Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hotshot” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Buchanan-Renard #11)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,574 ratings  ·  640 reviews
Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have just inherited Bishop’s Cove, a charming oceanfront resort. But it comes with a condition: They must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

Peyton welcomes the challenge, yet has no idea how many people want to sabotage her success—including her vindictive cousins and the powerful land developers who
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Signet (first published 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hotshot, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hotshot

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.96  · 
Rating details
 ·  8,574 ratings  ·  640 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Hotshot
Geri Reads
Jun 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 45%. :(

As a reader, you know, even before reaching 15% or 30% or whatever that what you're reading is great, good, mediocre or bad. You would know. And as a reader, there comes a time where you have to make a decision right there and then.

I'm not going to rate this but I just can't do it. I'm throwing in the towel. If a book cannot hold my interest long enough that I keep on putting it off, putting it off and putting it off says it all. The fact that I am giving up on Julie Garwood book,
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Quick summary
Peyton Lockhart can't believe her good fortune when she lands a dream job as a food critic for a prestigious magazine. When that dream turns into a nightmare, her childhood idol, FBI Agent Finn MacBain, steps in to give assistance. Little did he know that "little Peyton" was going to finally get her Hotshot hero.

What worked
The beginning of the story was really great, especially the prologue. Finn and his two brothers stole that portion of the
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I am extremely unimpressed with Julie Garwood's newest addition. I used to be a HUGE fan of hers, and her historical novels always work as the perfect pick me up.

However this novel lacks everything that makes a Julie Garwood novel great.

Cliche upon cliche, perfect characters meet perfect characters. We have the swimmer who catches up with his innocent (ahem. VERY innocent)childhood neighbor. Or, should I say Olympic gold medalist, record-breaking swimmer turned PERFECT FBI agent who just
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
October 2017 Reread and Review

 photo 5ae020b0bd3ce802ee52bdb758d240be_zpsvpc0wnc6.jpg

Solid 4.5 Stars!!!

Okay I reallllly enjoyed this installment to the series. I loved the H&h, the storyline, and the secondary characters. We're introduced to another swoon worthy FBI Agent and strong willed, independent, and feisty heroine with trouble hot on her heels.

 photo PicsArt_1508487433880_zpsq8t8gpag.jpg

I know many fans have been a bit disappointed with the last few books....but I have to say I've thoroughly enjoyed each storyline and every Hero and Heroine. I may have had a different
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I missed this one when I was reading the series last year. It was just as good as the rest. A unique storyline to the others.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. My god, I had to stop halfway through- I couldn't tolerate any more of this tripe
Ways this story is just too stupid to be believable
1. HR tells Peyton that she can't file a sexual harassment case until she's been there 3 months. She keeps googling sexual harassment but doesn't figure out that this is bunkum
2. Randolph Swift is the CEO of the company Peyton is working for. Drew, Randolph's son-in-law, is sexually harassing her, but HR stonewalls her, she doesn't take things to Randolph

Loved it the 5th time as much as reading it the first time. The hero was dreamy, sappy I know but he was. And I liked the heroine as well. Good pacing, characterization and storyline.

Loved, loved loved this book. What a great couple, so enjoyed reading about them falling in love. Finn was swoon worthy and what a strong and great heroine Peyton was. Great plot and moved along at a great pace. Anything Julie Garwood is always a winner! MUST READ!!
Enjoyable enough. If you like sweet romantic suspense with Barbie and Ken playing the lead couple, this is for you. There is nothing offensive in it. Not a lot of vulgar language. Not a lot of bloody gore. Not even death. The love scenes are steamy, and there are several of them. The suspense is weak, mostly due to raunchy cardboard villains.

Bottom line, for me, Hotshot was nothing special, but still entertaining. IMO, the best book in this series is Mercy. I really enjoyed that one -- set
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, earc
Finn MacBain meets Peyton Lockhart when she's a little girl in the beginning of this book. He's 14 and she's 6. Peyton's family is the MacBain's new neighbors and because of a incident with the Lockhart's pool Finn and his 2 brothers aren't allowed over there. Just so happens the evening the Lockharts are having a party Finns observes a little girl wander out to their pool and sit down and in a matter of minutes she falls in. Finn runs to the rescue when he bursts into the party knocking Mr ...more
Sharon Redfern
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! From the beginning when the author is describing the MacBain boys and their propensity for trouble and bottomless stomachs to the very end when Finn proves he is still a Hotshot, I enjoyed every word.
Peyton is a woman at a crossroads and looking for a direction in her life. After a disastrous experience as a food critic for a magazine, she runs into her old neighbor Finn at his brother’s wedding. Finn is a real Alpha hero, used to being in charge, perfect at everything he
This was a really solid book. I liked both the hero and heroine and their attraction was very believable. The plot was action-packed and moved forward at a good pace and the resolution was good, if perhaps a tad anticlimactic.

The basic story is that Finn and Peyton lived next door to each other when they were kids. Finn was 8 years older so they didn't exactly grow up together, but they shared a special connection thanks to Finn saving Peyton from drowning when she was 6. Finn went on to become
Laura the Highland Hussy
review posted on Got Fiction? Books

This is another of Garwood’s contemporaries and I have to say, I really enjoyed it!

Peyton Lockhart has just taken a job at a culinary magazine as a food critic, only once she moves up there she realizes that her job is more be at her boss’ beck and call, and less actual food critiquing. She makes a couple new friends, but on the whole no one is very pleasant, and her new boss soon becomes a problem. Drew Albertson’s been sexually harassing the women in the
Cardyn Brooks
As a person who has read nearly every J.G. book, my opinion is that her writing in her contemporary fiction feels like she's a different person. It's normal for writing--like painting--styles to evolve over the course of a long, productive career, but this is more (or much less) than that.

Peyton's choices make her seem like a moron. Her cavalier attitude toward workplace harassment and leaving others in jeopardy as she saves herself does not make Peyton cheer-worthy. She's vapid. And the
Anne OK
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Another contemporary from Julie Garwood where we have a superstar FBI agent mixing it up with the grownup version of the little girl he saved from drowning years ago. There's not an unforgettable knockout storyline but the balance between romance and suspense was refreshing and quite entertaining. The story flows well and kept my attention. I liked both lead characters who were a bit broken but still willing to go another round. Garwood has kicked up the sizzle in this one and presented it very ...more
Kirsten #ripcarollspinney
I really enjoy Ms Garwood's contemporaries. This one, however, was not one of her best. Though the couple had some good chemistry, I felt that the plot was a little forced and that the hero was a little too alpha. But, I guess that went with him being a "hotshot". Still, it was a nice fun read.
Gizella Tóth
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, a new love has been born! It's called Finn McBain.
Crystal Gale
I am quite disappointed in this book and that's hard for me to say because I'm a long time fan (I ahve been reading her works since high school) and I have read ALL of her books. I'm so used to reading book after book of great stories from her that whenever she releases something new I will immediately grab it to read asap.

I just don't know what happened to her writing in her maybe last 2-3 books (Hotshot included) that her stories were becoming more and more mediocre. It's not as exciting and
I enjoyed this book but I'm not sure why. It wasn't really good, it wasn't bad either.

The beginning was rather slow. I was waiting (and skimming a little bit in the meantime) for the story to begin. And then the romance part was definitely too quick. I believe they have sex too early, I didn't find the feelings between them. Then, out of sudden, everything stops for some silly reason and even sillier doubts. (view spoiler)
Jacqueline J
I quite enjoyed this romantic suspense from JG. It starts when the two of them are children and that is one of my favorite set ups. If they knew each other as kids, I like to read about it rather than just flashbacks. That way we really get to know and care about the characters and how they related to each other as adults.

I thought the mystery element was pretty solid and I enjoyed that it wasn't about serial killers or murder etc. There are a lot of crimes that are interesting to read about
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
You can never go wrong with Julie Garwood
Book Reading Gals
Title: Hotshot

Author: Julie Garwood

Genre: Contemporary

Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.

There are countless
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the age of 5 Peyton Lockhart's life was saved by Finn MacBain, the “bad boy” that lived next door. Since that day, Peyton has had a hero worship attitude toward Finn. Every day she would wait for him to come home to share her day with him until the day Finn moved away. Peyton still kept in touch via emails... and after Finn's gold metals in swimming Peyton started to call Finn "Hotshot". Peyton especially remembered the anniversary of the date Finn saved her life, she made sure she sent him ...more
Virginia Williams
I was drawn into this novel in the prologue but as the hero and heroine went their separate ways, it was mostly telling until the heroine, Peyton, returned home for a wedding. I'm glad I persevered. I was hooked from then on into a journey I did want to end. I fell in love with Hotshot Finn, an FBI agent. Peyton the heroine was such a lovely character and I was pleased the story ended how it did.
I had a few queries along the way though, but who doesn't from time to time in a novel. One being
I like this book. It contains several my favorite elements, such as friends-to-lovers(though they haven’t seen each other for many years that the hero doesn't recognize the heroine), the hero is a FBI, heroine receives threat, hero saves heroine and some spices.

Although Finn is a typical hero who is afraid to love again because of his ex’s betrayal, I admire the heroine, Peyton. Unlike many heroines who are so weak that refuses to fight back or chooses to endure the threat without report to
Barb Lie
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hotshot by Julie Garwood is a romance thriller. This was an enjoyable read with a mix of romance, family relationships, mystery, danger and a wonderful couple. We meet our couple when they were very young; Finn our hero, was 14 years old when he saved Peyton, only 6 at the time, from drowning in her family’s swimming pool, during a party.

Peyton always had a crush on Finn, following his Olympic swimming career, as she grew up. Finn though never really paid attention to Peyton. The story picks up
21/8 - Fantastic! Loved it! Read between 9 pm and 1:30 am. Peyton's life is in danger because she has a recording of the CEO-to-be (or so he thinks) of a large magazine company sexually harassing her and threatening to rape her. Finn was the boy-next-door who saved her from drowning when she was little, now he's all grown up and has lived an amazing life - gold medals for swimming, awards for his work with the FBI as their top interrogator, saving people everywhere he goes. Finn is captivated ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to start. All the emotions are perfectly crumbling down. Okay. We start from the beginning. It's really funny the way JG explains Macbain family. I can imagine how the father and mother try their best to manage not one but three teenage sons. It is a tough one job, I bet.

Devin’s shoulders slumped. “What’d he do?” he asked, his voice deflating as he opened the door
wider and beckoned them inside. Before either of the Lockharts could explain, Devin turned and
shouted, “Finn, get
Sep 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost never give 1 star reviews and I am very surprised to do it for a Julie Garwood book. However, this story was just such a mess. The prologue was excellent and I was really interested in Finn's character. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there and that was pretty much all the character development we get for Finn.

Then we get to the other characters who were all pretty much TSTL. Peyton was so ridiculously dumb, I'm shocked she made it this far. Someone tries to run her off the road
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When she was five, Finn MacBain saved Peyton Lockhart from a watery death. In her heyes, Finn wasn't a teenager, he was her hero. Everyday she would wait for him to come home from school. And every year she thanked him for saving her life.

Many years pass. During that time, Peyton has blossomed into a beautiful woman. Finn, on the other hand, had a job with the FBI that took him all over. Being on TV, Peyton had a chance to see her hero. So Peyton had the advantage during his brother's wedding.
Cheryl M-M
Hmm I didn't think this book was up to par. Garwood usually delivers a tighter plot with decent character development and fairly good sense of humour.
This lacked all of the above.
I wonder if the fact that this book tries to bring the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace to the forefront, played a role in those factors or the lack thereof. Perhaps Garwood was trying to give it a more serious tone.
That might have worked if some of the scenarios hadn't seemed implausible.
Things like a
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
finn 7 55 Jun 06, 2014 07:23AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Cover of Night
  • Veil of Night
  • Jeopardy: A Game of Chance\Loving Evangeline
  • Moonlight in the Morning (Edilean, #6)
  • All Night Long
  • Dark Light (Ghost Hunters, #5)
  • Vendetta in Death (In Death, #49)
  • To Die For (Blair Mallory, #1)
  • Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #2)
  • Sweet Fortune
  • Justice (Jessica Ford, #2)
  • Texas! Chase (Texas! Tyler Family Saga, #2)
  • Reckless: Midnight Rainbow\Tears of the Renegade
  • Desert Heat (Sinclair Sisters Trilogy, #2)
  • The Target (FBI Thriller, #3)
  • Horror-Ween (Krewe of Hunters)
  • The Woman Left Behind (GO-Team, #2)
  • One Hot Scot (Scandalous Highlanders, #0.5)
See similar books…
With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the

Other books in the series

Buchanan-Renard (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard, #1)
  • Mercy (Buchanan-Renard, #2)
  • Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard, #3)
  • Murder List (Buchanan, #4)
  • Slow Burn (Buchanan-Renard, #5)
  • Shadow Dance (Buchanan-Renard, #6)
  • Fire and Ice (Buchanan-Renard, #7)
  • Sizzle (Buchanan-Renard, #8)
  • The Ideal Man (Buchanan-Renard, #9)
  • Sweet Talk (Buchanan-Renard, #10)