Review: Hot as Sin by Bella Andre

Posted February 11, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 5 Comments

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Review: Hot as Sin by Bella Andre
Hot as Sin

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Series: Hot Shots: Men of Fire #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Dell
Released on October 29, 2009
Pages: 335
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Hot as Sin is a simple story of young love that lasts through years, but rough patches draw them away for a decade to grow up. Bella Andre weaves a story of love that burns hot, but reality threatens to extinguish with just a brief wind. Now a decade later, two lovers meet again and not only are they putting out forest fires, but fires that burn within their hearts.

Dianna Kelly meets Sam MacKenzie when he rescues her mom and herself from a trailer park about to be overtaken by fire. Dianna, only 18, has tried to not repeat her mothers mistakes, but when Sam, 20, asks her out on a date, she can’t say now. The two burn for each other instantly and through a busted condom, Dianna gets pregnant. Though the two love each other, this isn’t the way they planned things to happen. unexpectedly, Dianna is in a car accident and miscarries, throwing up walls around these two hearts that neither has the maturity to overcome. Dianna leaves with no words and forges a new life for herself and the sister she fights to get out of the foster system.

Now a decade later, Dianna is in another car accident after fighting with her younger sister, April, that leaves the other driver dead. Sam hears about the accident and immediately flies out to see Dianna when he has had no contact with her for 10 years. But now someone wants to make Dianna pay for the accident and they have kidnapped April. Sam and Dianna are now in a race to save April with very little information and lust springing up between them.

Though the story takes place over very few days, these two hash out old hurts, changes time has made and getting back to what they feel for each other. Both had very valid reasons for what they felt in their younger years and basically, I just wanted to say they needed to talk like they do now. Throw in their desperate need to find April, and this is a tense story of love renewal.

Now I found the action to be a little weak in that April escapes twice and both times calls her sister, not the cops. Nor does she yell for help to anyone or make a scene to drive off her kidnapper. I kept thinking scream! Make yourself visible to a lot of people. But she doesn’t. I think I would have been happier just having her not attempt to escape.

Secondly, Dianna and Sam head up to a community called the Farm, where April has been living. It isn’t easy getting there. Hiking, rafting, rock climbing…so I want to know how April hikes out of this place to meet Dianna in the first place all by herself? Throw that while that might be a place to look, no one tried to track April’s cell phone call to see where she was last. That is why it went down in my ratings. Just some holes I thought the plot had.

The author weaves a story of redemption between destined lovers who needed time to grow up and mature. Now what are they going to do? Sam’s a hotshot and Dianna is a TV personality…in two different cities. Will they be able to maintain a relationship between two cities? Don’t know. Hopefully they can keep it together and have all those babies the two young lovers thought they would have.

Do you believe love can survive a ten year break?
Should self-defense be taught at schools at an earlier age so we don’t have as many people getting into these situations? 

About Bella Andre

Having sold more than 3 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

I’ve always believed that sometimes ‘young’ love needs to mature, but your question has me wondering if its still the same love or if they just fall in love all over again with the new version. Because they have a history, it can make it harder and easier in some ways. So I’ll say yes, people can still be in love that long though the love will need to change and grow with them when they come back together.

It sounds like an intriguing story though I can see why some of those little details distracted you too.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

This young love needed some time to mature, I just didn’t like how the heroine left the hero without any words. They both really needed to grow up though. I don’t doubt they loved each other but getting pregnant moved things way to fast and destroyed them growing together. I hope to get back to the other books in the series! I got them all for Christmas.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh I love her books and second chances but haven’t picked this one up yet. I’ve read a handful that were like that. In love, 10 year or so break, still in love. Sometimes the author really makes it work. Sometimes…not so much. The ones I like are where they still love the person but they get to know them as they are now before falling IN love with them. Does that make sense? I read one where they were apart 10 years and before they even met up again (hero was just on his way to see her again)… Read more »

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago

The hero just has a gut reaction to fly out to where she is after he hears of the accident, but when he gets there he kind of stumbles as to why because it has been 10 years. I liked how they didn’t instantly fall back in love and they had to hash out what the problems were. They basically both needed time to grow up and find themselves. Sometimes that is just what is needed in a 10 year break. But just saying he is going to marry her without having seen her first would turn me off.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Yeah. This one sounds like it would definitely work for me. They were young and had some serious emotional trauma happening. I can see still being drawn to each other years later after some life had happened. It’s on my list for when I have fun reading time 🙂