Hot by Julia Harper

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Back of the book: For most people, being held at gunpoint by inept bank robbers disguised as Yoda and SpongeBob SquarePants would make for a bad day. For local librarian Turner Hastings, it’s an opportunity. Using the distraction to pull a little heist of her own, she dives into a new life. . .on the run.

FBI Special Agent John MacKinnon always gets his man. . .or woman. After watching Turner Hastings dump the contents of a safety deposit box into her purse on a surveillance tape, he knows this is going to be an interesting case. What he doesn’t expect is how the cell phone contact between him and his prey is about to blur the line between professional ambition and personal desire. When bullets from a hired hitman start flying in Turner’s direction, giving weight to her claims of injustice, John is willing to cross any line to save her life. . .even if it means risking his own.
I found this title while browsing amazon.com. What attracted my attention was the location of the story – my home state. Julia Harper situated her book in an area where many a memorable family vacation took place when I was growing up. But that all pales in comparison to the growing relationship of Turner and John. Think: book title. Throw in John’s bewildered FBI partner, a couple of goofy robbers, assorted townspeople, and an adventure that goes from the Wisconsin North Woods to Winosha (is that even a real place??) to Madison to Milwaukee – and you’ve got an entertaining and romantic novel. It was a Hot and fun read.