Hot in Magnolia Book 4
By Minette Lauren
Publication Date: April 30th, 2021
Categories: Sexy Romance
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Hollywood actress Ginger Lynn Harding is broke, unemployed, and stuck in the glaring spotlight of a sex-tape scandal thanks to her lousy ex-boyfriend. Changing her coveted ginger-colored hair to brown, Ginger heads to small-town Magnolia, Texas, where she plans to hide out and wait tables at the Cupcake Diner and Dive.
As a Magnolia constable and possible candidate for mayor, Roland Karr prides himself on protecting the community. When he nabs a Lauren Bacall look-alike for speeding, Roland is surprised that he lets the sassy beauty off the hook, but he can’t help it. She looks like she could use a break.
As Ginger settles into life in Magnolia, she can’t stop thinking about the handsome and debonair cop, but can she risk losing her heart when she’s lost everything else?
One of my first reactions to the story as I started reading was that I want to go to Magnolia, Texas and get one of those pieces of glass art that Lexi makes. Probably not the typical first thought that comes to mind when one starts reading a romance novel, but when her art was introduced, I thought, “That sounds amazing.”
I enjoyed the way the story of Ginger and Roland’s attraction blossomed throughout, but on some levels, I connected with Lexi more than I did Ginger. For me, Ginger was often too focused on trying to escape her past and her desire to just get out of Magnolia as fast as she could. That made it difficult to know her in any other aspects.
Roland was an interesting character, reminding me of George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life” who gets stuck in a small town but yearns to go off and do bigger and greater things. It was very satisfying to see how that aspect of the subplot worked out.
Lexi’s family and personal life problems were also brought to a very satisfying conclusion, and throughout the story there was enough question about who would eventually take her heart that I kept reading to see if it would be Noah, the man she was in love with a few years before.
While the love stories in this book were so enjoyable and unpredictable that I kept reading, the editor in me flinched a bit at every repeat of information that the reader was already privy to. For example, the fact that Lexi had gone to Noah’s sister’s apartment to bring a letter from Hank trying to explain the fiasco of the “kiss” between Hank and Lexi that Noah saw three years prior. When mention of the trip to Dallas and the letter, popped up again in chapter 24 of the book, it was at least the third time that same information was repeated.
Still, the minor issues I had with the story didn’t keep me from enjoying this trip to Magnolia, Texas. I recommend the book to those who like a steamy romance novel.
Minette Lauren is an award-winning author who loves animals and writes humorous romance in a small Texas town.
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First place: Signed copies of all the Hot in Magnolia series books (including the prequel) + $25 Amazon gift card.
Second place: Signed copies of all four books in the series
Third place: Signed copy of Gingerbread Kisses
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