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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hotter than Hell by Jemma Chase

Hotter than Hell by Jemma Chase
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (17 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

A mysterious young woman needs the help of a private investigator to find the hottest place on Earth.

It’s summertime in Phoenix, Arizona, meaning it’s hotter than hell. So when Ruby Prince walks into the Private Investigator Nicholas Masters’ offices bundled up like she’s in Nome, Alaska, Nick thinks she’s crazy. But what Ruby wants is to find someplace truly hotter than Hell, and what Nick discovers changes his life…forever.

Ms. Chase has done it again!

Ms. Chase certainly knows her way around a short story. Having read and immensely enjoyed one of her previous short stories, I was curious to see what she had done with an even smaller number of pages. I eagerly started reading and was satisfied with my findings.

The characters, Nick Masters and Ruby Prince, aren’t quite as developed as I usually like, but given the small page count, Ms. Chase developed them just enough that I was able to get a pretty good feel for who they are. I could hear Ruby’s laugh in my mind as well as Nick’s more cynical tones. The attraction between Nick and Ruby is powerful and nearly instantaneous, at least on Nick’s end. It was pretty easy to figure out Ruby’s origins and to see where the plot was heading. However, I wasn’t entirely sure how Ruby felt about Nick until the very end of the story, which added just the right amount of tension to the plot. Their relationship progressed very quickly, but it never felt forced and their happy ending was well deserved.

Ms. Chase also made excellent use of descriptive language, which is certainly a challenge with any short story, let alone one that is only seventeen pages long. Her description of Ruby’s hair is particularly memorable. “She had big blue eyes, and curly hair the color of dried blood framed her face, but when the light caught it, there were glimmers of golden highlights.” Ms. Chase’s clear, concise description let me quickly imagine the characters in my mind without slowing down the pace of the story.

Hotter than Hell is a sweet, paranormal romance that can be enjoyed in a few spare minutes. Wondering if there is a place hotter than hell? Read Hotter than Hell to find out!