Monday, April 1, 2013

Too Hot To Handle-Victoria Dahl

Too Hot To Handle

Victoria Dahl

Harlequin HQN, Mar 26 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777464

Merry Kade feels great when her best friend Grace Barrett (see Close Enough to Touch) hires her to change Providence, Wyoming into a tourist attraction as a ghost town. Euphoric she leaves Los Angeles for Jackson Hole, Wyoming only to find the Trustees responsible for funding the project hording the money; worse she concludes her employment is a sham as the board only uses her as a pretense to elude a lawsuit.

Still Merry decides to go ahead with the project. She hires Shane Harcourt, BFF of Grace’s boyfriend Cole Rawlins, who resides in the same apartment complex as she does, to begin the renovation. Shane and Merry are attracted to one another, but he feels guilty as he knows he will darken her sunshine when he devastates her optimism and affirms her belief no one would truly want her.

The latest Wyoming romance is an entreating contemporary tale starring a woman with low self-esteem and a man at war with his family. Readers will adore aptly named Merry, but disdain Shane whose avarice seems out of place until we learn the rest of the story. Although more on the project would have added depth to the somewhat thin storyline, fans will enjoy the love tale of two individuals reluctant to take a chance on love.

Harriet Klausner

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