KEEPING IT HOT by Sydney Landon


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A friends-to-lovers contemporary romance set in sunny and steamy Pensacola, Florida.

It’s Zoe Hart’s 29th birthday, and she’s rather upset her virginity is still intact. She owns a coffee shop in her best friend Dylan Jackson’s Florida resort, and through their years and years of friendship, she’s gotten no closer to becoming more than a confidante to him. But her employee and friend Dana Anders has made it her personal mission to get Zoe out of the friend zone and into Dylan’s bed by the time she hits 30. The first thing on the agenda: a makeover, where Zoe trades her coffee-stained polos and sensible ponytail for more form-fitting clothing and some product in her thick, wavy hair. Her new look confuses Dylan at first, since he's unused to seeing Zoe in anything other than khakis, but he finds himself taking more than a second glance at the woman who’s always been there, unnoticed. As Zoe fills up her social calendar, no longer at Dylan’s beck and call to fill any gaps in his busy schedule, Dylan realizes his attachment to Zoe is more than platonic. There’s an awful lot of dialogue among Zoe, Dylan, and the secondary cast of meddling characters. Everything is always being explained rather than shown through details or a character’s introspection, and the constant talking can make the romantic progression feel glacially slow. Dylan’s characterization also borders on the misogynistic, as he seems personally affronted when Zoe begins to take more pride in her appearance and when she doesn't return one of his text messages within the hour. His sense of entitlement to his friend’s time overshadows any romantic feelings blossoming between him and Zoe.

A romance that starts sweet but quickly sours because of an unpleasant hero.

Pub Date: July 4th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-399-58322-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2017


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