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Hot In the City is a quick but very enjoyable read. It only took me a few hours to read and I never felt like things were rushed or missing, nor did it lose my attention. While it might not be one of those stories that stands out as something "Amazing And New", it was just what I needed and kept me entertained. And I don’t mean any of that in a condescending way! There’s nothing wrong with a fairly simple story being executed nicely, and that’s exactly what I got here.
Priya is a doctor, still in residency, and trying to work her ass off while also keeping an eye out for her cousin, the “bad seed” of the family (though there’s a story there, about these two young women). Priya’s used to running to her rescue, but this time she may be in too deep. Why else would the ginger-haired detective – whom Priya stitched up recently – be looking for her?
Priya puts protecting her cousin above everything else, and that’s not going to change just because she and Brian have chemistry buzzing between them. He’s a cop, he’s looking for her cousin; she can’t fully trust him. But . . . she also can’t ignore the attraction there. One night together won’t change anything, right? Wrong, of course. When she finally hears from her cousin, while she’s still in Brian’s bed, she doesn’t think twice about it: she has to go help her, and hope that Brian will let her go. After all, Priya’s interest in a man caused problems with Sara years ago, and she can’t make that mistake again. Not even for Brian.
Since this is such a short story, I won’t give away everything, but I will say that yes, Priya and Brian do get together after the debacle with the cousin is over. A lot of how things are wrapped up about the case are off page (because of the page length, I’d assume) but again, I never felt like I was truly missing anything vital. Like with any novella, of course I have those general feelings of “Damn, I wish this was a full novel” but that’s a good thing, not a bad.
Their chemistry is definitely there and while there’s not too much sex (again, novella) what is there is very good. I mean, the scene that starts in the car . . . Damn!
I liked the diversity that Court has within this book. The heroine and her family of course (they are of Indian descent, she says her family is Jain) but also the fact that Brian’s lesbian sister is happily partnered (married?) and they have a daughter, as well as mention of a man Priya’s aunt tries to set her up with who is gay, though not out to his family yet. Yes, with the exception of Priya, the others are background characters, but it’s still nice to see a less than homogeneous background, especially in such a short story. Obviously the industry as a whole needs a lot more of this in all the books, but it’s a start and I appreciated it.
I enjoyed Court’s writing style and voice and will definitely be keeping an eye out for her future works. I’m thrilled that Brian’s partner, Daniel, gets a book (out in May . . . I may have snatched the ARC from NG as soon as I finished this one the other night!) because he definitely grabbed my attention. And his heroine, Priya’s friend – a lawyer who often helps her with Sara’s problems – should be a great match for him. It’s also a short novella, but oh well, I’m sure I’ll survive. :)
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
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