Friday, October 19, 2018

Too Hot! by Avery Giles

Sparks aren’t just flying... they’re catching.

Eli Johnson is not a hero. He’s just a guy who’s doing his best. His mother was a hero, though, and when she died, he dropped out of college to become a firefighter—a vocation she would have been proud of. He might not be able to save everyone, but he can do what she taught him: put more good out than bad.

Charlie Kinnear is definitely not a hero. When he ran into a burning building to save a trapped child, he was acting on instinct. He’s not expecting a medal, or for a handsome firefighter with a stunning smile to give him his oxygen mask. Charlie’s light-headed, and not from smoke inhalation.

Right as their romance begins, a serial arsonist terrorizes the city. As if that weren’t bad enough, Charlie appears at the scene of every fire. Eli hates to think it, but if someone wanted to get a firefighter’s attention—say, a certain sexy someone who coincidentally wandered into Eli’s life—what better way than by starting fires? Sparks are flying all right, and things may get too hot for Eli and Charlie to handle.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a gentle romance with some firefighting action. Firefighter Eli has a checklist for a prospective life partner and Charlie ticks most of his boxes – except for Eli’s slightly alarming suspicion that he might be a serial arsonist.

I didn’t get on terribly well with this story. I found the writing quite choppy and there weren’t enough clues to the arson investigation for me to attempt to solve it. Eli’s dating checklist made him seem more Bridget Jones than macho firefighter and I’m not sure we ever see enough of Charlie to really care about him.

This book doesn’t fall neatly into a genre. It’s a romance where readers can’t trust one of the men for most of the book. It’s a police procedural where readers don’t know enough about the investigation to follow along with it. There are constant references made to race but the references aren’t developed into storylines or themes.

I don’t feel like I ever really knew Charlie or Eli and it was difficult to invest in the romance while mistrusting Charlie. I didn’t find the sex scenes terribly sexy and I didn’t understand the overreaction to the secrets at the end of the book.

Eli and Charlie’s relationship takes place during the chase for the arsonist and I liked this aspect of the story. But I felt like we never really got to the know the men very well. There was too much tell and not enough show, especially when they were getting to know each other. More time could have been spent getting to know the men and less time on inconsequential description of stuff.

I struggled with Too Hot. I liked Eli but the obvious secret that Charlie was keeping made it hard for me to feel anything but annoyance towards him. And Charlie’s behaviour when his secret was revealed was jaw-droppingly selfish and any hope I had of liking him went out the window.

Too Hot did not do it for me. 2 stars.

Avery Giles is a brown-eyed, fair-haired, moss-covered swamp witch who subsists on energy drinks and the hearts of her enemies. Her day-to-day routine involves waking up, writing three sentences, staring at those three sentences until her brain tells her why they’re wrong, watching eighteen hours of Netflix, and luring bandits away from the safety of the well-lit path. If asked about her favorite books, she’ll mention the Percy Jackson series, Good Omens, and the blackened scroll on which she detailed an encounter with a crooked librarian that led to two marriages and a beheading. She enjoys eating Italian, French, and German lovers after mating with them.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Too Hot! by Avery Giles to read and review.

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