3.5 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

Love So Hot (The Lawson Brothers #1) by Marquita Valentine

Bank Teller and all around good girl, Sydney McKnight, is tired of being the girl all the guys want to have as a friend. Who better to help unleash her inner vixen than her best friend and secret crush, Brody Lawson? Only, Sydney has no idea how to ask him, without their friendship going up in flames, until that is, the town of Jessamine’s annual Firemen’s Auction gives her the perfect excuse to set her plan into motion.

Fire Captain Brody Lawson has been in love with his best friend, Sydney, for years, but he would never risk their friendship by confessing his feelings to her. So, when Sydney beats out the competition to buy his time at the annual Firemen’s Auction, Brody can hardly believe his luck until she asks him to teach her how to seduce a fellow fireman.

Now, it’s up to Brody to show Sydney how perfect she already is and convince her that the only man for her is him, because if Sydney is going to seduce any man, it’s going to be him. And once he has her in his bed, he’s not letting her go.

I want to say I have been sick this past week. Haven’t gotten very far out of my house. Sitting on the couch with my four year old son (who is also sick) while he watches Sesame Street on Amazon Prime and Justice League on Netflix, I have been catching up on my reading. Well I got this book free and figured why not. It’s about a sexy fireman and his best friend that he is in love with. So the overall story isn’t ‘horrible” I actually enjoyed it and finished it pretty fast. However there were a few things that bugged me about the characters.

Brody is a firefighter Captain in the little town and he has been in love with his best friend Sydney for years. Okay here is my problem the guy is 28 and doesn’t want to ruin his friendship with Sydney by dating her, but he deters all the other guys from dating her. Pretty much he wants her to be a glorified girlfriend without any of the girlfriend/boyfriend perks. It is pretty messed up. I would be so angry if I was her. They are 28 years old and they didn’t know that they had feelings for each other that were deeper then friendship. Common on! If the two characters were maybe in their younger 20’s it would be more believable, but they have been like this for years. He has also been dating another girl in the town named Cherry. Okay the name sounds like a hooker, but who am I to judge?


Cherry ends up ending her relationship with Brody to help Sydney win him over. It is sweet of her, but at the same time kind of screwed up that Cherry knew (or can at least tell) that Brody was in love with Sydney and never did anything about it till she was done with using him herself. I think Cherry sounded pretty selfish.

Sydney needed to gain thicker skin. She needed to grow a pair and tell Brody to man up or move on. I get that they were best friends, but I don’t buy the whole is was trying to save their friendship.

Have any of you ever read the book, He’s Just not that into you. They made it into a movie a few years after the release. I honestly will say that book changed my dating life. I bought it pasted it on to another girl in college. I told her when she was done keep passing it on. One chapter is the book is about “He’s not that into you, if he says he doesn’t want to run your friendship.” Any guy that wants a girl bad enough will try to win her over by any means and even if that means ruining their friendship to sleep with her. So fact Brody was oblivious to his feelings to Sydney and a complete idoit. No wonder he was one of 8 boys. Yes you read that correct. He has 7 brothers.

So positives.

A firefighter that’s hot and an auction to go with it.

Hot chemistry and steamy scenes between out to friends.


Available on Amazon

This book is on Amazon Unlimited so if you have free time you can read it. It is not life changing or anything.

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