Hot Shot: A Last Shot Novel

Hot Shot: A Last Shot Novel

by Kelly Jamieson

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A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:


Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Hot Shot

“Two beautiful, insecure, artistic protagonists resist their obvious attraction to each other . . . The lovers are likeable and their chemistry is strong. . . . Anticipatory tension [and] steamy sexual encounters.”Publishers Weekly

Hot Shot is a charming, sexy frenemies-to-lovers story—don’t miss it!”USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell

“A great read. Sometimes love grabs us when we least expect it, and we found what we never realized we were looking for—a place, a person to belong to.”New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland

“Hot, sexy and so much fun! Kelly Jamieson heroes sure know how to show a girl a good time!”New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff

“I loved the ending of Hot Shot. Marco finally stole my heart.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“I really enjoyed the writing. . . . It was a really good book and if you love romances you should definitely read this one.”—The Girl Who Read Too Much

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399594427
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Last Shot , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 241
Sales rank: 29,937
File size: 952 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1

“Okay, why did you make me come to the bar at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning?” Carrie demanded of Marco.

The handsome Latino man scowled, sitting on a tall stool at the bar at Conquistadors Tequila Bar. The bar he owned, which was closed and empty at this hour. He wore a pair of well-worn jeans that sat low on his hips and a blue plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a cup of coffee sat near his elbow. “It’s a secret. We needed to do this when Beck’s not around.”

This was about Beck?

Carrie frowned at the mention of Marco’s friend and business partner, who was now engaged to her best friend, Hayden. Hayden and Beck had met here at Conquistadors the night Carrie and Hayden had come to a tequila-tasting event. That had also been the night Carrie met Marco. Unfortunately. The man was so annoying. “Secret.” She pursed her lips. “Do you plan to enlighten me?”

He paused, his eyes moving over her face.

What? Did she have something gross hanging out of her nose? She resisted the urge to lift a hand and check.
“Of course,” he finally said, gesturing to the stool next to him. “Have a seat.”

“How long is this going to take?”

His jaw tightened.

She climbed onto the stool with a huff and set her purse on the bar. “You know, there’s this thing called email. Or a phone, which you can use to text or call. If you wanted to tell me about something, all of those communication methods are quick and private, and I could have gotten another hour of sleep.”

Marco sighed. “Would you stop being such a pain in the butt? We’re trying to do something nice here.”

Carrie clenched her teeth. “Pain in the butt? Really? Well, you can just kiss my butt.”

“It would be my pleasure, belleza, as you have a very fine tush.” He gave her a brief wink along with that smile that popped cute dimples into his cheeks. Ugh.

“You’ve never seen my butt. And you never will.”

“I’ve never seen your naked butt,” he corrected. “I have seen you wearing tight jeans, however. And I did see a picture of it—in a tiny bikini bottom—and I maintain my claim that it is fine.”

Oh yeah. That would be one of the ads she’d done for OC Swimsuits. Carrie repressed a growl of frustration. “Oh my God. I can’t believe we’re talking about my rear.”

“You’re the one who invited me to kiss it, Supermodel.”

“I’m not a supermodel,” she muttered.

“Would you like a cup of coffee?”

She’d kill for caffeine. Her teeth ground even more. “Sure. Thanks,” she said grudgingly.

He slid off the stool and strolled around behind the bar, his stride long legged and confident, his shoulders broad, hips narrow. She couldn’t stop her gaze from dropping to his backside, which was . . . she closed her eyes. No. She was not checking out his butt.

He reached for a mug under the bar, and the muscles and tendons in his lean forearm flexed as he poured from the pot of coffee. He pushed it across the bar toward her. “Cream? Milk? Sugar?”

“A little milk, please.”

He surprised her by opening a fridge and removing a carton, rather than giving her a little plastic container. He did a quick pour. “White enough?”

“Yes.” It was perfect. She picked up the spoon he laid beside the mug and gave it a stir. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” He returned to the stool next to her, sitting with one foot on a rung, knee bent, the other foot on the floor in a relaxed, masculine pose. “Now . . . the reason I asked you to come here is to see if you’ll help plan an engagement party for Hayden and Beck.”

Carrie blinked at him. “An engagement party?”

“Yes.” He reached out and swiveled a laptop computer on the polished wood bar. “I found this site called The Knot. They tell you everything about weddings and engagements.”

“That’s where you got the idea to host an engagement party for Hayden and Beck?”

“Yeah. See, it says here usually engagement parties are hosted by the bride’s parents. But Hayden’s parents are gone, and I don’t think her aunt Gina and uncle Colin are up to it since Gina had her fall. Apparently she still isn’t as mobile as she used to be.”

Carrie’s heart thawed minutely. “True.”

“The groom’s parents could also do it, but, well, Beck and his folks aren’t exactly close.”

She nodded, sadly aware of that fact too.

“So I thought their closest friends should do it. Namely, us.”

She sensed the distaste in his tone of voice. Too bad we hate each other.

Okay, that wasn’t strictly true. Marco annoyed her. He more often than not wore a brooding scowl, although he managed to turn on the charm around customers in the bar. He clearly regarded her as an airheaded blond bimbo, flirting with her but also mansplaining things to her that made her grit her teeth. Lately he’d seemed even moodier than usual.

Plan a party with him? God, she’d rather pose naked for a billboard on the 405.

But Hayden was her best friend. And Beck made Hayden happy. And, dammit, it was kind of cute how Marco had looked up this wedding website, and it was actually sort of thoughtful that he wanted to plan a party to help their friends celebrate their engagement. Actually, it was something she should have thought of.

“We’re thinking of Sunday, August 6,” he continued. “We can do it here. Close down the bar for the evening.”

That did sound like a fun idea.

“We need some help from you to plan the guest list,” he said. “Obviously, we’ll invite Hayden’s aunt and uncle. But who else? Some of her coworkers? Other friends?”

Carrie bit her lip. “Yes, I know who to invite.” She paused. “What about invitations?”

“Yeah, we’d need those. And maybe you can handle the decorations? Cade and I will look after the food and drinks.”

Cade was his other business partner at Conquistadors.

“Decorations?” She bit her lip and peered at the computer screen. “How do you decorate for an engagement party?”

“It says to plan a theme that’s different from the wedding.”

She shot him a smirk. “You’re really into this, aren’t you? Doesn’t this go against your man card, or something?”

“My man card is secure,” he said, his face impassive. “But I’m willing to prove it to you anytime you want.”

She rolled her eyes. “Yeah, thanks, but no.” She read the text on the website. “Okay, well, Hayden and Beck haven’t even started planning their wedding yet, so who knows what style it will be. If it’s up to Hayden, they’ll get married at city hall one day on her lunch break.”

“We won’t let that happen,” Marco said. “She deserves to be a beautiful bride for one special day.”

She turned her head and gave him a long look. “You sure about that man card, Mr. Romance?”

He gave a tiny movement of his lips and chin, a nod and a smile that were so subtle yet oozed confidence and masculinity. “Keep questioning me and I’ll think you really do want me to prove it to you.”

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Hot Shot: A Last Shot Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kelly J is an excellent writer with emotional depth. This seems like it is written by someone else. Just ok
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series and one I really enjoyed and is Marco Solis and Carrie Garner's story. Marco has a complex, when he is around, people seem to leave. First his parents, then his fiance and now his business partner Beck, is too busy with his girlfriend to concentrate on the bar they own. In fact it is because of Beck that he meets the totally unsuitable, yet super hot Carrie. Marco is everything that Carrie doesn't want, bossy, arrogant, sexy and an alpha male. Unfortunately for Marco and Carrie, although they dislike each other, it becomes increasingly hard to overlook the fact that they are also attracted to each other. Now that they have been thrown together by the relationship of their best friends, they have no choice but to confront their feelings. Can they both overcome the insecurities and hurts from the past? Will they be prepared to take a chance at finding happiness? Friendships forged over many years help both Marco and Carrie to overcome their fears and at times I felt like crying for them both and then there was the laughter as well. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Book 2 in the Last Shot Series and this is Marco Solis and Carrie Gardner's story. Marco Solis a Ex Navy Seal who is part owner of Conquistadors Tequila Bar which he runs with his two best friends, he is a perfect guy but his past will always make him feel unworthy. Carrie Gardner is a supermodel by day with a passion for photography, she loves her best friend Hayden like a sister and will do anything for her friends and their families but she also has underlying issues. Carrie and Marco are thrown together because their best friends have become a couple but can they get past the fact they don't really like each other even if they find each other attractive. What starts off as a fling becomes so much more..... This is a story about friendships and bonds, it's about enemies to lovers and it's about believing in yourself, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry and it's hot !!! It's an easy to read story that can be read as a standalone but I suspect that you will want to read book one if you haven't already after picking up Hot Shot. Looking forward to the next in this series
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Hot Shot is the 2nd book in the Last Shot series. The books can be read as a stand alone. I have found another favorite author- Kelly Jamieson creates fantastic characters & writes entertaining stories. I look forward to the final book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Carrie is a model with a complete understanding of the superficial nature of her job. Her career is coming to an end and she is trying to figure out where to go from here. She puts plans in motion and then is confronted with Marco. Their friends are together so they need to find a way to get along. In learning about each other for the short term, they find more deep within the other. The vulnerabilities that these two have made the story more interesting, more real. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I received a copy of this through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Marco, a former Navy Seal, has experienced a lot of loss in his short life. As a teen, his mom and dad were deported back to Mexico. His sister was placed in a different foster home than him and he hasn't seen her since. While serving his country, his fiancé cheats on him and ends up marrying someone else. So he's learned not to let his heart get involved, not to become too attached. He owns a bar with two of his Navy buddies. That's where he meets the woman he loves to "hate", a woman that's too good for him... Carrie is a natural beauty and a moneymaking model nearing the end of her career. Although she's beautiful, she feels less than when compared to her siblings. Carrie's dream is to become a photographer, but feels as though she's a disappointment to her family. They are career driven, while Carrie is more "live life to the fullest, carefree". While Carrie thinks Marco is irritating, she also thinks he's really sexy. When they are forced to plan an engagement party for their best friends, they learn they misjudged each other. They find they are more alike, than not. Will they allow their insecurities to ruin their chance at true love? This was the first Kelly Jamieson novel I've read. I loved it and can't wait to read the next novel in the series!!! I loved the bickering as it added to the sexual tension. I also LOVED Carrie's grandma. She was a hoot! I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves "Opposites Attract" HEAs. I read a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions stated are my own.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Marco Solis is a former Navy SEAL and co-owner of a bar with his two best friends. Carrie Garner is the best friend to his friend’s fiance. For some reason, when they are near each other, they can’t get along. When Marco decides to throw an engagement party for their friends, he asks for Carrie’s help. Maybe they can get along enough to stop denying their mutual attraction. This book wasn’t bad. I thought there were times when Marco’s character was a bit harsh and it really didn’t make much sense.There were some random things that were thrown into parts of books that didn’t really make much sense until later. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my voluntary review for netgalley. I enjoyed book, it was a little slow going at first, but finally we ended up getting a love story. Marco had been interested in Carrie since he first met her. However, since Carrie still felt inadequate in her self esteem, she thought he was making fun of her and also just seeing her as a piece of meat, so she hated him. Marco also had self esteem issues he had to get over so he whenever Carrie rebuffed he felt rejected and so ended up being grumpy. They get together to plan a bridal shower for there best friends, and as they spend time together, they end up hooking up, thinking they do it, since it has an expiration date. Things do not go as planned, they fall in love, and of course do not communicate there feelings, so they let each other go. But when they finally open up, they end up together. Now it is on to Cade's story, hopefully.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
What a great book!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the story, romance, friendship, and sexy fun times between Marco and Carrie. Marco had been through a lot of disappointment and heartbreak in his life. But he turned out to be a very good man. There was never a time during this story that I did not like Carrie or Marco. She was full of life and love. I loved Marco's description of her towards the end. They were so much fun together and I read with a goofy smile on my face at times. This is a great addition to the series and I cannot wait for more. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Lighthearted, engaging and sensual! This is a charming, enemies-to-lovers story about two people suffering with their own insecurities who may just find what they’re looking for, a family, a home and love, in each other. The writing is well done. The main characters are troubled, genuine, supportive and likeable. And the plot uses a mix of delicious innuendoes, clever dialogue, steamy chemistry, sizzling attraction and a little introspection to take us on journey that starts as a fun, flirty fling and ends in true love. Overall I have to say this is definitely a sexy, romantic, enjoyable read that has engaging characters and a storyline with the perfect amount of heat and heart.
DannyJeffbooks More than 1 year ago
The main premise of Hot Shot was an enemies to lovers read, however, this was just a small aspect of the story and for me what I really loved about it was both main characters were outwardly confident yet, inwardly they were both very much insecure within themselves. Hot Shot was a nice enjoyable read. The characters were multi layered and likeable, their chemistry is believable and they are supported by rich secondary characters. Hot Shot was sweet and sexy with some humour thrown in. Overall, this was a nice easy read and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series - 3.5 stars N.B While this is the second book in the Last Shot Series, it can most certainly be read as a stand alone. I was provided with a copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley; there was no inducement or obligaiton
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
Hot Shot is a decent book and I enjoyed it. The book is pretty much what you would expect from a Kelly Jamieson romance. I think it is closer to 3 1/2 stars than 4 stars, but I don't like to score a book down. Our couple, Carrie and Marco, are likable characters who have hidden depths. Carrie is not just an airhead model and Marco is not just a guy looking to skate through life going from party to party. Both characters have self worth issues stemming from their childhoods (where the seeds of self worth issues are generally sown). Over the course of the book both characters grow and help each other figure out what they want in their lives. By the end of the book I did feel that Carrie and Marco belonged together and had a foundation to build a lasting romantic relationship on. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Marco and Carrie star in this story and they are so much alike it is scary. They are both insecure which is crazy because they are both accomplished in their professions but personally they are goofs. Once they figure out they really do not hate each other and the sparks are really chemistry and the heat should be explored all bets are off and the fun "romp" is on! This was a fun story that at times I wanted to shake these characters up and tell them to open their eyes. At least they figured it out by the end :) Gotta love a HEA! This could be read as a standalone but I really recommend the first in the series only because it was good too. **Received this ARC copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
In this book we meet Marco, another ex SEAL along with Cade and Beck. The three of them own Conquistadors, an upscale Tequila bar (and trying to get their food menu up to par) Hayden and Beck are getting married soon and her best friend Carrie is spending more time at the bar with her. Carrie is a supermodel whose days are getting shorter work wise, she's a talented photographer and like Marco she's full of her own insecurities. Oh and she and Marco hate each other. That's the take off point of the story. Marco calls Carrie because he wants to plan a surprise engagement party for Hayden and Beck and needs her help. He's done all the research on line and has thought things through pretty well. Since she's maid of honor and best friend he enlists her, she's a little reluctant since they can't have a civil conversation but agrees and the planning begins. She's also leaving in 2 months for Spain to study photography. Raised in a family of overachievers she feels like she's never accomplished anything. She sees this as a means to and end. Despite her being work selling in galleries and getting great side jobs, she's still bent on going. Things heat up with her and Marco. Marco wants her desperately and it takes half the book to get there. The first half is idle dialogue which took me two days to plow through. Once things heat up they really sizzle, but for me those scenes fall a little short and get redundant although I did like Marco's filthy mouth. There are a couple of subplots here, one being her niece, the awesome Grandma and the wedding plans. Cade the man ho and the ongoing menu issues. Marco and Carrie are seeing each other on the sly until it comes out at a gathering and then it's assumed they are a couple, when really they seemed to see it as a fling with a end date. In spite of their growing feelings for each other which were pretty obvious but neither spoke the words. Pfft. These are 30 year olds. Hayden and Beck get married, Carrie is ready to go and after the wedding Marco tells her he's done. He's calling it off early. That's not a spoiler... threads of that run through the story. I think this book was a little better than book 1. The dialogue could have been trimmed way back and you'd still have a strong story without all the redundancy between Marco and Carrie. The second half is basically sex. They aren't really deep characters. I'm not sure they're people you can relate to, there's no one focus in the book. I do love Kelly's books and I'm hoping with the momentum of this one Cade's story is even better. This gets a 3.5 from me, but I rounded it up because of Marco. **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept in exchange for a fair review** (less)
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Kelly Jamieson's Last Shot series. As with the first book, I really enjoyed this one. The characters were mature but fun. Kelly did a great job with these two! This is a story of two people with insecurities born of past experiences. Marco will not be left behind again, and Carrie will not be just a pretty face to someone. Marco is bossy, and cranky and... Hot as hell. Carrie is wild, and snobby and... Beautiful as hell. Their chemistry may be off the charts, but they are completely wrong for each other... Or are they? Forced to spend time together planning an engagement party for their best friends, they need to find a way to tolerate each other. A fling... That will douse the flames between them... Get each other out of their systems. The more time hey spend together though, the more they begin to realize just how wrong they might be about the other. But old wounds and insecurities run deep. Neither may let go long enough to admit their true feelings. Looking forward to Cade's story!! ARC provided for honest review
RosieP7116 More than 1 year ago
Marco is the alpha male with a past. His insecurities keep from from fully committing to anyone but his 2 buddies and co-owners of Conquistadors. Carrie is super model gorgeous--but her gawky teenage years follow her to this day. Can two people who never feel good enough find completion in another person? Or are those bags just too much to lay down? I am a huge fan of Kelly Jamieson. I was super excited to see Marco's story as a follow up to Body Shot. When I read Body Shot, you could feel that there was just *something* between Carrie & Marco. So to see their story come to fruition was great! Once again, Kelly does a great job of developing her characters. I loved how the "super-model who doesn't always feel pretty" -- well Kelly managed to avoid making Carrie into a caricature and you could truly feel for the pretty girl! And Marco. His demons with his past could make it easy to write him off as a typical SEAL. But Kelly works her magic once again and you find yourself rooting for this couple. I've read a lot of romance-genre. And lately I've branched out more to other authors. But I will always read a Kelly Jamieson book. Her writing is incredibly submersible, drawing you into the world and the characters. That being said, there were more grammatical issues than normal with a Kelly book. I chalk that up to her reviewer not doing her job, because Kelly's job is to spin a story that you believe in. Her books are like a good romp! They make you sweat (the good kind!), and leave you smiling.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Sexy, flirty and fun. Kelly Jamieson writes a romance stoked by desire but curbed by fears. If you read Body Shot, book #1 in the Last Shot series, you may recall Marco Solis. Ex-Navy SEAL, co-owner of Conquistador bar, happily single until super-hot model Carrie Garner starts spending time in his bar and getting under his skin. She’s also crazy talented with a camera and to Spain with a scholarship for design school and she’s totally out of his league. So for a guy who doesn’t let people get close for fear of being left behind there’s no reason for him to pursue her, but can he resister her? When her best friend started dating her now fiancée Beck and knowing her modeling career wouldn’t last forever, Carrie Garner felt a bit unnecessary and decided to study abroad for a few months. But before leaving she’s roped into helping with her BFF’s engagement party by none other than Beck’s partner, the brooding, gorgeous Latin man who drives her crazy. Crazy enough to make her think twice about leaving. If insecurities are unattractive, you’d think that beautiful people wouldn’t have problems with them, right? Wrong! Both hero and heroine in this story struggle with their own set of uncertainties that bungle up their attraction each other. After his parents are forcefully deported to Mexico when he was young, Marco and his sister are put into foster care. Soon after, he’s separated from his sister and bounced around from one family to the next, which causes a deep seated fear of being unwanted. Carrie grew up in a loving family full of successful professionals who must view her modeling career as flighty, making her feel like she’ll never measure up. Even though Carrie and Marco couldn’t stand each other, they made an effort for their best friends’ sake and upon spending time together they realize that their attraction is mutual and scorching hot, and while their relationship started as just a fling with an expiration date, as they spend more time together and get to know one another the desire they felt grew to much more. I really enjoyed getting to know this couple as they flirted, bantered, accepted and understood one another, helped each other get over their insecurities, plan a fun engagement party, help organize a program to get kids off the streets through art and ultimately fall in love. Hot Shot is book #2 in the Last Shot series by Kelly Jamieson. It is a sexy, sweet and fun standalone contemporary romance with charming characters and an appealing storyline. It is told from both points of view with a happy ending.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! I laughed, I cried and needed a cold shower and cigarette ( if I smoked ). I felt like I was right there with them feeling their pain and happiness. This is the 2nd in this series and I cannot wait for Cade's story. Carrie is from a family of overachievers and she is a model. She really wants to be a photographer and gets a scholarship to a school in Spain for nine months. Her best friend Hayden is marrying Beck, one of the owners of the tequila bar, they met at. Beck's friend Marco asks Carrie for help with a surprise engagement party. Marco is a former SEAL, partner with Beck and Cade in the bar, and has abandonment issues. His parents were deported and he and his sister was put in foster care. She was adopted and he lost track of her. He is gorgeous, moody, and has some insecurities. Marco and Carrie have to put their differences aside and plan this party. But the more time they spend together, the more the attraction grows. So Marco suggests they have a no strings affair until she leaves in two months. What they don't expect is to fall for each other. Carrie must decide to go to Spain or stay with the man she has falling in love with. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY AND VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED IT*
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Last Shot series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading in order. Marco & Carrie met when she brought her best friend to his bar for a tasting. Now, their best friends are getting married. They see one another all the time, but he has no idea why Carrie seems like she hates him. Carrie does not want to be attracted to the hotter Marco. He just sets her on fire with a look. The more she gets to know him better, the more she is attracted to him. The story confused me at first. The characters are so hot together. It makes for a great story. The more funny things happen, the greater this story is. ****This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Marco and Carrie have a sort of love/hate relationship. She is a model and is in flux with her career and life. Marco is trying to make the bar a go with his two friends and finds Carrie intriguing but doesn't want anything serious. Carrie fights their growing attraction and was quite rude about it at times. Marco wants to give it a go but backs down when she pushes him away. Both have self-confidence issues. Marco was left in foster care after his parents were deported to Mexico and he and his sister were split up. Carrie feels that her looks are what people use to define her and doesn't think she is worthy. Both of them hide their fears and it takes a while for them to see each other in a real sense. Carrie was so set on pushing Marco away for her own good, that she failed to see she was hitting his biggest issue of not being enough. When they do finally agree to see what happens and have a short-term fling, Carrie is still the one putting them in a box. She is leaving for Spain for 9 months to take a photography course and thinks that will make her family proud of her. She fails to see that they are already proud of her and it is her issue and not theirs that have her leaving. Marco agrees to their short-term relationship and finds himself falling for her. Both of them were not good at acknowledging their feelings. I did give Marco credit for fighting for her at points, but Carrie never really gave anything back. I did not like that about her. Even when her trip was imminent, she wanted Marco to step up and ask her to stay. Based upon his past, I didn't understand why she felt it was up to him to stop her and not for her to decide to stay for him and let him know he was enough. The ending was nice and it fit this couple well. I am interested to see what happens with Cade. It was nice to see Beck and Hayden's relationship grow in this book also. It was with great pleasure that I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I loved this second installment in the Last Shot series, it is an awesome story about family, friendship, love and acceptance. Marco & Carrie are an incredibly relatable couple that you find yourself rooting for from the beginning. They have a hate/love relationship at first where they pretty much misunderstand what is really going on between them. The character development of these two and the relationships they have with each other and the other characters in the book is just phenomenal as it always is in Kelly's books. They are extremely likeable and relatable as they are not without flaws and self doubt just like most people. Marco is the Hot Shot. He is a gorgeous, sexy and amazing man, yet because of events in his past, he does not really feel like the great catch that he is. Even though he is a former Navy SEAL and now owns a pretty successful bar with his two best friends, Beck & Cade, who were also his SEAL teammates, he does not think he is deserving of a certain beauty he has had his eye on from the moment they met. Carrie is Beck's fiancee Hayden's best friend and the current object of Marco's desire. He flirts with her constantly but she is not having it. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She is a model but feels as though that is so not the real her. Her true passion is in photography and she is really good at it. She is sweet, funny and compassionate. They are forced to spend time together to plan Beck and Hayden's engagement party and their attraction simmers and blooms. They find out they are so much more than a Hot Shot and a Supermodel. Another awesome 5 star read by Kelly Jamieson!!
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and I have anxiously been awaiting this one since Last Shot. Carrie and Marco met the night her best friend Hayden met Marco’s friend and business partner Beck. Sparks flew for Hayden and Beck, but Carrie and Marco didn’t hit it off. Carrie felt that Marco was a player and was always trying to hit on her and she felt like he wasn’t genuine. Marco was taken with Carrie but he felt she was out of his league and wouldn’t give him a chance. This is a story of frenemies to lovers. Carrie and Marco are working together as they are involved in the wedding of their best friends and have to plan an engagement party. As they are working together they both discover that they really didn’t know the person and guards are let down. The chemistry between these two is always simmering until it boils over and they can’t fight the pull. There is quite a few laugh out loud crazy times with Carrie’s wonderful flamboyant grandmother and the rest of the secondary characters. There is some very touching heart to heart talks that Carrie and Marco discover so much about the other that I had a lump in my throat as they told their respective story’s. There is push and pull between the characters and decisions that must be made as the story draws to a conclusion. I really enjoyed this terrific frenemy to lover’s romance and look forward to Cade’s story.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! It's the second in a series but you can easily read this one and enjoy it without having read the first. Marco Solis is a former Navy SEAL who now owns a Tequila bar along with his two buddies. Marco is strong, determined, and sexy but underneath it all he deals with insecurities every day. Never letting himself get to close to many people fearing they will leave too. His parents where deported when he was a young teen and his fiancee couldn't wait for him to return from deployment before moving on so why should he trust anyone will stick around. Then Carrie Garner starts hanging around his bar more frequently and he want her to stick around more than anything but he knows she has plans to leave at the end of the summer. Can he just enjoy her for the amount of time they have or will his heart be hurt again? This is a very well done story and one I would recommend to everyone.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! You never really think about the "beautiful" people having insecurities. Marco, a former seal who owns a tequila bar with his 2 best friends seems like he has it all. What most people don't know is he's still struggling with insecurities from being bounced around in foster care as a child. Carrie, a model/photographer, has her own set of insecurities. Her family is made up of very smart people and Carrie feels that she doesn't measure up. What you get in this story is two beautiful people that are attracted to each other but miss all the social cues based off their insecurities and believe the other is not sincere. They finally get honest with each other (well partially honest) when they come together to plan their best friends engagement party. While being forced to spend time together, they realize the attraction is mutual. I say they are partially honest because while they admit they are attracted, they still can't admit they want more than just a fling before Carrie takes up a scholarship in Spain for 9 months. At first I was worried the insecurities was going to be too much in the story and it did feel that way in the beginning. The more these two became closer the less we saw of the insecurities and their relationship felt more real. Overall, this was a fun read once we got past the insecurities and I really enjoyed seeing the couple from the first book again. We also get to see a possible match for Cade in book 3.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Marco is a former SEAL who co-owns a tequila bar along with two of his SEAL buddies. Carrie is a premier model who only feels attractive when people do her hair and make up - otherwise she feels unworthy. Marco also feels unworthy, but for very different reasons. They are thrown together frequently since their friends are engaged and she is maid of honor to his best man. There is a wild attraction between them that you can practically feel sizzling off the pages. They agree to enjoy a "romp" without a relationship....however, what happens when they each develop real feelings for the other? What follows is a sexy romance that fans of the genre will love. The author is on my must read authors' list and should probably be on yours as well. Move this one to the top of your TBR.