*I received a free copy of One Hot December from Harlequin BLAZE via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Men at Work #3
Published by Harlequin BLAZE on 22 November 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Hard as steel…and hotter still!
Never mess with a woman who carries a blowtorch in her backpack. Welder and artist Veronica "Flash" Redding's playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. Like when her insanely handsome, wealthy, suited-up boss gave her the most sensuously wicked night of her life…then dumped her. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot.
Only Ian Asher isn't quite letting Flash get away quite so easily. He's not ready to forget the intensity between them. The searing heat when they touch. And the deliciously demanding control Ian wields in the bedroom. Now he has only the holidays to convince Flash that they belong together…and that even the most exquisite, broken things can be welded back together.
One Hot December is the crown jewel of the Men at Work series – it’s beautiful, tender, hot, sweet, funny, flirt and my feels are all oh so invested!
I think what surprised me the most with One Hot December was the complete and utter sense of tenderness I felt while reading about Ian and Flash! Reisz always manages to draw me in, but somehow, I got even more with this story – which is another surprise as it was only 224 pages long, and yet, I am completely and utterly satisfied. My heart is still beating hard and fast, and I am sure my eyes look a little wet, too. This story, it just has the best parts of romance and erotica in this neat little package, and the the characters just got to me in such a big way!
It’s incredible when you find the perfect kind of love story in which you get great characters who grow and show each other both love and respect – and a lot of dirty jokes as well! Veronica – Flash – is the kind of woman I’d want to be friends with, and Ian is close to irresistible. One Hot December is about the beginning of Flash and Ian’s relationship, but it’s not their true beginning, as that was six months before this story started. And while they are from seemingly different worlds, they just fit together so well – on every level.
One Hot December also has the promise of many more hot months, even years, to come for these to characters, and I have a goofy smile on my face while writing my review, because there was so much to feel good about in this novel. A female welder who welds for work, but who also uses metal and welding for her art. And I have to say I’d definitely go to a gallery to see her pieces, they sound beautiful and kind of magical. While most of the action pertains to Ian and Veronica, there are other characters that made a strong impression on me as well, both Ian’s father, Dean, and Veronica’s elderly neighbor both deserve their own books.
Written in third person point of view, past tense, and peppered with amazing dialogues, One Hot December is a true romance, where you dream about the happily ever after and where your feels are invested from start to finish!
She could do this. More importantly, she had to do this. She would have told herself to “man up” but with the way the men in her life were behaving lately, manning up would be a step down. She’d have to woman up instead.
Drew’s eyes widened hugely, and Flash grinned fiendishly in reply. She knew she was grinning fiendishly because she’d practiced that grin in the mirror.
But this was Veronica “Flash” Redding, and if making men feel like they were nothing special was a game show, she’d go home with one million dollars and a brand-new car.
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