy by: Torquere Press.com
If you’ve read ‘Sparkle’, then you’ve read ‘Hot Lava’. The main difference is the setting, and Hawaii makes a beautiful setting for any kind of story. This book is full of fun, friendship, love, and drinking. Rob Rosen establishes a decent mystery detective murder case that kept my interest and kept me reading. The dynamic duo can be a bit much all at once, but their campy hijinks are great too.
Elin
I found this utterly ridiculous, at least to start with. I thought the writing style and characters were annoying as hell. Being way too slutty and considering how much they drank they should have been fall-down-drunks.

But it got better, especially with the introduction of Koni. He was a smart kid with a not so pretty background as a prostitute and drug dealer, but he was a nice balance to over-the-top Chase and Brandon.

The mystery was a bit confusing at times, and I found it too unbelievable ho
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Lily
3.5 stars

Entertaining story that was at times very funny but then would drag a bit. There's a lot going on in this book and overall I enjoyed it.
Dan
I've read three of Robs books now and loved all of them.
His sense of humor shines through each.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This was one of the zaniest books I've ever read, a little like Glen & Tyler, but much more madcap. It was necessary to just suspend my disbelief and go along with the story or I would have been nitpicking all day. I don't think it was intended to be realistic at all as it was so over the top that no one could possibly believe that anything like this would ever happen. So I went with that and had a blast. I was constantly laughing out loud, especially in the first half, and although most of ...more
Aya
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. It started well enough, gave me a few chuckles to start me off and those little trysts in public bathrooms - I lived for those. But then this 262 paged book felt like it was 1000 pages long. I kept losing interest and lost track of how many times I put this down to read something else. So, what did keep me going? I had to know what the hell was going on in this elaborate Lenny, Jed, Liko thing. The whole mystery kept me guessing and I had to satisf ...more
Jamie
3.5 stars

I laughed out loud several times when reading this romp of a book about Chase, his friend Brandon and the assorted characters they meet along the way. It's more a mystery/adventure than a romance but there is some hot action for Chase after he meets federal agent Will.

It's completely ridiculous but fun. The mystery/story is completely impossible but no worse than many movies where amateurs manage to solve criminal cases. I'd read more by Rob Rosen.
Lisa - President of Challengeaholics  Anon and Challenge Enabler
Some laugh out loud moments with Chase and Brandon and their alter egos Judy and Liza.
A mystery that kept twisting and turning to the end keeping me interested until the last page .
A great cast of secondary characters, maybe if anything a little on the long side but a great read.
Seiran
I found this utterly ridiculous, at least to start with. I thought the writing style and characters were annoying as hell. Being way too slutty and considering how much they drank they should have been fall-down-drunks.

But it got a little better half way through, and especially with the introduction of Koni. He was a smart kid with a not so pretty background as a prostitute and drug dealer, but I felt he was a nice balance to over-the-top Chase and Brandon.

This is really not my cup-of-tea, but o
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Julia
Dec 22, 2014 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Cute story. It was intentionally OTT, but the clichés and situations just didn't appeal to me. It had some truly funny moments and endearing characters, but just wasn't my cup of tea.
*Nan*
This book is described as funny and over the top but at times I just found it annoying . I enjoy humor in a book but this didn't appeal to me. I didn't connect with Brandon or Chase and the story didn't do much for me. If it hadn't been for the two challenges I was reading this book for, I probably would have put this book on my DNF shelf
Terry
A thoroughly enjoyable madcap but improbable story. This book had me laughing countless times with the crazy things these guys got up to and the comments they threw at each other. Not exactly a Booker prize winner but a definite easy holiday read. If Rob Rosen hasn't written a follow up book with these characters he should think about it. The characterisations were great and the author has such an easy style (without going into long protracted sex scenes that too many newer novels feel the need ...more
Wende
This book was a madcap comedy of errors. It was not really a love story but a lust story. Chase and Will were hot and were lusty for each other. The mystery was well done in a funny type of way. This book did not pretend it was a great novel but rather just a fun read. My favorite character was Brandon. Maybe he will get his book soon.
Stella ╰☆╮ Mistress of Gorgonzola Goodness╰☆╮
This was an enjoyable reading, funny, sometimes a little too much. First time I say this, but maybe I would have prefer a shorter version for that kind of plot.
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Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, and Creature Comfort. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 ...more
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