Title: Hot in the City
Author: Jules Court
Series: Hot in the City
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 3/27/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 112
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The first time Detective Brian MacGregor met Priya Shah, he was bleeding. Injured apprehending a suspect, he just needed a few stitches. He didn’t expect to feel a gut punch of lust for the beautiful ER doc. But another emergency called her away before he had a chance to ask her out…or kiss her. Or find out if she shared his sudden sex-in-a-dark-hospital-room fantasy.
The second time he met Priya, she was protecting a murder witness.
Protecting is putting it strongly, if you ask Priya. Her cousin may have witnessed a murder, but she had nothing to do with it. Even if the hot ginger cop seems like the perfect solution to Priya’s summer dry spell, they both have more important things to worry about. Like finding Sara before the murderer does.
As far as Brian’s concerned, Priya is the key—her cousin is bound to come back to her eventually, and when she does, he’ll be there. They just need to keep their hands off each other until then. But when attraction burns this hot, it’s only so long before someone has to break…
This is my first book from this author. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I’d give it 3.5 Stars.
Brian MacGregor is a Boston PD detective. He’s on the trail of a murder witness, and he’s looking everywhere he can find. He goes to the bar where she works, and doesn’t find her. But, he does run into the ER doctor that stitched him up a couple of weeks back, Priya.
Dr. Priya Shah is an ER resident, and doesn’t have time for dating. Or anything really, including her own laundry. Her cousin Sara is in trouble again, and she’s trying to find her when she runs into the hot ginger detective from a few weeks before in the ER. They both felt the instant attraction back then, but didn’t act on it, and both had regrets about that. When Brian figures out that his missing witness, and Priya’s cousin, Sara, are one and the same, he decides to stick close to Priya in order to find Sara. But not too close, since she’s now involved in his case. Famous last words…
“But Sara was the queen of spider monkey dating–she never let go of the last branch until she was holding a new one.” -Priya (discussing her cousin’s dating habits)
There was obvious chemistry between the 2 main characters, but both were fighting it for different reasons. Though this was a short novella, I would have appreciated seeing their initial meeting, and not just hearing about it after the fact. Additionally, I think seeing more of Priya’s past, rather than just telling of it, would have been more effective in helping the reader to understand her worries about relationships, as well as why she feels she owes her cousin so much. She and her cousin have a bit of a strange bond, and it took a while to understand it.
I also would have liked a little more elaboration, and perhaps an epilogue, as this was a HFN, and not a super convincing one at that. I was left feeling like I wasn’t sure if they were actually going to be able to make it work or not, and that’s just not my favorite thing, personally. There is another book coming shortly, about Brian’s detective partner, and Priya’s friend the defense attorney. I can only hope that it picks up and gives us a little more about Brian and Priya in the future.
“Do non-millionaires have mistresses? I think at my financial level they’re called your sidepiece.” – Brian
That being said, there were a couple of really cute and funny scenes with some of the side characters, especially Brian’s and Priya’s families. The banter between the main characters was great, and I enjoyed many of the jokes between them. They really had a great connection, and it was difficult to watch them fight it so hard. They both had some issues to overcome, Priya especially.
Overall, the writing was good, and the story flowed well. It just wasn’t exactly what I look for in a story. I will be looking forward to book 2, though, and hoping it helps fill in some of these issues for me.