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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hotshot by Catherine Mann

Hotshot by Catherine Mann
Publisher: Berkley Jove Authors / Penguin Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full (280 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Old flames burn the hottest...

Major Vince DeLuca may have just accepted his most difficult recon mission ever—keeping an eye on Shay Bassett. As a pilot in the Air Force's top secret test unit, Vince keeps a cool head at the controls. But ever since they were teens, Shay's had a way of jamming his radar. Vince owes it to her dad, his old mentor, to keep her safe—but can he do it at arm's length?

Once young and desperate herself, Shay cares deeply about the troubled teens she works with. Now she's scheduled to tell Congress about Cleveland 's escalating gang activity, and someone out there is trying to cut her testimony short. Living to tell the tale may depend on trusting the one man who burned her so badly years ago—and still makes her feel hot all over...

He’s a flyboy ready and willing to protect more than just his country – he's ready to protect her. She’s in charge of a facility for at-risk teens involved in gangs. She’s got more than one sore spot in her past and many of them include him. When the danger comes, she needs the one man who’s capable of saving her hide – her Hotshot.

Catherine Mann’s second installment to the Dark Ops Series hits the mark. The story is compelling and exciting from start to finish. The characters are real and fun to follow through the journey.

Vince Deluca, the hero is a typical flyboy. He has his commitments to his country and his team. Until he finds the right woman, his loyalties stick. I liked that he had a rough past. That made me want to read more about him and help fix him. I also liked that he had a hidden soft spot, especially for Shay.

Shay Bassett is a great heroine role model. She has overcome issues and made something of her life. Many women should strive to be like her. Yet, sometimes the real issue is the scars that never really heal. That concept made Shay relatable as well. We all have things we’d rather leave buried until someone throws them in our faces.

The scenes in this novel are rich with details and makes the reader feel like he/she is really in the story. The secondary characters and their storylines keep the plot moving well and draw the reader in.

If you want a military romance, then this is the novel for you. If you want a steamy romance filled with unforgettable characters and an adventurous plot, then Hotshot is the book for you. I give this novel 5 books.