Book: Running Hot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: August 10, 2016
Length: 55 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it’s because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn’t dream of coming between them, he can’t help being drawn to Shane himself…. Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn’t.
One night everything changes. Kurt doesn’t reciprocate Shane’s kiss—he’s got no intention of stealing his sister’s man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can’t believe how thick her brother is. She’s not the reason Shane’s been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it’s on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn’t blown his chance for good.
First thing I want to say is this book was a super sweet romance that I really thought was very good!
We have Kurt who co-owns the family garage with his sister who all along has a crush on Shane who he thinks is dating his sister. He is completely clueless to why Shane is really there until Shane makes it clear one night, but Kurt still doesn’t get it and pushes him away. I truly thought the author was able to make Kurt's clueless nature so believable that you never question WHY. Because you can see absolutely why.
This story was perfectly made for a short story, because although we do believe Kurt doesn’t see what is in front of his face there was no way you could go 100 pages doing that without it drawing on too long. That being said I think for a short story it was very well developed and the characters were fleshed out. I wish we could have had little more cute lovey stuff which I think, for me, is because Kurt portrays this tough guy on the outside but inside he is just a big mushy (HOT) guy. One thing also is it is a HFN...basically. It ends after the just started dating which isn’t bad but one of two things would make it better...an epilogue or a second book about them.
One negative about the story...the blurb. I’m not sure how the blurbs get checked but someone should change it to have less of the story in it because it basically gives the whole thing away before the reader gets the chance to even read these characters.
I will be looking from more from this author in the future!
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