Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hotshot by Julie Garwood, fun and interesting read

From Amazon.com:

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.

I've been reading Garwood's books for over fifteen years. I loved her historicals, I love the Buchanan brothers series. And I enjoyed this one too. My initial thought is I thought the romance was a little weak. Yes, he saved her life as a child and she followed him around like a puppy until he left for college, but it was like.. Oh hey, haven't seen you in years! Lets sleep together.. And then all of a sudden its love. I know these books aren't real, but there should be at least a page or two of "get to know you".

Finn was, I think, too aloof to really believe that he has fallen in love with Peyton. I kinda wish Peyton's sister had her own book with Christopher instead of it being a story inside the story. That would have been interesting to see, and it was hilarious!

I likes the mystery part of it, although I wish it had been a little tougher. I mean, two times it was like.. oh hey, someone shot at my car...  Finn was, I think, too aloof

Anyways, despire these couple things, I did enjoy the story, as I always do. Thanks!

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