NEVER TOO HOT
Author: Bella Andre
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam (May 25, 2010)
A TOUCH IGNITES. A FIRE BURNS. AND THE HEAT HAS JUST BEGUN.
Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin—and to be alone. A horrific blaze has left him scarred inside and out and certain of two things: He’ll get back on his Hot Shot crew no matter what it takes, and any woman who ventures too close will not stay long.
Ginger Sinclair has been burned by a different kind of fire. Having just escaped from a bad marriage, she’s retreated to the safety of the lakeside vacation town in upstate New York to start a new life. She’s done with men, with relationships, with the danger of desires that can rage out of control—until she unexpectedly encounters Connor MacKenzie. As a hot summer on the lake grows ever hotter, they find themselves sharing a cabin and a romance that will swiftly engulf them both.
First of all, let me start by saying that I am usually a big fan of this author. Almost every book I have read by her, I have enjoyed. With this book, I felt let down after eagerly anticipating Conner’s story. If you have read the other books in this series, you know that Conner was severely burned and scarred in the earlier books. Now Conner is fighting through the pain of scarring and trying to get his life back in order. He is on his last appeal to join the Hot Shot crew again, something he desperately wants more than anything.
When Conner goes out to his families cabin expecting solitude while he renovates it, he unexpectedly comes across Ginger renting the place. His Grandparent’s failed to mention this to him, and now finds himself under the same roof as the curvy and attractive woman.
While I enjoyed the love story that author created between Conner and Ginger, I feel that the author let us down with the suspense in this book. It was predictable on so many points, had little action outside the bedroom, and too many side stories going on that I couldn’t fully enjoy the story of Conner and Ginger. By the end of the book I felt a little disappointed. I wanted so much more from Conner and Ginger, but I was too distracted by all of the other characters trying to find their happy ending as well.
Overall not a bad book, but not one of the authors best works. This could be read as a stand alone without reading the previous books, but to get the full impact of Conner’s history and personality I would recommend reading the other books first.
Okay book, but it left me wanting more! 3 STARS