He saved Peyton Lockhart’s life when they were kids - but now she’s all grown up and he’s a seasoned FBI agent who comes to her rescue again in the new contemporary romance from number-one New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood.
Peyton and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with conditions: 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 after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. Finn is more than happy to do a favor for Peyton, but he doesn’t plan on dealing with the beautiful, passionate woman she has become.
There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop Peyton and her sisters from succeeding. Among them are their contentious cousins and a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property. And it also becomes apparent that her old boss holds a serious grudge and believes in payback.
While the attraction between Peyton and Finn flames bright enough to distract them both from their dangerous situation, a happily ever after ending seems all but impossible. But the well-trained lawman never loses focus: He saved her life once; now he must do it again.
©2013 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I was going to stop after 2 hrs, but kept going as some of the readers do get better as the story rolls out.I did finish, but would probably not re listen. The reader just could not get the job done for a re listen. Not sure where Ms Garwood was going with this one, harassment or a mystery or family trials. Frankly the family issues were very boring for me. Ms Garwood should have developed Finn's brothers as they had more charisma and the Navy Seals had more to offer. Not the best editing Ms Garwood has had.
when Finn meets Payton at the wedding. the swim contest.
Karen White could have made the most of the humor in this story. What a waste of good dialogue and humor. The cadence was off, and the last 2 hrs had the best voice changes, but I really had to stick it out in the first half of the book. Like some of the other Garwood modern stories, the first establishing chapters are not that great, but they get better as the story develops.
I did not give Sizzle a chance in audio, but the book read well, so give that one a look.
Susan Deneker does Judith McNaughts "Every Breath you Take" and reads Sizzle from Garwood. Deneker aka Madison Cole is not to be missed when she does an Irish voice.
Julie Garwood is one of my favorite authors. Whether she is writing about the 16th Century or the 21st Century she is fantastic. Her characters are well rounded and her story line keeps me listening. I love her sense of humor. If I got stuck on a desert island I'd definitely want her books with me.
The start of the book where she introduces you to the 2 main characters as children is so good l wish this chapter was longer.
I usually choose the heroine but Finn, the hero in Hotshot was so good I have to choose him as my favorite.
Be prepared to be entertained!
Hotshot is so good that I will have to have the hardback as well as the audiobook that I already have.
Touching, passionate and gripping
Finn is my favorite Character. He is strong and the hero of course but he is also flawed and has to over come his need to be alone so that he avoids becoming vulnerable. Peyton wonderfully shows him the way through that. She also is a wonderful Character. Her determination to do the right thing in the face of evil as well as stand up to her family with her cousin all make her a great character in the story.
Amy McFadden is clear and easy to understand
I have actually listened to it three times now, never in one sitting but I always wish I could have.
This is one of my favorite audio books. I really enjoy the story and the characters. I do some times feel like Amy McFadden reads in a slightly perfunctory cadence which is not always preferable.
Though her voice is pleasant, Ms. McFadden seemed to have difficulty keeping the characters accents & attitudes straight. Girls from Texas (and others) ended up at times with a flat Minnesota accent. Frustratingly inconsistent.
The storyline itself was just bad. The characters were quite annoying.
Honestly, she never should have written it.
Disappointment. I usually love Julie Garwood's books, but not this one.
Skip this one.
A more interesting plot and storyline
The narrator was good, it was the reason I finished the book
I have enjoyed many of Julie Garwood's books and read everything she publishes, however this is something I will change in future. For me, it appears that Ms Garwood is trying to give her contemporary heroines the same traits and characteristics as the heroines in her historical romances (totally enjoy this setting) however it isn’t working for me in a contemporary setting.
Julie Garwood is always a hit with me. I love how clever Peyton was with her slimy boss. And was on the edge of my seat when she was driving through the snow storm. Finn is a hero, even as a teenager. As always with it being an FBI thriller. This book has suspense, drama, & humor. So has it all as far as I am concerned.
happily ever afters
I didn't read the print version. However, I'm certain I woul have liked it a bit more than the audio because the narrator's passable. Not exactly bad, but not great or good for that matter.
This story has Garwood's trademark humor and snappy dialogue without being heavy on the bad guy(s) actions & thoughts. Just the way I like my books. In many ways I'd compare this story to "The Ideal Man" in overall feel. The characters, dialogue, plot centering around sexual harrassment in the work place and the resolution are fresh, but the underlying essence ... purely Garwood.
Well, that would depend upon if the author is a favorite. If the author is one I really enjoy, I'd be inclined, but I wouldn't be happy about it. For untried authors, I'd probably spend my credit elsewhere. Having said that, this narrator does a terrific Minnesota accent as befitted Peyton's friend. She made me smile because she put me in mind of the mother on the cartoon series "Bobby's World."
Nothing extreme as it isn't that kind of book. As with most of Garwood books, I do chuckle occasionally and appreciate the witty minds of her female leads.
This was just not good. I am a huge Julie Garwood fan , but I was so disappointed in this book. I wonder if she is using a ghost writer or something because this just didn't seem like it was written by julie.
The narrator could have used a different tone for the lead role. Her voice just didn't fit.
The beginning, the middle and the end
I was really looking forward to this book but I was sadly disappointed.
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