Peyton and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with conditions: 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 after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.
Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated – until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. Finn is more than happy to do a favor for Peyton, but he doesn’t plan on dealing with the beautiful passionate woman she has become.
There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop Peyton and her sisters from succeeding. Among them are their contentious cousins and a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property. And it also becomes apparent that her old boss holds a serious grudge and believes in payback.
While the attraction between Peyton and Finn flames bright enough to distract the both from their dangerous situation, a happily ever after ending seems all but impossible. But the well-trained lawman never loses focus: He saved her life once; now he must do it again.
First, I would like to say I have been a Julie Garwood fan for many years. I was hooked on historical romances for a period of time and I absolutely loved her work. When I came across a contemporary romance novel – Hotshot – by no other than Julie herself, I had to buy it to add to my personal collection. I couldn’t wait to open it and get started. Maybe it’s the genre, but I didn’t feel the character development was as deep in this story as in the previous ones I’ve read of hers. I didn’t feel transported into the story, I didn’t feel the connection to the main character that I normally do. It was actually an act of will to stay focused in the reading. Perhaps my expectations were unreasonably high, given my previous experiences, but I just felt a little let down with this one.
Now, that being said it was a good story which I did enjoy. It was fast paced, entertaining and had some memorable characters. I love that the main character stood up for herself despite many rather harrowing experiences that would have made the average person run away and never look back. I love books with a plot that stands for something. While writers of fiction are mainly credited with their entertainment of readers, those that can work in an important topic and do it in a way that resonates with readers is a writer I have deep respect for.
I’m giving Hotshot 3.5 stars. A respectable rating and a book worth checking out.