Review: HOT AND BOTHERED (A Sin & Tonic novel) by Athena Wright

 


HOT AND BOTHERED
AUTHOR: ATHENA WRIGHT
GENRE: ROOMMATES TO LOVERS
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
SERIES: SIN AND TONIC
*Standalone*


A drunk, crying bride in a bar. That was me, after running away from my own wedding.

Luckily, the handsome bartender took pity on me.

He dragged me home to sleep it off. He fed me breakfast the next day. He listened to my sob story. And, when he found out what happened, he offered me a place to stay.

So now I’m temporary roommates with a hot, sympathetic, hot, generous, and did I mention *hot* bartender.

I’ve never felt this way about someone before. I’ve never had such confusing, exhilarating feelings. All of a sudden, being temporary roommates isn’t enough.

I know I can’t rely on his kindness forever, though. After all, I’m supposed to get married. My parents will never forgive me if I don’t. I have a life I need to get back to.

But how am I supposed to let him go when he gets me so hot and bothered?
 


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This author has been a favorite of mine for a while now as she consistently and expertly utilizes her superb writing style to create a story that is both original and interesting. Hot and Bothered is not overly angsty, but rather contains the perfect amount of drama mixed in with romance and steam. The way the author introduces the heroine is positively perfect. I immediately wanted to know more about Alice and what exactly her story was.

Alice and Evan’s characters are beautifully flawed, but relatable and easy to love. Thus this book was an enjoyable read that captured my attention and melted my heart. Going into this novel, I thought it a bit odd (and questionable) that a man would offer his spare room to a complete stranger & that a woman would accept rooming with an unknown male, but as I discovered more about the characters and their personalities, it just made sense.

I adored Evan’s kind-hearted nature and how supportive he was of Alice. Sure, he had his flaws, but it was what made him human. As for Alice, I loved watching how she grew as a character. Her path to self discovery and gaining confidence was great to witness. Evan and Alice make a great couple and have great chemistry. Their past experience played into some poor communication that threatened to unravel their burgeoning relationship, but these two were also able to bring out the best in each other.

The book flowed well for the most part, but I did find the ending a little rushed. Still, I really enjoyed this romance. While Hot and Bothered is a part of a series, it is able to stand on its own. It was lovely to see a few cameos from the characters in the previous 2 books. If you are looking for an engaging novel to lift your spirits and leave you swooning, then be sure to check out this book! I voluntarily read an early version of this book. All thoughts are entirely my own.

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Athena Wright is a USA Today Bestselling author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She loves to write about cocky men and the girls who tame their wild hearts. Hobbies include cooking, eating and living out her rock star dreams at karaoke bars. Athena is perpetually on the hunt for her next caffeine fix.


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