Hot and Bothered has it all: suspense, steam and smart banter. Rocket is a remarkable hero, tough and hard-edged but still kind and tender. We should all be as lucky as Tori!

The news that her half-brother Jared is the prime suspect in their father's murder is more of a shock to Victoria Hamilton than the old man's death. It brings Tori back to the United States and puts her on a collision course with P.I. John "Rocket" Miglionni, the father of her daughter.

Tori and John haven't seen each other since their wild fling years ago, and he's understandably chagrined to discover he's a dad. That doesn't stop him from doing his best to find Jared and prove his innocence. But Tori is not interested in a replay of the past, and John's still not in the market for anything permanent—at least not at first.

(Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer