First to Read: Hotshot | Julie Garwood
Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Hotshot

Julie Garwood

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and—of course—romance.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and—of course—romance.

Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.

There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peyton’s contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn’t inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.

It’s soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her—until she’s nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again.
Julie’s previous two titles, The Ideal Man and Sweet Talk, both debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.


Advance Galley Reviews

Hotshot contains every element a book about danger and romance should hold - intrigue, a little comedy, lots of drama and of course passion. The sideline characters are just as important as Peyton and Finn which always makes for a more in depth story. Peyton's strength to pursue the dirty rotten villian is admirable and I eagerly turned each page waiting to see what she, Finn and the whole gang would cook up to catch the guy.

I loved this book. The characters are complex and the backstory is sweet. You actually care about these characters, and what brings them together and tears them apart. The drama and life and death situations that Peyton has to endure are surprising, and how Finn re-enters her life at a critical time, saving her life. Numerous times. The secondary characters become essential to Peyton, as she tries to start over after Drew's attempts to destroy her. A good mix of suspense, crazy family members and good triumphing over greed and pure evil.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are immediately likeable as was the connection between the two. The intimacy is hot and sweet, a perfect combination and the thrill and suspense, although mostly predictable keeps you turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down. It's very busy and keeps you interested with multiple scenarios going on all at once. You really get much more than the short preview holds. I must say that I loved the beginning and knowing how the hero and heroin met and then the flash forward with the two reconnecting in the future. It truly makes one really wonder if things don't always happen for a reason. The second hand characters are just as enjoyable. Ms. Garwood gives you just enough information about them to make you want to know more, yet doesn't intrude on the storyline and take away from the what's happening, also leaving open an option for a series to develop. With that being said, I did see a few things that didn't fit. I had to re-read several passages to make sure I understood them correctly. These were mostly editorial issues, things that I'm sure were easily over looked and honestly took nothing away from the story itself. The only other thing, was a few times it seemed the story jumped from one thing to the next and kind of left you hanging a bit; but it easily picked up and went on. Again, I must say overall, this was wonderful. A perfect mix of finding love while overcoming obstacles and challenges.