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Hot Mama (Bigtime #2)

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By day, Fiona Fine is a successful couture designer, catering to the high society players of Bigtime, New York. By night, she's Fiera, a member of the heroic Fearless Five who can create and manipulate fire with her bare hands.

Fiona's personal life, though, isn't so hot. She still misses her fiancŽ, who was killed by ubervillains a year ago. Still, men admire Fiona's smo
Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Berkley Trade (first published November 1st 2007)
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Aug 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you're a fan of Estep's Elemental Assassin series then you will recognize the name Fiona Fine as the fashion designer that Fin loves to wear. In Hot Mama we get to learn about the designer that can throw fireballs.

Fiona is a fashion diva and a bit of a diva in the superhero world as Fiera. After loosing her fiancé to an ubervillain  a year ago she
Aug 16, 2011 Artem rated it it was ok
Shelves: superheroes, romance
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A simple test to determine whether this book is for you: do you find Stan Lee's earliest comics lolarious good times, or ridiculous and stupid? You will probably feel the same way about this book. Bombs are made of "explodium," the heroine is stumped by the secret identity of "Johny Angel" while she's dating Johny Belluci, and everyone is as rich as they need to be to support their secret identity, with no concern paid to plausibility.

The heroine, Fiona Fine, (Fiera the superhero) is self-absorb
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A skinny fashionista that eats everything in sight? An only child who doesn't play well with others? A name dropping insider to the world of superheros? I was worried that over-the-top, in-your-face Fiona Fine was going to be a hard sell as a sympathetic heroine, but Fiona’s loyalties and vulnerabilities won me over very early in the book.

On top of learning to love Fiona, Estep matches her up with Johnny Bulluci, a flashy hero with “heartthrob playboy” written all over him. Rather than dampen Fi
Krista D
Jun 26, 2015 Krista D rated it it was ok
I didn't care for Fiona before I started this book, and I still didn't care for her by the end of the book.
Audrey Hammer
This is light and a little silly and pure fantasy. It's the sequel to Karma Girl, but it works as a stand-alone story.

The world is full of superheroes and uber-villains with Stan Lee-esque alliterated names. The secret identities are pretty obvious to the reader, but the characters remain clueless. This is the silly element. Fiona Fine, aka the superhero Fiera, is ready to move on from her fiance's death with a really hot guy. They fall in lust, have fantastic sex, which then turns into true lov
Kathy Davie
May 02, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, funny
Second in the Bigtime comedic superhero series. The couple focus here is on Fiona Fine, a.k.a., Fiera, and Johnny Bulluci, a.k.a., Johnny Angel.

My Take
Oh shades of Batman and Robin! Biff! BAM!! Pow!

I really enjoyed Karma Girl , the first in this series. This one. Not so much. Mostly due to Fiona/Fiera's bitchy attitude. I don't want to know her. I don't want anything to do with her. Although. I sure wish I had her metabolism! The way that girl could eat!! I still have a craving for a big, juicy
Dec 21, 2016 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Enjoying this silly series.
Feb 02, 2014 Jenevieve rated it liked it
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The 2nd book in the Bigtime series. The wedding between Carmen (aka Karma Girl) and Sam (aka Striker) is interrupted by the newest ubervillians in Bigtime but Fiona (aka Fiera) and the rest of the Fearless Five tells them to go ahead on their honeymoon anyway. Fiona needs a break from the happy newlyweds as even after a year she still mourns the loss of her fiance, Typhoon. Now she is not only trying to stop the new ubervillians but after meeting sexy Johnny Bu
The second in the Bigtime comedic superhero book series. The couple focus here is on Fiona Fine, a.k.a., Fiera, and Johnny Bulluci, a.k.a., Johnny Angel.

I really enjoyed "Karma Girl (Bigtime, #1)", the first in this series. This one. Not so much. Mostly due to Fiona/Fiera's bitchy attitude. I don't want to know her. I don't want anything to do with her. Although. I sure wish I had her metabolism! The way that girl could eat!

Fiona is definitely better with the physical side of being a superhero.
Jun 19, 2016 Okapet rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Après avoir dévoré le premier tome de la série, me voilà plongé dans l'histoire de Fiona-Fiera, la super-héroïne/fashionista au tempérament irlandais. Et, quoi que puisse dire la durée de lecture (j'avais juste plein d'autres trucs à faire), j'ai juste adoré !

Le tempérament de Fiona, ce petit air de supériorité que l'on apprend à détesté dans le premier tome, mais dont en fait on s'en fou parce qu'elle s'en sert pour sauver la ville, et sa petite touche d'humour (pas toujours compris), font un c
Heather Button
May 04, 2010 Heather Button rated it liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers for fun
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Hot Mama is the second book in Jennifer Estep’s Big Time superhero romance series. Fun and just as light-hearted as her debut novel, Hot Mama delivers more romance (sexy scenes) than her first book. Karma Girl had to establish the world that these characters lived in, while Hot Mama can just dive in with new characters and focus on new romances. I really like Fiona’s character; once upon a time I had a very quick temper, and I can’t imagine dealing with all the fires she sets when her temper get ...more
Jenni Ebba
Feb 15, 2012 Jenni Ebba rated it really liked it
I don't think Estep can write a bad book. After reading Hot Mama I can only say that I want more! MORE MORE MORE! Is that too whiny? This novel centered around Fiona, AKA the superhero Fiera. We get a close look at her true self, whereas in the last novel Karma Girl , Fiona seemed superficial with feelings for only herself and her late fiance. I thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride that Fiona lead us on in this one. Johnny Balucci was a great hero. He was suave, sophisticated, a kind of take no p ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed Karma Girl, the first book in Jennifer Estep‘s Bigtime series, I was looking forward to reading Hot Mama since it features one of the most exciting characters from Karma Girl, Fiona Fine, also known as the superhero Fiera. I enjoyed her sass and verve in Karma Girl so I was sure that the author would have a special kind of hero in mind for Fiona. Johnny definitely fits the bill. He’s handsome and charismatic and has a secret of his own, which makes for some interesting interaction ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Melanie rated it liked it
This would have been a four, because the story was good, the characters are interesing, and I love how exactly like a comic book it is - Fiona Fine, Bella Bulluci, all those other great alliterations for names; bombs made of explodium; hilarious superhero names like Halitosis Hal (I think it was Hal, it might be Harry)... but Jennifer Estep needs to clear the phrase "and more" from her vocabulary FOREVER. Seriously, there were sections of the book where her descriptions included "and more" three ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I liked this book, just not as much as the first one. I didn't really like Fiona very much after the first book, and I didn't really see her change a lot in this one. She grew on you by the end of the book. I didn't think it was as funny as the first one either. It is definitely steamier than the first one, which I thought was actually a little too much. I think it was supposed to connect the two main characters, but I would have liked a little more of a relationship for them.

I think I was so su
Oct 04, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
A skinny fashionista that eats everything in sight? An only child who doesn't play well with others? A name dropping insider to the world of superheros? I think I've met (and hated) this woman before (except for the "superhero" part). I wasn't sure if Jennifer Estep had bitten off more than she could chew trying to turn Fiona Fine into a sympathetic heroine, but she did a masterful job. She even paired her with a flashy hero that could keep up with Fiona's fire, rather than dampening it. My issu ...more
Sara ♥
I finished this book a few days ago and am finally getting around to reviewing it... (I've been busy...)

This book was REALLY cute. I didn't know how I'd feel reading about Fiona, as she was sorta the uber-beyotch of the last book... But I really enjoyed delving more into her character. She's a fun one, that's for sure! And Johnny Bulluci? Heehee... Carmen was really serious about how DUMB superheroes are about their secret identities. Like how do they not know who each other are? It's so incredi
Jun 08, 2011 Angie rated it liked it

Bien moins bon que le 1er. Changement de perso principal/narrateur: ici on suit la styliste Fiona Fine, membre du Fearless Five la nuit sous le pseudo de Fiera.
Après la perte de fiancé 1 an plus tôt, elle décide de se remettre sur les rails et de se remettre à fréquenter des hommes. Elle rencontre alors Johnny Belluci, qui revient fraichement à Bigtime après un long séjour à l'étranger. Entre eux, la flamme brûle aussitôt, mais un nouveau duo de méchantes, bien décidées à contrôler le monde,
Nov 03, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it
I started this book with some doubts because I really liked the first one and than I read the reviews of this and was not sure if I really should start it.

but I am glad that I did - it was also funny and exhilareting and there was some mytery and suspense ... and a nice love story.

In some ways this is more love story than Karma girl and in some ways not as much. the characters are very good drawn - I was not a real fan of Fiona in the first book although in some ways I liked her. in this book sh
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it
This was also like candy - really easy and fast to read, fun and campy, but I ended up not liking it quite as much as the first one in the series for a number of reasons. Much of the first part of the book rehashed book one - so new readers could read this book without reading the first one (but they would probably be spoiled for book one's ending). We continue a few months after Karma Girl leaves off and Fiona Fine aka Fiera is the focus of the story. She's a different character from Carmen Col ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Cupcakencorset rated it liked it
This is book 2 in Estep’s Bigtime series. It features superhero Fiera and ubervillains Siren and Intelligal in an earthbound ”cosmic” battle of good vs evil. The POV character is Fiera, which made this book a little less immediate for me than book 1 in the series (Karma Girl). The thing is, Fiera’s a bit difficult to like. She’s too moody and hot-tempered and beautiful and talented to really relate to… and she eats disgusting amounts of food without gaining an ounce. Just reading about her effor ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
I don't know why but I think I like this book better than the last one. Definitely a fun read. This story revolved around another of the superheroes of the Fearless Five. Fiera is really Fiona Fine a rich clothing designer. She can produce fire, hence her name. She is also very strong and has to eat massive amounts of food to maintain her strength. Personally I kind of hated her for that. She of course falls in love with another superhero who had just taken on the roll. This had been in the fami ...more
Amie Doughty
Sep 11, 2015 Amie Doughty rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural, romance
Not a big fan of this series. This book was even less interesting than the first. I found Fiona irritating, and the constant reference to how much confident she is and how much (and often) she eats really grated on my nerves. It's fine that she is confident, but that can be shown through actions rather than told to the reader. And the eating could be established early and then breezed over rather than becoming a running gag for the novel.

I know part of my discontent with the series comes from m
Hot Mama is book #2 of Jennifer Estep's Bigtime series.

In this first book, Karma Girl, we met Carmen Cole as she tried to uncover the secret identities of the Fearless Five (Striker, Tornado, Fiera, Hermit, & Mr. Sage). This time around, the story is about Fiera, aka Fiona Fine. While I was sad that Carmen and Sam weren't really in this story as much, I really liked seeing things from Fiona's point of view.

I can honestly say I never thought I'd be one to read 'romance' novels, but they're gr
Feb 08, 2014 Lobo rated it really liked it
Végig azt éreztem, hogy Jennifer Estep egyszerűen hatalmas geek és fangirl, aki fogott egy ötletet és szabadjára engedte a fantáziáját. Azt hiszem az übergonoszok és machinációjuk nem volt valami túl ötletes, de az az igazság, hogy Fiona annyira levett a lábamról, hogy egyáltalán nem figyeltem a finomságokra. Élveztem a pökhendi stílusát, hogy mindenkivel pattogott, mindenről megvolt a véleménye, mindenkinek visszabeszélt, aztán fogta és kitépte az ajtót a keretből tövestül. Ő volt a macsó hősnő ...more
Nancy Brady
Mar 26, 2013 Nancy Brady rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars actually. In this second of the Bigtime series, Fiona Fine (clothes designer extraordinaire), AKA Fiera, one of the Fearless Five superheroes, battles it out with Siren and Intelligal, two ubervillains in this sassy, sexy, fun novel from Jennifer Estep.

Add to it, a bit of romance with handsome, green-eyed Johnny Bulluci, who has secrets of his own to keep as a crusading vigilante.

Will Fiona ever get over the loss of her fiance' Travis (AKA Tornado)? And will Johnny be the one to help?
Dec 11, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: bigtime
Mini review:

This book takes place after the first one, but is more about Fiera (Fiona) and Johnny Angel. It still is campy and fun as the first, but I have to admit, I didn't "warm" (heh) up to Fiona as I did Carmen in the first book. I liked her well enough and enjoyed her story, but I think she is just a bit too much on the selfish side for me. Still, I would have missed this story if it wasn't told. I enjoyed seeing how she took her broken heart and mended it, kicking Johnny's ass and dealing
Sep 10, 2010 Shay rated it liked it
This is the second in the series by Jennifer Estep. This book follows a different superhero than the first book. Fiona Fina, aka Fiera, is the hot headed flammable member of the Fearless Five. As a character, I like her a bit less than I did Carmen/Karma Girl from book one. Fiona/Fiera thinks she's fabulous and tells you that about a million times in the book. I do like the storyline about her new flame Johnny Angel and the "ubervillains" Siren and Intelligal. Estep's writing can be witty but it ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
More re-reading. I think I'll stop with this one. The first two in the series are my favorites.
I really hope Estep writes more in this series.

Continuing my re-read of the Bigtime books. I even bought ebook versions of the second and third books.

This was delicious, delectable fun. I had forgotten just how awesome these are, and it's great rediscovering them. It makes me a little sad that there's only one more to go. Especially since the author has let dropped there is a four
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

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