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Hot Shot by Charlotte Hughes
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Jul 20, 2012

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bookshelves: own, contemporary, humorous, law-enforcement, read-2012, small-town, suspense, tbr-challenge-2012
Read from July 18 to 19, 2012

TBR Challenge 2012: Personal Challenge--This book has been on my to-read list since January 2011.

Grade B

Francis "Frankie" Daniels made an error in judgement while serving as a detective for the Atlanta PD. Now banished to a small town in NC to be a deputy to the very sexy sheriff, Matt Webber, she's determined to find a way back to "the real world."

Frankie has spent her entire life trying to live up to the reputation of her detective father who was killed in the line of duty when she was young. She's hardened herself to live and work in a man's world and doesn't suffer fools gladly. Her new life in Purdyville doesn't start off on a happy note when she finds the house she's rented has just burned to the ground, and she manages to insult her boss before they're even introduced.

Charlotte Hughes writes humor very well. I enjoyed the banter and the sometimes crazy situations in the book, which were funny without being completely over-the-top. The characters, both primary and secondary, are interesting and add to the story. Unfortunately none of them are really well developed, except for Frankie and perhaps Sissy. The romance in the book is sweet, but Matt's feelings are suddenly just there, with little development for the reader. Frankie's feelings are more complicated, but still the "I love you" feels rushed. Frankie's search for who she is and what she wants in life is well done, however.

Hot Shot is light and fun, better than most small town novels written these days. There is very little syrupy sweetness and the people in the town are not all "good and honest." This isn't a "small town are better than big cities" kind of book, although Frankie does decide Purdyville might be just the place for her.

Recommended for light humorous fun, with some emotional depth as Frankie sorts out her life and feelings.


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