Hot Stuff (Cate Madigan #1)
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If you like hot men, hot action and hot attraction you're going to love this HOT new series! HOT STUFF introduces Cate Madigan, a Boston native from a large and crazy Irish family. Cate has far too much going on to get involved in extracurricular activities, like men and marriage. She spends all day in school, earning her teaching degree, and all night workin...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 1st 2007)
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Martha
This book was lots of fun to read. It's a screwball romantic comedy, with an assortment of quirky characters, plenty of witty dialogue, some ridiculously funny situations, a bit of a mystery, and a Bullmastiff named Beast.
Misti
This was very nearly a DNF for me. I really struggled with forming an attachment to any of the characters. I found the main character, Cate, to have too little common-sense and too much trust in complete strangers. I also thought she was waaaay too naive and kind of dumb. I know this was supposed to be a light-hearted, fluffy read, but I just couldn't get behind ANY of Cate's actions. Also, there was absolutely NO emotional payoff in this book. There is a death in this book, and not one of the c...more
Cherise
Hot Stuff Left Me Cold, April 9, 2007


I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan; this is not one of her better stories. The book jacket summary sounded very interesting to me, it had real potential to be a lighthearted, intriguing romance. The book started out decent enough, I immediately liked the main character, Cate, and fell for her and her crazy Irish family. At the same time I was falling for the Madigan's I was introduced to a not so loveable character, Patrick Pugg. This guy is so annoying it real...more
Loreta
Nov 30, 2008 Loreta rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like to laugh!
Recommended to Loreta by: Previous experience with Janet Evanovich.
Shelves: fun
This was a quick read, very amusing characters and rhetoric. There were some sexy incidents but not overly so. I found myself laughing out loud (which is usual when I read Janet Evanovich). This was a good pairing with Leanne Banks and, if they write another together, sign me up!
The main character is a student working as a bartender evenings to pay for her classes/living expenses. She rents a room from a female impersonator who disappears but sends her a big slobbery dog for protection while he'...more
Arlene
IDK how this book got past me. It was published in 2007 and I usually read Janet Evanovich books soon as they come out. I found out about it and got it right away and read it in a couple days. Its very similar to her Stephanie Plum books. So if you like those, youll like this! Cate Madigan is similar to Stephanie, tho she works at a bar and is studying to be a teacher. Kellen McBride is a private investigate, formerly a cop,,,, so similar to Joe Morelli. There's mystery, suspense, romance and of...more
Heather
I didn't get much read in April with all the travel and visiting I was doing. I was so tired on the flight over that I stuck to sudoku and movie-watching. A fellow passenger gave me a Janet Evanovich book on our way into Portland called Hot Stuff. It was very light reading, even more so than her Stephanie Plum mysteries, but it was cute and funny and suited my mood.
Margaret
Fun, fluffy read - I needed something quick and entertaining that wouldn't require too much effort and this fit the bill. Liked the fact that it had a dog in it, Beast but thought the character of Pugg (who is not a dog) was a little over the top.
Amy
This is a typical Evanovich smut book. You'll laugh out loud many times. Don't know if this is the start to a new series or just a one off. It ended so if there aren't any more, that's fine. No cliffhangers or anything. Quick fun read.
Kelly
Nice easy read my mom picked up for her trip to Hawaii and then handed off to me because it was about a young girl who lives in Boston who lives with a drag queen in Boston.

Can't imagine why she thought it would interest me.

Jen Selinsky
Cate Madigan has dreams of becoming a teacher. In order to pay her tuition, she works the night shift at a bar in South Boston. While on duty one night, Cate meets a man named Kellen McBride, whose smooth manner melts her heart. Cate’s roommate, Marty, is a cross dresser who resembles Judy Garland. When Marty leaves town, Cate becomes an answering service for threatening messages directed toward him. Shortly after, Marty is presumed dead, and foul play is suspected. Cate enlists the help of Kell...more
Tanya
What an adorable book! If I didn't know better, I would think Cate Madigan and Stephanie Plum are twins! They are SO alike it's scary!! =)
Valerie
sosososososo bad. wish I could give it a zero. couldn't get through the first few pages it was so insultingly bad.
Brandi
Wish she had more books like this. I really liked this one. She is a great author. Can't wait for the movie.
Robin
I'm a big Evanovich fan, and while this isn't her Stephanie Plum character, it was still pretty good.
Angela Joy
I laughed out loud a lot! Don't remember vulgarity in this one (as opposed to the Plum series).
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Andrea Guy
Some books are meant to be read for the fun of reading. Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks is one of those books. Janet is stepping away from Stephanie Plum on this one, but she's not stepping away from a fun mystery/suspense story that is full of humor and some zany characters. Zany? What is zany anyway? Zany is Patrick Pugg who is always saying stuff like "Pugg thinks....." Pugg doesn't use the word "I" until, Cate's neighbor Julie offers to rearrange certain parts of his anatomy!

T...more
Nath
3.5/5 (C+)

Review: So, this book was all right in my opinion. It had it funny moments where I did laugh out loud, but that's to be expected from Ms Evanovich and Ms Banks. I'd say the book sounds a lot more like most of Ms Evanovich's books though with a very similar style. All in all, you'll get a good laugh, but it's not the best book by either author.

The Character - Cate's character was okay, except for the fact where she swore off man. I mean, I understand why, but when someone's yummy as Kel...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
This was a fun romp, it was a quick read and fun from start to finish.

Cate Madigan rents a room from a cross dresser Marty Longfellow, she goes to college during the day and works at a bar in the evenings. She has two good friends Julie and Sharon who live in the same complex as hers. Her family are always trying to find a mate for her and this time it is Patrick Pugg who when he talks about himself says Pugg did this and Pugg likes this instead of using the work I. Cate decides he is not for he...more
Sue
Title: Hot Stuff
Author: Janet Evanovich & Leanne Banks
Genre: Chick-lit/Romance
Challenges: 2009 Support Your Local Library, 20 Books in 2009, Chick Lit Challenge 2, Pages Read Challenge 2009, Books Around the States Challenge, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge

Rating: 5/5
No. of Pages: 352
Published: 2007
From the back:
Cate Madigan isn’t asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly palying matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peach and quiet and a...more
Iris Blobel
"Hmmm" comes to mind, but I think I will settle with I liked it. It kind of has the first Plum ideas in it even though I shouldn't compare the books or story lines.

I liked Cate and her family which with an Irish background is easy to do. Being the youngest in the family, not only the parents still worry about the mid-twenties Cate, but her brothers as well.

Cate sublets a room from Marty, who seems to be in trouble. Add Kellen McBride who is supposed to investigate, but does not only that, he f...more
Jill Dunlop
Cate Madigan is used to constantly having her loving Irish Catholic family setting her up with random men for dates. She is the youngest in her family and the only unmarried one. She might be used to it, but she hates it. The dates have never lived up to her expectations. She is twenty-six and a student trying to get her teaching degree. She figures if she can handle four brothers, then a classroom of 8 year olds should be a piece of cake. When Cate is not in school she is tending bar at a local...more
Annette
Cate goes to college to become a teacher, works at night as a bartender and saves money by renting a room from a famous drag queen.

Kellen is a man on a mission who is after something. After awhile the something he is after becomes Cate.

There is also a very large dog named Beast. He does not have an agenda or plans for the future, but he does like to sleep and go to the dog park.

There are laughs, mystery and romance. Not necessarily in that order.

This is a story that has the normal Evanovich and...more
Judy Collins
Loved it...similar to Stephanie Plum series. Read all Janet's books and as along as Lorelei King iks performing - sure to please. Get the audio to enjoy it at its best.

STUFF introduces Cate, a Boston native from a large and crazy Irish family. Cate has far too much going on to get involved in extracurricular activities, like men and marriage. She spends all day in school, earning her teaching degree, and all night working as a bartender in Boston's South End. Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided t...more
steph
4 stars.

This book was a perfect summer read. Very amusing characters, slightly formulic in terms of the storyline and the way the main character's family was portrayed (Irish, loud, nosy etc) but it was still well done. I laughed out loud quite a few times and even though the mystery was easy to spot a mile away, I still enjoyed the ending and seeing everything wrapped up. Really fun book.

I got this as a playaway (my first playaway!) and listened to it as I ran the last few morning and I have t...more
Stephen Terrell
This novel has its moments. Certainly there are a few laughs. But to me it smacks of a ladies bridge club deciding to write a book. The characters are broad and over-drawn, the romance far too quick, the good guys too good, and the story wraps up like a "happily-ever-after" fairy tale.

For the right audience, it would be a good light read to take to the beach. But nothing more.
Kristin Redmond
A cute book set in Boston. Cate rents a room cheap from a co-worker - Mary, he's a cross-dresser and performs at the bar Cate works at. She works there to put herself through college. Everything is going fine until Marty disappears. He sends her a dog to protect herself and then things start getting a little crazy. A lot of fun and interesting twists in this Evanovich book.
Valerie
If you're a Janet Evanovich and a Stephanie Plum fan, you will like this book. So I did like it (because I am a fan), but it was very formulaic. It has a lot of the same themes and character traits as many of Ms. Evanovich's other books. Basically, the main character, Cate, finds herself in the middle of an unsolved mystery situation with bad guys after her. The man in her life, Kellan, is hot, sexy, and helpful with the investigation and solving the mystery, etc., etc. The secondary characters,...more
Karolina
I am starting to hate the stories of Janet Evanovich, because they all are the same: pretty girl, strong man, BIG DOG, too much food and one character that sometimes is off the point (this time it's Pugg).
Usually I love her stories and I read them one after other (like Stephanie Plum series). But this time I was disappointed.

P.S. Maybe next time the shrift size could be smaller? Because I felt like reading book for children [because of those biiiiig letters].
Erika
Dec 30, 2013 Erika marked it as tbr-standalones  ·  review of another edition
Cate Madigan is a college student who works nights as a bartender to make ends meet. Cate Madigan's life is pretty full: besides studying to become a teacher, she bakes cakes for fun, and has a family who is always trying to set her up with strange men. She also lives with a drag queen who is a sought-after entertainer. When her roommate, Marty, starts getting threats while out of town, she sends a dog named Beast (a bull mastiffe) to protect her. Then one night, Cate comes home to a ransacked a...more
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“She doesn’t know,” Cate said. “Kellen is a secret. I didn’t think my mother would approve.”

“Why wouldn’t your mother approve?” Pugg asked.

“It’s my job,” Kellen said. “I kill people. It pays well, but it’s not universally socially acceptable.”
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