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Release Day Review and Giveaway! HOTT TAKE by Serena Bell (Hott Springs Eternal #2)

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Hott Take
by Serena Bell
(Hott Springs Eternal #2)
Publication date: April 16th 2024
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

The hard part isn’t acting like we’re falling for each other. It’s pretending we’re not.

Shane: My grandfather’s will has me between a rock and a Hott place. If I don’t score a celebrity wedding, my sister will lose her wedding planning business—and our family’s land. As a playboy movie star, I know Hollywood’s ins and outs. But finding two celebrities in love is tougher than it looks.

Enter Ivy Scofield—the beautiful star of one of TV’s most beloved failures. She’s hiding from her past in Rush Creek, running a community theater for troubled kids. She needs my family’s wedding barn to save her program. So we make a deal: I give her the barn—she gives me her hand in fake marriage. Lights, camera, action—and cut—right?

Not so fast. Planning our fake wedding is way more personal than I was expecting. I’m learning Ivy’s quirks, preferences, and pet peeves—and that’s before I walk in on her enjoying my most infamous on-camera scene. Plus she’s slowly peeling back my layers—the ones I’ve built up to protect myself. If someone doesn’t do something soon, we might discover that the only thing fake about this wedding is the way we keep pushing each other away.

A spicy, movie star, marriage of convenience, fake relationship standalone romantic comedy set in the beloved small town of Rush Creek.


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Ivy and Shane’s story put me through the wringer, you all. This one has just about everything you could possibly be looking for in a it’s-all-fake-oops-maybe-it’s-not story: two hot(t ;)) as heck MCs (bonus points that they’re both actors really well known for…ahem…steamy scenes) who have good as gold reasons to try and pull off a fake relationship/marriage of convenience but also un-conveniently find themselves super attracted to each other…

The she’s-watching-his-movie scene! The cake testing! I may never recover…

…and then add in all the will-they, won’t-they moments as both Ivy and Shane (AND the readers, thankyouverymuch) are put through the wringer–more than once!–and whew, this book drained me, but in the absolute BEST way. I’m putting off reading the bonus scene for a little bit, just so I can hold off saying goodbye to them for just a little bit longer <3

I am here for ALL the “Hott Brothers” puns/comments, BTW. They’re just not going to get old IMHO 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance.

When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends.

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