Audio Review: Never Too Hot by Bella Andre

Audio Review: Never Too Hot by Bella AndreNever Too Hot by Bella Andre
Series: Hot Shots: Men of Fire #3
Published by Bantam on May 25th 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Source: Audible


Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin—and to be alone. A horrific blaze has left him scarred inside and out and certain of two things: He’ll get back on his Hot Shot crew no matter what it takes, and any woman who ventures too close will not stay long.

Ginger Sinclair has been burned by a different kind of fire. Having just escaped from a bad marriage, she’s retreated to the safety of the lakeside vacation town in upstate New York to start a new life. She’s done with men, with relationships, with the danger of desires that can rage out of control—until she unexpectedly encounters Connor MacKenzie.

As a hot summer on the lake grows ever hotter, they find themselves sharing a cabin and a romance that will swiftly engulf them both. 

I’m a big fan of Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. Like for real, such a big fan. I also just recently signed up for a Read All the Books Challenge where I will be reading all of Bella Andre’s books. Never Too Hot is the third book in the Hot Shots series, and while Never Too Hot isn’t perfect, it definitely has that Bella Andre feeling.

Connor Mackenzie was severely injured on the job, and after months of recovery, he is ready to get back to work. Unfortunately The Hot Shot supervisors feel he won’t be able to do his job his injuries. Upset, Connor goes to his family’s cabin in the Adirondack’s in Upstate New York, needing some time to himself. So he’s pretty darn surprised to find a woman already living in his family’s cabin.

I felt so bad for Connor (not that he wants anyone giving him pity). To be so terribly injured on the job, and then to find out he won’t be able to go back to the job he loves so much. It’s a huge part of him, and he’s at a loss now. Connor is struggling, but he is a really nice guy. He’s obviously not pleased to find Ginger living in that cabin, but after a conversation with his grandparents, he realizes that Ginger has every right to be there. He’s not happy about it, but he can respect it.

Ginger is recovering in a way, too. Not from physical injuries, but from the end of her first marriage. Ginger was so easy to like and root for. She’s sweet and kind, and just trying to find her way in the world. I love how she’s not afraid to start over, especially after the hurt her ex-husband has caused. Ginger doesn’t let Connor bully her, and I love her all the more for it.

Ginger and Connor were so good together. They totally had chemistry, and I felt that. And while they do fall for each other quickly (that’s normal for a Bella Andre book), I still believed that they would be good together.

What I didn’t like was the secondary romance between Isabelle and Andrew. I admit, I rarely like secondary romances in my romance novels. I just want to focus on the main couple. But this secondary romance I really didn’t like at all. I really didn’t like Andrew, and I hard a hard time believing that Isabelle was practically in love with him for years and years. He wasn’t all that nice.

I liked to Never Too Hot, which is narrated by Eva Kaminsky, and she is fabulous as always. She’s the perfect narrator for Bella Andre books. Never Too Hot, while not amazing, show off some of the best things about Bella Andre books.


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12 Responses to “Audio Review: Never Too Hot by Bella Andre”

  1. Nick

    I’m a hit or miss with the secondary romances. There were some cases where I liked the secondary romance more than the first and that’s never fun.
    I like the sound of the characters in this one a lot, especially Ginger. And I’m definitely feeling a little something for Connor. I haven’t read any book by Bella Andre, but she’s one author I really want to try out.
    Lovely review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yeah, I just don’t get secondary romances. Either I don’t like them because they take away from the real romance, or I like them MORE than the main romance, which isn’t good either.

      You should try out Bella Andre’s books out on audio. And I recommend her Sullivan series. That’s a great place to start.

  2. Angela @ Simply Angela

    I’m slowly working my way through Bella Andre’s list of books. I have a few on audiobook, so hopefully when I’m on vacation in a few week, I’ll be able to get to the. I’m a fan of secondary romances either, so thanks for the warning about this one.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I really love her books as audios! I’m trying to read all her books, but it will take some time. I’ve read all but two of the Sullivan books, but not too much from her other series.

  3. Sophia Rose

    I haven’t tried her books yet, but I do have the first three Sullivans because Shari loves them. Great that you picked her for your reading challenge.

    Yeah, I would be rooting for the hero right away with that sort of thing happening to him. Great chemistry is not always there in romances so that really caught my attention.

    I can take a secondary romance or leave it depending if it distracts or seems organic to the story. I never understood how a character can be drawn in a mean-spirited way and yet be considered attractive.

    I do like this one for a summer read with that mountain lake town setting.

    Nice review, Quinn!

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    This does have an eye-catching cover. 😀 From your review, I feel like this one might not be for me, although the romance sounds lovely, but I do need to try out a Bella Andre book because you love her work so much!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      While I don’t mind a shirtless man on the cover of a book, this cover really doesn’t do it for me. Not to mention that it’s set in the Adirondacks which is near where I live and that landscape looks nothing like the actually place. I don’t think you’d enjoy this one, Charlene.

  5. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Oh the second romances can be really hit or miss. I either don’t buy into them or I think they overpower the first couple. Too bad they were eh. I read the first one in the series and had so much trouble with it that I never went on. Maybe one day I’ll give them another go. I do love her reads and firefighters. gah!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      It’s always so hard for me to accept that not every book by a favorite author is amazing. I’m a little nervous to read the other books in this series now, but I will because of your totally amazing Read All the Books Challenge. I already have other authors I want focus on once I finish Bella Andre.

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