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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Where There’s Heat by Grace Hood

Where There’s Heat by Grace Hood
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (136 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

Darren Kelley loves his town, his job as a volunteer firefighter, and working at a shelter for abandoned horses. He couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Until the cute girl from high school returns to town, all grown up.

Angie Davis is a pastry chef working at a popular restaurant in Boston. When her mother runs off with her latest toy boy, Angie rushes back to her small hometown in Maine to rescue the family pasta factory. Not content to return to the boonies, she decides to sell the business, fast, and get back to her real life. But before she can escape, she meets up with the man of her high school fantasies, and questions whether she needs the bright lights and big city to be happy.

It’s said that you can never go home again, but Angie Davis has to take care of some family business back in her old hometown. Darren Kelley has lusted after her since high school but never thought he could measure up to her high society life. Fate brings them together and sparks fly -- but is it enough?

Author Grace Hood has that rare ability in an author to give her readers a full length novel in the amount of pages usually found in a short story. Believe me when you’ve finished these scant 136 pages you will feel fulfilled like you’ve read a much longer book. What also sets her apart is her incredible storytelling talent and that will become obvious to you as you read her amazing tale, a tale as old as time. Boy meets girl, lusts after her, gets her and tries his best to keep her. And another thing I love about this is that her heroine is strong and independent and the big he-man hero is the needier of the couple.

The dialogue is filled with the best humor I’ve read in a long time, I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the comments the characters make, but it’s also filled with great lines, precise narrative mixed with a little naughty speak.

Now let’s talk about Ms. Hood's characters, especially her hero and heroine Darren and Angie. These are two of the most unlikely people to fall in love that you will ever find, but you’ll also encourage them all through their trials and tribulations because you just won’t be able to help yourself. Her secondary characters are equally important and some have four legs.

Her romance is funny, witty, heartwarming with that heartbreak that makes the happy ever after so much more meaningful. Her love scenes are so hot you’ll think you’re having hot flashes. They’re physical, visceral, sensual and erotic. This is definitely not your Grandmother’s romance novel. But those of us who love sizzling romances will really appreciate Ms. Hood’s talent.

All in all you will not find a more comforting romance. A must read for the summer. So put on your sneakers and run to the nearest bookseller for one hot summertime romance. You will not be sorry you did. Oh and Ms. Hood, kudos to you!!!