Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

by Victoria Dahl
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Too Hot to Handle 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I just can't recommend this book. The first half is so confusing and uninteresting that it taints the second half of the book, which is still just medicore. I have enjoyed this author in the past but this book is not up to her usual standards. I'm actually surprised it ever got publushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A satisfying read. This whole series is great.
PaperbackBookClub More than 1 year ago
Sassy and sweet! So I’m not sure how I’ve gotten this far in romance reading that I haven’t come across Victoria Dahl! What an unexpectedly splendid find! Like with Kristan Higgins, since high school, I haven’t found much interesting about anything Harlequin is publishing, but maybe I need to revisit that decision because this was a pleasure. I attribute this almost entirely to Merry, the main character, who was a total nerd. Sort of, I mean, she likes Star Wars, so I guess that puts her in the major nerd camp along with, like, most of the entire living world… But anyway, that blanket stereotype aside, I liked her because she is perpetually positive, which is such an underrated, yet extremely difficult to maintain trait. Basically, Merry is, while not a slacker, just someone who hasn’t found what she’s good at. She moves to Wyoming to be with her friend and restore a ghost town, hoping to finally settle down and grow up. Shane is a local carpenter convinced that because all his ancestors didn’t know the meaning of commitment, that it’s not for him either. When the two meet, it’s not exactly fireworks. Shane’s grandfather didn’t leave him money in his will because he changed his last name to spite the father who ran out on him, so he’s suing the ghost town Board of Directors who got the money. Bring in Merry, who the Board has hired to restore the ghost town, and boom, you’ve got a story. Of course, Shane chooses not to tell Merry that he’s the grandson suing the Board, which is one of my romance novel pet peeves, the whole someone keeps a secret that if told could so easily resolve the situation. It is used often enough, and while it doesn’t make me want to punch myself in the face like some of my other pet peeves, it does bore me. These plot devices are so often contrived, and yet they never seem to add much to who the characters are or serve as interest to the story itself. Regardless, this is a fun one. Even though the romance moves too quickly for it to really be believable, Merry and Shane really do have a good time together. Add in some steamy sex scenes, and you’ve got a quick, enjoyable read. My biggest complaint is that we didn’t get a whole bunch of Shane’s point of view. I think I’ve got to read more books in the series to get more glimpses of him. So while I liked him, and thought he was sexy, after I finished I didn’t really remember him all that well. In the end, it hardly mattered because Merry’s enthusiasm pretty much moved the story along, and you really rooted for her. Moreover, the dialogue between Merry and Grace, and Merry and Shane was some of the most realistic and humorous that I’ve read in a long time. Even though my initial excitement for this book decreased by the end, it still won’t be the last Victoria Dahl book I pick up!
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PrincessThuy1 More than 1 year ago
A hot cowboy and a happy-go-lucky heroine makes for a fun and sexy read. Merry is the type of person who makes the best of what she's given. She doesn't gripe about her past or all that she lacks. Instead she sets out to live life to the fullest and is just a very happy person. Enter Shane who is jaded and cynical about his past and love in general until he meets Merry and finally realizes that he doesn't like the person he's become. Enjoyable story overall.
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Loved it. This book was waaayyyy better than the first one in the series! Both Merry and Shane's characters were likeable. They each had a good back story; Merry, in general, was a very relatable character, from her appearance to her personality to her attitude towards life. I want more Rayleen, she is so dang funny! Can't wait to see whats next in this series!
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You can't go wrong with a Victoria Dahl book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i felt the first chapter was boring....but once it got going...it was definately worth the read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story and characters. Another winner from Victoria Dahl.
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
(3 1/2 stars, really, but I'm rounding up--mainly because I liked it much better than #1 in the series, and I do enjoy Victoria Dahl's writing.) Overall I enjoyed Merry and Shane's story. Merry's insecurities felt very real to me, and I liked her as a character. Shane was...wow. Angsty, hunky, alpha male cowboy/carpenter guy. Very nice. His inability to let go of the past is his biggest flaw, though, and he does take it a bit too far. Still, I felt that Grace's (heroine from book #1, and Merry's best friend) hostility toward him was just too much, considering. I also wasn't convinced that the HEA--aside from the relationship, which I am behind 100%, of course ;)--really gave Shane all that he deserved in the end.  I'm totally on board for the next book in the series, though, and reading this one inspired me to go back and start on Dahl's Donovan Brothers series, which has been in my TBR pile for a while now. A clear win-win, I'm thinking. :)
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog "Ms. Dahl delivered another romantic and sexy cowboy novel." ~Under The Covers Too Hot To Handle is the second installment for Victoria Dahl’s Jackson Series. Just like Too Close to Touch, Ms. Dahl delivered another romantic and sexy cowboy novel. Merry Kade finds her self staying at her best friend Grace’s practically abandoned apartment since she’s been staying with her man, Cole. Taking a chance to be close to her friend, she takes a job to be a town curator and becomes passionate for it. Unfortunately, one thing that’s holding her back to success is Shane. Of course, she doesn’t know that Shane has a hold on her project legally and financially. Shane also happens to be Cole’s good friend and living in the same building as Merry’s apartment. I love Merry and Shane’s story, similar to Grace and Cole, it has the boy/girl next door feel to it. Well, they all do live just next door to each other , but that’s besides the point. They both have that persona anyone can just get along with. Merry is a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl , and with her, there are no pretenses. Any girl that can regrow virginity after years of celibacy and knows that being a cowboy is a job and knows it has nothing to do with the boots or hat is my kind of girl. And Shane, well, he’s a bit more complicated. Though he has a bit of emotional past, he is still a very simple man. He is reserved but funny and sexy when he wants to be. This book had steamy scenes that had me fanning myself, laugh out loud , and it had scenes that definitely made me teary eyed. Overall this book is a light happy read that I recommended to anyone who is in the mood for a feel good story. *ARC provided by NetGalley
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