Thursday, 27 August 2009

Hot Shot by Susan E. Phillips - review

This is one of two books I've managed to read during my vacation. Before anything let me say that I am a HUGE SEP fan and I highly respect her as a person as well as her work. So here we go.
The blurb:

SHE JUMPED ON THE BACK OF A BAD BOY'S HARLEY ANDFOLLOWED HIS RENEGADE DREAM....In a single, impulsive act, Susannah Faulconer, the daughter of one of the country's most powerful industrialists, follows her heart and finds herself severed from her family and everything familiar. As a cool San Francisco socialite, she'd known exactly how to behave, but now she's a lone woman in a world of men...and there's no etiquette book in the world that can teach her how to survive. The men are rebels, determined to take on corporate America with daring and vision, and they aren't going to let her play by good girls' rules. There's Sam, the charismatic visionary, on a rocket-driven ride to glory. And Mitch, the troubled corporate genius with no time for a rich socialite, no matter how beautiful. Together, they will force Susannah into the biggest challenge of her life as she tests her courage -- and her love -- in a bold experiment that will change them all forever. Come share a glorious, heart-stopping love story, and meet the unforgettable woman called Hot Shot as she discovers a passion so rich, so tender, that she will be utterly and forever transformed.

This is one of the first books that Susan E. Phillips wrote but the last one I've read. I don't know how this happened. But finally I found out about it and order it immediately. I was so happy to find a "new" book by SEP because she writes a new book every two-three years. I loved all her previous novels (some more some less) and the subject of this one was very close to me - computers! Some of you now that I'm actually computer designer who later decided to become graphic designer (don't even ask) and this looked like a perfect match - love story that involves one of my favourite things - computers.
I was sadly disappointed. This book didn't evoke any emotions in me, actually around page 100 I almost quit reading it. Since this was SEP I thought this has to get better so I stick to it. The whole book feels like a lecture about invention of the computers and love story is just there to sell the book.
The main characters weren't interesting and they just couldn't make me care for them. The story is very slow with lot of unnecessary details and scenes. It just wasn't Susan Elizabeth Phillips I knew and loveed to read.
I'm sorry I had to write this kind of review and it took me long to do it but I think I'm being fair. I'm one of her biggest fans and I adore most of her books and love the rest, but this one just didn't click.
I give it three feathers because I'm sure a lot of time was invested in research but I think this was a wrong way to represent it to the public.

Book Information
• Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
• Publisher: Pocket (June 1, 1991)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 067165831X
• ISBN-13: 978-0671658311

For more information about the author and her other GREAT books please visit She has a great page and fabulous bulletin board. I highly recommend all of her other books.


  1. Well Host, you gave it your best shot!! You tried... and as a true admirer of her's, I think you did a great review... Because you kept it honest! And honesty is all we can ask for! Sometimes things just don't click in a book. But you gave props to her because of the research and writing that went into the book.
    I hope you had a great day and a wonderful tomorrow... and I hope your packages arrive!! I am dying to see what you have to say!

  2. Hey Host!

    Sorry the book was disappointing! But hey it happens... I hit that every so often with autobuy authors and always give them a second shot because we all have off days right?

    But it is painful when you can't get through the story.

    I hope your next read lives up to expectations.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you girls for your support :) It's been hard for me to write this review but in the end I just wanted to do what's honest :)

  4. I haven't read this book but I'm glad there are open and honest people like you to make reviews such as this one.

    Thank you.