Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book review: Too Hot to Handle (Jackson #2) by Victoria Dahl

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This good girl's going bad…. Merry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it's time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she'll supervise a lot of restoration work. Luckily she's found the perfect contractor for the job.

Shane Harcourt can't believe that someone wants to turn a beat-up ghost town into a museum attraction. After all, the last thing he needs is the site of his dream ranch turning into a tourist trap. He'll work on the project, if only to hasten its failure…until the beautiful, quirky woman in charge starts to change his mind.

For the first time ever, Merry has a gorgeous stud hot on her heels. But can she trust this strong, silent man, even if he is a force of nature in bed? When Shane's ulterior motives come out, he'll need to prove to Merry that a love like theirs may be too hot to handle, but it's impossible to resist

This is book 2 in the Jackson series but you can read either of these alone and be just fine. In this book we  get a better view of Shane who is Cole's friend from book 1 and Merry who is Grace's friend from book 1.  Merry is having a hard time figuring out where she belongs in this world. Nicknamed by family as a slacker and growing up poor without a dad she's had a rough time. She is usually perceived as just one of the guys by men she's not had good luck with men either. Finally she's got a job renovating a old ghost town into a museum town in Wyoming. A dream job for her as she enjoys the work and quickly falls in love with the ghost town. Unfortunately the job opportunity is not what it seems and the job might not remain hers. Trying to impress the people who hold the money she looks for a carpenter to spruce some things up so she can show how good it could be. Intro Shane Harcourt the carpenter. Yup! Shane is a Carpenter but he is also the land owner around the ghost town. He got the land but not the money from his grandfather's will when he died. He feels he should have gotten it so he's suing for it. Problem is Merry doesn't know that and she hires him. He likes her but doesn't know her and is hoping to glean info on what's going on by acting as her carpenter.  It all starts to fall to pieces when he starts falling for her and eventually the cat is out of the bag and there is of course trouble. I liked this one. Both characters actually had troubling pasts. Shane's dad disappeared as a kid and the uncertainty of that has always affected him. Merry has issues with her family and missing dad as well. I enjoyed the story, the sex scenes were great and the conflict was intense at times.  Both characters has issues to work through to find each other. Good solid read for me. 4 out of 5 stars for Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl.

Find out more about this series and Victoria Dahl here. www.victoriadahl.com

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