Friday, February 29, 2008

BAM Challenge - Heart

I seem to be making a habit of posting my reviews on the last day of the month, aren't I?

Title: Hot
Author: Julia Harper
Genre: Romance
Age level: Adult

First, Julia is a friend of mine. Second, other than the fact I could see Julia's sense of humor shining through, our friendship had no bearing on my enjoyment of this book.

When Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dumber, aka SpongeBob and Yoda, decide to rob the First Wisconsin Bank of Winosha, Turner Hastings takes the opportunity to do a little thieving of her own. She knows the bank president is crooked and will go to any length to restore the good name of her uncle who had been framed for embezzlement.

FBI agent John MacKinnon always gets his man, or woman. Seeing Turner smile at the security camera after pilfering papers from the bank president's safe deposit box stirs his professional, and other, interest.

There were a lot of things I loved about this novel. I enjoyed the banter between Mac and Turner as they talked on cell phones during Mac's search for her. Also, they were older, well, Mac was. It's been a while since I'd read a romance where the hero was in his forties. And he wasn't one of those eternal frat boys who had a sudden revelation that he needed a serious relationship. We got to see a side of his character other than romantic leading man with the resumption of his relationship with his sixteen-year-old daughter. Then there was SpongeBob and Yoda: great comic foils! There was a ton going on in this story and Julia pulled it all together into a sweet, mature, and fun romance.

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