Sunday, September 15, 2013

Can Be Read as a Stand-Alone Novel

Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot
by Susan Andersen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - Can Be Read as a Stand-Alone NovelSeptember 15, 2013
Even a lifelong traveler like Harper Summerville has to admire the scenery in Razor Bay, Washington. There's the mountains. The evergreens. The water. And Max Bradshaw, the incredibly sexy deputy sheriff. Still, Harper's here only for the summer, working covertly for her family's foundation. And getting involved with this rugged, intense former marine would be a definite conflict of interest—professionally and personally. 
Max's scarred childhood left him determined to put down roots in Razor Bay, yet one look at Harper—a woman who happily lives out of a suitcase—leaves him speechless with desire for things he's never had. He might not be big on talking, but Max's toe-curling kisses are getting the message across loud and clear. Harper belongs here, with him, because things are only beginning to heat up….
This was not my favorite of Ms Anderson's books. However, by no means was it a bad book. It just didn't grab me by the throat right away like some of her other books do. This book is part of a series/trilogy yet can be easily read as a stand-alone novel. Ms. Anderson really doesn't dwell too much on past story-lines for a new reader to have any difficulty with the book, plot line or even the characters themselves. This book does set up quite nicely for the next in the series and the next book appears to be an interesting one.

Harper is sort of living a lie here in Razor Bay -she is working for the in but in reality is checking out a charity that her parent's foundation is looking to donate to. This is really her job, to assess charities all over the country for the foundation. She never stays in one place long enough to settle. Then into the picture comes the hotter than hot Deputy Sheriff, Max. Of course, things seem to sizzle right off the bat, but Ms Anderson holds off on the fireworks until the second half of the book. This allows the readers and the characters time to develop a relationship.

There was too much silly and superficial angst for me to enjoy the characters thoroughly. The ending and the `happily ever after' was complicated and I found myself rolling my eyes a bit when Harper eventually gave in. I know that the author needed to conclude the story to everyone's satisfaction, but I kind of would have liked to have seen Harper not crumble so easily.

This was a fairly fast and easy read and one that didn't give me too much emotional investment. That was a little disappointing for me.

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