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Too Hot to Handle (Jackson #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  2,115 Ratings  ·  197 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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I briefly got to meet Merry in Close Enough to Touch, and I was instantly curious about her. A strong woman, but one who has been put down more often than not, Merry has changed jobs many times, but she is set on making it in Jackson. Both because her best friend Grace lives there now, and because she's gotten the dream-job in restoring a ghost town just outside of Jackson. Too Hot to Handle shows a lot of the changes Merry goes th
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
Mar 19, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
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
Sarah Eiseman
Apr 03, 2013 Sarah Eiseman rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on

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
Mar 16, 2014 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
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
Jenn Scranton
Apr 15, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Dec 10, 2015 Fedora rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars. Victoria Dahl delivers another solid contemporary set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Review also posted at

"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
Apr 13, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc
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
Jul 29, 2016 Cailey rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Christi Snow
Mar 28, 2013 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
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
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
It is hard not to like this book and that is mostly due to Merry, who is very aptly names. She has a way about looking at life, one where the glass is not only half full, but usually running over.

I did hate how Merry sees herself, as someone who can't find her niche, a woman how is not sex, but merely cute and that is on a good day. I love her friendship with Grace. Grace is good for her and seemed to call her on some things that Merry couldn't or didn't want to see for herself, plus no matter w
The Window Seat
Apr 04, 2013 The Window Seat rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 Meagan rated it really liked it
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
Heroine:Merry Kade
Hero:Shane Harcourt

Shane may be flawed but hell who isn't? And this cowboy makes a heck of a comeback from his mistakes. Oh and Merry? There is nothing I don't love about her. She is strong and determined and so passionate (in and outside of the bed). I so want to be like her, minus her crappy cousins. 4.5 Stars
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Sep 01, 2013 A Tasty Read Book Reviews rated it really liked it
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!!
Nov 19, 2013 Keertana rated it liked it
Shelves: swoooon
I really enjoyed this novel, primarily because the drama didn't overwhelm the storyline and wound up being pivotal to the growth of both the romantic leads. Dahl provides plenty of guilt-pleasure wit, banter, and steam to curl up to on a cold, quiet evening and while I could have done with a little more depth in certain areas, this wasn't a bad read. Not at all. ;)
Jun 07, 2013 Zoe rated it it was amazing
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. ;)
May 23, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
3.5 Fun to see a heroine who appears to be the epitome of niceness and good humor prove to have a backbone, too. Wish the climaxes of the two family-related plot-lines had been better integrated into the climax of the love story. Still, another strong contemporary by Dahl.
Apr 22, 2013 Negine rated it it was ok
This book and new series by Victoria Dahl has been so disappointing.
Jul 20, 2013 Rach rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Deelylah Mullin
Mar 29, 2013 Deelylah Mullin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Why hasn't anyone insisted that I read something by Victoria Dahl before?!?! Her writing is smart, sassy and sultry. Definitely hot, and it doesn't insult my intelligence. I picked up Too Hot to Handle, the second title (with a novella tossed between) in her Jackson series via NetGalley. I'd always been curious, because Ms. Dahl is so wonderfully outspoken and passionate on Twitter, as to how her books would communicate her passion. O. M. G.! Happiness.

I think I clearly identified with the hero
Bree T
Apr 15, 2013 Bree T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, series, arc
Merry Kade has always been designated as the “friend”. The “buddy”. Guys don’t see her as desirable or sexy. She’s the girl in jeans and the funny T-shirt, the girl who doesn’t ever wear make up, the girl who has a bump in her hair from the permanent ponytail. Guys don’t notice her as a woman and as a result, it’s been a while since Merry has seen a little action.

Merry is living with her friend Grace in Jackson, Wyoming having secured the position as the new curator of a museum in Providence, Wy
Oct 10, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
I just needed more. As with most of her books V. Dahl starts off with too much of what's going on inside their heads (or the crazies they all are) and then not enough in the end. Just hey yea now I love this person. We'll okay, I guess that's it The End. I guess that's just how she writes. I like her stories,love the settings, even enjoy her charatures. I just want more from them. I feel like a extended relative or an outsider only getting part of the story. :(

can someone please tell me what the
Sep 26, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Too Hot to Handle (THTH) is book 2 but the fourth story in Victoria Dahl's Jackson Hole series. There are two novellas. Merry Kade is our heroine in THTH and was introduced as Grace's best friend in book 1 (Close Enough to Touch). We also meet our hero, Shane, in book 1 as he is a resident of the "Stud Farm" which is a rental unit ran by Grace's aunt. I am a person who must read a series in order and I was happy I read the novellas after reading book one but before reading book two. This way I k ...more
Kathy Altman
May 20, 2013 Kathy Altman rated it really liked it
Because I've already read Too Hot to Handle twice, which means you have some catching up to do! Wait — catch up. Anyone else suddenly craving french fries? Point is, my second reading of Dahl's second Jackson book was no accident. The story is that good. Oh, yeah. Way better than french fries.

Merry, for instance, is not your typical heroine. She's goofy and ungainly, a total sci-fi geek, and her insecurities, not only about her body but her lovability, are bound to win your heart — and break it
Cocktails and Books
Mar 12, 2013 Cocktails and Books rated it did not like it
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Great title, great plot, but the book didn't deliver. Victoria Dahl seemed to have all the right elements for an excellent book but the book title promised much more than the book contents contained.

The heroine, Merry, was portrayed as a woman that has thus far failed to do anything meaningful with her life. She has bounced around from job to job and lived with various relatives and now with a friend in a new location with a new job. Merry has no romantic attachments and most men relegate her to
Jan 17, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing
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
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