Thursday, September 22, 2011

Too Hot

Title:  Too Hot
Author:  Lauren Fraser
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
ISBN:  9781419935695
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

Nailing this job, shooting a fundraising calendar, is Josie Sharp’s dream.  Her career could really take off.  Work was the only good thing in her life right now and Josie didn’t want to mess that up, like other aspects of her life.  Too bad she isn’t as confident about her skills as a woman.  When she meets a fireman with an olive complexion, her knees turn to jelly and Josie starts fantasizing about what she’d love to do with him.  Never in a million years would Josie have guessed that Mr. Sexy was having the same fantasies. 

Marco Patelli’s chiseled body is like a walking poster for fitness and this is the one time his good looks are working against him.   He’s attracted to Josie but having a hard time convincing her that he’s serious.  Taking things slowly was the best plan to bring Josie out of her shell, but plans quickly changed when Marco could’t keep his mind off her sexy curves.  He’s just the man to help Josie let her guard down. 

Just when Josie is finally comfortable with being in a relationship with Marco, he drops a bomb that crushes her.  All her old fears come rushing back, stronger than ever.   Marco is in the dog house, but not for long.  Eventually he smoothes things out and the couple’s bond is stronger than ever.

Too Hot is a touching story of how one woman blossoms.  Josie sees herself as a larva instead of the beautiful butterfly she really is.  Her painful experience with her ex-boyfriend has left her with a low body image.  Josie is no different than thousands of other women, so I was able to understand her line of thinking. It’s so easy to fall into negativity like that and so hard to break away from it. When she meets Marco, Josie can’t understand why he’d be attracted to her and she almost pushes him away.  And Marco definitely had a hand in nearly destroying things, even though his intentions were good.  Because of the way he stood up for Josie, I was able to overlook his mistake.  That scene made me want to give him a second chance.  He was a good guy and that is always what matters at the end of the day.  There was also a scene where Marco opened up to Josie that warmed the corners of my heart. Who can resist an unexpected tender moment? Not me, that’s for sure. The girlie part of me squealed in mushy delight, and I think readers will appreciate it as much as I did. 

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