cover image The Hot Spot

The Hot Spot

Niobia Bryant. Kensington/Dafina, $6.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-0-7582-6535-7

Bryant continues her popular series about the sexy Strong brothers (after 2010's Give Me Fever) with this serious look at the pitfalls of May%E2%80%93December romance. Kaleb, an impossibly attractive farmer in his 20s, is ready to follow his brothers' example of finding the perfect woman and settling down. Then a chance encounter in a bar results in sizzling sex with someone totally inappropriate: Zaria Ali, a 40-something mom recovering her self-esteem after a bitter divorce. She has no interest in remarriage, even to someone as hot as Kaleb, and when she feels she's getting too emotionally involved, she ends the relationship. Bryant makes it a family affair as the warm and appealing Strongs and Zaria's adult twin daughters try to convince this unconventional couple that their sexual exploits can lead to a happy marriage. (Aug.)