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With "Hot Blooded", Lisa Jackson follows firmly in the footsteps of fellow New York Times bestselling authors Iris Johansen and Tami Hoag. An acknowledged master at crafting tales of romantic suspense, Jackson now weaves even stronger threads of tension and intrigue into this pulse-pounding tale.A prostitute lies strangled in a seedy French Quarter hotel room. Miles away, ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2001)
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Stacy
Fantastic read in my book. Loved the whole mystery aspect, which is what it was mainly focused on. It was one of those with some really good twists, that I didn't have figured out at all at the end. Two suspects were vying for the spot of psychopath at the end and the twist with it was absolutely not seen until it was revealed.

The romance aspect was great as well, not played up as much as the mystery angle, but still good. Although I have some beef with the main characters ability to forgive so
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Ashley
I am impressed!!

This one was just as good as the least one (Without Mercy) I was kinda surprised to see a few names and words that she uses in her writing.(the victims names Edie, is used in a few books, and some of the expressions she puts in her books. But that could just be a Down-Home/Southren thing.)

At 465 pages it also went by surprisingly fast! The plot and storyline was fast paced, fun, and thrilling. I am very happy I gave Mrs. Jackson another chance, because these few books have been
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Heather
In one word, "eh". That's what this book was for me. It wasn't bad, and it wasn't that great. It was just "okay".

The characters weren't that well developed. I didn't really connect with them or "like" them that much. Probably the character I liked most was Detective Bentz.

What I really disliked was whenever the book would switch to the murderer's viewpoint. It just seemed...I don't know...childish? That's not quite it. It just wasn't believable to me. I was left with the feeling that the author
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Trudy
Lisa Jackson does a great job of spinning a mystery that keeps you guessing... enough characters to throw several red herrings into the mix and twists so that you can't really guess the whole story... This one is about a Psychologist that has a Radio show format to help people... that is until a psycho dredges up something from her past that she would have much preferred was left buried. And who is that handsome strnager that moved in up the road - is he connected or is he the one... guess only ...more
Sara Strand
I'll tell you upfront that this is the first in a series and admittedly, though I absolutely loved this book, I haven't gotten to the others yet. I will. I will because I'm a fan of Lisa Jackson and I actually stumbled onto her by accident. I won another of her books in a gift basket and I really liked it, so when I saw this on sale for $4 in a clearance bin, I grabbed it up. Which turned out to be a win because it was a good book.

So we have Sam, who is a talk show psychologist who has clearly
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Donald
Not a bad murder-mystery plot, but I had it figured out pretty early on. This book is rife with typos, which just ruins it when you run across a word that isn't even supposed to be in the sentence! A lot of unnecessary re-explanations going on; yeah, I got it when you mentioned it the first time just a page ago! Have some respect for your readers, please.
Stefani
Lisa Jackson...what more do I need to say, the name itself immediately lets you know this was an amazing read. The characters were engaging and easy to relate to. Dr. Sam Leeds is witty, bright, intelligent, tough, and never wants to look like the poor damsel in distress. That is a woman I can relate to and sympathize with when she is plunged headfirst into the dark world of a serial killer who is killing prostitutes dressed like her and may be targeting her next and dragging up all sorts of bad ...more
LadyTechie
I ended up really liking this book. Last night I thought I would not be able to finish it because I was having trouble with a lot of the internal dialogue Sam had continuously throughout the book. It started feeling redundant and I closed the book. I went back to it today because I had planned to go to the end because I really wanted to know who was killing all those people. Lisa Jackson set up a really good old-school mystery. I miss these sometimes when I am in Urban Fantasy land for months on ...more
Ms. Risch
I gave up on this series after two books. (Should have stopped with one!)

According to this author, New Orleans is always crawling with serial killers who have some kind of axe to grind with the Catholic Church. Their chosen victims are all feisty, smart, beautiful, confident women. A bevvy of ruggedly handsome men with salt-and-pepper hair are always waiting to help the feisty, smart beautiful victims. (Funny, I don't remember seeing George Clooney look-alikes on every corner when I visited New
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Jennifer
Hot Blooded was the first Lisa Jackson book I've read. The story centers around Samantha Leeds (aka Dr. Sam) when she begins to be stalked by “John”. Dr. Sam hosts a radio show called 'Midnight Confessions' in New Orleans. Sam recently moved to New Orleans from Houston, where 9 years ago she left radio after a young girl that called in committed suicide. Now, she is back on the radio in a new city where a serial killer is also on the loose, killing prostitutes by strangling them with a rosary.

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 Eden Creed
A bit juvenile—the story lacked the level of tension that I would expect in a thriller.

I found the characters to be slightly weak, not fully developed, not fully articulate. Not much about them made me find them to be likable or worth caring about; as a reader, I just went through the motions with them.

The dialogue felt far too often contrived and out of place while emotions were sometimes ratcheted to ridiculous degrees like bad actors in a weak play. At the same time, there were times when on
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Jim C
This novel is the first one in a series. In this one, Dr. Samantha Leeds is a radio show psychiatrist who is being tormented by a killer. The tormentor has ties with an incident that happened years ago with Samantha and her radio show in a different city.

This book was so frustrating. I liked the premise and the author incorporated many characters that could be the killer. It had all the elements for a good murder mystery book. The problem was the execution. The first problem was the protagonist.
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I was given a few books by Lisa Jackson by a friend and initially thought they were romance novels as I had read a few of her Silhouette novels before.
I started reading HOT BLOODED, the 1st book in the New Orleans Series that feature Detectives Bentz and Montoya….i love the two characters….so different and so interesting. . I read the book in one go….i was unable to put it down until I finished reading the last page.
The story is set in New Orleans……perfect city for the story about Dr Samantha L
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Karolin
I'm not a fan of these kind of books to begin with. I got "Hot Blooded" as a present once and after it had stood in my book shelf for years, I finally picked at up on a lazy Sunday. I was proven that this book wouldn't be a great read from the first page on. Even though I think that the (partially) very bad German translation made up some of the book's awkwardness, I'm convinced that the original is just as bad. The characters are mostly flat, the twists seem forced and unnatural. At some points ...more
Vicky
The murder mystery is quite suspenseful, but the romance drags the story down - very melodramatic, over the top dialogue and cheesy love scenes. Far from the best book I have read in this genre but I am willing to give other Lisa Jackson books a try.
Robby
Jul 27, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans
Recommended to Robby by: Self
This was Lisa Jackson's first book in her New Orleans series featuring Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. I had already read 3 thru 6 of this series and enjoyed them all but decided to go back a few just to fill in some of the foundation work normally established in the start of such series. I enjoy the romantic suspense novel when written by such an accomplished author as Lisa Jackson. I can say that this series continues to get better with each installment; IMO. The plot has been discus ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
One of the better romantic suspense novels I've read this year. Both the mystery and romance elements were equally strong. Very interesting set-up in the fact that the detectives weren't one of the romantic duo. But it worked.
~Leslie~
I liked this book okay. It is difficult for me to read novels set in New Orleans if they are written by people who are not from there. I begin to get so bogged down in the details that they don't have right about the city that I begin to lose track of the storyline. This storyline was okay. And the 2 detectives in the city were interesting. What was not so interesting was the two main characters. I did not find the Samantha interesting at all and Ty was okay. But their story just did not resonat ...more
Laura
Good but not great. It was pretty engaging suspense/thriller with a bit of romance thrown in. I thought it was reasonably fast paced though it did drag in the middle a bit. I read the whole book but started skimming some toward the end.

I am surprised to see so many 4 and 5 star reviews though, and here are a few of the things I didn't *love* about the book.

- Despite its length, I never really connected with the main character. I felt pretty indifferent toward her.
- The book introduced a few thin
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Georgiann Hennelly
Sanantha is a radio talk show psychologist, her show is called midnight confessions. when a person calling himself John begins calling the show, and saying things he has done are all Sam,s fault . And she needs to repent and confess her sins. Than prostitutes begin turning up dead and after each one John calls and says its Sam,s fault the police believe she has a stalker and a seriel killer after her.. kept me reading just to see what would happen next.
Mahareni Maldini
Salut sm ktangguhan Samantha yg berani menyelam naked k dlm rawa penuh ular+buaya u/ mlarikn diri from the villain.Yeaaah...u/ brtahan hidup,tindakn segila ap pun psti akn dlakukn.
And...mgkin mmg ciri khas seri New Orleans u/ mmberikn epilog yg mnggantung+brlanjut k buku brikutnya.
Btw,gw jd sukaaaa bgt sm Reuben Montoya.Ad buku u/ dia gak ya?
Sheila
I've been on a real Lisa Jackson kick lately and this started a new series by her.

I kind of stayed away from this series because the title conjured up a bodice ripper but not so. It was an intense who can you trust, whodunit. Stalker books always creep me out.
Doreen
At first, I was kind of on the fence with this one. The more you read, the more gripping it becomes. It grabs you and holds on. You have to know who it is committing these crimes. Several peopple close to Sam are implicated at times, but the ending will shock you.
Loretta
I don't know why I rarely read Lisa Jackson novels when I enjoy them so very much, but I definitely do. If you have a macabre interest in true crime and criminal psychology, Jackson delivers both in a fictional setting superbly!
Katherine W.
I enjoyed "listening" to this book. It didn't take long to become completely caught up in this story. I hated having to turn it off to sleep.
Dr. Lee Fudge
My only comment is that the novel was written from the point of view of Dr. Sam, psychologist. When the real heroes were the police detectives, Bentz and Montoya. Without realizing that little detail, I spent the majority of the book suspecting Montoya.
The other thing is that the foundational science of the blood work is flawed. My parents had the RH factor working against them. My dad's blood was positve and my mom was negative; I am negative. And my husband is positive, while both my kids are
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Carol
This was my first Lisa Jackson book. I have not read a mystery for quite some time. I rediscovered that I am more comfortable with shorter length mysteries; I am too eager to find out "Who-dunnit! " I was so tempted to read the ending, but I controlled my impatience.

I was pleased with the author's writing style and enjoyed the romantic element as well as trying to discover who the killer was. I had it down to two choices but missed it by one.

While I could not quite rate this a four, I did like i
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Teresa
Rasant und Spannend wie immer
Anita
Two things I hate the most in romance and romantic-suspense are the TSTL heroine and the martyr. We have a martyr here in this book. Sam is a psychologist with an late evening advise talk show in New Orleans. She has also picked up a nutcase caller/stalker calling himself 'John'. John is one sick dude and blames Sam for something and wants her to repent.

Ty is new neighbor to Sam and a whole lot more. The plot is slow to give up its secrets and I really like that, but it makes writing a review di
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Brittany
Hot Blooded is the first book in the New Orleans series, Lisa Jackson does a great job of keeping you guessing as the pages turn. The connections kept spinning like thread and its not until the finale that the secrets come to light. I find every story I've read written by her keeps the suspense going. A lot of authors who write these kinds of books give away too much far too early and it kind of ruins the ending to the story. But Lisa Jackson is a stronger writer and you don't really appreciate ...more
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Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul
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