Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks

Synopsis: Cate had thought her life was pretty good; she was attending school to become a teacher, working as a bartender to pay for said school,  and had really cheap rent subletting a room from Marty Longfellow, a cross-dressing lounge singer… That is until Marty disappears and weird things keep happening, such as meeting ex-cop Kellen who just might be getting friendly with Cate to get close to Marty.

Writing Style: Janet Evanovich is one of my favourite authors. She writes mysteries (which my mum loves) and romances (that I love), and always with a lot of humour. This time Janet paired up with another author, Leanne Banks, which has made the prose a little different. The novel wasn’t quite as insane or hilarious as Janet’s other books, but you can still find hints of what you’d expect from one of her stories throughout this one.

Pages: Janet Evanovich generally writes fairly short novels that are simple to read. She once said, in her book about writing, that she does this on purpose. This book however is a fair bit longer than usual, probably due to the influence of it being jointly written.

Plot: The storyline of this book is nearly as zany as any other situation Janet has put her characters in. You are never really sure what is going to happen next and you begin to anticipate the craziest things you can think of, which is half the fun.

Character: Julie Lamb is one of Cate’s best friends and lives on the floor below in the apartment building. Julie is a down-south girl who dreamed of moving to Boston and decided to just do it even though she is poor. Julie spends most of her time people watching and writes down the things she observes. Cate had no idea how smart Julie was until she found Julie’s notes and Cate was sure it would make a great book. Julie just makes you really want to write a book yourself.

Character Development: Patrick Pugg is a furry little man who tries to hard to either get laid or get a girlfriend or both, I’m never sure which. At first he just seems annoying, but once he meets Julie she brings out the best in him. By the end of the book, Pugg actually grows on you a little bit to the point where you actually kind of like him and hope he has a good life rather than wishing he’d get hit by a car.

Romance: Cate and Kellen fall for each other pretty quick, but that is fairly expected in a Janet novel. Even though they fall, the characters never admit it or, if they admit it, they end up in the oddest situations because of it.

Quote:  Kellen wasn’t an expert on fairy tales, but he was pretty sure the knight in shining armour wasn’t supposed to be guarding the distressed damsel’s dragon.

The Verdict: If you like to laugh, then you’ll like this book. Janet Evanovich is always a must read!

Which would you choose: the man who tries too hard to be loved, the man who is gorgeous but has secrets, or the big slobbery yet cuddly dog? 

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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