Hotshot by Julie GarwoodHotshot by Julie Garwood


byJulie Garwood

Mass Market Paperback | July 1, 2014

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When a woman’s dream for the future turns into a nightmare, a handsome FBI agent makes her vulnerable to more than she ever imagined in this novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have just inherited Bishop’s Cove, a charming oceanfront resort. But it comes with a condition: They must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

Peyton welcomes the challenge, yet has no idea how many people want to sabotage her success—including her vindictive cousins and the powerful land developers who have an eye on the coveted beachfront property. But when the threats against Peyton escalate into dangerous territory, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, FBI agent Finn MacBain.

Finn saved her life once before. Peyton has no choice but to trust him to do it again.
Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed—and popular—romance authors around, published in thirty-two languages worldwide with forty million copies of her books in print. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels including Wired, Fast Track, Hotshot, Sweet Talk, The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, S...
Title:HotshotFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.04 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451467558

ISBN - 13:9780451467553

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Do You Know As A Kid Fourth book I read from this author. Had to buy it from amazon as it was sold out on Chapters online and in store. Loved that they knew each other as kids, and it turns out to be love when they are adults. These FBI guys also sound so strong, supportive and sexy.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely amazing. Made me laugh, and cry, laugh some more. Always great when you can relate to a character in some way
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotshot I've enjoyed reading this book tremendously. Great suspense and very good love story. :-)
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hotshot Worth a read but not overly enthralled.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotshot Good keep u guessing the people and the plot was good
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotshot Finn is a hotshot - he succeeds at everything he tries from becoming an Olympic medalist to becoming an FBI agent. He reunites with Peyton, his former next door neighbor that he saved from drowning as a kid. Then there are really two stories; Peyton and her sisters trying to make a success of a Florida resort, and Peyton's involvement with a sexual harassment suit with a former employer. In fact it is this second story line that places Peyton's life in danger and gives Finn the chance to prove he is a hotshot FBI agent. Finn and Peyton have great chemistry. However, the book gets weighed down with a storyline about a cousin that wants in on the business and it serves no purpose other than filler. Otherwise it is a good summer read.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hotshot I always enjoy a story with an sensitive Alpha Male and a capable Damsel in Distress.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotshot This is another fun read from Julie Garwood. I love her humor mixed with mystery and romance.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotshot Another fun read from Julie Garwood.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotshot Garwood grabs your attention and keeps throughout the entire book. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotshot This is a good read. Not a lot of suspense but Would make a good movie.
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotshot Julie Garwood is a great writer. It was one of those books I couldn't put down until it was done.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotshot Loved this book actually not one of your books I don't like they're all good. I recomment your books to all my friends.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotshot Really enjoyed reading this book!
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotshot Julie Garwood has done it again. Hotshot has characters you want to meet and a storyline that keeps you flipping the pages. Great fun!
Date published: 2013-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet couple, predictable plot Hope Beck story is next
Date published: 2013-08-09

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Finn wasn’t ready to go inside yet. Beck would come and get him when it was time. It was warm today. The sun was shining, and it was at least seventy degrees, he guessed, maybe seventy-five. He and Ronan had spent a week working in Chicago where it had been around ten degrees every single day with crazy below-zero wind chills. The heat felt good on his face. He liked being outside, cold or hot, and he liked being home, too. It had been such a long time.His cell phone rang, reminding him that he needed to turn it off before the ceremony. He saw who was calling and felt a wave of exhaustion. On-again off-again Danielle was trying to reconnect with him. He wasn’t about to get into that drama. He’d had enough, and he simply didn’t have the stamina for any more of her games. He declined the call and turned off the phone. He should go in, he decided, and was about to do just that when he saw her. The vision in blue. He watched her cross the parking lot and start up the walkway, her high heels clicking against the brick. He noticed her body first, of course. It was damn near perfect. The short, fitted dress showed off her curves and her long, gorgeous legs. Her stride was every bit as sexy as her body. The way she moved was sensual and seductive. She was absolutely beautiful. Her long dark hair, the color of midnight, fell in soft curls just below her slender shoulders.She must have felt him watching her, for she suddenly turned and looked up the hill. When she saw him, she stepped off the path and started walking toward him. He wanted to swallow, but he couldn’t seem to remember how. He had never reacted to any woman this fiercely, this quickly. What had happened to his self-control? He excused his bizarre behavior by reasoning that she was no ordinary woman. He didn’t want to stare, but the closer she came, the better she looked. Beneath her thick dark eyelashes were the most beautiful, crystalline blue eyes he had ever seen, and her rosy lips were full and inviting.She stepped directly in front of him and gave him a heart-stopping smile. The dimple in her cheek was sexy as hell. So was her scent, which was light and feminine.Her eyes sparkled with laughter when she stretched up, kissed him on his cheek, and said, “Hello, Hotshot.”He was speechless. Peyton Lockhart? He couldn’t believe it. She was all grown-up. She had gone from a skinny little girl to this beautiful woman with a devastating smile. When did this happen? The transformation seemed to have taken place overnight, but then Finn realized he hadn’t been around while she was growing up. He’d gone to California to do his undergraduate work at Stanford and had stayed there for law school. During that time his parents had downsized to a smaller, more energy-efficient home about a mile from their old house in Brentwood. Whenever Finn was home on break, he never had enough time to go back to the old neighborhood.Finn overcame his surprise enough to speak. “Don’t call me Hotshot.”“You didn’t know who I was, did you, Finn?” she asked, saying his name to placate him.“I didn’t have a clue,” he admitted. He was still trying to get past his initial reaction and stop acting as though he had never seen a beautiful woman before. This was Peyton, the little girl who would sit on the front steps and wait for him to come home from high school so she could tell him about her day. She was a nuisance back then, and now a temptress.“Are your sisters here? I won’t recognize them, either, will I?”“Yes, they’re here already. I’m running late.”Beck whistled from the doorway to get Finn’s attention.“Aren’t you in the wedding?” she asked.He nodded. “Yeah, I should go in. It’s good to see you again.”Peyton didn’t want to miss the bride walking down the aisle. “It’s good to see you, too.”It had suddenly become awkward, and she didn’t understand why. He wasn’t leaving. Beck whistled again, but Finn didn’t move.“Are you going to the reception?” he asked.“No, I’m afraid I can’t.”“Maybe I’ll see you after the wedding, then.”Peyton continued on, but when she glanced back, she thought it strange that Finn was still standing in the same spot.Finn had walked down to the parking lot to get away from the noise. He was listening to phone messages and turned just as Peyton was approaching. He offered to walk her to her car.“How come you aren’t coming to the reception?” he asked.“I have to work,” she answered. She dug the keys out of her little clutch and hit the unlock button. Standing beside her car, she said, “It really was good to see you.”“I’m sorry we didn’t get to—” He stopped. “When did you get this car?” he asked, staring past her and frowning.“About a year ago. Why?”Finn moved closer and squatted down behind the rear bumper. “These are bullet holes.”“Yes, they are,” she agreed. She didn’t seem the least fazed. “I’ve got to get going or I’ll be late for work.”He wasn’t about to let her leave. “They haven’t been here long.”“The bullet holes?”“Yes, the bullet holes,” he said.He was asking questions so rapidly he wasn’t giving her time to answer.“Yes, I was in the car. I was on the highway when it happened. He wanted me to stop. I didn’t know he shot at me until I was back in Texas. The holes are so low, I didn’t see them until a few days later. In fact, you’re the only other person who’s noticed them.”“You couldn’t hear gunshots?” His voice was brisk, no nonsense. He was all FBI now.Her hand went to her hip. “I was in the middle of a blizzard at the time. All I could hear was the howling wind.”“Where exactly were you?”“Northwest of Minneapolis. Finn, I’ve got to leave.”She wasn’t going anywhere until she gave him a few more details.“Who did you report it to?”Peyton knew he wasn’t going to like her answer. “I didn’t report it.”“Because you didn’t realize he was shooting at you.”“Exactly.”“But when you did see the bullet holes—”She cut him off. “I didn’t report it.”“Why the hell not?” Frustration made his voice sharp. “He could be out there now trolling for his next victim, and maybe this time he’ll hit the gas tank or, worse, the driver.”She shook her head. “No, he won’t.”“Did you get the make or model?”“I have to leave.”“No, you have to answer me.”“You know what, Finn. You’re just as bossy and stubborn as you were when I was a little girl.”“And you’re just as aggravating. Now answer me.”She gave in. “It was a big white truck, and I know for a fact that he isn’t out on the highway looking for other victims.” Unless someone gets on Drew Albertson’s bad side, she silently added. She took a step closer. “And I’m not a victim. I took control of the situation and forced him to stop chasing me.”“How?” he asked, trying to concentrate on what she was saying and not how sexy she was or how good she smelled.“I sent him into a field. Actually, I sent him through a fence into a field.”“How did you do that?”“Some...intricate driving moves.” Slamming on the brakes and going into a spin that she was helpless to control could be considered an intricate move, couldn’t it?“Intricate driving moves, huh?” he repeated, smiling.“Yes,” she said. “He didn’t get hurt,” she hastened to add. “His car sank into the snow, and he was stuck. I pulled over to make sure he didn’t need an ambulance. I watched him get out and start pounding his fists on the truck.”“You saw the shooter?”Uh-oh. Too late, she realized she shouldn’t have mentioned that fact because now he was going to ask her another hundred questions. She decided to stop him before he got started.“I didn’t get a close look at him, but I’ve got a good idea who he is.”He seemed to take the news in stride. “Okay. Who is he?”“His name is Rick Parsons, and he works for the company that hired me.”He nodded calmly, but she noticed his jaw was clenched. “Since you never reported the incident to the police, he wasn’t arrested.”“That’s right.”“Why was he chasing you?”“Because I left,” she said, evading the details. “They really hate it when you leave the company”—she shrugged—“so they shoot at you.”Peyton thought he would think her answer funny, but apparently he wasn’t amused. She was sure he would have kept her there with his questions for the rest of the evening, or until he had the entire story, if a groomsman hadn’t appeared and told him he had to return to the church for photos.Finn answered that he would be right there, then opened the car door for Peyton. Before he started back up the hill toward the church, he turned to Peyton and said, “We aren’t finished with this.”

Editorial Reviews

Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood“Whoever thinks romantic suspense is dead should read a Julie Garwood book.”—USA Today“A trusted brand name in romantic suspense.”—People“Julie Garwood creates masterpieces every time she writes a book.”—The Kansas City Star“Undoubtedly Garwood is a pro.”—Kirkus Reviews“If a book has Julie Garwood’s name on it, it’s guaranteed to be a meticulously written...and thoroughly engaging story.”—Sun Journal (ME)