Today marks the release of my first debut graduate, HOT MAMA, by Jennifer Estep! Settling down to read HOT MAMA was like settling down to have a piece of book candy. (I didn't originate this term; I discovered it on Jennifer Estep's Blog.) You know it is going to be a fast read with lively, snappy dialog and laugh-out-loud humor. And HOT MAMA did not disappoint!
It's probably not necessary to read Karma Girl in order to read HOT MAMA. Estep did a great job making this book self-contained. The events in Karma Girl contain necessary backstory, but Estep was quite generous in giving what you need as the story goes along.
Lulu Lo, the genius paraplegic, plays a much greater role in HOT MAMA. The romance between her and Henry is an important subplot and she is involved in all the battles, mostly in a support role.
The sex scenes in HOT MAMA are quite a bit hotter than it was in Karma Girl. In fact, they are way hot. In Karma Girl, the sex scenes were more funny than sexy. Not so, here; although some of the settings were a bit . . . er, unusual.
One thing that always got a chuckle from me was the amount of food that Fiona has to eat to keep up her fiery metabolism. You can almost read the wishful thinking that the author might have felt. If only we could eat like this all the time and stay a size two (or whatever size Fiona is).
In this novel, Estep addresses the fact that it is very easy to guess who all the costumed characters are. I'm interested to see if this gets resolved in future novels. It would make it more suspense-like to make them more of a mystery, but it would also take away some of the fun. I am also interested in Bella Bulluci, who is the subject of the next book, Jinx. I found her character quite appealing.
For some great teasers and a sample chapter, check out Jennifer Estep's website, which is always excellently put together and highly entertaining. I think it is very safe to say that if you enjoyed Karma Girl, you will enjoy HOT MAMA as well, and you will probably look forward to the next book.
Coming up tomorrow, an interview with Jennifer Estep!