ARC Review: Victoria Dahl – Too Hot to Handle

Jackson Series:

Book 2:

Too Hot to Handle: Merry Kade and Shane Harcourt


Too Hot to Handle (Jackson, #2)


Expected Publication: March 26th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Victoria Dahl – Too Hot to Handle


This good girl’s going bad. Merry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it’s time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she’ll supervise a lot of restoration work. Luckily she’s found the perfect contractor for the job.

Shane Harcourt can’t believe that someone wants to turn a beat-up ghost town into a museum attraction. After all, the last thing he needs is the site of his dream ranch turning into a tourist trap. He’ll work on the project, if only to hasten its failure……until the beautiful, quirky woman in charge starts to change his mind.

For the first time ever, Merry has a gorgeous stud hot on her heels. But can she trust this strong, silent man, even if he is a force of nature in bed? When Shane’s ulterior motives come out, he’ll need to prove to Merry that a love like theirs may be too hot to handle, but it’s impossible to resist


I never warmed up to either Merry or Shane. Merry has low esteem and little self-worth through the entire book. I kept expecting her to grow and to find her inner confidence, but it just never happened. I don’t mind a low esteem character if they show growth and by the end of the book they’ve found that extra something; however, if that just never happens it’s just straight up annoying. She did manage to find her backbone exactly twice in this book, but quickly lost it again. I wanted to like Merry, she is supposed to be fun and quirky, but that never really gets fully developed. So in the end I just couldn’t end up truly liking her. Shane, was just kinda ehh for me. I mean what do we really know about Shane other than he has some serious daddy issues? I mean some serious daddy issues and granddaddy issues and ancestor issues and that was just not sexy. He doesn’t really do anything to endear you to him, except for his grand gesture at the end; which we all saw coming from a million miles away and for me was just a lot too late to develop any affection for him as a character.

Pretty much this entire book we saw coming from a million miles away. The only surprising reveal of the entire book was Merry’s mothers secret and that was a tiny insignificant thing in the grand scheme of things. Contemporary Romance as a whole tends to be pretty predictable, but this one was a bit of a snooze fest in its predictability. I found myself counting down until the end of the book.

The saving grace of this book is Victoria Dahl’s humor. She is just plain funny, she is great with the one liners. So if nothing else you will laugh while reading this book. You can always count on a V. Dahl book to be lighthearted and funny and this one is no exception when it comes to that. Overall, this book missed its mark for me, but it did have some redeemable qualities. I think there will be many that will truly enjoy this tale.

*This book was provided to me from NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 3.5 Romanticals


Amanda Sig Orange


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