Thursday, March 28, 2013

Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl

Title: Too Hot to Handle
Author: Victoria Dahl
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Jackson #2
Main Characters: Grace and Cole
Release Date: March 2013
Publisher: Harlequin

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
This good girl's going bad….Merry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it's time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she'll supervise a lot of restoration work. Luckily she's found the perfect contractor for the job.

Shane Harcourt can't believe that someone wants to turn a beat-up ghost town into a museum attraction. After all, the last thing he needs is the site of his dream ranch turning into a tourist trap. He'll work on the project, if only to hasten its failure …until the beautiful, quirky woman in charge starts to change his mind.

For the first time ever, Merry has a gorgeous stud hot on her heels. But can she trust this strong, silent man, even if he is a force of nature in bed? When Shane's ulterior motives come out, he'll need to prove to Merry that a love like theirs may be too hot to handle, but it's impossible to resist.

My Review:
There was a lot of story packed into this one book and these two characters. For that reason, there were times when the story seemed to be rambling and meandering slowly through...and getting a bit bogged down with it all.

Shane and Merry both have issues. Shane's issues date back to the men in his family which have a hard time committing. Merry's issues date back to a father who was never there and a mother who's a bit on the flighty side. But they've taken those issues and dealt with them completely differently in their lives. For Shane, he's used them as an excuse to never commit or get close. For Merry, she's used them as a further reason to embrace life and happiness. For both of them, they've left them with scars that make relationships really difficult, if not impossible.

There were times in this book when I had a hard time with both characters. Normally in romance novels, you want your H/h to be super-strong...that is NOT these two. Shane is fighting his family over the wrong things. In fact, I had a hard time understanding just why he was fighting them besides pure greed...not something you want in a hero. Merry has self-image issues. She doesn't see herself as someone who another person would want. The best part of the entire book was when she FINALLY stood up for herself. I wanted to stand up and cheer for her!

But with all of that, this is still a Victoria Dahl novel and I still enjoyed the actual reading of it. She has a humorous voice that I love in contemporary novels. I wasn't completely sold on these two characters, but there was enough good there that I still enjoyed the actual reading of the book. I liked the ghost town setting and what Merry was working to create there. It wasn't my favorite of hers, but it made for an entertaining read.

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

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