Monday, September 25, 2023

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Hott Shot by Serena Bell


Beauty salon… and the Beast

Working at the family wedding resort wasn’t exactly on my Bingo card. But it’s the only way for my siblings and me to get our grandfather’s inheritance, so here I am, staffing the Hott Spot Spa and Salon front desk. It’s an absurd gig for a man who makes Oscar the Grouch look like a people-person.

Still, I’m a hard worker. I’ve made a fortune off my scientific discoveries, and if I can engineer groundbreaking drugs, I can do anything, right? Not according to Sonya Rossi, the spa’s smoking hot and relentlessly perky manager. My grumpy approach is testing even sunshine-y Sonya’s patience. Meanwhile, I’m not sure whether I want to rain on her parade—or kiss the smile off her face.

Then the universe throws another curveball, putting us under the same roof. The closer Sonya gets, the more I like it—and her. I want to get to know her better and let her see the side of me I never show people. Until now, I’ve only believed in what I can touch, sense, and prove. I definitely don’t believe in love… but Sonya's making me wish I could.

A spicy, grumpy-sunshine, opposites attract, under-one-roof, forced proximity standalone romantic comedy set in the beloved small town of Rush Creek.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I absolutely love the premise for this spin-off series. We're back in Rush Creek, which is a great little town with lots of personality (yes, a town can have personality!). I love a redeemable grouch, and Quinn fits right in with the quirky inhabitants of Rush Creek, whether he wants to or not. His no-nonsense approach and dry wit are right up my alley, so it was pretty easy to fall in love with him. Okay, Sonya may have had some trouble warming up to him, but that makes for some pretty hilarious situations in this series opener.
As I mentioned, this is a spin-off from Serena Bell's Wilder Adventures series, but it can be read as a standalone. If you've read the first series, you'll recognize some secondary characters, but they aren't crucial to the storyline. That said, I'd still recommend the WA series, as well as any Serena Bell book. Hott Shot is just one more in a list of engaging, witty, and swoony romantic comedies. Quinn and Sonya's story is a great way to spend an evening or weekend. So, grab your drink of choice, curl up in your favorite reading chair or porch swing, and enjoy the visit to Rush Creek. I sure did, and I'll be anxiously waiting for the next Hott Springs Eternal romance.

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