ARC Review: Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy

Posted July 8, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy
Hotter Than Ever
by Elle Kennedy

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: July 9, 2013
Series: Out of Uniform #9
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 348
Format: ARC
 

Elle Kennedy has a scorcher on her hands! HOTTER THAN EVER definitely lives up to its name. ~ Under the Covers

Elle Kennedy has a scorcher on her hands! HOTTER THAN EVER definitely lives up to its name. With two smoking, hot men, readers get twice the hotness and with all the man on man action you get, you’ll feel like you’re getting the golden ticket because it’s every girl’s fantasy come true.

The beginning is a complete mess for Claire McKinley. There she is, on the day of her wedding, getting the groom’s brother, Dylan telling her that there won’t be a wedding anymore. The groom is backing out and to make matters worse, he leaves the venue without telling her it’s over.

Dylan and Claire have never really gotten along before. Two strong minds can do that, but when Dylan offers Claire a place to stay as opposed to going back to her apartment where her jackass ex-fiancé is, Claire reluctantly goes with him. There she meets Dylan’s roommate, Aiden and she experiences a flashback that takes her back to the moment when she accidentally walked into Dylan and Aiden sharing a passionate kiss. Turned on beyond belief, Claire tries to repress those memories but staying in close proximity to both men only reminds her of the passion they share.

I really, really enjoyed this book. The chemistry and the sex is off the charts hot and since there is M/M, M/F, and M/M/F, there is really something for everyone. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed in the sex at all. Kennedy delivers in spades and then some.

There was one thing I hated about this book and when I say hate, I mean really, really despise and that is Chris, Dylan’s brother and Claire’s ex. Chris aka douchebag/jerk/asshole does the most unbelievable things in this book that caused me to absolutely hate him. Once you thought he couldn’t get any worse, he goes and does the unthinkable, further cementing the fact that he is a complete Douchebag (with a captial D). Kudos to Kennedy for creating a character that I could hate so much.

I know some people will ask whether the ménage a trois was believable. I would say yes. Though there were times when I didn’t like particular scenes in the book, I still believe that Kennedy’s efforts paid off in the end. Since Dylan and Claire didn’t get along beforehand, their talk was vital to overcoming their differences. Misunderstanding is a part of it and Kennedy remedies that with communication between characters. Aiden also adds something to the romance and I loved the fact that Claire revealed that she loved Aiden before she told Dylan her feelings. All in all, I thought it was well-done considering the disastrous circumstances of Dylan being the brother of Claire’s ex.

One thing I wasn’t sure about was the truth about Aiden’s mother. That bomb dropped very late into the book and with only about 40 pages left, I think I could have gone without that knowledge. I don’t think it particularly added anything new to the story. By then, I loved Aiden and loved him in the relationship, so it didn’t feel necessary.

This book has gotten me excited for this series again! With all the familiar characters of past books returning to get their sarcastic quips in, there are plenty of good times as well. This is not a book you want to miss!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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DanielleH

Great review! So looking forward too this book! 😀

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It’s a scorcher! Enjoy!

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love this series….can’t wait for this book!

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Yay KP!

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Yvonne Simpkins

Love this kind of book. The covers make you want to pick it up and start reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

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I need to start this series.

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Thanks for the great review Ann!