Hot Text

Hot Text - Cari Quinn The synopsis of Hot Text gives an excellent overview of the plot of this erotic novella but what it doesn’t reflect is Cari Quinn’s wonderful witty prose and dialogue which had this reader smiling and laughing on a number of occasions.

Hero Jeff isn’t a people person. He edits technical manuals for a living and prefers to use words in the written form to conversing with other human beings. He does however love his sister Daisy and wants the best for her. So when she gets mixed up with married Lonny, Jeff is less then impressed with his sister’s choice of A partner. The fact that “Lon” indicates he is separated from his wife doesn’t reassure Jeff in the least even though he is twice divorced and doesn’t have much faith in marriage as an institution. I really liked Jeff, he is honest, calls a spade-a-spade, doesn’t make excuses for his love for and use of profanity, he is just darn appealing. Jeff discovers Lon has left his cell phone behind at his sister’s, which presents the perfect opportunity to meddle. Jeff uses the cell phone to text Lon’s estranged wife asking her to meet him so it can be returned.
“Why do you have Lon’s phone?”

Again that long silence. She should have found it creepy. Odd silences, probing
stares and strange meeting circumstances added up to bad news. Especially when they
all originated from a guy who claimed to be her husband’s friend but seemed to know
little about their personal situation.

“He left it behind.”

“Behind where?”

“Why are you divorcing?” he asked, shifting only a fraction when a couple entered
the shop and attempted to sidestep him.

“Here, why don’t we sit down.” She returned to the table behind her, hoping he’d
follow.

He did, but only after what seemed to be great deliberation. He pulled a chair out
and dropped into it, spreading his long jean-clad legs wide without any thought to her
personal space. A new scent drifted over her as he settled, one more intimate than
coffee or peppermint or the wet smell of drying wool.

Him. Hot, male, potent. No aftershave or cologne, just skin and sweat. She wouldn’t
have been surprised if her nose twitched.

She’d clearly gone too long without male companionship if any brute who walked
her way made her sit up and take notice. Even one with pretty eyes and scowling lips.
And firm thighs snugly encased in nearly threadbare denim. She’d noticed that too.

“You asked why we’re divorcing,” she said, reaching for her empty cup. She
stretched her fingers around the leftover warmth and wished she hadn’t drunk it so fast. She would’ve appreciated the diversion. “You’d probably be better off asking him,
though I have my opinions. He wanted children. I didn’t produce any. Then when he
decided to make up for the lack by changing our lifestyle, he became bored with me.
I’m a homebody. Perfectly happy staying in with my movies and my paints. He wasn’t
satisfied, in any number of ways.” She smiled faintly. “Preschool teachers aren’t exactly
wild.”

Jeff’s jaw slackened for an instant before he recovered. Had she shocked him?

Good. She liked having the power to do that to someone. It had been a very long time since she’d said or done anything unexpected.

Hot Text © Cari Quinn

Karyn isn’t a woman who would normally agree to meet a stranger for coffee, no matter what the reason. However, without internalizing or accepting it she ready to turn the corner in her life and, as it turns out, Jeff Maddox is the catalyst. Karyn hasn’t emotionally dealt with the fact that her marriage of 10 years has ended. She is resolved to the fact that her relationship with her husband has fallen apart but is trying to be very civilized about the whole thing. Karyn hasn’t made any demands. She hasn’t grieved.

After working through initial discomfort and some surliness on Jeff’s part, he and Karyn find they are comfortable conversing and enjoy each other’s company. Moreover, there is a magnetic sexual attraction and explosive chemistry. I thought these two were perfect together, while Jeff has by choice lead a pretty solitary existence he proves to be a passionate, sexually experienced man who is exactly what Karyn needs to set her leashed sexuality free. Over a short 12 hours Jeff develops respect and admiration for a woman who he finds is extremely strong and amazingly responsive. They just fit..

However, the timing is bad and Karyn has significant emotional fallout to deal with following their tryst. Jeff recognizes Karyn’s need to work out her many issues before they can pursue any sort of relationship. In an emotional scene they say goodbye, and I along with Jeff so hoped Karyn would want to see him again.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hot Text, finding it to be a clever, very sensual erotic romance. The love scenes in Hot Text are sexually explicit. Never fear, Cari Quinn does provide a special, heartwarming HEA for this hero and heroine who met under such unusual circumstances. Oh and BTW the text messages in Hot Text are full of fun innuendo and HOT!

4.5/5 stars
Review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.