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Hot Flash

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  376 Ratings  ·  78 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
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.
Aug 13, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot FlashHot Flash by Kathy Carmichael

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first book by author Kathy Carmichael and for me Hot Flash was a winner!

Jill Storm is a forty year old divorced mother of a 17 year old son who is just a little bit eccentric, he only speaks French (mostly) when he decides to speak at all and as a single mother holding down a full time job Jill has all she can do to make ends meet for her and Stephen.

To make matters worse her ex-husband is now their son's "other mother" due to a sex chan
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.
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
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
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
Nov 02, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it

Sous chef Jill Morgan Storm, hoping to discover the secret of successful relationships, gets the bright idea to send out a “Marriage Satisfaction Survey” to couples who have been together for a good while. Jill’s reeling from being dumped by her most recent lover, a college professor now dating one of his young students who won’t let loose of Jill’s favorite skillet. If that isn’t bad enough, Jill’s ready to hit panic mode. Her son will be entering college soon, and since his grades won’t qualif
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
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
Apr 12, 2015 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
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
Romancing the Book
Apr 29, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
When Kathy contacted me about being a guest on the blog she also asked about a review. She sent me an advanced copy and I read it... and really enjoyed it. But I forgot to write the review. Oops! And then it's time for her promo, and the review still wasn't written. So, here it is a good two months after reading the book (and with many books read since) and I'm wracking my brains to explain how I felt about the book.

I do remember being hesitant when I started. Kathy herself labeled the book as M
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
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
Suzie Quint
Oct 03, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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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
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
Teresa Kander
Apr 09, 2015 Teresa Kander rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing from the beginning, and I don't think I stopped for very long at any point. The dialogue has a lot of humor, and the characters are engaging on every level.

The main character, Jill, has reached her 40th birthday with an ex-husband who is now a woman, and a teenage son who is soon going to be in need of art school tuition. Jill comes up with an idea for finding the perfect husband, which leads to several dating disasters. Then she meets Davin Wesley, who doesn't fit int
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
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
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
Sep 04, 2009 drey rated it liked it
Anyway, I finally picked it up. Needed something lighter after the recent fare I've been reading... What can I say, I LOVED it. It fit my mood perfectly, and provided exactly what I was looking for - humor, sass, a very likable main character, and an actual storyline. Sure, it didn't require a lot of thinking, but that's what made this just perfect. =) I mean, how could you resist a book that starts out with "Birthdays are like a box of Tampax."? I snorted. Really.

Hot Flash tells the story of Ji
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
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
Nov 11, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot Flash is a novel about turning 40 from a woman's point of view. She struggles with premenopause symptoms, a son who will soon be needing college tuition and divorce. Her personal life is a mess and she decides to send out a survey asking women the secret to a successful marriage. The survey answers then give her insight into what she wants and needs in a relationship.
This novel is essentially a romance novel but is very humorous and deals with middle age in an entertaining way I thouroughl
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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.

She lives on Florida's west coast, along with her hus
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