I’m giving Too Hot to Handle 4 . . . count ‘emand here’s why!
Too Hot to Handle is truly a story about love at first sight. While it may not start off like that, especially with an old high school flame breaking into a police officer’s apartment. Or when we learn that said burglar also hot wired said police officer’s car and did time in jail for joyriding. You would think author Aleah Barley is setting us up for a major criminal court proceeding, but no.
As Jack Ogden climbs the stairs to his apartment nursing wounds from a fight he was just in, the last thing he expected was to find women searching through his refrigerator. Only when she turned around, does she take his breath away because standing in front of him is the one he fell in love with in high school, the one that left him after a week – standing there in nothing but his t-shirt.
Honey Moore had led a life of not belonging. When she started a prestigious private school, she kept to herself. That is until Jack found his way into her heart. Jack never understood what made Honey tick and Honey made sure she kept herself closed off from him for many reasons. When life dealt Honey the ultimate blow – someone tries to kill her by burning her house down – she turns to the one person she knows that can keep her safe – Jack.
Jack is torn – arrest Honey for breaking and entering – or pull her into his arms and never let go. What transpires throughout this story is a testament on how love can and will conquer all. We should all be so lucky to have a first love that never dies.
While there’s mystery, suspense and romance (lots of it) there is also a comedic undertone. Honey is quick with the one-liners and Jack is your quintessential cop who takes things a bit too seriously. . . you know like Honey stealing his car again. If you ask Honey, she just borrowed it.
Too Hot to Handle is the perfect weekend read when your lying by the beach this weekend.
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Check back on June 12th when we interview Aleah and she gives us some insight on what makes Honey and Jack so perfect for each other!