NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

Game On Book Four; Interconnected Standalone

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?


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A friends to lovers story, The Hot Shot is exactly the kind of book that will sneak up on you when you’re not looking and then proceed to kick you in the heart. With some of the most delicious sexual tension I’ve ever read, Callihan charms from the very first page. Quite honestly, I have little to no words to describe the effect of this novel.

With ease, Callihan created an easy-going dynamic between Chess and Finn that started with an odd friendship, a somewhat unwilling one on her side, that slowly but surely built into this massively swoony, romantic love. Their connection was written so organically and effortlessly that it was impossible not to fall under their spell, to feel every word and unspoken thought. The unusual paradox of a quarterback with a sensitive side made falling for Finn that much easier, especially pairing him with a walled-off heroine that oddly complemented him.

I feel I must mention that delicious sexual tension I previously brought up, and tell you that you won’t want to miss it. Not only is this book swoon-worthy, but it has incredible angst that slowly builds, wrapping around you, until it hits this huge climactic crescendo that just tears right into you. I have no words for it, honestly, and am quite keen on reading and re-reading that passage over and over again for all of time. But it was only poignant because of how Callihan built up to it and how she continued to carry it on through to the very end.

Every once in awhile you come across a book that invigorates and beguiles, and this is that book. I have not one word of complaint other than wishing it never ended. Beautiful in every way, The Hot Shot was a fantastic novel with fun, vivid characters brought to life so wonderfully. Take it from a woman who can’t properly express her love for a book other than with nonsensical rantings that this book is an absolute must-read.




Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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