Hot and Bothered starts of with as much energy and humor as any book in recent memory. I found myself grinning, laughing aloud and eager to read the sparkling dialog between Lee Phillips and her best friend since
college, Trevor Templeton.
Lee and Trevor decided long ago that a committed relationship was not for
them. They've nursed each other through a few broken hearts. Lee hits on
what she thinks is an ideal situation. She and Trevor like each other,
trust each other and have fun together. Considering that dating new people
is dangerous, both from a health stand point and an emotion one, she
suggests to Trevor that they become lovers. To her, it's the perfect
solution. "No commitments, no promises, no broken hearts. Just kindness
and affection and a sweetness that only Trevor was capable of."
Trevor's just lucky that there was nothing in his mouth when Lee makes her
Poor Trevor can't believe what he's just heard. Flummoxed seems to be a
good word to describe how he's feeling. Yes, he's attracted to Lee and at
various times over their friendship, has lusted after her. Somehow the
time's always been wrong. Now as the oxygen-rich blood leaves his brain and migrates south, he's going to be faced with one of the toughest choices
ever. If he makes love with Lee, will their friendship survive? What is one
of them falls in love? What if it's him?
Lee and Trevor face a quirky dilemma that fictional lovers rarely face. Lee
worries what Trevor will do or say when he finally sees her naked. They're
such good friends that she even suggests a trial run. Her idea is that
Trevor strips to the buff while she watches. He nixes the one-sided strip
tease. This whole episode is handled with a tender lightness, with neither
of their concerns being made fun of. However, Lee plays dirty when she buys
a Wonder Bra.
The Wonder Bra episode begins as Trevor arrives at Lee's apartment, ready
for their first weekend together. "Trevor stared at Lee's two
suitcases, both of which could hold enough clothes for a week, then at his
own small overnight bag. He shook his head but refrained from comment as he
loaded the car." Packing lightly must be a guy thing. Lee gets her
revenge a few minutes later when Trevor does notice her new underwear.
The supporting characters add dimension and interest. This eccentric group
has been friends since college. There's a married couple trying to
conceive, a beautiful woman who's convinced that men are scum and a gay
friend who's suffering the same slings and arrows of outrageous fortune as
are his straight friends. Their curiosity adds a comical touch as they
keep progress on whether the ‘Deed' had been done yet.
Hot and Bothered is an intelligent comedy, reminiscent of a
first-rate episode of Friends. I kept seeing Matthew Perry as Trevor. While
it does become a bit predictable, that in no way detracts from its humor or
its gentle approach to these two friends who want to deepen their
relationship but not at the price of ruining their friendship. Their
balancing act is handled adroitly and with lots of accompanying humor.
Yes, Hot and Bothered is a ‘Blaze' book and does live up to those
expectations. The scenes between the sheets are worth the price of the
book. What makes the story a stand out is the tenderness and sweetness
exhibited by the lovers-their concern, their affection and their deep
Love and laughter make this book a joy to recommend.