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Too Hot to Handle (Jackson Hole #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,455 ratings  ·  155 reviews
This good girl's going bad.
Merry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it's time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she'll supervise a lot of restoration work. Luckily she's found the perfect contractor for the job.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Harlequin HQN
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Initial reaction: Whoa. Okay, I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was, what with a very clumsy heroine (who I'll admit I liked for the fact she gushed over Doctor Who and Firefly) and a hero who had a secret he kept burning along for a long time before telling the heroine who he really was, but I really liked this story. The steamy scenes were done well, and the chemistry between the leads was palpable and that which I followed well. I think the way the leads came to terms in the end w ...more
So much better in my opinion than the previous book.
The heroine in this one was the best friend of Grace from the previous, but luckily she had a totally different outlook on life, positive, sunny, full of goodwill and efforts. She was absolutely delightful, and what's more never perfect, as she had a few weird initiatives to reach her ends that ultimately backlashed but were quite funny to read about.
Her hero was more difficult to like. He started his interactions with her purely with the objec
Sarah Eiseman
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I love series and I just finished Victoria Dahl’s newest series the other day. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series and was psyched to have some time this Easter weekend to read it. This book will probably make my top 10 for the year and it was laugh-out-loud funny.

In the previous book, Close Enough To Touch, we were introduced to Grace Barrett’s friend, Merry Kade, who ends up being the heroine of this book. Merry is the embod
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B-

Merry “Slacker”, as her family calls her, has never held a job for long, never had her own place to live, and she’s trying to find her passion. She knows she’s found it in the ghost town of Providence, a town that needs a curator to restore the rustic town and turn it into a tourist destination. The funds to cover this project were left by, Gideon Bishop in his will, but the man’s grandson is fighting the will, claiming the money should be
Jenn Scranton
This is one of those stories that you just have to laugh!! I have heard a lot about the author, Victoia Dahl, and I gotta say, the woman has talent! That being said... I hated the story.

Why the 3 stars, you ask? Because the dialog was funny as hell!!!

The plot line had no hope. It was dumb. It started dumb and it ended dumb. There was no saving that one. But what was funny was that I actually didn't mind because I looked forward to reading the quick wit!

Dahl really wrote a strong character with M
Forced upon me by Meredith with the promise of a free martini if completed, I went into this book. I was pleasantly surprised it didn't suck as much as the cover made it look like it was going to. Can we all just agree that romance covers are horrible? This book is about cowboys, ghost towns, Wyoming, and has a heroine who loves superheroes and Star Wars, there is never a pillow fight, and Merry would never wear that negligee thingy--the cover is dumb.
I liked the actual story of the book itself
This is book 2 in the Jackson series but you can read either of these alone and be just fine. In this book we get a better view of Shane who is Cole's friend from book 1 and Merry who is Grace's friend from book 1. Merry is having a hard time figuring out where she belongs in this world. Nicknamed by family as a slacker and growing up poor without a dad she's had a rough time. She is usually perceived as just one of the guys by men she's not had good luck with men either. Finally she's got a job ...more
In Too Hot to Handle, we meet Merry Kade who doesn’t really have any roots, but it desperately looking for a place to call her own. She’s currently living on her best friend’s couch and working on restoring a ghost town into a thriving tourist’s attraction. However she soon finds her dreams of settling down and finally proving herself impeded by an incredibly hot cowboy and a pending lawsuit.

Shane Harcourt is our hunky cowboy who comes to light up Merry’s very celibate life. Shane makes it clea
Christi Snow
My Review:
There was a lot of story packed into this one book and these two characters. For that reason, there were times when the story seemed to be rambling and meandering slowly through...and getting a bit bogged down with it all.

Shane and Merry both have issues. Shane's issues date back to the men in his family which have a hard time committing. Merry's issues date back to a father who was never there and a mother who's a bit on the flighty side. But they've taken those issues and dealt with
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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"Ms. Dahl delivered another romantic and sexy cowboy novel.” ~Under The Covers

Too Hot To Handle is the second installment for Victoria Dahl’s Jackson Series. Just like Too Close to Touch, Ms. Dahl delivered another romantic and sexy cowboy novel.

Merry Kade finds her self staying at her best friend Grace’s practically abandoned apartment since she’s been staying with her man, Cole. Taking a chance to be close to her friend, she takes a job to be a town curator and becomes pa
The Window Seat
After reading three books by Victo
ria Dahl with mixed results, I have accepted that even though she is a very talented, popular author, her voice just doesn’t quite work for me. While I appreciate her hot sexy love scenes, I have difficulty connecting to her characters, and even sometimes dislike her conflicts. I liked Too Hot to Handle, the second book in her Jackson Hole series, a lot more than her first, Close Enough to Touch. However, there were still aspects of the book that I didn’t enjoy.
La Mala
La trama no es tan entretenida como la de sus otras series ni su masculino lo genial que fueron los demás ...

Sin embargo , sigue siendo Dahl y eso quiere decir :

-Cero chistes homofóbicos (al fin una autora de romance que no hace chistes ofensivos hacia la comunidad LGBT! )

-Una femenina querible y de carácter fuerte , siempre haciéndole frente a sus problemas y sin esperar que el masculino la salve.

-Dialogos imperdibles , como este :

Crystal smiled tightly “Maybe you and your friend here should j
God, I love Victoria Dahl. I can't even get into it. But I got this book from NetGalley, so I guess I have to try.

Merry is, I'm pretty sure, my favorite of her heroines. She's endlessly optimistic, even when things don't go her way. That's a trait I really value, and I think is underappreciated. I love that Victoria Dahl's love stories are always feminist. Not in the "I'll crush all men's balls beneath my stiletto heel" way, but in the way where the hero is the bonus for the heroine, not the sal
Rating: 4 stars
Sensuality: Hot

This is the second in the Jackson Hole series. I have not read the first (Close Enough to Touch), but I have read the 3rd. (So Tough to Tame).

Merry Kade is trying to find "her thing" in life. She thinks she has by being the curator of a ghost town. She loves the history and can't wait to prove herself to the board of directors and to everyone in her family. Shane Harcourt is dealing with his family demons, too. He doesn't have anything to prove, but doesn't think h
Paperback Book Club
So I’m not sure how I’ve gotten this far in romance reading that I haven’t come across Victoria Dahl! What an unexpectedly splendid find! Like with Kristan Higgins, since high school, I haven’t found much interesting about anything Harlequin is publishing, but maybe I need to revisit that decision because this was a pleasure. I attribute this almost entirely to Merry, the main character, who was a total nerd. Sort of, I mean, she likes Star Wars, so I guess that puts her in the major nerd camp a ...more
(4.5 out of 5)

Although I liked Merry (from the Grace/Colt book), I don't think I had a huge impression of her and, I have to admit, I wasn't overly interested in reading her story. That lasted all of two seconds. I picked this book up and didn't put it down until I finished it (at, oh, 3 in the morning; sigh). I'm not a huge fan of exclamation points in dialogue, but Victoria Dahl's use of them in this situation was PERFECT. I found Merry's awkwardness overwhelmingly endearing and Shane's somewh
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Another winner for Ms. Dahl, this series just gets More Fun, More Sexy and More entertaining with each books, and did I mention the Sexy as All Get Out COWBOYS...and steamy bedroom scenes, or shower scenes (this one has one that will be steaming up the kindle screen)

Shane and Merry have great chemistry, in and out of the bedroom, and you will not want to miss their romance!!
There was a moment in the middle of this book that I wasn't sure I bought the conflict, but the end pulled it together perfectly. Can't talk about how much I loved this book without spoilers, but I'll just say that Merry is probably my favourite heroine of all time. Shane's okay too. ;)
For a Harlequin - it was pretty good. I mean, we read these books for escapism, not to have an in depth read. Sometimes, a cheesy romance does the trick - but they can get a little too unrealistic (really, he's super hot, educated and is rich enough to buy the bed and breakfast that you first made love in.... yeeeeeeeahhhh right!!!).

This little gem is different. The female lead is attractive - but she is quirky. A little nerdy. She is vulnerable - but she can stand on her own two feet. The male
This book and new series by Victoria Dahl has been so disappointing.
Mina Khan
My reaction to the heroine's super perkiness was pretty close to the hero's reaction: "Oh my God." And not in a good way...I wasn't sure I could stick with her inane bright chatter for the entire book. But she grows on you. Before I knew it I was rooting for Merry because you soon realize that Merry's sunniness is a choice and she's a pretty complex character. I loved her geeky self and her friendship with Grace. And Shane is hot.

A sweet romance that celebrates unique quirkiness and reminds the
I really enjoyed this one. It's got all the things that I like about Victoria Dahl's; wit, banter, steam, and character development.

I adored Merry. She is goofy, geeky, and simply delightful. The girl wore a Wonder Woman T-shirt when she wanted to look sexy, tried to convert the guy she liked to watch Firefly, and fell head-over-heel for a ghost town.

Shane is your average hero. He can't commit and was a bit of an arrogant. (view spoiler)
Merry Kade, Grace's friend from LA, has come to Jackson to become the curator for the ghost town Providence. Unfortunately she asks Shane to help with the carpentry. He doesn't tell her that he is holding up her job because he is the heir to the Bishop property and estate, which includes this ghost town. Knew there was going to be some complication and I'm glad he was able to show her how much she meant to him with his grand gesture. Good connection between Shane and Merry. Of course Rayleen is ...more
There are few times that I read a book and question if one of the characters is modeled after me, but this was one of those times. Merry is this optimistic woman who has spent her life overcoming obstacles but still being able to see the joy in life. She is also an every day average kind of woman who by her late 20s (I think that's her age) has only had 2 boyfriends. She is still awkward around men thanks to being placed in the "friend" role in the majority of her relationships and is a kick ass ...more
So much better than the previous book in this series (Close Enough to Touch) but still not up to the level of my favorite Victoria Dahl book. Merry, the heroine of this book, is the best friend of Grace, the heroine from the previous book. She is definitely easier to connect to although she still wasn't completely likeable. A lot of this is personal prejudice about an inexpert people trying to do restoration. If she really loves this ghost town, she should be trying to get an expert in to save i ...more
Merry Kade has finally nabbed a job that has promise of a future, something she needs to prove to herself and her family. It also lands her in the same town again as her best friend, Grace. She’s the new curator of a ghost town, Providence, that she will need to develop into a museum of sorts. When the board of the Trust that’s funding the project drags their feet in getting started, Merry hires Shane Harcourt, a carpenter and neighbor in her apartment building, to start some of the work so she ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! Spring is Finally Here!


Merry came to Jackson, Wyoming to work on preserving and restoring the ghost town Providence.

Shane is in town to fight for his inheritance. He got the land, now he wants the money.

Merry and Shane are at odds. He knows this, she doesn’t. She thinks he just a carpenter and hires him to restore Providence. Shane wants information from Merry in order to fight for his money. Money that Merry needs to restore Providence.

Somewhere along the way, it all went wrong. Shane is falling fo
Last year I read and love Close Enough To Touch which was my first ever Victoria Dahl novel. I was blown away by the characters and the writing, by the tension between Grace and Cole, and I fell in love with Jackson, Wyoming and its cowboys. I was truly blown away by the novel and I adored it. I was absolutely ecstatic to see Victoria’s second Jackson-set novel, Too Hot To Handle, on Netgalley and as soon as I was accepted for it, I started reading it because I was just SO excited. It was just a ...more
Amanda P

I never warmed up to either Merry or Shane. Merry has low esteem and little self worth through the entire book. I kept expecting her to grow and to find her inner confidence, but it just never happened. I don't mind a low esteem character if they show growth and by the end of the book they've found that extra something; however,if that just never happens it's just straight up annoying. She did manage to find her backbone exactly twice in this book, but quickly lost it again. I wanted to like Mer
Amanda Byrne
I've enjoyed the other Victoria Dahl books I've read so far, and THTH was no different. Fun, fluffy, and a great distraction for a few hours, I particularly loved watching Shane's pursuit and Merry's confusion over being pursued.

But it's not a perfect book (honestly, I don't know that I've ever read a perfect book). I would have liked a little more insight into why Merry's chosen to always look at the bright side of life. Her flashes of temper, especially during her blow out with Shane, made her
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