Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hot Mama

Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep
By day, Fiona Fine is a successful couture designer, catering to the high society players of Bigtime, New York. By night, she's Fiera, a member of the heroic Fearless Five who can create and manipulate fire with her bare hands.

Fiona's personal life, though, isn't so hot. She still misses her fianc┼Ż, who was killed by ubervillains a year ago. Still, men admire Fiona's smoking assets, and she decides to get back in the dating game- especially after she meets Johnny Bulluci. But this notorious playboy has plenty of secrets to go along with his sexy smile. And, with two new ubervillains in town who are intent on raising hell, Fiona's love life might just crash and burn.

This was a fun, fast and enjoyable read. The humor in the book goes very well with its story line of Superheroes parody. Initially Fiona Fine takes a little getting used to, she comes off as bitchy and cold, but as the story develops you start to see why she's the way she is and that she does have a softer side. Johnny Bulluci however takes no time to fall in love with and very quickly you just want the both of them to get on with it and they don't disappoint.

A highly entertaining read, I only had some problems with certain plot lines where Johnny is too bullheaded to listen to reason and constantly seeks revenge. Also as superheroes, they are kind of misfits. In one scene, Johnny and Fiona have the ubervillain down but instead of dealing with her they engage in an all out fight allowing the villain to escape. Furthermore the book enforces the view that superheroes protect and should not seek to kill the villains hence the conflict between Johnny and Fiona. Personally, I have no problems with vigilantes, Batman does it and that's good enough for me.

Overall rating : 4/5
Sizzle Factor : 4/5
(Library Copy)

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