TOO DAMNED HOT
The Wild Rose Press
Rating: 4 Cups
Alana Phoenix is a complex woman; she is confident yet lives with constant fear. She has made a good life for herself working for the family business. She has solid plans for the future to ensure her happiness, and now that her highschool love is back in her life, she finds herself doubting so many things but not the attraction she has for her former flame.
Ted Caliente thought he had gotten over the young woman who had broken his heart. He has moved on to become a successful chef and radio personality, but his celebrity lifestyle has taken its toll so he moves back to Tucson to start over with his young daughter. When he sees his former sweetheart again all the old feelings come back, the good and the bad.
On a blistering hot day Alana is called out on what she thinks is a routine service call on an air-conditioning unit in the desert, but what she finds is her old boyfriend. He still has the means to set her on fire with his sizzling sex appeal and sumptuous kitchen skills but he also ignites her temper. More than ten years have passed since their break-up and each blames the other for the end of their relationship. It is plain to see the attraction is still there and maybe stronger than ever, but interfering relatives and secrets from the past threaten their new relationship. Can they handle the heat and build a future?
Ms. Sullo gives her readers a passionate tale threaded with deep emotion and remarkable characters. Her exploration of the relationship between two seemingly average people shows the audience just how complex and fragile people and their feelings are. This journey begins more than ten years ago when the lead characters are teens, and yet the heartache they experience follows them into adulthood and shapes the people they become. This is a very realistic portrayal of the give and take needed to overcome obstacles both internal and external. The secondary characters in this story are as well developed as the hero and heroine. I enjoyed watching Alana's cousin grow over the course of the novel and see that not everyone is as they appear to be. This story was at times funny, sexy, sad and bitter, but overall enjoyable.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More