Review: Too Hot by Avery Giles

Posted October 10, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Too Hot by Avery Giles
Too Hot

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on October 8, 2018
Pages: 215
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A serial arsonist brings two men together.  One’s a firefighter with hero issues and the other a man with laughing eyes and secrets.  I couldn’t resist a firefighter romantic suspense and it was a good call.


Too Hot! is a light romantic suspense where firefighter, Eli Johnson, meets an attractive man at his latest fire call.  Charlie rescued a small child, but oddly, wants no recognition for it, but he does want Eli’s phone number.  Eli hesitates because he isn’t sure if Charlie’s interested because of some misplaced hero complex or if he’s interested in Eli who isn’t just his uniform.  Slowly they start dating, but then Eli is faced with a growing suspicion that Charlie is keeping secrets and coincidentally appears at each of the arson fires.  Will Eli’s self-sabotaging suspicions and Charlie’s secrets put a permanent wedge between them?

I enjoyed the blend of a cute pair of guys fumbling their way into a relationship with both having issues that might blow up in their face at any time along with the arson case and the setting of firehouse, firefighting, and cute cat cuddling at Eli’s place (he’s a cat guy!).

This was not a complicated story and I liked that.  It was quite obvious at some point that things in that hesitant romance were going to blow up and I was ready for it.  Eli is looking for a reason to pull back and Charlie is determined to hold his secrets longer than he should.  Fun twist there, by the way.

They are hotter than the fires the arsonist lights, but they are also sweet and cuddly and enjoy laughter together.  I was really rooting for them to get past their struggles and suspicions.

In summary, this was heartwarming and hot, exciting and fun.  I can definitely recommend it to m/m light romantic suspense fans.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Sounds like a nice mix of romance, suspense and fun! Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, the balance was just right and I was in the right mood for a light RS. Thanks, Rachel!

3 years ago

I don’t read a lot of m/m but it’s great to find a good one like that!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

For sure! I love trying new to me authors and finding a real gem like this one.

Angie Elle
3 years ago

This sounds so good, Sophia! Also, I love it has ‘Home Fires’ in the suggested posts for this one. That gave me a little chuckle.

Great review. This sounds like a sweet story. 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Haha! The blog algorithm appreciates irony. Good catch, Angie.
Oh yes, it was a perfect one for a little suspense and a lightly spicy romance.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Oh that does sound like a good book.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I had a good time with these guys and trying a new to me author. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

ooh this book sounds delightful. And I do love reading M/M romance, especially if its lighter.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yeah… this might be just the thing for you, then. It was light on the suspense and had a nice heartwarming tone.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds like a nice blend of romance and suspense. I don’t read a lot of M/M romance but I would totally pick this one up. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It caught my eye right away and I was definitely down with reading this one, Carole. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Glad you had fun with this one Sophia!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes! It was a good time and I was glad I went with this new to me author. 🙂

3 years ago

I remember seeing this one on Netgalley. The guys sound pretty cute and the backdrop with the arson and the secrets sounds like it adds some interesting tension. Good to know it has some light suspense as well as a good romance. Nice it has both hot and sweet moments. I might check this one out eventually as it sounds like a good one :).

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

That Net Galley has so many temptations. 🙂

Yes, it was a nice blend with the added suspense. Hope you like it if you get the chance, Lola!