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Hot under Pressure (Where You Least Expect It #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  201 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Boutique owner Ashley Taylor hates flying. Especially when there's a sugar-fueled little hellion on board. But then David McLean (sexy ) sits next to her, and suddenly Ashley finds herself hoping the delay will last forever--and that David won't notice her comfy pink bunny slippers (sadly, the opposite of sexy).
David does notice Ashley, and when the flight is delayed over
ebook, 215 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published July 29th 2009)
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Amanda Westmont
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Another Harlequin Blaze! Part of me is embarrassed to admit I read this stuff, but at least I'm not watching "The Bachelor" or worse "Living Large."

This was an interesting premise for a "Blaze" book: two people meet on a plane, the plane never takes off and they end up sharing a hotel room and a bunch of hanky panky. (My favorite part of the whole book was when they find out the plane might be grounded before it takes off and the flight attendants offer free drinks and the hero/protagonist orde
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've read a harlequin category romance in years. I think that I (possibly unfairly) lump them all into the Billionaire Shipping Magnates Pregnant Virgin Mistress group.

I am not interested in reading about billionaires and their pregnant mistresses. And for a long time whenever I'd pass these books in the book store I'd lament the loss of the regular everyday heroes and heroines that used to populate these books back when I read them on a regular basis. Back when Sandra Brown, Lind
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
*Not quite a three, but it was OK.*

So the story was OK, but I hated her sister and his brother. It wasn't anything special, but it was OK for a quick read.

About the audio.... At first I figured that the narrator was just OK, perhaps new and needing more experience. The voice was easy to listen to, but the timing felt off. The characterizations for the H and h were fine, but the other characters felt more like cartoons. And that is when it hit me! About 3/4 of the way through I realized that it w
[Have to catch up reviews later (too much work right now). This one wasn't bad despite the "quick sex" (it was part of the point the story was trying to convey), and the really AWFUL reader on this audiobook! That's saying something right there!:]
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
NBZ #485 = 3+ stars
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I wonder how it really feels to have an instantaneous sexual reaction to a person you have just met. That it may just be possible that the “zing” is really there and you feel it every time you meet with this person. The sensual attraction that draws and consumes you constantly in the other person’s presence. Hmm, I kinda like that feeling! And “Hot Under Pressure” was exactly like that. This story gave “stranger sex” a whole other meaning.

I truly liked the plot of this story. I loved t
Lauren Acton
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
i won this book as part of the SBTB "save the contemporary" campaign and i LOVED it. o'reilly has such a witty, colloquial writing style that made me want to rush out and find everything else she's written. in some ways she reminds me of crusie, and that's a huge compliment in my eyes. the characterizations were really well fleshed out and there was believable conflict between the characters. plus, the sex scenes were hot, as well as funny, and further added to my belief in ashley and david's re ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
There's a reason Kathleen O'Reilly was recommended at Save the Contemporary -- she writes great contemporary romances!

There's so much to this book -- it's not just a romance; there's character development, actual emotion, depth, and real connections, both between Ashley and David and between the reader and the characters.

[I should note I didn't like the next book in this non-connected series, Midnight Resolutions, as much as this one. I can't really put my finger on why, though my gut instinct
Kate Meader
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first Kathleen O'Reilly and definitely not my last. She packed so much into this one-night-stand-turns-into-something-else tale, that I was hooked from start to finish. Great premise, great characters, (view spoiler) Really smart with legitimate conflicts. I'll be checking out this author's back catalog (which I suspect is hug ...more
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked how this book progressed. You can actually tell when both their feelings started to change. After their one night together, Ashley Taylor and David McLean never really thought they would see each other again. However, suddenly they start meeting up in various cities and before long they find out they are a really good together. But, problems at home keep calling Ashley away and David's own resentment with his brother may come between them.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second Kathleen O'Reilly book I've read, and I'm definitely a fan. Her characters have very real flaws and insecurities that they work through together and on their own. There was one subplot that didn't seem to have anything to do with the main plot -- I thought it was going to serve as conflict later on, but it never came up again. I'm glad that subplot didn't emerge again, but it seems puzzling to have it there.
Terri Pray
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Take one delayed flight, a nervous passenger, and a more seasoned business traveler, and you have a recipe for the start of a heated romance.

Well written and worked brilliantly as an audio book - which doesn't always happen with the Blaze novels. The problems with Ashley's sister, the drinking and dependency - was a touch that you don't normally come across in this category of novel.
Liz B
Sep 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ebook
This was the first book I read with the Kindle for iPod Touch eReader. I don't read a lot of category romance (I haven't read one for a few years), but this was perfect--short enough that I didn't get worn out reading on a screen, plus it's just a great contemporary romance. I'll look for more by Kathleen O'Reilly.
Dawn ♥ romance
10/12/2010 Interesting book with good romance and steamy sex. It dealt with a couple serious family issues and although I wanted them to handle situation differently, it was captivating. Clothing stores owner Ashley, afraid of flying, is wearing bunny slippers when businessman David sits down next to her and airplane is delayed for hours.
Aleksandra Stojicic
The only reason this is not 1* are the last 5 pages when a main female character finally starts making good, rational decisions. I would have stopped reading at the first call from her sister, but the book was recommended to me and I kept expecting a twist. This was not romantic, it was pure torture, sprinkled with few good sex scenes and an interesting main male character!
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very rarely read Harlequin, but I didn't mind this one. Liked the dialogue between the characters. Set up unbelievable, but rest of development was feasible.

Got a bit fed up of internal dialogue by Ashley where she imagined what her sister would say.

Have a couple more from this author to read too.
This book was so enjoyable, with wonderful characters facing conflicts that made sense. Lovely writing. I wasn't sure at the beginning, but it just kept getting better and better as it went along. I need to read more of this author's books.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kathleen-oreilly
The writing and dialogue were clunky; I didn't feel a ton of chemistry between the leads; and I honestly thought they would have been better off hooking up a few times and calling it quits rather than starting a relationship.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really well done story of a woman from Chicago who owns boutiques and a stock analyst from NY. They meet and bond on the plane ride from hell. I liked that this story was about two real people, the hero was smart and strong but not an egocentric Alpha, and their ups and down felt realistic.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another smart category by Kathleen O'Reilly!
Shantell Biggs
Jan 20, 2012 is currently reading it
It's a wonderful book that I will encourage anyone to read.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jess by: Smart Bitches, Trashy Reads
Shelves: romance, z_10
It was fine, but I didn't liked it as much as Smart Bitches, Trashy Reads thought I might.

The romance in this didn't really work for me, but I thought it was a very interesting look at the limits of forgiveness and what you're willing/able to do for family.
This book was really, truly, awful.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this one at all. And that's all I will say about it.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Blaze fans
Shelves: romance, read-in-2011
3,5 stars. Good contemporary romance.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
i really like this one..good chemistry. memorable read.
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Kathleen O'Reilly wrote her first romance at the age of eleven, which to her undying embarrassment was read aloud to her class. After taking over twenty years to recover from the profound distress, she is now proud to announce her new career - a romance author. Kathleen lives in New York with her husband and their two children who outwit her daily.
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