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Hot Stuff (Cate Madigan #1)

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Cate Madigan isn't asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly playing matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peace and quiet and a nice place to live while she saves her money from tending bar in a lively
Hardcover, Large Print, 206 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Center Point (first published April 1st 2007)
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This book was lots of fun to read. It's a screwball romantic comedy, with an assortment of quirky characters, plenty of witty dialogue, some ridiculously funny situations, a bit of a mystery, and a Bullmastiff named Beast.
Hot Stuff Left Me Cold, April 9, 2007

I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan; this is not one of her better stories. The book jacket summary sounded very interesting to me, it had real potential to be a lighthearted, intriguing romance. The book started out decent enough, I immediately liked the main character, Cate, and fell for her and her crazy Irish family. At the same time I was falling for the Madigan's I was introduced to a not so loveable character, Patrick Pugg. This guy is so annoying it real
Nov 30, 2008 Loreta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like to laugh!
Recommended to Loreta by: Previous experience with Janet Evanovich.
Shelves: fun
This was a quick read, very amusing characters and rhetoric. There were some sexy incidents but not overly so. I found myself laughing out loud (which is usual when I read Janet Evanovich). This was a good pairing with Leanne Banks and, if they write another together, sign me up!
The main character is a student working as a bartender evenings to pay for her classes/living expenses. She rents a room from a female impersonator who disappears but sends her a big slobbery dog for protection while he'
sosososososo bad. wish I could give it a zero. couldn't get through the first few pages it was so insultingly bad.
This was very nearly a DNF for me. I really struggled with forming an attachment to any of the characters. I found the main character, Cate, to have too little common-sense and too much trust in complete strangers. I also thought she was waaaay too naive and kind of dumb. I know this was supposed to be a light-hearted, fluffy read, but I just couldn't get behind ANY of Cate's actions. Also, there was absolutely NO emotional payoff in this book. There is a death in this book, and not one of the c ...more
IDK how this book got past me. It was published in 2007 and I usually read Janet Evanovich books soon as they come out. I found out about it and got it right away and read it in a couple days. Its very similar to her Stephanie Plum books. So if you like those, youll like this! Cate Madigan is similar to Stephanie, tho she works at a bar and is studying to be a teacher. Kellen McBride is a private investigate, formerly a cop,,,, so similar to Joe Morelli. There's mystery, suspense, romance and of ...more
Can't make my opinion known until after book club!

"HOT STUFFintroduces Cate Madigan, a Boston native from a large and crazy Irish family. Cate has far too much going on to get involved in extracurricular activities, like men and marriage. She spends all day in school, earning her teaching degree, and all night working as a bartender in Boston's South End. Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided to make Cate's bar his nightly haunt. He likes Cate's sassy Irish spirit and wild red hair. He also has an ulterior motive for getting close to her.
Cate is a fun loving aspiring teacher who also happens to love baking cakes. She sounds so much like me, it made reading her story so much better. I loved the way her mother and brothers were protective of her. And Julie and Sharon are both the perfect best friends; kind of the Connie and Lula of the book. Beast is adorable and cute. I can totally picture a giant puppy causing mischief while weaving his way into Cate and Kellen's hearts. Pugg gives some much needed comedic relief, although the w ...more
I didn't get much read in April with all the travel and visiting I was doing. I was so tired on the flight over that I stuck to sudoku and movie-watching. A fellow passenger gave me a Janet Evanovich book on our way into Portland called Hot Stuff. It was very light reading, even more so than her Stephanie Plum mysteries, but it was cute and funny and suited my mood.
Fun, fluffy read - I needed something quick and entertaining that wouldn't require too much effort and this fit the bill. Liked the fact that it had a dog in it, Beast but thought the character of Pugg (who is not a dog) was a little over the top.
This is a typical Evanovich smut book. You'll laugh out loud many times. Don't know if this is the start to a new series or just a one off. It ended so if there aren't any more, that's fine. No cliffhangers or anything. Quick fun read.
Nice easy read my mom picked up for her trip to Hawaii and then handed off to me because it was about a young girl who lives in Boston who lives with a drag queen in Boston.

Can't imagine why she thought it would interest me.

Jen Selinsky
Cate Madigan has dreams of becoming a teacher. In order to pay her tuition, she works the night shift at a bar in South Boston. While on duty one night, Cate meets a man named Kellen McBride, whose smooth manner melts her heart. Cate’s roommate, Marty, is a cross dresser who resembles Judy Garland. When Marty leaves town, Cate becomes an answering service for threatening messages directed toward him. Shortly after, Marty is presumed dead, and foul play is suspected. Cate enlists the help of Kell ...more
What an adorable book! If I didn't know better, I would think Cate Madigan and Stephanie Plum are twins! They are SO alike it's scary!! =)
Wish she had more books like this. I really liked this one. She is a great author. Can't wait for the movie.
I'm a big Evanovich fan, and while this isn't her Stephanie Plum character, it was still pretty good.
Angela Joy
I laughed out loud a lot! Don't remember vulgarity in this one (as opposed to the Plum series).
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Andrea Guy
Some books are meant to be read for the fun of reading. Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks is one of those books. Janet is stepping away from Stephanie Plum on this one, but she's not stepping away from a fun mystery/suspense story that is full of humor and some zany characters. Zany? What is zany anyway? Zany is Patrick Pugg who is always saying stuff like "Pugg thinks....." Pugg doesn't use the word "I" until, Cate's neighbor Julie offers to rearrange certain parts of his anatomy!

3.5/5 (C+)

Review: So, this book was all right in my opinion. It had it funny moments where I did laugh out loud, but that's to be expected from Ms Evanovich and Ms Banks. I'd say the book sounds a lot more like most of Ms Evanovich's books though with a very similar style. All in all, you'll get a good laugh, but it's not the best book by either author.

The Character - Cate's character was okay, except for the fact where she swore off man. I mean, I understand why, but when someone's yummy as Kel
Bronwyn Rykiert
This was a fun romp, it was a quick read and fun from start to finish.

Cate Madigan rents a room from a cross dresser Marty Longfellow, she goes to college during the day and works at a bar in the evenings. She has two good friends Julie and Sharon who live in the same complex as hers. Her family are always trying to find a mate for her and this time it is Patrick Pugg who when he talks about himself says Pugg did this and Pugg likes this instead of using the work I. Cate decides he is not for he
Title: Hot Stuff
Author: Janet Evanovich & Leanne Banks
Genre: Chick-lit/Romance
Challenges: 2009 Support Your Local Library, 20 Books in 2009, Chick Lit Challenge 2, Pages Read Challenge 2009, Books Around the States Challenge, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge

Rating: 5/5
No. of Pages: 352
Published: 2007
From the back:
Cate Madigan isn’t asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly palying matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peach and quiet and a
Iris Blobel
"Hmmm" comes to mind, but I think I will settle with I liked it. It kind of has the first Plum ideas in it even though I shouldn't compare the books or story lines.

I liked Cate and her family which with an Irish background is easy to do. Being the youngest in the family, not only the parents still worry about the mid-twenties Cate, but her brothers as well.

Cate sublets a room from Marty, who seems to be in trouble. Add Kellen McBride who is supposed to investigate, but does not only that, he f
Jill Dunlop
Cate Madigan is used to constantly having her loving Irish Catholic family setting her up with random men for dates. She is the youngest in her family and the only unmarried one. She might be used to it, but she hates it. The dates have never lived up to her expectations. She is twenty-six and a student trying to get her teaching degree. She figures if she can handle four brothers, then a classroom of 8 year olds should be a piece of cake. When Cate is not in school she is tending bar at a local ...more
Cate goes to college to become a teacher, works at night as a bartender and saves money by renting a room from a famous drag queen.

Kellen is a man on a mission who is after something. After awhile the something he is after becomes Cate.

There is also a very large dog named Beast. He does not have an agenda or plans for the future, but he does like to sleep and go to the dog park.

There are laughs, mystery and romance. Not necessarily in that order.

This is a story that has the normal Evanovich and
Judy Collins
Loved it...similar to Stephanie Plum series. Read all Janet's books and as along as Lorelei King iks performing - sure to please. Get the audio to enjoy it at its best.

STUFF introduces Cate, a Boston native from a large and crazy Irish family. Cate has far too much going on to get involved in extracurricular activities, like men and marriage. She spends all day in school, earning her teaching degree, and all night working as a bartender in Boston's South End. Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided t
Sherri F.
Not one of Evanovich's best but it was ok enough read and it gets bonus pts for being a light, easy & quick listen (abt 4 hrs while you're working around the house or driving). I've avoided this branch of Evanovich books b/c I thought it was straight romance, but glad that it had a good enough of mystery involved.

Some good characters and a couple that were annoying but ok storyline. I still can't believe any half-way normal mother would never try to set up their daughter with a "Pugg"-like g
4 stars.

This book was a perfect summer read. Very amusing characters, slightly formulic in terms of the storyline and the way the main character's family was portrayed (Irish, loud, nosy etc) but it was still well done. I laughed out loud quite a few times and even though the mystery was easy to spot a mile away, I still enjoyed the ending and seeing everything wrapped up. Really fun book.

I got this as a playaway (my first playaway!) and listened to it as I ran the last few morning and I have t
This one is similar to the Stephanie Plum books. This book is on the older side (2007, I believe) and it doesn't look like it will become a series, if it did I wouldn't read the next one. Quick, fun read, read it in three sittings over a week. The story line consists of a young 20s woman who works at a bar and lives with a transvestite who is a glorified lounge singer. Attempted murder, stolen jewelry and a mystery man gets unraveled in this caper.

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“She doesn’t know,” Cate said. “Kellen is a secret. I didn’t think my mother would approve.”

“Why wouldn’t your mother approve?” Pugg asked.

“It’s my job,” Kellen said. “I kill people. It pays well, but it’s not universally socially acceptable.”
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