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Too Hot to Handle

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  146 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Emily Barnett is happy to be who she is: a country-bred old maid at 26, with a blind sister and niece to care for. But her pompous, stuffy cousin Reginald wants her to also be his wife--he inherited her family home and needs her dowry to run it properly. When Emily refuses to marry him, he kicks the three women out. Emily goes to London, determined to find work as a govern...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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I'm pushing this one up to 4 stars although It may be only a 3.5. However it started out so strong had me chuckling from the start that it bloody well deserves the added half star.

This starts out so strong but somehow the characters that were so intriguing in the beginning were never fully developed and just fell flat. Even the secondary characters that I so enjoyed were also lacking and never got enough time in the book.

The fact is it had really good bones but the meat was missing. I found it...more
Enjoyable historical romance opens with our heroine, Emily being mistaken for a courtesan, who's interviewing to be the Earl of Winchester's new mistress. The beginning of this romance had me in stitches. It is really a great scene. And our heroine is naive and as innocent as a babe. She will keep you laughing. There's one scene where she is stroking the earl's private part and she says "What is this thing?" I almost fell off my chair. Ms. Holt delights us with some truly gifted story telling in...more
Jane Stewart
Didn't like stupid characters, not recommended.

The first lovemaking scene was very funny, but nothing else was clever or entertaining. I was annoyed with some stupid things that Michael and Emily did later in the story. SPOILER: Michael should never have trusted Amanda enough to drink what she gave him when he knew that she had recently visited and told lies to Emily. He should not have believed the lie told to him by Reginald. I hate murder mysteries where an innocent person picks up the murder...more
this was a cute but absurd book. i don't think it was one of cheryl holt's hottest. the heroine emily is trying to provide for her blind sister and niece by applying for a governess position with a debauched earl named michael. he thinks she's applying for the mistress position and there's some confusion before he hires her for the actual governess position. emily is probably one of the most naive virgins i've read about in a long time. michael had to explain to her what happens during sex. it's...more
More like 3.5

Overall I really liked this book, I liked the characters and the story. There were some things that I found unbelievable and ,for someone who has read quite a few romance novels, uncomfortable. When Michael is explaining to Emily about how men and women have s** I found myself laughing that "I'm so uncomfortable, how do I get out of this..." laugh and skimming past it. But that was such a short part of the story that I was able to move past it and enjoy the rest of the story.
I wondered why there was a picture of a shirtless cowboy on the cover (or at least that's what I interpreted it as), when this was a historical 1800s London romance novel. It followed the same basic plot of any other 1800s London romance novel, but perhaps a bit more scandalous (and erm, detailed in the sex scenes) than others I've read. It was a quick and easy read, predictable but there were a few twists I wasn't expecting. Not a bad book.
*yawns* All of her books start out very promising but let you down to an insane degree. The same conversations happen over and over and there are a lot of the same characters. I don't know if anyone every told cheryl holt that a good story has an actual climax. It just all falls flat. At least I only have 3 more of her books to read from a pile of books that my friend gave me.
Awful, awful, awful.

From the weirdly cowboyish cover (story takes place in completely unrealistic old England) to the incredibly asshole/whiny hero to the boring/stupid/spineless heroine. The side romance was somehow worse than the main one.

What's sad is that the writing style isn't all that bad, just the content, plot, and characters.
I thought this was a quick easy read although I found Holt made the heroine Emily A little to naive even for a virgin..I mean come on she didn't even know that men and women were made different(rolling eyes) But other than that it was quite steamy and as always Cheryl Holt is my go to guilty pleasure.
Loved the book. Hero was had to learn to let his hero side out. One of my most favorite kind of hero! Heroine took no crap and thats another thing I liked. Will be looking for more of Ms Holts the hawtness meter is high...LOL
Billie Jo
An absolute must read! Sexy page turner!!
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