Well, even in the worst situations, Mary Hughes can make me laugh. Hot Chips and Sand had a little of everything … a hot male (with secrets), an alpha female (who had self-esteem issues), a madman, a kidnapping and then, of course, love. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
When American Skyler Johnston is kidnapped, she manages a heart-pounding escape, only to be cornered in the hotel room of a lithe, enigmatic man. The kidnappers burst into the room, but the man hides Skyler by covering her body with his–and kissing her. Her kidnappers are thrown long enough for the man, known only as Cliff, to race Skyler through narrow streets and hide her on a boat going home.
Skyler thinks her troubles are over, but Cliff is really Sir Humphrey Hawkesclyffe, genius inventor of the next gen supercomputer. He’s zeroed in on Skyler–he says for heading his software development team, business only. But as they work together, Skyler starts to fall for the lonely boy genius who’s become a rugged man of action.
He seems to fall for her, too–at least their sizzling kisses suggest more than simple chemistry. But is Cliff just mixing pleasure with his business? And then the kidnappers come back for round two…but it’s not Skyler they’ve come for this time.
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Well, even in the worst situations, Mary Hughes can make me laugh. Hot Chips and Sand had a little of everything … a hot male (with secrets), an alpha female (who had self-esteem issues), a madman, a kidnapping and then, of course, love. Yes, she definitely has a way to mix all of these things together and bring us a story that will make you laugh, love and cringe a little … that will make you want to slap the hero up-side the head and yell at the heroine to open her eyes.
Skyler Jones and Sir Humphrey Hawkesclyffe were an interesting couple … computer geeks, nerds with a twist. A kidnap victim and her hero. She’s a computer genius and he’s the ultimate computer genius with his own company and on the cutting edge of creating a chip that could revolutionize security. He will not have anyone but the best for his company and, in his eyes, it’s Skyler. He just has to convince her that she is what his company needs and that she could do the job. She refuses to work for him if he’s really working for the man that kidnapped her and working to secure Middle Yemen. She’ll agree only if she works on Apple Pi and not Pizza Pi. So, Apple Pi it is … or so she thinks. Until Pizza Pi bites her and she’s back in Middle Yeman helping her save the man that saved her.
I got such a kick out of Hot Chips and Sand. It really was laugh-out-loud funny in places and intriguing in others. But, that’s how Mary Hughes is. She can take the most mundane subjects and turn them into interesting reads. I really have no idea if I would be able to read a dark romance or suspense if she wrote one since I would be waiting for the punch line throughout the story. And, no, this isn’t Meiers Corners so there’s no hot vampires but there is a hot, alpha-spy-male that makes up for it. Her stories always have little underlying messages and Hot Chips and Sands was no exception. What did I get from this one? Well, let’s see, there were quite a few. First, don’t judge a book by its cover … there may be more within those covers than meets the eye. Then there’s don’t always believe what other people tell you … they just may have their own ulterior motives. Third, trust yourself to be the person other people see and not what you were told you were. Finally, follow your heart and stop living in the past.