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Hot Flash

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  370 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews

On Jill Morgan Storm's fortieth birthday, she declares she is through with love. A conviction well justified, considering her first husband didn't leave her for another woman; he became one! More recently, her love affair came to a screeching halt when her lover dumped her for a young undergraduate. To make matters worse, the teeny-bopper stole Jill's "well-seasoned" fryin

Paperback, 371 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Medallion Press (first published 2009)
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Hot Flash is a 2015 MacGowan Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love Romantic Comedies, but in books I sometimes find them over the top and just too silly and so they aren't all that funny in the end. However, this one was just right. I literally laughed out loud in a few places and loved the survey and the answers that implied that absence made the heart grow fonder... yeah, just keep telling yourself that.

So, here is the set up. Jill's ex
Sharon Martin
Dec 14, 2015 Sharon Martin rated it it was amazing
Sit down, relax and get ready to smile your way through this fun read. Poor Jill, her life is basically in chaos, not only is her failed marriage unusual, her ex is now a woman, she's been recently dumped, her fathers in prison and she's working as a Sous Chef in a highly acclaimed restaurant alongside a drug/alcohol addict of a Head Chef who enjoys the odd grope or two.

As if that wasn't enough, now single, her one aim is to find a way to fund her sons college. What is she to do? Well she sends
Aug 10, 2011 Effie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This had waaaay too much going on. A teenage son who spoke in French, a sex-changing ex, a gaggle of girlfriends, dad in prison and mom in denial, the requisite cute love interest that she thinks is wrong for her, a sub plot about a cast iron skillet. That's like four different books right there! It's like the author couldn't decide what plot she wanted to write about and just threw them all in one gigantic chick-lit attempt.

The main character's determination to find a husband so that she could
Read Rate & Review's Ashley
Apr 12, 2015 Read Rate & Review's Ashley rated it it was amazing
Ok before I get into this review I need to share the first 2 sentences because they seriously grabbed me and made me not want to stop reading this book.

"Birthdays are like a box of Tampax.

When the box is new, you thoughtlessly reach in and grab another but as the box empties you start worrying about running out before you're ready"

Seriously guys. Who would be able to put the book down after reading that?!? I was hooked and thus began my journey with Jill that had me laughing from beginning to t
Apr 06, 2015 Mave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It 's a funny story full of humor and laughter, some scenes really make you laugh to tears.
In the life of Jill nothing is simple: her ex-husband wants to become a woman, must fight with a teenage son who speaks only French, a nosy mother and one of her collague almost always drunk. On the business is quite fortunate, she is a chef at a prestigious restaurant but feels that something is missing in her life. Jill has almost 40 years and decided it was time for her to find the right man, her soul m
Crystal Martin
Apr 01, 2015 Crystal Martin rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

I LOVED Hot Flash By Kathy Carmichael! I read it in one day. This book is so funny. Poor Jill thinks that at age 40 she needs a man to help pay her sons college tuition while only being "available" for about a week each month. She is experiencing hot flashes which may be the onset of pre-menopause. They come on suddenly and leave her in a wringing wet mess, with all the weird a
Mar 30, 2015 Marcie rated it it was ok
Some people want their reading to be a highbrow, transformative experience, worthy of the time and energy invested, and this book is not for them. But it was exactly what I wanted yesterday.

Five days ago my son's house was hit by a tornado, and we've been busy moving them, cleaning, worrying. I went to the library and found this, with a first sentence as follows: "Birthdays are like a box of tampons."

It took zero effort on my part to be instantly immersed in Something Else other than my own prob
Mar 27, 2015 Leila rated it really liked it
I don’t like knowing what a book is about before I pick it up and read it. I feel like that ruins the surprise.

Unfortunately, I had read a few reviews about this book prior to reading it myself and was concerned that it wasn’t going to be my thing.

I don’t know that I have ever been so glad to be wrong.

Jill and her girlfriends are hilarious. While they are older than my friends and I – it all sounds about the same!

Jill is divorced, her ex-husband is now an ex-wife, she has a teenage son, a meddli
Mar 24, 2015 Becca rated it it was amazing
To laugh is amazing so this book was amazing. I laughed from cover to cover of this book. Jill Storm has a life that not many can compare to AT ALL. Her ex-husband, her son, her dad and her mom all of personalities that differ so much along with Jill’s so you are in for a treat. There is nothing boring about this novel whatsoever. Jill is a chef at a hotel in Las Vegas but her son that is about to head off to college is going to need more than that, right? She is going to be 40 soon and so she R ...more
Sonya Neal
Mar 18, 2015 Sonya Neal rated it it was amazing
Jill is a chef and a single mom who can't afford to put her son through college, so she decides to try to find a man to help support them (maybe not the choice I would go for, but I kept reading). Since she can't find a suitable man, she sends out surveys to couples who have been together a long time and decides that the secret to a happy marriage is being away from your spouse! So she decides to find a traveling salesman, and proceeds to jump headfirst into the salesman dating pool.

This of cour
Mar 15, 2015 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was laughing so hard there were tears running down my cheeks. I read this from cover to cover-no way I was stopping until I hit THE END!! Jill Storm's ex husband was now a woman--her son was a wanna be artist--her Dad was in jail for committing white collar crimes and her Mom--well let's just say she is hilarious--as long as she isn't YOUR Mom!! Of course I have one almost as nosy and manipulative. Jill just happens to be a sou chef at a prestigious hotel in Las Vegas but that isn't going to h ...more
Tracy Helps You
Apr 02, 2015 Tracy Helps You rated it it was amazing
Never under estimate the schemes and plans that are formed when lifelong girlfriends get together for drinks :)
That being said, we meet Jill Storm, a sous chef working at a prestigious Las Vegas hotel. She is a single mom raising a moody, artistic, teenaged son. She tries to be supportive of her ex-husband who now goes by the name “Stormie” after a undergoing a gender change procedure. She is stressed about how to afford college tuition for her son. Not to mention she is turning the big 4-0 and
Rejoice Denhere
Mar 25, 2015 Rejoice Denhere rated it really liked it
I think that Kathy is a truly talented author who knows how to turn those issues which can be a source of distress for the fairer sex into something we can laugh about. The main character, Jill Morgan Storm, is a Sous Chef who is in search of answers as to what makes a perfect marriage. With her own relationship having broken down she is left to fend for her son as well as figure out how she will pay his college tuition fees. Her son’s fa – other mother, in the meantime, continues to live out hi ...more
Jessica Avancena cassidy
Apr 03, 2015 Jessica Avancena cassidy rated it it was amazing
A chef who is desperate to find her true love after a failed marriage. Ms. Carmichael knows how to tickle you while reading the Hot Flash. This book is full of life and you will never stop laughing. The humor is so good. Be prepare to cry as well by so much laughter while reading this book. A son who speaks French and an artist in the future who Davin, his ex-teacher help him to be a successful artist. A mother who never stop to help her daughter to find a men. This story is a riot but in a very ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Mar 28, 2015 Fee (Ebook Addicts) rated it it was amazing
"Birthdays are like a box of Tampax"

With an opening like that I just knew I was going to love this book! This book had me laughing so much at one point my partner just gave a me a look that said "wth".

When Jill reaches her 40th birthday, her ex husband is now a woman and her son likes to speak in French, a lot. She sets out to find the secret to happy a marriage, so send off surveys to couples who have been married 25+ years and discovers a trend of happy marriages being the result of husbands w
Julie Baswell
Mar 22, 2015 Julie Baswell rated it it was amazing
Jill just can’t seem to get her love life together. Her ex-husband changed genders, and her ex-boyfriend won’t return her favorite skillet. Needing fast cash to send her son to college, she devises a plan to marry a traveling salesman. She figures he would have money, and not be around to cramp her style. But her plan begins to backfire as each candidate falls short of her expectations. Then throw in her son’s former third grade teacher who continuously shows up at the most inopportune moments, ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Sherry rated it really liked it
Truth. I'm 40 years old and have hot flashes - other than the fact that I'm happily married, I could totally relate to Jill Morgan Storm . Kathy Carmichael created hilarious characters, sweet romance, and a whole bunch of frogs.

This is the first time I've read any books from Kathy Carmichael and I was truly impressed. She kept me reading, she kept me laughing, and *may have* induced a hot flash or two. Witty and real, Jill's observations on love kept me rooting for her to actually find her princ
Apr 14, 2015 Marcee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a laugh out loud story that will also tug at your heartstrings. Jill and her group of friends are fantastic and their real life struggles are raw as well as endearing. Kathy did a fabulous job making all of the characters come to life.

What impressed me most was that Kathy wrote this in a way where even as a 40+ married mother of two could understand some of the realness of divorce and what it would be like to try and manage it
all while knowing very shortly you ould also be an empty
Carole Harris
Mar 27, 2015 Carole Harris rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book, you take a bottle of wine, sit back, relax and read. We all remember singlehood, us married women. Not all of us however, have had that meddling mom, who with her best intentions meddles much to much. Hotflash is a fun book to read, with Jillian, a sous chef as the main character. While Jillians' life sprials out of control, she takes the advice of her friend Connie and decides to survey married women on what makes a happy marriage. So what does??? I was cheering for Ji ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot Flash

Jill, a 40 year old sous chef with a son preparing for college, has decided the best way to learn about staying married for years is to survey couples that have been married 25+ years. What her survey reveals sends her on a laugh out loud journey to find the perfect man. When she runs into her son's annoyingly single third grade teacher and sparks fly, she does all she can to run the other way. With her best friends in tow and her nagging mother trying to set her up at every turn, can s
Anne Schumann
Apr 21, 2015 Anne Schumann rated it really liked it
This “Laugh Out Loud” funny book follows Jill a working single mother who is on the hunt to find out why married couples are happy and what she can do to find a man. She sends out a questionnaire to married couples to see how and why they are happy. I like to read before going to bed and I found that I was excited to read the next chapter in the book to find out what was going on in Jill’s life. Jill’s mom tries to set her up with guys. Jill dates guys she thinks will be the right fit. WRONG WRO ...more
Vicki Hinze
Apr 04, 2011 Vicki Hinze rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-comedy
This book had a killer first line that I'll remember forever. And what happens with the heroine's skillet is priceless. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this novel.
Mar 23, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book had me giggling like a little girl from the first page to the very last. Absolutely wonderful book! This is the second book by Ms. Carmichael that I have read, and both have been absolutely amazing!

This was an amusing, quick read that made me long to hear more from Ms. Carmichael! If you like to laugh, you really need to read some of this authors books!

Hot Flash is a very well written story of the hardships of a single mom growing older, turning the big 4-0! Ms. Carmichael did a wonde
Heather Greenwood
Mar 30, 2015 Heather Greenwood rated it really liked it

While it took me a while to really get cooking with this book once I finally did it was an enjoyable, fun and light read. I read this in a weekend while I was trying to avoid the 4 million blooming things outside my apartment. This story of Jill the single mom chef made me laugh but in spots was all too real (as a single mom myself).....maybe I need to find a college professor to date so my little guy will be set! This is a good read. It's not really thought provoking but it's fun and provides p
Mandie Stevens
Mar 17, 2015 Mandie Stevens rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt. I can honestly say I haven’t read a book so humourous in quite a while. Jill, oh poor Jill she has so much going on. Her husband decides to become a woman, he son only wants to speak to her in French, and well.. there was really so much more and it kept me quickly turning the pages.
I worked in a restaurant for years so I found her job interesting and it was pretty accurate and oh so funny! This was my first book by Kathy Carmichael and it will not
Laura Frost
Apr 12, 2015 Laura Frost rated it really liked it
Food, sex, and menopause. The perfect combination for a hilarious time. Jill Morgan Storm wants what's best for her son. She had a, lets say, rocky marriage. Can she find love in her 40's? Can she find her dream man in a field of traveling salesmen?

Is she past her prime? I know that I am not in my 20's anymoreand boy does it hit home some days. I can't imagine how it will feel when I'm not in my 30's anymore!
I don't know if I would search for a husband in that manner, but it sure made for some g
Apr 09, 2015 Shelly rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for reviewing purposes.

If you’re in the midst of a divorce, looking for love, in your late 30’s/early 40’s or simply want a good laugh, THIS is the book for you! If you have NO sense of humor and can’t take things lightly, please, don’t read this book. I like to consider myself quite sarcastic at times and let me tell you, if I ever reach the point that Jill Storm reaches in Hot Flash, then I’m heading down the exact path she goes down when it comes
Suzie Quint
Oct 03, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Jane Stewart
Sep 25, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
The intent is humor through someone’s dating, job and family frustrations, but it wasn’t my kind of humor.

The entire story is told in first person from Jill’s point of view. It’s about her frustrations in her job and searching for a husband. Her son Stephen is a senior in high school. Jill has no money to pay Stephen’s college expenses, and she doesn’t want to saddle him with student loans. She wants to marry a traveling salesman who will be gone a lot and provide money for college.
Sep 01, 2011 Dianne rated it it was ok
Hot Flash by Kathy Carmichael

Jill Morgen Storm is on the hunt for a man. Specifically a salesman so she can live by the adage that “absence makes the heart grow fonder” or some such folderol (think three weeks of travel and one week of Mind Blowing Sex ( Or MBS as Jill calls it)! True to the romance genre and its formula, Jill is down on men due to past relationships, is perky, cute, and funny and has lovely breasts and a teen-age son with issues but is brilliant in the arts. She has an interest
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Award-winning author, Kathy Carmichael, writes mysteries, women's fiction and romance. Her 2009 release, HOT FLASH, was named by the American Library Association's BOOKLIST as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009. Her latest release (and her first mystery novel), DIARY OF A CONFESSIONS QUEEN, received a starred review from BOOKLIST.

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