This started out a strong 4.5 stars, but I got really irritated with Sophie's and Jake's lack of communication. There we...more4 stars – Contemporary Romance
This started out a strong 4.5 stars, but I got really irritated with Sophie's and Jake's lack of communication. There were too many times I wanted them to actually TALK to each other instead of thinking everything. That's a complaint I have about the previous books in the series as well, but it really annoyed me this time since I liked the H/h better and was more invested in their relationship and HEA. But this is still my favorite of the series so far.(less)
This latest installment in the Hot Shots: Men of Fire series takes place around Poplar Cove on Blue Mountain Lake in the...more5 stars – Contemporary Romance
This latest installment in the Hot Shots: Men of Fire series takes place around Poplar Cove on Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, where scarred wildland firefighter Connor MacKenzie is taking time to restore his family’s 100-year-old cabin, find solitude, and heal and train his injured body, while he awaits the decision regarding his future as a hotshot. Ginger Sinclair left her stifling, rich New York life for the peaceful pace of Poplar Cove to recover from a bad marriage and to find herself again, and she doesn’t need a sexy, gruff, angry firefighter disrupting the niche she’s carved for herself. Connor can’t believe when he finds a beautiful woman singing and painting in his family’s cabin, and she’s definitely a distraction and disturbance he wasn’t prepared for and doesn’t want, but when she stakes her claim and refuses to leave, the two reach an agreement to temporarily share the cabin. Can Ginger help Connor heal, find his worth beyond life as a hotshot firefighter, and convince him to take a chance on love?
There’s a satisfying secondary romance of lovers reunited after 30 years between Connor’s estranged father Andrew and his former teenage love Isabel that’s an affecting addition to the story. This is a straight contemporary, rather than romantic suspense like the first two installments, and it reminded me a little bit of Toni Blake’s Destiny series and Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. Never Too Hot is an emotional, touching, steamy romance about two wounded souls who find wonder, passion, strength, and healing in each other and about the awesome power of love. 5 stars!
I’m a sucker for romance stories featuring hot firefighter heroes, and after being somewhat disappointed with Wild Heat, th...more4 stars – Romantic Suspense
I’m a sucker for romance stories featuring hot firefighter heroes, and after being somewhat disappointed with Wild Heat, the first book in Andre’s Hot Shots: Men of Fire series, I was hoping for a bit more from this second installment. But unfortunately, Hot as Sin doesn’t quite live up to its full potential either.
On the surface it’s got everything going for it to be a five star read: an extremely sexy cover, a ‘hot-as-sin’ wildland firefighter hero, a strong, determined heroine, a reunion romance theme, loads of action, plenty of angst and drama, and several steamy sex scenes, but just like in Wild Heat, it’s the contrived, weak, and rather outlandish suspense plot that just doesn’t really work. The villain in the story is so completely over the top and inexplicably insane that the suspense element misses the mark and comes across as unrealistic and silly instead of intense or gripping like it’s aiming for.
Luckily, the explosive sexual tension and rocky romance between Sam and Dianna (and the smokin’ hot love scenes) held my attention and kept my interest throughout the story. I still plan to read the upcoming book in the series, Never Too Hot, which is Connor’s story, but I just hope the plot does the yummy firefighter a bit better justice next time around. 4 stars. (less)
Whew, I give Bella Andre serious props for having such sexy studs on the covers of her Bad Boys of Football serie...more4 stars - Contemporary/Sports Romance
Whew, I give Bella Andre serious props for having such sexy studs on the covers of her Bad Boys of Football series. The guys on the cover of Game For Anything and Game For Seduction are smoking hot!
I liked Game For Seduction, the second book in the contemporary/sports romance series, much better than Game For Anything. The male lead character, pro-football star wide receiver and former playboy Dominic “Dom/Dominator” DiMarco, is a good solid 10 on the sexy hunk/hero extraordinaire meter and the female protagonist, sports agent Melissa McKnight, is a smart, spitfire, down-to-earth heroine to root for. The romance between them sears the pages…they get-it-on anywhere and everywhere! The secondary male character, rookie football player bad-boy JP, was an absolute riot! His come-ons and one-liners had me laughing out loud. I hope he gets his own story if Andre continues with the series. Game For Seduction is a light, fluff, fun, sexy read! (less)
First off, could the book's cover model's body be any hotter? This is a quick, light, fluff, fun contemporary/spo...more4 stars - Contemporary/Sports Romance
First off, could the book's cover model's body be any hotter? This is a quick, light, fluff, fun contemporary/sport romance about playboy star quarterback Ty Calhoun and uptight image consultant Julie Spencer hired to shape up his act. She also happens to be the same smart, goody-two-shoes that got her heart stomped on by the football bad-boy 10 years ago. There's some angst and hot sex, but the writing is pretty simplistic. It earns 4 stars for some steamy scenes and the sexy stud on the book cover!(less)