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Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl
Series: Jackson Hole #2
Published by Harlequin HQN on 26 March 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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.
Too Hot to Handle is a complex story of finding oneself, realizing all of one’s potentials and possibly finding love along the way as well.
I briefly got to meet Merry in Close Enough to Touch, and I was instantly curious about her. A strong woman, but one who has been put down more often than not, Merry has changed jobs many times, but she is set on making it in Jackson. Both because her best friend Grace lives there now, and because she’s gotten the dream-job in restoring a ghost town just outside of Jackson. Too Hot to Handle shows a lot of the changes Merry goes through, and some of those changes are in part thanks to her neighbor, Shane.
Merry’s enthusiasm about her new job was easy to share with her, especially because she went all out in order to learn about Providence from the historical society so she could do well. What she didn’t realize at first when she asked Shane to help her with the restoration was that he had a personal stake in Providence, and that his interest may be complete opposite Merry’s. As the story in Too Hot to Handle unfolded, it was clear that there was more than just a physical attraction between Merry and Shane, and I loved seeing Merry become more confident in her own appeal.
Of course, things didn’t go smoothly for Merry, neither in her professional, nor in her personal life, however the way she dealt with adversity made me admire her even more. Written in third person point of view, past tense and mostly from Merry’s perspective, Too Hot to Handle brought the characters to the forefront of the story, and I had a good time getting to know them.
They hadn’t meant for her to succeed here. They hadn’t meant for her to do anything.
“The Stud Farm discount,” Grace muttered. “I don’t like the sound of that at all. I think I should hang around.”
“Thanks, Mom, but I promise not to get into your vodka stash.”
She hugged her iPad tighter, and Shane tried not to notice the way her breasts pressed up, revealing a beautiful amount of cleavage above the thin cotton of her tank. He tried not to notice, but he failed miserably. He was a man, and there were breasts right there.