Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for Love So Hot by Marquita Valentine

I'm celebrating the release of LOVE SO HOT by Marquita Valentine! This book was definitely HOT!

Title: Love So Hot (Lawsons #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Cover Designer: Lindee Robinson Photography

Book Description:
Bank Teller and all around good girl, Sydney McKnight, is tired of being the girl all the guys want to have as a friend. Who better to help unleash her inner vixen than her best friend and secret crush, Brody Lawson? Only, Sydney has no idea how to ask him, without their friendship going up in flames, until that is, the town of Jessamine's annual Firemen's Auction gives her the perfect excuse to set her plan into motion.

Fire Captain Brody Lawson has been in love with his best friend, Sydney, for years, but he would never risk their friendship by confessing his feelings to her. So, when Sydney beats out the competition to buy his time at the annual Firemen's Auction, Brody can hardly believe his luck until she asks him to teach her how to seduce a fellow fireman.

Now, it’s up to Brody to show Sydney how perfect she already is and convince her that they only man for her is him, because if Sydney is going to seduce any man, it’s going to be him. And once he has her in his bed, he’s not letting her go.


★★★★ stars

The title certainly lives up to its name.  Love So Hot is a wonderful story of two friends who've always been in love with one another but unable to move out of the boundaries they've made for each other.  It takes some help for Sydney and Brody to see risking their friendship just might be worth it.

This is the first book in a new series by Marquita Valentine.  There is mention of some characters from other series, but it's brief, just in passing.  I feel like I read this book in no time at all.  I really liked Brody and Sydney.  I especially felt bad for Sydney, not just because she was suffering from unrequited love, but because Brody had ensured she'd be unsuccessful at finding love locally. The chemistry they had was amazing, but Brody was really obtuse.  I wasn't ever really fully sure why he was so determined on not pursuing Sydney.  

While some might think they friends to lovers trope is over used, Marquita still managed to find a way to keep it from becoming cliched.  I loved getting to meet the Lawsons and the other families in Jessamine.  I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series as well as the ones that follow. I already have my eye on a potential couple I can't wait to read about!

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner*

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 About the author:
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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