Thursday, October 12, 2017

*Review* Red Hot Reunion by Beth Hale

Genre: Romance
Published: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Pages: 84

When their entire relationship is a lie, how can their love be real? 

Hope Mathison’s ten-year high school reunion is approaching, and she’s dying to show everyone she’s no longer the poor, overweight girl from the trailer park. She’s not only lost the weight that made her so self-conscious for years but even started her own successful business as a software developer. 

Hope’s plan to show her former bullies that she’s overcome the adversity of her home life and the hell they caused her for four long years has one little snag: she’s still single. Her best friend, Marion, has a solution though. Hope will attend a hot-fireman auction and buy herself a date for the reunion. But Hope never expected the hottest fireman at the auction to be Flynn Eaves, a former high school classmate. 

Surprisingly, Flynn not only agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend for the reunion, but asks for a favor in return—that she pretend to be his girlfriend for his cousin’s wedding. As they create a fake relationship to fool old classmates and family members, they discover a real attraction brewing, one he wants to pursue, but the insecurities of Hope’s past might just cost her the one thing she’s always wanted most: to be loved for who she is, even if, at heart, she’ll always be that overweight girl from the trailer park. 

But can she trust Flynn when their relationship was built on a lie? Or will the insecurities of her past tear them apart?

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review. 

This book had a Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion feeling to it, which kind of made me want to watch that fabulous movie again. I think that just speaks to how relatable Hope is to the average woman though. I mean, unless you were one of the popular people in high school, it's probably pretty common to dread returning for high school reunions, even if you have turned your life around as Hope has. So I immediately felt a connection with Hope. 

This book was also a bit of a fluffy read. And there's nothing wrong with a fluffy book. Sometimes that's exactly what you need. Just an easy read without a whole lot of drama and conflict. The conflict in this story was largely driven by internal insecurities, with a little bit of high school style drama thrown in. And I'll admit that I definitely wanted to see the high school mean girls get their comeuppance. 

I enjoyed the way Hope and Flynn's relationship built up over time, almost like it was sneaking up on them. And their insecurities about the relationship were quite believable, especially considering how it started. If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted read, this book would definitely be a good choice. 

Overall I give Red Hot Reunion 4.253 stars. - Katie 

Beth Hale writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions together to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the every day life problems we all face, and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.

She is the author of the Unexpected Emotion Series and the Magnolia Series.

**Unexpected Emotion: Love doesn't care if you're looking for it or not.**
These are stand alone books, but follow a trio of friends on their journey to unexpected love. They can be read out of order.

**Magnolia Series: Every town has a story to tell.**
The Magnolia Series are stand-alone books, each with its own set of characters. They are set in small Mississippi towns and showcase strong Southern women who face down their demons and fight for love.

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