Too Hot to Handle by Robin Kaye is the second installment in the Domestic Gods series. The first was Romeo, Romeo which was a huge hit with me and Too Hot to Handle wasn’t any different. Robin has a definite knack for writing a captivating romantic comedy that will have you laughing one minute and blushing the next.
In Too Hot to Handle we meet Dr. Mike Flynn. He’s single, gorgeous and a doctor. To top that off he loves to cook and clean. He grew up with a single mother and she made sure to teach him right. On the other hand we have Annabelle Ronaldi who couldn’t cook to save her life, nor is she very interested in keeping house. She used to be an artist but since her fiance’s death years ago she’s been unable to paint. She’s coming off of a breakup with her latest boyfriend who was pretty much a loser.
Annabelle and Mike meet at her sister, Rosalie’s wedding. They’ve both had too much to drink but when Annabelle first sees Mike she is reminded of her deceased fiance and she is stunned. They end up going back to Annabelle’s place and have a hot and steamy night together. When they wake up in the morning Mike is sure this is the woman he’s always dreamed of spending his life with but Annabelle insists on keeping him at arm’s length. It’s kind of creepy how much he resembles her dead fiance yet she can’t help but be really attracted to him.
So begins what makes this story a little more than just a standard romantic comedy—you’ve got the added element of the mystery surrounding just why Mike looks so much like Annabelle’s dead fiance. What unfolds is a web of family secrets and lies that threaten the very foundation of the relationship that Mike and Annabelle are building. Mike is a character that you can’t help but love. He’s good looking, good in the kitchen and bedroom and he’s a kind and compassionate doctor. I really liked Annabelle too-she’s quite funny in her complete inability to do anything domestic and her constant running and hiding from her Italian mother who wants nothing more than to have her married off.
As with her first novel, Robin Kaye had me hooked with this one too. It’s a fun break for me to read her novels and when I had the chance to read Too Hot to Handle I jumped at it. Certainly I wanted more of the Ronaldi family and I can’t wait for more. I’m not usually one for romantic novels at all anymore but Robin Kaye has become a favorite author of mine with this series. I love when a novel has me laughing out loud and cheering on the characters as if they were my own friends and family. There is quite a bit of hanky panky within the pages of Too Hot to Handle to spice up anyone’s life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get away from life for a while and be hugely entertained. As a note you don’t have to read Romeo, Romeo first to read this one. They both stand alone just fine but if you’re anything like me and get hooked on the Ronaldi family, you’ll find yourself wanting to read both.
Too Hot to Handle releases on May 1, 2009 and you can purchase it here in the US and here in Canada. Also, be sure to pop over to Robin’s website and take a look around.
Thanks go to Danielle with Sourcebooks for sending me Too Hot to Handle and be sure to pop by tomorrow for a guest post with Robin Kaye along with a giveway of my very own copies of Too Hot to Handle and Romeo, Romeo.