Thursday, 22 May 2014

{Review} Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Hotshot by Julie Garwood
(Buchanan-Renard #11)

Published on 6 August 2013
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 368

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 challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peyton’s contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn’t inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.

It’s soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her—until she’s nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again.

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Julie Garwood is one of my favourite author of all time! I started reading her historical romance when I was about twelve years old, all thanks to my aunt who owned the whole collection. So when I know Hotshot is coming out, I was thrilled. However, I couldn't get the book because the price is a little too expensive for me. I ended up paying a few dollars to reserve the book from the library and I rushed to the library to get it the moment I received the message saying that the book is ready for collection. I devoured the book within the day. 

Finn saved Peyton from drowning in her backyard pool when she was young. If it weren't for him, she would have drowned for sure because everyone is busy enjoying the party inside the house. Finn, who was grounded, stayed in his room and was staring at his neighbour's pool wistfully when he spotted the little girl slipping into the pool. I love how sweet and adorable Peyton was when she's young and I love how rowdy the MacBain boys were and their relationship with their parents (although it wasn't much in the book).

I like the way Peyton handles her boss's sexual harassment. Things went a little extreme when her boss tried to cover up the issue when she fled the company. Finn realized the danger Peyton was in and stepped in to help her. I find Finn to be a little too perfect--Olympic gold medalist in swimming, the FBI role model who saves the day again and again. His finds Peyton attractive the moment they met again at the Church for his brother's wedding but didn't realize he love her until much later. On a side note, I detest Peyton's annoying cousin who brought nothing but trouble. All she did was make lots of noise, whine and create lots of trouble. I wouldn't give her a second chance if it is up to me. 

Overall, the plot for Hotshot is slightly cliche. Unfortunately, there is not much of a wow factor in this book but it still enjoyable to read. I'll still continue to read future books in the series and keep on hoping that Garwood will write another historical romance.

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  1. I've been wanting to read this book. It seemed interesting, but I have not tried anything from the author before. Good review!

  2. Bummer that this didn't quite have that wow factor but it does sound like a solid summer read :) Great review Michelle, I love that you've been reading her books since you were twelve.

  3. Yes, it still is a good summer read. Well, my aunt loves Julie Garwood's books so much and pushed them to me. That kick-start my reading life!

  4. Sounds like it was ok even if it didn't blow your socks off >.< I don't read a lot of adult romance but when I do it's usually these kinds of romantic suspense types I like :)