Hot Stuff is an excellent, lighthearted romance. The heroine's discovery and growth are well done, and the hero is masterfully portrayed as a warm, intelligent fellow who is no wimp. A book that epitomizes what romance and love are all about.

Laurel Kane has given up on love in favor of security. She plans to look for a husband in a analytical and methodical manner. When her boss at the weekly tabloid paper gives her a book to read that endorses her way of husband hunting, she's overjoyed.

Then she meets coffee-cart worker Joe, whose 40, divorced and still believes in love. After using his input in one of her articles, they find themselves in each others' company more and more. Joe believes Laurel's clinical outlook hides a passionate woman, while she thinks she's hopeless with relationships. Can he convince her that love is an option?

(Apr., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley