I enjoyed reading Hot Shot even though I had a hard time getting into both Marco and Carrie. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
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.
I enjoyed reading Hot Shot even though I had a hard time getting into both Marco and Carrie. For some unknown reason, I could not see or feel the connection between the two of them. I felt like there was some major “game playing” going on between the two of them right from the start and wasn’t really sure if I understood them getting together.
Carrie hated Marco. She didn’t like the way he looked at her. She didn’t like the way he flirted with her. But, her best friend is marrying his best friend and there is nothing that she can do about being in his presence. Until she sees a side of him that she never expected … the soft, vulnerable side.
Marco always thought that Carrie was beautiful but he couldn’t understand why she hated him. He was nice to her, respected her, saw beyond her beauty to her inner self. But, she wouldn’t even give him the time of day. He knows that there is chemistry between them and knows that she can feel it too but refuses to give in to it.
As they both get to know each other, the spark catches fire and they both give in to a romp, a little fling that will only last until Carrie leaves. Unfortunately, there is a big misunderstanding and they have to pretend to really be together. This is the last thing either of them want but, it truly makes Carrie stand-up and notice Marco. She finally understands his love of all things family, why he has an insecure side that no one sees and just how wonderful a man he really is. Marco, too, sees another side of Carrie and can’t believe that she is as uncertain about herself as she is.
I loved the ending of Hot Shot. Marco finally stole my heart. Believe me, he had to work to do that. Carrie, I understood but still could not connect with her. Like usual with Kelly Jamison, the writing was fluid and crisp but I felt like there was something missing. If I could name it, I would but, I can’t.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.