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Hot Mama (Bigtime #2)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,377 ratings  ·  115 reviews
By day, Fiona Fine is a successful couture designer. By night, she’s Fiera, who can create and manipulate fire with her bare hands. Now, with two new ubervillains in town who are intent on raising hell, Fiona’s love life might just crash and burn.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley (first published November 1st 2007)
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Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
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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 asFiera. After loosing her fiancé to an ubervillain a year ago she get
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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
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
Krista D
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.
Amie Doughty
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
This was certainly different than anything else I have read. Fiona is a clothing designer by day and a fire shooting super hero at night. She is part of the Fearless Five group of super heroes, who live in Bigtime, a city chock full of super heroes, villains and wanna bes. Hot Mama is a written comic, so if you like comics you will probably like this. I had trouble getting into the story and didn't really enjoy it until 1/2 way thru. This is the second book in the series and there was too much a ...more
Keith Beasley-topliffe
The second book in the Bigtime series about a world overloaded with superheroes and ubervillains is just as silly as the first (Karma Girl). This time the main character (and narrator) is Fiera, who was a supporting character in the first book. And she begins to catch on that the criminals and crimefighters alike are not nearly so clever about their secret identities as the suppose--as she figures out that the man she loves is also the costumed crime fighter she distrusts. But if it were easy, t ...more
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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
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
Heather Button
Apr 20, 2012 Heather Button rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
Kathy Davie
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

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,
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
Jenni Ebba
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
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
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
Janice (Janicu)
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
I think I semi figured out what it is i like about these books... the plot is so easy you can figure it out in the first 1/4 of the story, you know exactly who the superheroes/ubervillians secret identities are... and yet... its almost like an old scooby doo cartoon filled with silly jokes and bif, bam, booms and you spend the whole time thinking my god these guys are so damn obvious and yet everyone is blind to it haha
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
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
tracey welch
I really like this series. it is fun and enjoyable. there is just enough romance to entertain but not enough to overwhelm. The characters are right out of a comic book but set in a good novel. the author has done a good job of blending the silliness of the superhero funny names and powers and the villain world dominating super plots into an adult worthy reading experience. highly recommend this series for a fun time.
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
Nancy Brady
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?
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
I love superheroes and stories about superheroes so the Bigtime series by Jennifer Estep is right down my alley. Although I was hoping for something a tad bit more serious like her Elemental Assassin series, I still really enjoyed the fun and frivolity of Hot Mama and the other novels in this series. The books are very tongue in cheek and do a lot to spoof on the comic book genre. Although the secret identities are easy for the reader to figure out, the reveal to the characters in the books does ...more
Christine Rains
Fiona Fine is Fiera, one of Bigtime's biggest superheroes. She is beloved as a superhero and a designer, but her heart isn't happy. She lost her fiance a year ago and she has yet to recover from it. Yet gorgeous and daring Johnny is taking her mind off her sorrows. A new ubervillain duo is terrorizing the city and Fiera must not only defeat them, but try to open her heart to the possibility of something new with Johnny.

Another fun installment of this superhero series. I could make a lot of bad f
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.

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