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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

Sous chef Jill Morgan Storm, hoping to discover the secret of successful relationships, gets the bright idea to send out a "Marriage Satisfaction Survey" to couples who have been together for a good while. Jill's reeling from being dumped by her most recent lover, a co...
Sous chef Jill Morgan Storm, hoping to discover the secret of successful relationships, gets the bright idea to send out a "Marriage Satisfaction Survey" to couples who have been together for a good while. Jill's reeling from being dumped by her most recent lover, a college professor now dating one of his young students who won't let loose of Jill's favorite skillet. If that isn't bad enough, Jill's ready to hit panic mode. Her son will be entering college soon, and since his grades won't qualify for a scholarship, she has to come up with the tuition money. Jill's ex-husband, who is now a woman, isn't much help and Jill's well-to-do father is in prison, so Jill decides she needs a man with financial means. But the men she meets and dates seem to have more problems than Jill, who's beginning to suffer menopausal symptoms. One constant irritant: her son's former teacher, hanging around in the guise of helping her son, but Jill thinks it's only to needle her about her mothering skills. Jill determinedly forges ahead with her dating plans, unaware the answer to her problems has been there all along.

Kathy Carmichael offers her reader a rollicking good romp with this romantic comedy. Jill's a likable character, a woman who loves her son and wants the best for him but can't seem to find a way to make that happen. The men she meets and dates are quirky and the scenarios surrounding them laugh-out-loud funny.

posted by christytilleryfrench on November 2, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Hmmmm

I rarely do not finish a book. I could not continue reading this after page 60. Really, a sous chef looking for a boyfriend to pay her son's college tution....after her last boyfreind bought her a boob job but stole her favorite skillet? Wow...I dont know if she has a c...
I rarely do not finish a book. I could not continue reading this after page 60. Really, a sous chef looking for a boyfriend to pay her son's college tution....after her last boyfreind bought her a boob job but stole her favorite skillet? Wow...I dont know if she has a change of heart or if things get better but I couldnt put any more time into this story.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Sous chef Jill Morgan Storm, hoping to discover the secret of successful relationships, gets the bright idea to send out a "Marriage Satisfaction Survey" to couples who have been together for a good while. Jill's reeling from being dumped by her most recent lover, a college professor now dating one of his young students who won't let loose of Jill's favorite skillet. If that isn't bad enough, Jill's ready to hit panic mode. Her son will be entering college soon, and since his grades won't qualify for a scholarship, she has to come up with the tuition money. Jill's ex-husband, who is now a woman, isn't much help and Jill's well-to-do father is in prison, so Jill decides she needs a man with financial means. But the men she meets and dates seem to have more problems than Jill, who's beginning to suffer menopausal symptoms. One constant irritant: her son's former teacher, hanging around in the guise of helping her son, but Jill thinks it's only to needle her about her mothering skills. Jill determinedly forges ahead with her dating plans, unaware the answer to her problems has been there all along.

    Kathy Carmichael offers her reader a rollicking good romp with this romantic comedy. Jill's a likable character, a woman who loves her son and wants the best for him but can't seem to find a way to make that happen. The men she meets and dates are quirky and the scenarios surrounding them laugh-out-loud funny.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Auditioning Marital Bliss!

    Jill Morgan Storm has hit 40 years old with a bang! Evaluating her life, she realizes that she's divorced, has a satisfactory job with a drunk Master Chef over her and whose job she's been covering for almost four years, a son who barely speaks to her, a need to find tuition money for that son's college years and no love life at all in the offing. So what exactly does Jill do to solve these motley seemingly insolvable dilemmas? With the assistance of her cherished friends, she comes up with a survey which she sends to actual couples who have advertised their marriage success. What's the key that makes it all click? Hilarious, hearty and shocking responses follow, printed at the beginning of each chapter, foreshadowing perhaps what is to come!<BR/><BR/>The search is on for sure! Jill's got one category of potential spouses in mind but what a motley crew she's about to meet. You'll meet Tony a.k.a. Easel Boy, a lovely gent who sports chiffon and glitter undies, a guy who freaks when Jill says she's not interested in having more children and finally you'll meet Davin Wesley who seems the least likely candidate in Jill's collection of potential suitors. <BR/><BR/>Jill's friends are as feisty as she is, with a propensity to fall back on loser ex-lovers and drink away their sorrows while conniving to help Jill meet the perfect man. Then of course, there's Jill's Mom, whose illusions or delusions, include matchmaking for Jill and throwing parties for her own marriage, minus the incarcerated Dad doing a stretch of time for an Enron-style scandal.<BR/><BR/>Hot Flash is funny and endearing, a light, warm read to lose one's self in during the cold fall and winter seasons! It's a romance waiting to happen that will amuse and delight many, many gals and guys who've "been there, done that!" <BR/><BR/>Very nice, Ms. Carmichael!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    lighthearted amusing romp

    In Las Vegas, La Papillon sous chef Jill Morgan Storm turns forty today. After rescuing a kitchen helper form the chef and the freezer, the single mom celebrates her milestone with friends when she decides she needs a husband right now, but only for a week. Her first marriage failed and since the divorce she has not met anyone whom she is attracted to until now. Ignoring her heart, her brain insists she marry a traveling salesman. He would bring in needed money to send her son Stephen to college without the albatross of a monster student loan while only requiring satisfaction one week each month; three weeks on the road sounds perfect to Jill. He would also provide cover from breast grabber Chef Radkin.<BR/><BR/>However there is one major obstacle to Jill's perfect plan, schoolteacher Davin Wesley. He wants her and she is attracted to him. However, he is home four weeks out of a month, which makes his demands on her perpetual. On the other hand his kisses melt her brain. Years with no one activating her libido and now that she has the plan, he shows up keeping her in constant heat.<BR/><BR/>This lighthearted amusing romp contains amiable characters especially the lead couple supported by eccentrics at the restaurant, school and family. Mother and son are a dynamic duo who seems to land in one amusing situation after another especially since Davin enters the relationship. Although somewhat too frivolous, contemporary romance fans who want plenty of laughs will enjoy the frolics of HOT FLASH.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    I wanted something funny

    This book could have been so much better, but it could have also been so much worse. The ending was just so perfect, it was improbable. I did laugh out loud, but most of the humor is over the top. It is well edited and a nice length at 300 pages. The plot is okay, but the letters and the weirdos were irritating after a bit. Lots of sex talk, only one sexual incident. No cursing or violence. The sub plot about the father was just plain inane. I liked the banter between friends. I liked the back seat of the mustang and I even liked the son and his attitude. I think 16 and up would get a kick out of this book. The sexual incident is not very graphic and what 16 year old does not know about sexual occurances these days. I have seen worse Hardee's commericals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    W

    Such a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Fun and free

    I like reading a story about someone my own age with similar challenges that i can relate to - divorce, empty nest, premenapause. It helps you find the humor in your own circumstances. I will read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Really good

    Author does a great job and funny parts with adventure

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Funny interesting love story. A must read.

    Funny interesting love story. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Pretty good

    Good read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Ok

    A ok read

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