New Release & Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

April 18, 2017 Book Reviews 0

by Kristen Callihan
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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?


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When you live life looking through the lens of a camera, you learn how to read people. Their nuances become easier to spot. All of their feelings become transparent when they are at the hands of your craft. You also become immune to advances from men or any other unwanted attention. For Chess Cooper – photographing is an art all its own. Leading her to subjects that would often leave others speechless. That’s the situation Chess finds herself in when photographing the football team that will be featured in the latest charity calendar she is set to photograph.

Performing photo ops, interviews, and other PR related obligations was nothing new for Finn Mannus. As the quarterback for the New Orleans NFL football team, Finn knows his way around the spotlight. So the task of posing nude for a charity calendar shouldn’t be a blip on the radar. Or should it? Finn definitely hasn’t posed nude before, but there is a first time for everything. Taking things in stride, Finn eased into the photo shoot. What he couldn’t not have predicted was crossing paths with Chess.

Chess was everything that was typically the opposite of what Finn looked for in a woman. She was snarky, had tattoos, and didn’t fall for Finn’s charms. There is something about Chess that makes Finn want to learn more about. A desire that is soon at the forefront of his mind. How can this one woman make Finn question his standing rule of no long term relationships? The intrigue drives Finn to seek out Chess in inconspicuous ways. The only question that remains is how will Finn convince Chess to look at him as more than a friend?

How is it that I have never dived head first into a Kristen Callihan novel before??? Let me tell you…Finn and Chess have me hooked!! This is not a typical boy meets girl romance. Nope!! Chess and Finn’s romance was unexpected, and the path that they must travel is riddled with potholes. Each step blurring the lines between friendship and romance.

The entire plot to The Hot Shot was unique. Each turn of the page delivering such depth to the characters. Finn was definitely everything that you DO NOT expect an athlete to be in the romance department!! From the way Finn treated Finn, to the southern charm that he let slip every now and again…all of it made Finn one of the best and most relatable characters I have read in such a long time. Then Chess came in with her edgy and against the grain personality…..well, what can I say? I was hooked!!

Don’t just take my word for it on this book…..NOPE!! Finn and Chess are an entity all to themselves. Their journey is one you need to experience and savor all on your own!!





About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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