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Posted June 29, 2014
Hot Water is the debut New Adult novel by Callie Sparks. It is a light, fun, romantic read that I easily devoured in the course of one sitting.
Cicely Chase has just graduated high school and would prefer to spend her summer riding waves with her best friend, Rainbow, and hanging out with her father - a kindred free spirit. Instead, she has committed to a corporate internship at her mother's employer, which she is not happy about.
On her last night of freedom, Cicely finds herself in a reckless position. After being dumped by her one and only serious boyfriend, she heads out for a night on the town with Rainbow. Later that night, she is half-naked and seated on the floor of a limo, surrounded by hot, older men. This is the first time she's ever been drunk and she's playing a made-up drinking game called Sex Master designed to get her as naked as possible. Fortunately, not all the men in the limo are just out for a one-night-stand, so Cicely makes it home safe and sound by morning. A day or so later, she says her goodbyes to the surf and sand, and starts her internship at Williams & Williams.
Caden Williams is a titan of business and picture of perfection, both in and out of the office. He's had his share of tragedy, but he's turned that around by getting his act together in the boardroom and at home. He is engaged to the perfect woman and is three weeks away from his wedding when he crosses paths with Cicely Chase at Club Tangerine. He doesn't think anything of it until he runs into her at the office Monday morning.
What ensues next is a playful and flirtatious romance both are equally resistant to for different reasons. Will Caden and Cicely finally stop living their lives for other people long enough to find the happiness and love they crave? I suggest reading Hot Water to find out!
I found Hot Water very light-hearted and fun. It wasn't weighed down by intense emotional turmoil, which I've found can be too heavy in other New Adult novels. Instead, we have believable characters who are struggling with realistic and normal conflicts, both internally and externally. The tight-plotting and alternating viewpoints keep the novel pushing forward towards the end, which made Hot Water a very fast read for me.
The back stories of both characters are clear, and they are divulged organically. Nothing comes out of the shadows and clunks you on the head, which is a very good thing. I think sometimes New Adult books can have a soap opera feel, especially when the content gets too dark, but that is not a problem in Hot Water. The book is 100% relatable, the characters are potentially people I know, and I loved the ending.
If you're looking for something sexy and fun to read this summer, I definitely recommend Hot Water.
Posted May 28, 2014
For Cicily Chase, this summer should be her last hurrah, a time to party, surf, and enjoy life before having to go to college and be a 'grown-up.' The last place she wants to spend her time is as an intern at Williams and Williams, the stuffy office where her mother has worked for as long as Cicily can remember. Caden Williams seems to have the perfect life: smart, rich, sexy, and heir to the throne at Williams and Williams. He's got it all and then some.
I love a book that grabs me from the very beginning, that gets my attention and interest and doesn't let go. I loved everything about 'Hot Water,' and I mean every little thing. The characters are likable, even when they aren't. They're human, and emotional, and just as confused about the way life unfolds and surprises them as I am in my life. I am a fan of the May-December romance scenario, but it isn't always done well. The guy can come off as, well, a pervert, and the girl as just too pure to be believable. Cassie Sparks, though, has done a terrific job of writing her main couple in Caden and Cicily, and watching them navigate their lives and their relationship is truly enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud throughout this book, which is always a huge bonus for me.
I obviously couldn't recommend this book, author, and evolving series more. I give 'Hot Water' a heartfelt 4+ stars, and really look forward to more books about this group of characters. And, Rhys, the guy that I loved to hate in 'Hot Water'? He's due to get his in 'Playing With Fire,' out now. Do yourself a favor and give these books a read; you will not be sorry.
Posted April 8, 2014
I was a little concerned about the age difference of the characters, but they were so well developed and truly meant for each other. Not to mention, Caden is hot! This book has a happy ending, but I can't wait to read the next book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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