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Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: Hot Mess By Anne Conley

About the Author:

Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She's been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God's four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head

Welcome to Serendipity, Texas, a town where real people deal with real problems. Meet characters in their thirties and forties struggling with day-to-day issues and managing to find love in the process. Visit Serendipity, where the days are hot, and the nights are steamy!

According to the latest research, people who are HIV positive can live long, healthy lives with proper treatment and healthy lifestyles. So, why can’t Rachel seem to let go and be up front with Sam? Because he’s the first person to show interest in her in, well, a long time. She’s spent her adult life dealing with her illness and caring for her daughter alone, the only way she really knows how.

Sam is dealing with his own issues: a single dad, a new town, transfer to a new position in a different firehouse, where he’s got to go through all the initiation rookie stuff all over again. But why won’t the hot neighbor let down her walls to let him in?
When she does, will he react the way she needs him to? Or will it all just be a Hot Mess?


Hot Mess was definitely the best way to describe the characters, but was very thankful that the overall story did not reflect the title. Both Sam and Rachel's characters were very well described to a point where I felt like I knew them or was watching a movie of their lives play out before my eyes. Rachel was the reserved small town girl that was hiding a big secret. Sam was her perfect counterpart. He was rough and dominant, but did his best to treat Rachel like a lady. Things started out rough between them, but was brought together because of their daughters.

The key point of this story focused more on Rachel's life. She was a woman battling a serious illness, yet fought it with everything she had in order to live her life and raise her daughter. But that was hard for her to do when her own family disowns her based on her disease. But Rachel never gives up and uses her website to help others battling the same disease. I thought this was what made this story unique and separated it from all other romance books. Not only did it discuss HIV, but it also educated us as well.

Grab your copy of Hot Mess today.