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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...more
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
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...more
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...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...more
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.
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...more
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
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
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...more
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?
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.
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....more
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.
Anita Fleming
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...more
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
melissa
This is the epitome of what I like it my romance suspense. I’m not sure what took me so long to try her work, as a few different people recommended her. This one took me a while to read, as I was partly savoring it (as my first L.J.) and partly had to keep putting it down and picking it up as ‘obligation’ reads (ARCs, library reads, ect,) kept arriving.

I’m really glad that this was the first in a series. I really liked the characters, and the setting, and hope to see more of them. (I’m gonna mi...more
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Lisa Jackson does not dissapoint with keeping her readers in Suspense in Hot Blooded, the first book in the New Orleans series. Samantha is a readio host of a late night talk show. She soon begins to be stalked by a man who calles himself "John" He begins to call into her show and harrass her with threatening messages. Then another mysterious call from a woman named "Annie" also comes in, but it can't be because Annie has been dead for over 9 years. Samantha also has a new mysterious neighbor na...more
Nura
Video killed the radio star
In my mind and in my car
We can't rewind we've gone too far

And now we meet in an abandoned studio
You hear the playback and it seems so long ago
And you remember the jingles used to go


Entah kenapa malah lagu itu yang terngiang waktu baca buku imi. Rasanya sekarang makin jarang dengerin radio. Bukan karena tv lebih rame, tapi karena alasan klise: ga da waktu. Ke mana waktu berlalu?

Padahal Radio juga punya peranan penting, lho, dalam sejarah Indonesia. Berkat radio, para p...more
Julia
I mistakenly began reading Cold Blooded first, and I kept wondering why the Rosary Killer was referred to over and over again. (Yes, this is where my idiocy/blonde hair is made plainly evident.) Upon my realization that Hot Blooded was the first in the series, I dove in and loved every minute of it.

Being the first book in the series, it is clear that Lisa Jackson is attempting to balancing both the heroine (Dr. Sam) at the center of the murderous drama as well as the law enforcement characters,...more
Alison
Lisa Jackson has a successful formula going for her. Interesting characters, twists and turns, surprises thrown in. Dr. Sam(antha) is a "radio shrink" who gives advice to others late at night when her show is heard. Does she follow her own advice when an unknown "John Father" begins to call her show with threats, leaves notes in her car (how did he break in) and takes pieces of her clothing (how did he get into her house). Add a few odd characters like her brother who shut out the family decades...more
Terri Powers
Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson, the first book in the New Orleans series, begins with the death of a prostitute, strangled to death with a rosary by a guy in sunglasses during a radio broadcast of a female psychologist giving advice. As the story unfolds, you find that all of the elements of the prologue connect in a hunt for a serial killer who has fixated his feelings on Samantha Leeds, a psychologist and host of Midnight Confessions, a radio talk show that addresses relationships and emotions su...more
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
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...more
Dracut Library

Dr. Samantha Leeds may be a rising radio talk show therapist but she's earned her share of enemies. Years ago, while working in Houston, she failed to notice a teen girl's desperate cries for help that ended in her apparent suicide. The family blamed her for the death. Now Dr. Leeds is back on the air in New Orleans and suddenly she's receiving threatening phone calls from a psychopath who is killing prostitutes. What could their deaths possibly have to do with a dead girl from Samantha's past?

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BoekenTrol
Apr 08, 2012 BoekenTrol rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Into-the-Blue
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: trik
The H-book in the ABC-roundabout.

I like to read a good thriller, but this one left me a bit disappointed.

The thriller part of is was okay: page-turning in the beginning. The middle part was a bit dready: a lot of repetitions of what happened in the past to Annie and Sam's role in that. I think that could have been lessened.
And the end was, imho not so spectacular. A bit predicatable, just like the thriller-series / crime series I watch on TV: cavalry arrives just in time, the things going on ar...more
Cassie
I didn't like the writing style. Not sure if it was because it was an Adobe book format but it would go from one conversation to another and then switch to other characters in the book in the next paragraph. It was hard to follow and I was tired of the mystery about 2/3 through. I skimmed the last 100 pages just to see who the killer was.

Kristen
Lisa Jackson's romantic suspense novels keeps getting better in every one. In this one, Dr. Samantha Leeds is a radio psychologist in New Orleans at night. Someone prank called her at home, and on the line, making insinuating suggestions on sins and retribution, claiming himself as "John." Meanwhile, Detectives Montoya and Bentz are on a hunt of a serial killer who killed prostitutes. As the threat level is series, so is the danger she faces. Someone wants to do her in. It could be her ex-boyfri...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...more
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