Sep 30, 2013

"Twice as Hot" by Gena Showalter

Title: Twice as Hot

Author: Gena Showalter
 Series: Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, #2)

My rating: 4.5 of 5

 (Book read from September 10th-15th, 2013.)



Belle Jamison is finally starting to feel like a normal girl again. Her job as a paranormal investigator is going well, she's learned to control her supernatural abilities (mostly) and she's just gotten engaged to Rome Masters, the ultra-sexy operative who once tried to neutralize her!

But planning a wedding is never easy, especially when the bride keeps accidentally torching her dress, the groom returns from a dangerous mission with selective memory loss and the man responsible now wants Belle for himself. With Rome's ex determined to win him back and a new band of supervillains on the horizon, it will take all Belle's powers; plus a little help from her trusty empath sidekick; to save the day, salvage the wedding and prove that true love really does conquer all.

My Thoughts on the Book:

Gena Showalter is now one of my favorite authors, and the first book by her that I've read over 3 years ago was actually her first Tale of an Extraordinary Girl - Playing with Fire. Since then, even though I've read many of her books, I never got around to read this sequel, so now of course I re-read Playing with Fire first before I delved into Twice as Hot, and I actually loved it even more this 2nd time. The 1st time I rated it 4.5 of 5, but after I re-read it, I changed it to 5, since it was pretty awesome. Anyway, although Twice as Hot wasn't as awesome as the previous book, it was still really great & fun read that I totally loved, so yeah, Gena Showalter has done it again.

Belle is getting ready for her wedding with Rome Masters, but after he returns from a mission, he doesn't remember her at all - his memories of Belle are stolen from him, so poor Belle, she's still endlessly in love with him, and tries to get him to remember her and all that, and he's acting really hostile & angry to her, and wants to return to Lexis, and of course lots of memorable situations come out from all this mess. I was cheering Belle all the way, especially when it came to kicking Lexis' butt ;)

Anyway, yeah Rome acts like a jerk, although I guessed why he acted like that, but he gets over that, and of course there was some great chemistry between him & Belle, even though he didn't remember her.

This book was really entertaining, with fun dialogue, some butt-kicking, and it made ma laugh lots of time. But, what I really have to mention are all the secondary characters. Most of them, we already met in the 1st book, and once again I loved them all as characters (except for Lexis, of course), although there were a few new ones, too. First of all - Tanner - I absolutely love this guy, he's such a sweety, and once again he made me laugh again & again through out the book, although my heart was breaking for him, too. And of course the yummy Cody, her best friend Sherridan, the sweetheart Sunny, as well as the new ones - Elaine & Jean-Luc. My biggest surprise was Jean-Luc - I expected to hate him, but I was actually surprised by how much I liked him as a character, so yeah, although this is probably the last book & it wrapped up pretty much everything for everyone, I would love a spin-off book with him, because I would love for him to get a happily ever after, even if it has to be with Lexis, who doesn't really deserve him after all she did. When it comes to Lexis, through this 2 books I constantly changed how I felt about her - I disliked her, then I liked her, then I hated her, and I've also felt sorry for her, so yeah, not one of my fav characters.

As for the story, although I pretty much predicted what will happen next while reading, I didn't mind that, because it was really entertaining, and I pretty much loved almost everything about it.

I highly recommend the Tales of an Extraordinary Girl duology to every UF & paranormal fan, you won't regret it! I know I'll love reading these books again & again, and I wouldn't mind reading more adventures Belle & the gang would go on, because I loved the characters, and I know I'd never get enough of them.





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