Oh, Yes He Is! Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Posted September 16, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

Oh, Yes He Is! Hotshot by Julie GarwoodHotshot by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #11
Published by Dutton Adult on August 6, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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.

Quick summary
Peyton Lockhart can’t believe her good fortune when she lands a dream job as a food critic for a prestigious magazine. When that dream turns into a nightmare, her childhood idol, FBI Agent Finn MacBain, steps in to give assistance. Little did he know that “little Peyton” was going to finally get her Hotshot hero.

What worked
The beginning of the story was really great, especially the prologue. Finn and his two brothers stole that portion of the story and I got a great sense of their family dynamics. Peyton’s journey to Minnesota was a mixture of hilarity and horror, especially the stories about her date disasters. When things turned sour, the tension level ratcheted up pretty fast and I was on edge. I also liked Finn and Peyton’s initial developing romance, he being quite slayed by the grownup woman and she still enamored of her childhood hero. Great dialogue and chemistry.

Where it started to fizzle
Peyton was too smart for some of the decisions she made and her lackadaisical attitude towards the threats leveled at her, not once but twice. She should have been completely unnerved. And, the whole nonsense with cousin Debi was just that…inane. Sister Lucy came off as a shrew. Lastly, the adult Finn wasn’t as well crafted or developed as teenager Finn. His behavior towards Peyton was erratic, his nightmare never explained and his romantic turnaround seemed to come out of the blue.

The bottom line
This was headed towards a 5-star rating until the last third of the story. I almost dropped another half star but the beginning was much too strong and enjoyable for me to do that. The ending was wrapped a little too nicely but it was tremendously “feel good.” Despite my issues, I had a good time reading this book and that counts for something.

About Julie Garwood

It’s no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. “The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation,” she explains. “Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick.”

Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn’t focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 35 million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.

Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they’ve been on a great adventure.”

Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.

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6 responses to “Oh, Yes He Is! Hotshot by Julie Garwood

  1. ReneeW

    I purchased Hotshot last year and haven’t gotten around to reading it. But your part of the review “Where it fizzled” was interesting. I had the exact same complaints about the hero/heroine in her newest book Fast Track.

  2. Kat

    I’m a big fan of Julie Garwood and her writing. But I’ve never read any stories that are happening outside Scotland. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll read this series one day.

    • I’ll admit that many who are fans of her historicals haven’t enjoyed her contemporary stories as much. I love them as I’m a big fan of the romantic suspense genre. The first book is Heartbreaker and I loved it.