Too Hot to Handle is the 2nd book in the Jackson series from Victoria Dahl. The publisher is Harlequin HQN and the release date was March 26, 2013. From the back cover.~
This good girl's going bad….
Merry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it's time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she'll supervise a lot of restoration work. Luckily she's found the perfect contractor for the job.
Shane Harcourt can't believe that someone wants to turn a beat-up ghost town into a museum attraction. After all, the last thing he needs is the site of his dream ranch turning into a tourist trap. He'll work on the project, if only to hasten its failure…until the beautiful, quirky woman in charge starts to change his mind.
For the first time ever, Merry has a gorgeous stud hot on her heels. But can she trust this strong, silent man, even if he is a force of nature in bed? When Shane's ulterior motives come out, he'll need to prove to Merry that a love like theirs may be too hot to handle, but it's impossible to resist.
I’m a really big fan of Victoria Dahl. I devour her books as soon as they hit my kindle. I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Too Hot to Handle thanks to the publisher through NetGalley.
I loved Merry Kade from the moment we met her. She has been Grace’s best friend forever and anyone who can keep Grace as a best friend has to be pretty special. I loved how protective both Grace and Cole are of Merry. I also loved that we got to see more of Grace and Cole together in this book. I love them as a couple and love how much they love one another.
I really liked the whole idea of restoration of the ghost town. I’m a history geek, so I got just as excited as Merry did about her work. I even liked that Merry was able to get Shane to help her work on the restoration of the town. I really loved the chemistry between Shane and Merry. As with all Victoria Dahl books, readers get lots of super-hot sexy scenes. My only problem with this book was the fact that Shane kept the secret of who he was from Merry even after their relationship moved beyond a working relationship. I really wanted to kick him in the junk multiple times because I knew Merry would be crushed when she found out the truth of who he really was. That being said, I really did love Merry and Shane as a couple and was so glad she was a much bigger person than I would be about the whole situation.
While this isn’t my favorite Victoria Dahl book because of Shane’s lies, I still really enjoyed this book. I’m really hoping the next hero in the Jackson series is Walker. He is one sexy cowboy and I can’t wait to learn more about him. For more information about Victoria Dahl’s books, check out her website.