Author: Yolande Kleinn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/10/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it’s because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn’t dream of coming between them, he can’t help being drawn to Shane himself…. Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn’t.
One night everything changes. Kurt doesn’t reciprocate Shane’s kiss—he’s got no intention of stealing his sister’s man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can’t believe how thick her brother is. She’s not the reason Shane’s been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it’s on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn’t blown his chance for good.
I’m always torn when I consider giving a negative review to a story. There are times that I may not like a book but I think others may feel differently. For me to rate something below three stars means I can’t recommend it to anyone. And that’s the case here.
I wanted to like Running Hot based on the blurb. And that was all I really needed to do—read the blurb. It spells everything out. There are no surprises in the story and it’s all quite predictable.
A good part of the book is spent Kurt lusting after Shane, who he thinks is dating his sister. It’s the classic Is He Gay Or Not cliché and he never does anything simple like simply asking. This whole story was formulaic and extremely predictable.
None of the characters are all that interesting either. Despite the shortness of the story I still had to force myself to finish it.
Sorry, just can’t recommend this one.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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