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Hot Stuff(MP3)(Unabr.) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Janet Evanovich
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April 3 2007
Dear Listener, Cate Madigan isn’t asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly playing matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peace and quiet and a nice place to live while she saves her money from tending bar in a lively Boston pub. Okay, so what if her roommate is a cross-dressing lounge singer named Marty Longfellow? In exchange for cheap rent, all she has to do is take care of his plants and collect his mail when he’s out of town. And then…Marty disappears. At the same time, a bullmastiff named Beast shows up with instructions from Marty to take care of him. Can Cate handle this 120-pound bundle of joy who wants to devour everything in sight? Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided to make Cate’s bar his nightly hang-out. But is he just there for the beer? Or does he have an ulterior motive for getting close to Cate? When Cate comes home to a ransacked apartment, she realizes Kellen knows more than he’s saying. Problem is, he’s turning up the heat in her life - in more ways than one. Soon Cate finds herself in deep trouble with mysterious stalkers, a lovesick would-be boyfriend named Patrick Pugg, two friends who are looking for love, and the very sexy, possibly dangerous Kellen McBride. The south side of Boston has never been wilder.... Happy Listening! Janet and Leanne “Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies.” - People “When everything goes wrong with your day, you need a dose of loving warmth from favorite author Leanne Banks!” - Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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Evanovich fans will be delighted with this new novel, co-written with relative up-and-comer Banks. Working her formula to its fullest, Evanovich conjures the large, close, gently eccentric Madigan family that 26-year-old college student Cate calls her own. An aspiring teacher, Cate studies by day and bartends by night, living in the arty South End of Boston with an often-absent drag queen named Marty (Marta) Longfellow. The perfect living arrangement-"a big strong roommate...not interested in women," plenty of alone time and low rent-turns wholly suspicious when Marty disappears, leaving behind a lovable bullmastiff. Cate's sexy love interest, barroom regular Kellen McBride, is an "independent recovery agent" who believes that Marty is responsible for a string of one-of-a-kind jewelry heists; after Marty's place gets tossed, Cate teams up with him to track down the missing Marty before whoever's after him comes after her. Like other Evanovich novels, there's a madcap race to the finish while mysteries are solved and hearts are stolen; also like other Evanovich novels, it makes a highly satisfying read.
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"Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies."
--People
 
"When everything goes wrong with your day, you need a dose of loving warmth from favorite author Leanne Banks!"
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read Jan. 18 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a pleasant, lightweight, but not particularly satisfying romance/mystery. The characters are likeable and there are a few instances of laugh-out-loud humour in the story, but it's not up to the standard of Evanovich's numbered mysteries. It's obvious Cate and Kellen will end up together and it's hard to care about the mysterious disappearance of Marty as he's presented as a character with no real friends, family, or personality. I actually found the dog the most interesting part of the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hot Stuff Left Me Cold April 9 2007
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan; this is not one of her better stories. The book jacket summary sounded very interesting to me, it had real potential to be a lighthearted, intriguing romance. The book started out decent enough, I immediately liked the main character, Cate, and fell for her and her crazy Irish family. At the same time I was falling for the Madigan's I was introduced to a not so loveable character, Patrick Pugg. This guy is so annoying it really takes away from the rest of the story. I feel he was inserted into the story to garner some laughs; unfortunately he had the opposite effect on me. He constantly refers to himself in the third person, everything is "Pugg this" and "Pugg that." It was exhausting and exasperating to read! He had absolutely zero redeeming qualities; any normal person would have sprayed this guy with mace and taken out a restraining order. For you Plum fans, think of all the faults and quirks of the character Albert Kloughn, add a few more, than multiply and magnify by 100.

The rest of the characters were endearing and likeable. Kellen McBride is a loveable hero and it's easy to see why he and Cate are so attracted to one another. The whole mystery of the missing drag queen roommate and the other surprises (don't want to spoil anything) also had some potential, but ended up falling flat for me. The ending and the wrap up of the mystery was completely unbelievable and ridiculous. And just when I'd think it couldn't get any more far fetched, it would. While I know this is fiction, and I appreciate the land of make believe, I always prefer a little reality in my books.

The humor and the dialogue seemed really forced and childish to me. Nothing in this book made me laugh out loud, like I normally do with a Janet read, I barely smiled at some parts. Another problem with this story was the introduction of yet another dog. I was happy this one didn't resort to the normal dog antics, but the dog thing is getting a bit stale for me. Not the worst book I have read, but far from the best. If you're dying to read this book, I recommend borrowing it from a friend or your local library.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars April 9 2007
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cate Madigan is sick of being set up romantically by her well-meaning family, but it sure as heck beats being set up to be in danger. She finds herself facing both situations, however. First, she is stuck with a semi-stalker named Pugg, sicced on her by her mother, who now refuses to take no for an answer. He's nice, just weird and more than a little annoying. Besides, she's just found her own man, one Kellen McBride who perfectly fits the nickname a friend gives him of Mr. Yummy. Then, because her landlord/room mate lands in trouble with some thugs and vamooses, but not before making sure she has protection in the form of a hulk of a dog. The thugs are even more determined than Pugg, though, so it's a good thing Cate has Beast, Pugg, and Kellen all to help protect her as she tries to find out what in the Sam Hill is going on and to stay alive. Somewhere in the chaos, she does make on very interesting discovery; she's in love with Kellen.

**** If Janet Evanovich's name is on the cover of a book, I have learned over the years that that is a guaratee of a fun read that would make the most serious person grin. While I've never read Ms. Banks before, it seems she blends very well with Ms. Evanovich's style, creating a memorable, fast-paced story that you'll be sorry for it to end. This is a great way to fill the waiting space between Plum books. ****
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars These are accomplished authors? April 9 2007
By K. Erdo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book seemed to me to be written by an author, or authors, who were afraid to take it one or two steps further. The storyline was weak, the action weak, the thugs and "bad guys" not believeable at all and the leading characters just shadows of what they could have been. I love the Stephanie Plum series and tried really, really hard not to make a comparison. Unfortunately, the authors made it impossible to separate Plum from Hot Stuff. There were Plumisms scattered throughout the book and the characters were recycled from the Plum books. I wonder why Janet and LeAnn even bothered with the book. There was nothing hot about Hot Stuff at all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and fun read Aug. 6 2007
By Angy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To be honest I do not like any of the pre-Plum books (being re-released) or her co-authored books with Charlotte Hughes so I was prepared not to like Hot Stuff. I'm glad I read it. It was a bit cheesy, which is to be expected, and the main theft plot was farfetched...however... I still enjoyed it. It's an easy and fun read. The characters were well rounded and easy to like and they seemed to have great chemistry right off the bat.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with Hot Stuff April 11 2007
By agr8baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was also disappointed with Evanovich's latest book. If I read this book not knowing who the author was, I would have guessed it was written by her; it's amazing how many of the character's actions and spoken words are strikingly similar to the Plum series. Agree that the Pugg character is really annoying!! I am a huge Evanovich fan and have read most of her non-Plum books, but would have to say this is my least favorite. Looking forward to the 13th Plum in June.
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