Too Hot to Handle

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He sure would love to have someone to take care of…

Dr. Mike Flynn's single mom taught him early how to cook and clean, and there's nothing like vacuuming or doing dishes to help a guy relax. Annabelle Ronaldi is an artist without a domestic bone in her body. Since her fiance's death, she can't paint, and life looks hopeless.

Until the day after her sister's wedding, when she wakes up with Mike next to her in ...

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Overview

He sure would love to have someone to take care of…

Dr. Mike Flynn's single mom taught him early how to cook and clean, and there's nothing like vacuuming or doing dishes to help a guy relax. Annabelle Ronaldi is an artist without a domestic bone in her body. Since her fiance's death, she can't paint, and life looks hopeless.

Until the day after her sister's wedding, when she wakes up with Mike next to her in bed, and then she's really beside herself - because the handsome stranger is a dead ringer for her dead fiance.

After their mind-blowing one night stand, Mike is sure this is the woman he wants to take care of forever, but she acts like she's seen a ghost. While Mike sets to work wooing Annabelle, she sets to work sniffing out the truth of the convoluted family secret that turns everybody's lives upside down.

PRAISE FOR ROMEO, ROMEO:

"The main characters in this all-around feel-good read have so much personality they almost jump off the page."
The Romantic Times (4 out of 5 star review)

"Robin Kaye strikes gold… and deserves to have her name added to your favorite new author list."
Book Loons

"A snappy, funny, vivid, and romantic story."
AllAboutRomance.com

"Robin Kaye is sure to leave readers looking for a good Italian meal and a man as delicious as the hero."
BookPage

"Kaye's debut is a delightfully fun, witty romance, making her a writer to watch."
Booklist

"Kaye's portrayal of modern romance against the background of an old-fashioned, gossipy extended family rings true, and Nick's efforts to wow Rosalie with fabulous home cooking are endlessly entertaining."
Publishers Weekly

"Kaye's writing is a refreshing change from the typical contemporary romance. I could see all the characters as real people showing real feelings with an ending that is truly believable..."
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Editorial Reviews

Armchair Interviews
Robin Kaye is a master at romance, and her second novel is even better than the first.
— Heather Durow
Night Owl Romance
Robin Kaye has proved herself a master of romantic comedy.
— Priscilla
Book Loons
Robin Kaye strikes gold in this follow up to her Domestic Gods series... entertaining, funny and steaming hot.
— Martina Bexte
The Long and Short of It
Too Hot To Handle is a sensational story that sizzles with sex appeal. I found the story to be light and easy to read. It was well written in a way that made the words flow and had me sailing through the story. I can't wait for Ms. Kaye's next book.
The Burton Review
If you like Janet Evanovich as I do, you will enjoy Robin Kaye. This book is an easy victory for Robin Kaye and I look forward to more of her accomplishments.
— Marie Burton
Romance Junkies
I didn't miss a single breathtaking word of this fine novel. Readers will be hooked on TOO HOT TO HANDLE. I know I was!
— Natasha Smith
All About Romance
For those who enjoyed Romeo, Romeo, there's a good chance you'll like this one even more... a fresh and fun voice in romantic comedy...
— Sandy Coleman
Peeking Between the Pages
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get away from life for a while and be hugely entertained.
— Darlene Smoliak
Marta's Meanderings
The fun starts from the first pages and just keeps you hooked til the end.
— Marta Hoelscher
The Romance Studio
Too Hot to Handle is a delightful read that I highly recommend. I laughed out loud at the witty dialogue and antics of all the characters.
— Lisa Freeman
Literary Escapism
another great novel to add to the romance genre and one any romance fan would thoroughly enjoy.
— Jackie Morgan
The Book Girl
I loved every minute of this book and can't wait to read more by Robin Kaye.
— Carrie Zimmerman
Book Reviews by Bobbie
I very, very highly recommend this book to all contemporary romance readers and anyone who wants to fall into a beautiful, sensual love story.
— Bobbie Crawford-McCoy
Crave More Romance
Romance readers prepare to have your every desire attended to in Robin Kaye's TOO HOT TO HANDLE. From the brilliant first chapter until the heartwarming finale I was hooked! I
— Kerensa Wilson
A Blog of Books
... a fun and flirty read.
— Nicole Heffernan
Enchanted by Books
I loved everything about TOO HOT TO HANDLE and will be raving about this book to all of my friends... an outstanding contemporary romance that readers will fall in love with and want to read over and over again.
— Rachel Diamond
Erotic Horizon
Ms. Kaye has some style, it's easy, it hits the spot and it has everything that you need to get caught up in a wonderful romance.
Deb's Desk
I love Robin Kaye's writing style, she is not inhibited at all. This story sizzles with sex appeal as does Dr. Mike Flynn. This book had me laughing so hard, I could not put the book down.
— Deb
Love Romance Passion
[W]itty and enchanting...
— Keira Gillet
My Two Blessings
"Too Hot to Handle" is a romantic story that will have you laughing and crying from Annabelle's sense of humor, her protective family and friends, and Mike himself as they figure out their relationship and where it will take them. From page 1, Robin Kaye captures your attention.
— Robin McCormack
The Book Binge
Mike Flynn is too good to be true. Srsly. If I could find a man that would cook, clean, and pick up after me, I might just have to say good-bye to my husband. I'm sorry, but 10 years can't compete with a man that does all that
— Casee
Bella Online
[F]illed with sexy interludes, as well as a terrific hero.
— Elizabeth Darrach
Passionate Reviews
Too Hot To Handle is a sensational story that sizzles with sex appeal.
From the Publisher
"Robin Kaye is a master at romance, and her second novel is even better than the first. " - Armchair Interviews

"Robin Kaye has proved herself a master of romantic comedy. " - Night Owl Romance

"Robin Kaye strikes gold for a second time in this follow up instalment of her Domestic Gods series. " - Book Loons

"Too Hot To Handle is a sensational story that sizzles with sex appeal. I found the story to be light and easy to read. It was well written in a way that made the words flow and had me sailing through the story. I can't wait for Ms. Kaye's next book." - The Long and Short of It

"Robin Kaye strikes gold in this follow up to her Domestic Gods series... entertaining, funny and steaming hot. " - Book Loons

" If you like Janet Evanovich as I do, you will enjoy Robin Kaye. This book is an easy victory for Robin Kaye and I look forward to more of her accomplishments." - The Burton Review

"I didn't miss a single breathtaking word of this fine novel. Readers will be hooked on TOO HOT TO HANDLE. I know I was! " - Romance Junkies

"For those who enjoyed Romeo, Romeo, there's a good chance you'll like this one even more... a fresh and fun voice in romantic comedy... " - All About Romance

"I didn't miss a single breathtaking word of this fine novel. Readers will be hooked on TOO HOT TO HANDLE. I know I was! " - Romance Junkies

" I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get away from life for a while and be hugely entertained. " - Peeking Between the Pages

Publishers Weekly

Kaye's 2008 debut, Romeo Romeo, got such a warm reception that she's written it again, from the mistaken identities to the messy Brooklyn apartment. The only real surprise is the heroine: the repellent Annabelle Ronaldi, whose sister starred in the previous title. The morning after her sister's wedding, Annabelle awakens next to Dr. Mike Flynn, who bears an eerie resemblance to Annabelle's dead boyfriend, Chip. Mike, unlike Annabelle, makes a believable protagonist, and his interactions with patients provide some of the story's most heartwarming scenes. Kaye's intermittent attempts to create psychological depth, however, sit oddly with the dishy one-liners that dominate her prose. The story of a sensitive guy who cooks and cleans for an outspoken modern woman was cute and sparkly the first time around, but this year-old Champagne has lost its fizz. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402217661
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 551,143
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Kaye is a professional writer and winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for her first novel, Romeo, Romeo. She lives with her husband and three children.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1

Ghosts don't have sex, do they? Annabelle Ronaldi wasn't 100 percent sure of the answer. Floating between sleep and wakefulness after a night of way too much champagne, she figured she'd either had mind-blowing sex with the ghost of her dead boyfriend, Chip, or his double. She crossed her fingers for the latter.

She'd only slept with two men, so the chances she'd increased that number by 50 percent beat the hell out of the odds of her waking with a ghost—especially when she thought about it in a semisober state. A state she hadn't been in the night before.

She had to admit her relationship with Chip would have been a lot better if he'd been half as good in bed alive as his ghost was last night—if, in fact, it was Chip's ghost sleeping beside her. Which brought her back to her initial question regarding the ability of ghosts to have sex—really, really good sex.

Annabelle opened her eyes and screamed.
Loud. The guy asleep next to her awoke and sat straight up as she jumped out of bed. "My God, you're real." Yep, definitely real, and very much alive. He stared at her with such heat she was surprised she wasn't incinerated. Which, under the circumstances, would be preferable to standing there like an idiot. An idiot wearing nothing but a blue garter. She ripped the sheet off the bed, leaving him naked, only he didn't look like an idiot. On the contrary, he looked… big and um… happy to see her. Very happy.

Annabelle was speechless.
"Belle… " He scooted toward her. She backed away until she hit the dresser with a thunk. Belle? Chip never called her Belle. If she hadn't almost totally dismissed the whole ghost question as a possibility, being called Belle would have cinched it.
"Hey, take it easy. I'm not gonna hurt you."
"Who are you?"
"I'm Mike… Mike Flynn, your brother-in-law's best friend; we met at the wedding. You look like you'veseen a ghost."

"No kidding." He didn't seem like the ax murderer type, not that she knew what that type looked like, but she was pretty sure it required an ax, and he didn't have one or anywhere to hide one either. She found herself staring at… him. Probably not the polite thing to do.
Annabelle took a deep breath and moved the direction of her stare past his washboard abs and nice chest, straight to the eyes of Chip's double. He looked almost exactly like Chip, a.k.a. Christopher Edmond Van Dyke Larsen, except for the eye color, a slight bump on his nose, and the size of a certain appendage.
"Hi… um."
"Mike. Mike Flynn."
"I knew that." You'd think she'd offered to sell him the Brooklyn Bridge, and he wasn't buying. "I've never done this before—"
"This, meaning brought home a nice guy, had mindboggling, earth-shattering, world-rocking sex?" He winked at her. "Yeah, if it makes you feel any better, I don't make a habit of it either—especially the part where the beautiful woman can't remember my name. Aside from that, I can't think of a more pleasurable morning."

Annabelle's wish to disappear wasn't happening, so she had no choice other than to deal with… whatever this was.

"Anyone ever tell you you're beautiful when you're embarrassed? Well, you're pretty much beautiful all the time."
She shifted her weight from foot to foot. "So, we really did… um… you know?"

"Oh yeah. Several times."
Maybe her mind was playing tricks on her. Maybe he didn't look and sound like Chip. Maybe she'd had a mental breakdown. Lord knew, with everything she'd been through recently, taking a vacation from reality wouldn't be that big of a stretch.

Pictures of the two of them stumbling through her new apartment undressing each other flitted through her mind like a grainy sex video. She winced again as she remembered the sound of ripping fabric and her bubbling laughter when she'd realized her little black dress had suddenly become a lot smaller. If her memory was correct, she was surprised her dress hadn't spontaneously combusted from the heat they'd generated.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Way too hot for me!

    I love this book. I read it in about 3 days. This is my first book by Kaye and I loved it. I picked it up because of the cover, of course, but the first page hooked me. Who wouldn't want to read more about a woman waking up to a drop dead gorgeous man she doesn't know? The characters were likeable and the writing was great. I highly recommend this book. The love scenes were steamy and throughout the whole book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Good Find

    This is the second book I've read by Robin Kaye, and both were great! Great job and keep them coming.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

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    Wow Brilliant

    This was the 2nd book i have read that Robin Kaye has written, was totally excited about it. As soon as you read the 1st page you know you wont be able to put it down without finishing it. A page turner for sure, its brilliant how Robin has made the characters carry on from book to book, as you know you wont loose what has happened.
    Brilliant and would recommend to anyone. Cant wait for more to come from this brilliant Author.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    terrific read

    I've just added Robin Kaye to my Must-Read list. A lovely romance, with interesting characters and storyline. Liked it a lot.

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    Posted August 9, 2012

    Not as great as Romeo

    I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book romeo romeo. I skipped pages.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is the first of Robin Kaye's books that I had read and let me tell you, they are ALL just as wonderful as this one. I couldn't put them down! Great story line and romance.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Super read!

    Loved it from the start. Believable characters and story.

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