Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

by Robin Kaye

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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 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.


"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."

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

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

"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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402217661
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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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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donna511 More than 1 year ago
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!
melmellie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read by Robin Kaye, and both were great! Great job and keep them coming.
marieburton2004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this snappy sequel to Robin Kaye's first Domestic God novel "Romeo, Romeo", the author Robin Kaye brings back supporting characters and makes Annabelle Ronaldi's love life the focus this time around. If you haven't read the first book, there is no need to worry. I haven't read it yet but plan on going back and reading it because "Too Hot to Handle" was so much fun I can't wait for more of it. This was my introduction to a Domestic God: he happily cooks, cleans, does your laundry and looks gorgeous doing it. (SOLD!)This frisky story brings us to Annabelle and Mike as they meet up at Annabelle's sister's wedding. Mike is perfect in all ways but there are mysterious undertones in each of their lives that makes this book more than just your average romance romp. Annabelle is recovering from her past relationships, and Mike is pretty much the Knight in Shining Armor that any woman would love to have knock on her door, besides the fact that he's a doctor. Yet he too has the troubling background which adds itself to the mystery facet of the novel. As these mysteries unfold, their mutual enchantment with each other is threatened. The favorite characters from the first novel are brought back as the secrets and mysteries unwind, and their dysfunctional family twists add humor and entertainment.This is one of those books that alludes to the major turning point in the mystery, yet you pretty much know what it is. This is my one criticism especially because it was hinted at immediately in the book, before actually letting the reader get involved in the suspense of it.But I loved it for the rollicking sexual attraction and for the high-spirited style of writing which made it more than just a erotic love story. 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.
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Seven or Eight dollars is too much to ask when you aren't providing an overview. What a shame.
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CynthiaL More than 1 year ago
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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abr025 More than 1 year ago
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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Tanya Heuser More than 1 year ago
Loved it from the start. Believable characters and story.
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