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Posted December 27, 2014
Sam, a single sexy firefighter, moved to start over with his daughter who had tragically lost her mother. He didn’t plan on moving across the street from Rachel, a single writer, who is raising her daughter while keeping a secret from the town. Sam tries to get to know Rachel and doesn’t understand why Rachel won’t let her walls down. Rachel has to keep her secret as she already lost her family who disowned her because of it. When Rachel and her daughter get caught on the train tracks when her car stalled, Sam comes to their rescue and Rachel is forced to reveal her secret, she is HIV positive, to protect Sam. Can Sam and Rachel reach beyond their own battles and find a way to be together or is the secret to much?
With a touchy subject that most people turn away from, Anne Conley has taken a hero and a single mom and written a very touching story. The book is very well written and you can tell that there was research done to be sure that all parts were accurate. It was another great read from Anne Conley. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series from the author.
Posted September 30, 2013
of this book is ok but the man on it is not what I had pictured for the hot firefighter inside.
are well described and strong. Rachel is a strong woman living with big issues and a sweet little girl. I liked her character and enjoyed seeing her weakness as well as her strength. I wasn't really expecting that when we met her. Sam, I'm not sure what to think of Sam. As the book began I wasn't really impressed. He came across as a cocky, arrogant sleeze. I wondered how he could be the way he was when he and just lost his wife - then I got some history and changed my mind. I still find him cocky though lol. The little girls are adorable and I like how their characters are so involved.
starts off nicely and gives you strings of information and leaves you with questions. It's a good book with a great story line that keeps you drawn in and on a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are a few people in here i would like to smack and some I would like to hug, however there are a few moments when it gets a little stale.
The train scene was not expected but I think very necessary and I enjoyed how that played out.
I applaud the author for this story and for the way it comes across. In life we like to see the positive and hope that if faced with issues we would respond positively. This book shows that and it shows the negative and the hurt also.
I really liked how the book was in both their views.
<b>The Writing Style</b>
was good and very easy to follow and read through. It was a nice easy read.
I would recommend this book to anyone - it is a sweet romantic love story with a few twists.
Posted August 12, 2013
Hot Mess is a very interesting story. First story I’ve read that deals with this type of subject. Ms. Conley did a great job at telling this story while keeping Rachel’s secret in the dark till the end. This book will open your eyes to a subject that was taboo when it first became known back in the 90’s and is still not spoken out loud very much even today. Hot Mess is a contemporary romance with a happy ever after sort of ending, my type of book.
Rachel & Sam are down to earth next door type of characters. Both characters have a daughter close in age and once Sam and Amanda moved across the street, the girls became instant friends. I liked Rachel’s priorities, her daughter always came first and everything else came second including any relationship with the opposite sex. I connected with the characters; sometimes I find the characters distant or annoying, neither of those feeling were present while I was reading this story. I felt Rachel’s pain and her need to have someone to share her love, her life, and share her burdens but so afraid that her secret would be exposed. She suffered alone with the ordeal, until Sam showed up and made things a little more complicated, but in a good way. The only character that I wanted to physically hurt was the principle of the girls’ school; she got what she deserved in the end!!
The POV was from both main characters. The tense was first person present with a few sections where the main characters seemed to be thinking about the past, which was good. This allowed more insight to their past and let the reader know why the characters were the way there were. I tend to enjoy the story more when I can read on what the male character is thinking.
The story flowed well and the pace was good. I noticed the cover has changed from the original version which is a lot better, than the fire and a firefighter image. I didn’t care too much for the first cover so I would have completely passed this great story based on the old cover (I know its bad but I do look at the covers, don’t’ judge me please).
This is the third book I had the opportunity of reading by Anne Conley and her stories just keep getting better and better. Yes, this is the fourth book in the series and I did mention that Hot Mess was the third book that I have picked up by her; I haven’t had the chance to read the second one. This is perfectly fine since the characters are different in each book, nothing will be missed if they are not read in order. What makes these stories a set of series is the fact that all the books setting/location/stories are/happen in the same small town of Serendipity, Texas.
I will definitely be looking forward to picking up her next book or pick up the second one in this series. I recommend Hot Mess to the adult audience due to some of the romance scenes and the extra curricular activities that happen in the hallway, in the kitchen, in the living room and in the bedroom that might have had me saying “oh my”.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review
Title: Hot Mess (Serendipity Series #4)
Author: Anne Conley
Format: ebook 243 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Cover: Current New Cover 4
Posted July 21, 2013
What an amazing book. It has a hot romance, but it's also very informative. I have never read a romance novel with a character having HIV before. I didn't realize some of the misconceptions I had until reading this. I loved the romantic story within, but I loved seeing how a person would have to live their daily life with HIV, and not infect those around them. I really enjoyed this story and I highly recommend that you read it. I look forward to reading more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2013
I was gifted an ARC for honest review and it was posted on Stephanie's Book Reports.
As I have said before I am not much for reading the synopsis of a book before I jump in. With this one all I saw was hot firefighter and I was like "I'm in". I grew up around firefighters so I think hot firefighters will always have a special place in my heart. With that being said I loved that this story is about so much more than a girl falling for a hunky firefighter. It has a deeper story that I have very rarely seen in a book.
Sam is HOT like sex oozing out his pores hot but he is also sensitive. He is a single father who is very caring and loving. The sensitive side of Sam made him even hotter in my opinion. He is a hero at work and at home. He saves a dog for crying out loud (swoon)!
Rachel is a single mom who lives across from Sam. She is an awesome mom and she works from home to be with her daughter. She is also a very strong woman because she is living with HIV and she is an advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. I was so angry by the way people in this town acted towards her when they found out. I know that is how it truly is in the world today and the ignorance makes me sick. I loved how the book talked about perceptions being reality and changing them. I loved how Rachel blossomed within herself to work on changing perceptions in this book. I love that the author took on this subject and showcased what the reality is.
Sam & Rachel have this intense connection from the beginning and their daughters love each other but they have struggles with the relationship due to communication and coming to terms with what it would be like to be in a relationship when HIV is involved. Can they get past these issue? Get the book and see :)