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Historical romance author Elizabeth Hoyt has a new contemporary romance novel written under the name Julia Harper. The first book is called HOT and it definitely lives up to its title. Romance, mystery, action, and excitement make HOT a winner.

Turner Hastings is the local librarian and also works as a bank teller at The First Wisconsin Bank of Winosha. When two men hold up the bank wearing SpongeBob Squarepants and Yoda masks, she sees an opportunity. During the commotion, Turner steals the bank manager's safety deposit key and takes the contents of the box. She knows her actions are caught on tape but she doesn't care. Turner even smiles for the camera. Turner goes on the run from the cops and the FBI while she investigates her own private case, the reason for her actions.

FBI Special Agent John MacKinnon is assigned to Turner's case and is the man in charge of bringing her down. When he sees her on the security tape, he is immediately smitten by her conservative looks and is curious about this mysterious woman.

After finding Turner's cell phone number, John gives her a call to try to convince her to turn herself in. Surprisingly, one little phone call turns into a telephone relationship that puts John in an awkward position. John is starting to develop feelings for the woman that he is supposed to be hunting down to arrest. Will John help and assist Turner or will he do his job and arrest her?

HOT is a delightfully fun romance novel that is packed full of suspense, mystery and non stop action. The romance scenes were sexy, the writing is compelling, and the storyline is fun. I thoroughly enjoyed reading HOT and look forward to reading another book by Julia Harper.

Book Blurb for Hot

A Woman With a Plan

For most people, being held at gunpoint by inept bank robbers disguised as Yoda and SpongeBob SquarePants would make for a bad day. For local librarian Turner Hastings, it's an opportunity. Using the distraction to pull a little heist of her own, she dives into a new life... on the run.

A Cop on a Mission

FBI Special Agent John MacKinnon always gets his man... or woman. After watching Turner Hastings dump the contents of a safety deposit box into her purse on a surveillance tape, he knows this case won't be run of the mill. What he doesn't expect is how the cellphone contact between him and his bounty is about to blur the line between professional ambition and personal desire. When bullets from a hired hitman start flying in Turner's direction, giving weight to her claims of injustice, John is willing to cross any line to save her life...even if it means losing his own.

Things Are Getting HOT.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2008 5.00