Apr 20

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan Review


5 Smooches!

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?



GAH. Just Gah.  Sometimes I read a book and I get all swoony and melty and I don’t want it to end and that was one of these books.

So let’s dig in!  I want to talk about Chess first because she has to be one of the most likable heroines I’ve ever read, which surprised me because when I first met her she didn’t come across as soft and womanly.  She was kind of gothic and hard with tattoos.  She was a tough girl.  Sometimes when I read a woman like that in a book they come off too manly and that bothers me, but with Chess it was different.  She was all hard shell on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside and it made me sympathize with her inability to convey emotions at times and it also made me love her ability to be vulnerable when did give us these moments.  I just adored her.

And gosh darn, Finn.  Here’s the thing with him.  He’s not a playboy or a bad boy per se, he’s just married to the sport of football and never really connected with a woman on the level of intimacy that he does with Chess.  And God, when he does it felt like reading a book on a rainy day underneath a blanket, all cozy and warm and sweet.  Because it transformed him.  He all of a sudden became a hopeless romantic for only Chess, and man it was so freaking good.

Their story has lots of little dramas that play out to make a big story.  One that is so crazily well written.  I just cannot get over this authors writing.  Usually when a writer gives me a story in first person, it feels choppy, but not Kristen Callihan.  No, her writing is like warm butter–smooth.  I loved this one.  It’s a great addition to the other books in this series of standalones.  I cannot wait to see what’s next from this author.