Too Hot to Handle

The Giovanni Clan, 1

It was a dark and story night….. Not really. They met in a bar, had instant heat, and acted on it. It’s called a one-night stand. But this night had a surprise or two in store. For Kitty, it resulted in a pregnancy that she decided to nurture. She called the father, who provided his phone number, but never heard back. That was pretty clear so she moved on with her life.

Alex can’t forget the one night with Kitty. He was engaged but this woman he met in a bar was the woman he wanted. His obligations be dammed. Unfortunately he could never find her and she never called. Imagine his surprise when she’s right in front of him four years later?

Alex’s life is a car wreck. And most of the chaos is of his own making. As a clueless male he doesn’t see that he’s being manipulated by his mamma (whom I despised) and his now ex-fiancée who so wants to be his current fiancée. When he reconnects with Kitty and discovers the results of their one night together he’s concurrently furious and thrilled. As the miscommunications and misunderstandings pile up we have his mother and ex-fiancée hovering in the background.

I simultaneously liked and hated this story. Alex’s mom was too much to believe but fortunately she redeemed herself in the end. The ex was also a piece of work and while I despised her she really added momentum and conflict to the story. The tragedy that befalls Alex was a common story element but disappointing. All I can say is if this is how Italian families really interact, you can count me out. A good read that had sex and steam but also infuriated and annoyed. And that’s what kept me reading to the end.

Book Blurb for Too Hot to Handle

When firefighter Alex Giovanni returns to his old neighborhood to fulfill family obligations, he is reunited with the woman inhabiting his dreams. The sexy siren ran out on him after one explosive night many years ago. Hiding behind her sensible clothes she portrays the perfect image of Miss Prim and Proper and Alex vows to unlock the passionate woman he remembers. Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun.

Kitty Jenkins’ orderly life gets turned upside down when Alex walks into her school. Their passion filled night four years ago has left her with a secret that threatens to tear them apart. Giving into Alex is out of the question, regardless of how much her body craves his touch.

When secrets spill and disaster strikes, can their passion turn into love?

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2012 3.50