Format: .mobi (provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: August 6, 2013
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.
The blurb really doesn't give readers a good enough glimpse of what kind of story Hotshot really is. It doesn't even give the hero, Finn, enough of a description to get readers interested in him!
But let's just set that aside in favor of the actual story.
I've never read Julie Garwood before and while Hotshot didn't exactly fire up my Kindle it did put the author on my radar and after speaking to a few fans I have been assured that her historical romances are not to be missed.
The Good: The glimpse into Finn's childhood. Peyton. The suspense.
Being able to see a bit of Finn's early teen years and just how much of a trouble maker he and his brothers were brought a smile to my face. It also sets up the events that lead Finn on an amazing journey to adulthood.
Then there's the heroine Peyton. She's go getter. She doesn't let things like fear or her gender get in the way of what she wants. It doesn't matter if it's a resort that is in desperate need of upgrades or a mystery villain, Peyton is willing to tackle obstacles on her terms. She may not have the best methods but she does have the courage to see things through.
Because of the constant near death moments, Hotshot is packed with suspense and mystery as Finn tries to keep Peyton alive. She made powerful enemies so it isn't an easy fix but it does make for an interesting story.
The Bad: Peyton. The pace and Lucy.
What?! How could Peyton be "bad" when she's on the "good" list? Well it's like this: When it comes to every thing BUT man/woman relationships, Peyton is aces in my book but when it comes to her emotions, she can be annoying. Once she sleeps with Finn she seemed to lose her intelligence and maturity. Granted all her fears and questions were kept inside her head but she still sounded too silly and naive for a supposedly modern woman. For a grown woman she has a teenager's view of sex and men. At times her attitude about it all was tiring and I felt like saying "You are a grown woman not a silly little girl with little girl fantasies! Act like it!" Peyton had this silly mentality that sex automatically meant some kind of commitment.
At times Hotshot seemed to take a detour from the main story and veered straight into the "Unnecessary Information" lane. That made the story drag on for me and at times I skipped ahead to get back to the main conflict and the romance. There was just too much extra info and scenes that were not necessary to the overall plot. The time and space wasted on certain scenes would have been better spent developing the relationship between Finn and Peyton.
Then there was Lucy, Peyton's sister. I just didn't like her at all. She was in short, unreasonable, hysterical, bossy and a shrew. Where Peyton was brave enough to face the threats to her life and not back down, Lucy expected her sister to just cower in fear and accept defeat. I tried to find something about Lucy to like but I really couldn't.
Overall, Hotshot wasn't a great read. It had its moments but as far as the actual sex scenes between Finn and Peyton, well, if you blink you might miss them completely. I would recommend borrowing this book before purchasing. It's not all bad but it could have been better. I will make a note to check out other books by this author to see if there's a difference in her writing.