Kelly Hunter: Take 2

The last time I cross-posted my Goodreads reviews here, I was up to October 2011, which was my Kelly Hunter glom (ah, happy days).  I posted about the ridiculous good fun that was the Bennett Family series, but those five books were far from the only Hunter books I read last October.

Here are my two-sentence verdicts on the rest (with additional commentary in italics) – the next post will be about the non-Hunter books I did read last October, because despite appearances, they do exist.


Playboy Boss, Live-In MistressPlayboy Boss, Live-In Mistress by Kelly Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve a soft spot for the friends-to-lovers romance trope, and we get the trademark Kelly Hunter humour in this one. Not my favourite Hunter (I think it felt a bit light, plot-wise), but still a good read.

I admit a year later, I only have a vague memory of the plot and characters, but I do remember liking the book at the time!  The story’s better than the title – this was obviously released during the period when you got bonus points for including words such as playboy and mistress in the title.


Flirting with IntentFlirting with Intent by Kelly Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked the Hong Kong setting in this one and as always, the chemistry between the hero/heroine worked perfectly. I also liked how she played around with redemption/acceptance themes in this book.

I think this came out in North America fairly recently; I recall seeing a couple of reviews around – here’s the Dear Author one (a C grade).  It worked better for me.  


The Man She Loves To Hate (Presents Extra)The Man She Loves To Hate by Kelly Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kelly Hunter’s characters are very three-dimensional – I was quickly rooting for Cole and Jolie to overcome the past and get their HEA. This romance had a small-town feel to it, which I also enjoyed.

I’m a sucker for romances where the hero/heroine have a past history, and this was one of them.  Also a fairly new Hunter, IIRC.


With This FlingWith This Fling by Kelly Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a totally original plot device, but the what-happens-when-your-made-up-fiance-turns-up-in-the-flesh setup made me laugh.

I thought Charlotte and Grey played off each other very well, and liked the secondary characters.

I liked the humour in this one.


Exposed: Misbehaving with the MagnateExposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate by Kelly Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Kelly Hunter’s take on this second-chance-at-romance story. Some angst and lots of crazy chemistry between the h/h made the relationship interesting, and I liked the unusual European vineyard setting.

I think this is being offered as a free read now (at Amazon, anyway) so would definitely recommend picking up!

I think you either love or hate these kind of romances – Rosario hated it 😉  Err… I liked it, but I’d agree the setting felt less grounded in reality compared to other Hunters.


Revealed (Modern Heat)Revealed by Kelly Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read the first of the duology, Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate, I was looking forward to meeting Rafe, the brother of the heroine in EXPOSED. I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to Kelly Hunter’s books, but again, I loved the chemistry and the banter between the h/h – her writing never fails to make me smile. The big secret was possibly a bit OTT, but this is a M&B after all.

Angst a-plenty in this one, IIRC, which is obviously always a winner for me.


4 thoughts on “Kelly Hunter: Take 2

  1. Okay, so Kelly Hunter and the HP line? It has been a while since I read anything from HP… I will give at least one or two of these a shot. Thanks for the heads up, I’m always looking for category romance recommendations, and you and I seem to have similar tastes. 🙂 (Revealed looks like a winner for me too!).

  2. She was the one that had me returning to category romance! Suggest you try the first in her Bennett series, Wife for a Week, if you’re looking for recs. That totally won me over.

  3. I’m going to check out some of these that I’ve not read 🙂

    Playboy Boss, Live-In Mistress wasn’t bad, but I was expecting more from Ms Hunter I think. Really liked Flirting with Intent and loved The Man She Loves to Hate. That one was good 😉

    • My only complaint is that I wish the titles were more meaningful – it’s hard to remember which is which!

      A sequel to FLIRTING WITH INTENT was released earlier this year, IIRC (or at least in the UK) – CRACKING THE DATING CODE? Not sure if I’ve put up a review yet, will have to look through my notes…

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