Title: Hot Flash
Author: Clare Austin
Rating: Five Siren Stones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Keywords: Spicy, Last Rose Of Summer Rose, Later Life
Page Count: 342
ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-725-0
ISBN For Print: 978-1601547255
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Reviewer: Stacey Krug
Kate Aiello has spent her entire life trying to please others—her three brothers, her Italian mamma and her husband of twenty-five years. It isn’t insult enough she is turning fifty, and left at the side of life’s road by her philandering husband. Now she has to contend with her body’s betrayal…hot flashes!
The plain truth hits her with each thermostatic aberration—she has never been first in anyone’s life, including her own.
Brandon Sullivan has been on a downward spiral since the death of his beloved wife. Now he is a man desperate to save himself from impending financial ruin, loss of his farm and his life’s dream. He needs to get into the winner’s circle by spring or he’ll be just another poor, landless Irishmen downing his pints and bragging about the good ol’ days.
Sparks fly when Italian attitude meets Irish temper. Add two big crazy families, a barn full of horses and one woman’s menopausal hot flashes and the probability for combustion increases exponentially. What will Kate and Brandon risk for a second chance at love?
The action and emotion is nonstop and the characters will have you laughing and in tears. Clare Austin did a fabulous job of making you feel like you were right there in the moment. The issues of trust and intimacy after loss and betrayal were realistic and added even more dimension to the tale.
Kate is the oldest of a large family and very used to responsibility. On top of that she’s a people pleaser. Her life takes an unexpected turn and Kate is left trying to find herself again.
Brandon has suffered his own loss, but his family has kept him going. He never thought he would find happiness again, and then Kate crashes into his life.
Clare Austin portrayed the Italian and Irish families and languages beautifully in Hot Flash. As a reader, you felt like you were peeking in on real families. Kate, Brandon, and their zany families, along with the crazy situations brought on by lies just escalate the plot line and keep the pages turning.
Brandon and Kate’s romance and pain had me balling my eyes out. Hot Flash is filled with so much emotion that you had better have a kleenex box handy. Their love scenes were incredibly beautiful, well written, and will stir your heart.
Brandon and Kate’s love story wraps up nicely, but Clare Austin leaves room to come back and visit these families. I would welcome the chance!I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Clare Austin’s Hot Flash is a must read!