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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mucho Caliente

Mucho Caliente by Francesca Prescott
Publisher: Siren BookStrand
Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: Hot
Length: Full
Rating: LASR Best Book
Review by: Violet

Does Gemma dare wish upon a Latino superstar?

Thirty-seven year old Gemma hadn't reckoned on being seated next to Latino heartthrob Emilio Caliente on the flight to Ibiza. She's bravely dismissed her cheating husband's generous divorce settlement, opting instead for a creatively satisfying, financially independent, bohemian lifestyle on a Spanish island in the sun.

Falling in love with a pop music superstar eight years her junior was definitely not part of her plan. Common sense dictates staying away from Emilio Caliente and his cinnamon kisses: his life is in turmoil, his latest single has bombed, the press want to see him naked and his hellacious manager seems increasingly deranged.

But surely the chain of extraordinary events that insists on bringing them together is proof that love is oblivious to common sense? Does Gemma dare follow her heart and wish upon a pop star without undermining everything else she set out to achieve?

Gemma just went through a divorce from Richard, a very dull man with the ability to squash all her hopes and dreams in a single insulting comment. He laid a very generous offer on the table during their divorce but Gemma turned it down, opting instead for independence and the satisfaction she would get making it on her own. As she boards a plane to Ibiza, she has no idea how much her life will change. She couldn't have imagined that Emilio Caliente, the most famous Latino superstar in the world, would sit beside her on the plane. Her fantasies start to take on a life of their own as she strikes up a conversation with Emilio, leaving her to wonder if dreams come true.

I very much related to Gemma's character because she had so many insecurities, dreams and a steadfast opinion of what romance and love should be. A fabulously beautiful, zany, entertaining, and curious character, she constantly questions her own and everyone else's motives. It takes Emilio, a gorgeous hunk of a man and a Latin superstar swooned over by females the world over, to show Gemma she could have her pick of men and that her imperfections represent her individuality and attractiveness.

Emilio's character is the proverbial package with his sexiness, wit, charm and understanding. Did I mention sexy? He is the epitome of what women fantasize about. The hilarity begins with their first meeting and doesn't stop until the end.

The relationship between Gemma and Emilio strengthens as they journey together through many hilarious situations. The Caliente chicks, the outright nasty manager and the vindictive ex-husband lend a comedic twist to otherwise awkward situations. Mucho Caliente will make you laugh, cry, get angry and every emotion in between.

Francesca balances the perfect amount of imagery and comedy to ensure that even the worst cynic is left with a smile on their faces. Mucho Caliente is a laugh out loud hilarious read that left me wanting more and certainly transcended my expectations. So sit back, relax, crack open that book and be prepared to be whisked away to the world that is Mucho Caliente! This book is a must read for any lover of romantic comedy. I look forward to reading more work from Francesca Prescott. She has proven through Mucho Caliente her writing is comparable to most seasoned writers. I consider any of her books to be an automatic add to my to be read list. I give her the LASR Best Book rating because this is most definitely a book that I will be reading mulitple times as well as ordering for my friends.