This very erotic story is chock full of sizzling carnal encounters, angst, and family drama. There is a slimy villain who definitely needs a comeuppance and a celebration of love, a sassy cowgirl, a couple of strong and sexy military veterans dealing with PTSD, and a distressingly weak father. All of that together has the potential to form a compelling story but somehow it didn’t quite gel for me. I was uncomfortable about the age of the heroine, who is not only being sexually harassed by her own supposed family but starts a red-hot affair when she is just over 18. The conflicting goals between the hero and heroine and the lack of honesty between them and within her family was also frustrating. I am not sure whether it would have been better if I was familiar with the rest of the series so that the various themes running through this tale would have been more clear and more cohesive, but I am afraid that all of this, combined with various editing issues, kept me from enjoying this story.
“Too Hot to Handle” by Susan Arden is part of the ‘Bad Boys: Zero To 60’ series and tells the story of barrel racer Margo Santero and war veteran Rod McLemore as they hook up, form a relationship, and deal with the demons and issues that each has, not to mention survive a tornado and injuries and plenty of other challenges along the way.
A BARREL RACER ON THE RUN
A HORSE THAT REFUSES TO BE BROKEN
A MARINE SNIPER CAUGHT IN THE LINE OF DUTY
A random hookup too hot to handle?
Never say never.
In a torturous game of cat-n-mouse with her step-uncle, it’s Margo’s move.
On the run, she does a body slide right into the arms of a recently discharged Marine. Outside of this crazy fling, there’s zero room in her life for men. Distractions are dangerous to her goal.
From fixing miles of fencing and tending cattle, Rod McLemore is thrust back into the line of duty. And he promptly fails. He crosses the line in a no-brainer mission: go and get the girl. On no hands is he prepared for Margo or her smart-mouth, right hook, and cargo to hide.
Together Margo and Rod are as volatile as flint and gunpowder. Bordering on taboo, their raw attraction is a recipe for disaster. Especially when the stakes are raised.
Their stormy love affair forces them over the edge and out of their comfort zones as they wrangle in-laws, Mother Nature, and a slick conman. A regular trial by fire. But a battle worth fighting means taking a stand. Even if it means they have to lie, steal, cheat.