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Series: The Lawson Brothers #1
Cover Art: Lindee Robinson Photography
Publisher: Valentine Publishing LLC (Self-Published) on January 12, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Bank Teller and all around good girl, Sydney McKnight, is tired of being the girl all the guys want to have as a friend. Who better to help unleash her inner vixen than her best friend and secret crush, Brody Lawson? Only, Sydney has no idea how to ask him, without their friendship going up in flames, until that is, the town of Jessamine's annual Firemen's Auction gives her the perfect excuse to set her plan into motion.
Fire Captain Brody Lawson has been in love with his best friend, Sydney, for years, but he would never risk their friendship by confessing his feelings to her. So, when Sydney beats out the competition to buy his time at the annual Firemen's Auction, Brody can hardly believe his luck until she asks him to teach her how to seduce a fellow fireman.
Now, it’s up to Brody to show Sydney how perfect she already is and convince her that they only man for her is him, because if Sydney is going to seduce any man, it’s going to be him. And once he has her in his bed, he’s not letting her go.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Sydney has been crushing on her best friend Brody for years, but as he makes his way through the beds of the hottest women in town, she’s been relegated to just-one-of-the-guys status, and she’s had it. When the annual fundraiser auction of local firemen comes around, she finds herself with the winning bid for Brody, and while she may not know what to do with him, she knows what she wants. A few little fibs and a deal between best friends quickly heats up into something that will change everything for them.
Best friends falling in love will probably always be one of my favorite plots. As much as I like a good romance, there’s just something more genuine to me about people who truly know each other and don’t just happen upon romance in a bar or classroom or wherever.
Brody is as hot as they come, and he’s been a good friend to Sydney for years, but he’s also spent those years running off most of the guys who would have gladly stepped in and taken his place in her heart, and it’s left her with some pretty serious insecurities. Aside from the fact that he treats her like a sister, she’s been unlucky in dating and love while he’s always got women falling all over him. So with the encouragement of a few friends, including Brody’s most recent ex, she places the high bid on the fire chief of her dreams and buys some time with her favorite man.
Unfortunately, Brody doesn’t see her gesture for what it is, instead wondering why she’d waste her hard-earned money on time she’s already guaranteed with him. So she lets him think she’s interested in one of his newest employees, asking him to teach her how to seduce a man. Beginning to see Sydney as an available woman instead of a bestie, the last thing Brody wants to do is set her up to go after someone else, but he’s not about to pass up the chance to get his hands on her.
When things heated up between these two… Well, I’m a bit surprised my Kindle didn’t melt. Brody pulls out all the stops to get Sydney all hot and bothered, and she doesn’t back down one bit. It felt a little bold and maybe too fast to me at a couple of moments in the story, but then again, these two were secretly pining for each other, so perhaps I shouldn’t have been too surprised how quickly things led to the bedroom.
The only thing that really bothered me about the story was their dramatics. When Sydney laid it all out for Brody and confessed that she was really only interested in him the whole time, he blew a fuse, which if you ask me was a bit hypocritical. I mean, he was the one who’d been screwing up any chances she had for romance with anyone else, and then when she basically gave him exactly what he wanted, he threw a fit because he’d been played. Fortunately, they got past that soon enough and got back to the path to happily ever after, but the fact that these best friends would essentially turn on each other at the moment they were finally coming clean with their feelings left a bit of a sour taste.
In any case, Love So Hot is a quick, fun read that lives up to its name, and I’ll definitely be looking for the next book in the series.