Synopsis from Goodreads
Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?
Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.
We already know a lot about Marco and Carrie from Body Shot as they are the best friends Beck and Hayden.
Carrie is a model who would much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Growing up as awkward and uncomfortable in her own skin gives her a slightly disproportionate view of herself, although she doesn’t lack self-confidence she does carry her insecurities from her youth with her. Added to her emotional barriers is her feelings of inadequacy in her family of over achievers when in reality she is the heart of her family and the glue that holds everyone together.
Marco is a product of the foster care system from 14 when his parents were deported to Mexico, his abandonment issues increased when he was separated from his younger sister and lost touch with her. No matter how successful Marco has been in his career both in the SEALS and now with the Tequila bar he runs with his friends, he struggles to feel worthy of his friends and any relationship he pursues. Additional incidents in his past have made him wary of opening himself to rejection in any form.
The interactions between Carrie and Marco have been clouded by their own insecurities, it isn’t until they work together to benefit their friends that they are able to process the attraction they have for each other. Setting a few ground rules and giving the relationship a finite duration as Carrie has been accepted for a photography scholarship in Spain for the next 9 months.
I adored the relationship between Carrie and Marco, how they were able to support and help each other with all aspects of their lives. I especially liked Marco’s artistic talent complimenting Carrie’s, it felt as if they were kindred spirits. The main problem Carrie and Marco have is their projection of their insecurities onto their situation; focusing on a future they think they should have as opposed to one they truly want.
Another highlight of Hot Shot is seeing the progression of Beck and Hayden’s relationship *swoon*
I am sticking with my description of feel-good romance for this series – heat, heart, family and friendship but I’m adding in amazing character development as well ♥