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Hot Shot by [Phillips, Susan Elizabeth]
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Phillips ( Fancy Pants ) recovers from a sluggish start to offer a fun and lively look at lots of 'tales' already love, microchips and rock 'n' roll. In 1976, California socialite Susannah Faulconer is engaged to marry an up-and-coming executive in her father's technology corporation when Sam Gamble hustles his way into Susannah's well-ordered life with a revolutionary product: a prototype for a microcomputer, the work of electronics maven Yank Yankowski. Sam, a long-hairedp. 42 visionary, captures Susannah's imagination, and when he crashes her picture-perfect garden wedding, she hikes up her gown and hops onto the back of his Harley. Her euphoria is short-lived as she realizes that neither Yank nor Sam has the requisite business sense to succeed in pk their venture. She digs in, making the most of her upper-crust training and a few library books on business, but it's clear they need a professional. The unlikely entrepreneurs pique the interest of marketing wizard Mitchell Blaine. Mitch sees Susannah as Sam's "woman trouble" but when he tries to cut her out of the company, he learns that under the ex-debutante facade is a woman who can play hardball with the boys.
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In a single, impulsive act, Susannah Faulconer, the daughter of one of the country's most powerful industrialists, follows her heart and finds herself severed from her family and everything familiar. Now she's the only woman in a world of men...and no etiquette book can teach her how to survive. There's Sam, the charismatic visionary; Yank, the fascinating inventor; and Mitch, the troubled corporate genius. Together, they will force Susannah into the biggest challenge of her life and a bold experiment that will change them all forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1248 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476731152
  • Publisher: Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Jan. 31 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EOA9W8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book. I am not a romance novel connoisseur. I have thumbed through a few over the years as some of the book covers scream. Without fail, within four or five pages, I want to gag. (Romance addicts are now scrolling to the bottom of this review and clicking "no".) Romance novels just aren't (weren't?) my thing. Then along came Suzie, the heroine of Hot Shot.
Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips has done her homework. The plot, yes there is a real plot, evolves around the Silicon Valley in the late '70s and the emergence of the computer and nerd nirvana. The story is fascinating. It is nostalgic - where were you when Elvis died?
I read Hot Shot because I was told that I would like it. I was really skeptical. "Give it chance", it was suggested. Five pages in "His voice rose over the roar of the Harley, and his dark, mesmerizing eyes speared through her skin" activated the gag reflex.
"Give it a chance" echoed in my mind. I did and I am glad.
4 ½ stars
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In all romance books I've read so far, the protaganists are easily identifiable from almost the first page. Not so in this book. Susannah goes through an awful lot of life until she finally finds her true love.
But all SEP's books are five stars, and this is no exception.
What I liked:
1. This book is unbelievably well written, as are all of SEP's books. The book flows naturally, the words just pull you in. The descriptions are unbelievable, and the dialogue snappy, precise and - believable. (Okay, Susannah must have an IQ of 160 or so, but still.)
2. The author does a great job in setting up Susannah's life in such a way that we can see the complexity and growth of her personality. We see her evolving from an abused five year old to the Susannah at the end of the book. And SEP makes us understand exactly why she made the choices she did, and as Susannah explains - each choice was the right choice at that time. Those people who are upset at Susannah for marrying Sam are missing the point - she had to marry Sam at that point in her life - not, of course, because that's the plot - but rather because this part of her life was necessary in order for her to grow into the person she ultimately became.
3. Unlike some other books that I have read, where the heroines go through all kinds of psychological trauma in an extremely unrealistic manner, Susannah reacts exactly the way a real person might in real life - albeit a really spunky person - in other words - a heroine. Every scene, every word, every reaction - is extremely realistic. Of course, most people would NOT react as well as Susannah - which is why she is a heroine, of course! But in alot of other books, when I finish it I think - oh, this would never happen in real life. People just don't react that way.
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It's been about three years since I've read this book, so I won't go into the nitty-gritty of the plot. I'll just tell you why this book has stayed in my memory all this time, despite the fact I don't read much romance, and even less contemporary romance.
The basic story is that Susannah, a restless debutante in the late seventies, flees her society wedding on the back of a Harley driven by a sexy entrepreneur she's known for only a few weeks. The biker, Sam, is starting a computer business with his two friends, a straitlaced businessman and a "geek". Susannah and Sam are joined at the hip for years, but then his dark side comes out, and Susannah begins to see the jerk he really is--and realizes that the real Prince Charming is right in front of her eyes. Her party-girl sister, Paige, also finds love in an unlikely quarter.
Here's what I like about this book, which I think is the same reason other reviewers are griping about it. It's one of only a handful of romance novels in which the "alpha male" macho jerk doesn't win the lady in the end. Most romances have the heroines falling for these violent, promiscuous, impulsive men, and end with the couple riding off into the sunset together, and supposedly this jerk has changed his ways. Come on, we all know most of those couples will be in divorce court in a year, when the woman realizes that the man is *still* violent, promiscuous, and impulsive. The guy with the attitude and the flashy clothes is not always the best catch, and this book is a wonderful illustration of that. It *begins* with the heroine riding off with the macho man, and then we get to see what happens next.
I also liked the detailed research that went into this book's Silicon Valley setting. Some readers complain that the computer history is too detailed, but personally I prefer novels where the setting is more than a painted backdrop and a trunkful of costumes; novels where the background becomes real. But that's just me.
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SEP is one of my favorite romance authors - I was hooked with "Nobody's Baby but Mine" and "Lady Be Good" - so when I was looking for more of her books to read, the reviews I found here convinced me that I had found another winner.
I couldn't have been more surprised and disappointed by how truly BAD this book is. It lacked all of the wit and sparkle of her other writing and the characters were completely without depth and failed to capture any of my sympathy. (I actually actively disliked both Susannah and Sam for the first half of the book. I grew resigned to Susannah but still couldn't see what she saw in Sam, an arrogant and vulgar jerk.) As one of the other reviewers here noted, SEP probably did do a tremendous amount of research for this book. But her research overshadowed the romance of the story entirely. If I had wanted to read about the history of microcomputers I would have gotten one of the books that SEP suggests in her acknowlegments.
And where exactly were the editors of this book? One of the first rules of fiction is "show, don't tell" but this book consists of LONG passages of tedious narration and flashbacks when a few well done scenes could have conveyed the information much more effectively. In other cases, repetitive phrasing such as "electronics permeated the air" and "a public relations nightmare" was used over and over on the same page, which just smacks of amateurish writing. The only time I actually laughed during the book was when Mitch and Susannah were speaking. Mitch asked Susannah to let him use a video game before her and she refuses. His reply is, "at least I don't have to beat off Yank too."
I would have given "Hot Shot" NO stars if I could have.
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