Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hot Shot by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Hot Shot
Author: Kelly Jamieson
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Last Shot #2
Main Characters: Marco and Carrie
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
 


My Review:
I really enjoyed the emotional back story for both of these main characters. On the surface, they have everything together. But their perfect facades hide some heart-wrenching back stories that have left emotional scars on both Marco and Carrie.

On the surface, Carrie is a gorgeous, put-together model. But she grew up as a gangly teen with a lot of awkwardness. Then when she turned in the swan, her over-achieving family looked down on her career that they saw as somewhat frivolous. 

On the other side is Marcus. He's a former SEAL that now owns the tequila bar, Conquistadors, with his SEAL buddies...Beck and Cade. Again, he appears to be a fully-put-together, successful hero. But he grew up getting turned away at every turn...by foster families, by a former fiancee. He's a good guy, but he's had some awful breaks. 

I liked all those depths to them. When the book begins they are both under the impression that the other person hates them, but as they work on an engagement party for Beck and Hayden, they get to know each other better and find that they do really like that other person. Add in some sizzling chemistry...and it's not a surprise where this story goes. 

The thing is Marcus thinks he'll never be in a longterm relationship again. People don't stick in his life. But when it comes to Carrie and him, they have a deadline because she is just a couple of months from moving to Spain for 9 months. They can have a fling and everything will be fine...at least that's what they think. 

There was a lot to love about this book. Both the MC's are artists. I loved that thing they have in common. The story line with Carrie's niece was also interested. I liked the way that sorted things out. It was interesting to see how Carrie's photography business morphed and developed over the course of the story. I loved how Marcus could see her talent and abilities even when other's overlook them. 

And in the background is the engagement and wedding of the friends and all the family that comes into all that. It will be interesting to see how the guys sort out the issues with the bar. I'm enjoying this series a lot. And am I correct in seeing a bit of chemistry between Cade and Reese? I can't wait to read more. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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