November 24, 2009

Review of Hot and Irresistible by Dianne Castell

Synopsis:   In a city of history, mystery, and more than a few ghosts, four best friends who have never fit in anywhere except with each other are about to get close - and closer still - to four sexy bachelors with some very alluring secrets...Bebe Fitzpatrick's hard upbringing taught her how to take care of herself, how to tell true friends from false, and how to be a good cop. She can also sweet-talk a man like she means it...until she stumbles into the arms of a damn sexy Yankee who's gunning for Savannah's favorite shady entrepreneur...As far as Donovan McCabe is concerned, the main obstacle to his investigation is the one thing he can't help wanting in his way. Bebe's smart, sassy, and utterly oblivious to her own appeal. Add the fact that a Boston cop trying to arrest one of Savannah's best-loved citizens is about as popular as the reincarnation of General Grant. What Donovan needs is a better game plan. What he's about to get is southern "hospitality" that'll make his toes curl...   (From Amazon)

Dianne Castell's Hot and Irresistible is a perfect choice if you're looking for a smart and sassy heroine, a sexy man from out of town, an old and charming southern town with more than a few secrets and sex. 

I enjoyed the character of Bebe - - everything from her no-nonsense Hush Puppies shoes to her three beloved cats (yes, serious animal lover here) to her fierce, take-no-prisoners attitude.  The attraction between her and new Boston cop Donovan is textbook, sure, but the sparks and electricity between these two literally jump off the page. 

But don't think this book is simply a sexy romance.  It is, but it's also a "whodunit" as well as a nicely nuanced 30 year old mystery with ghosts and plenty of secrets.  Are you interested yet? 

I initially chose this book due to the Savannah, Georgia locale.  Being from Georgia, I am always interested in books that take place in my home state.  Ms. Castell did the lovely old city justice, from her descriptions of the ivy-covered architecture to the social calls to the "ya'll"s and "you hear"s.  Savannah is every bit a character in this book as the handful of locals we are introduced to. 

While I found this book to be a bit of a slow starter, it got hot quickly and picked up pace from there.  Hot and Irresistible is the second book in a series but I found that you don't have to read the first one in order to appreciate this one.  Hot and Irresistible will leave you hot and bothered and pining for a Mason jar of sweet tea on a shady porch.  If you like your books brimming with mystery and whole lot of descriptive romance, give this book a try.  You won't be disappointed!

Hot and Irresisible can be purchased from major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author Dianne Castell's website is here

Many thanks to Dorothy Thompson and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for the opportunity to review this book. 

Review copy provided by the author.

Coming tomorrow - author Dianne Castell guest posts here at Psychotic State!


Tales of Whimsy said...

1. Great review.
2. I love Savannah.
3. I didn't know you're a GA girl.
My hubbie and I dream of moving there.

Lori Johnston said...

Hey Juju,
Yep, I'm a Georgia girl. Born and raised there, although my heart is in California!
Do you and your hubby want to move to Savannah? Or another part of Georgia?