TITLE: Hot Mail
By: Janice Maynard
My Rating: ♥♥♥
Jane has wanted Ethan for years but has never found a way to tell him. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, she decides to seduce him by sending anonymous erotic valentines every Friday until the big day. Then she’ll finally reveal her true feelings— and wildest desires.
But when her stationery store is vandalized, it’s Ethan who comes to her rescue—and the sparks start flying way ahead of schedule. Now Jane and her erotic alter ego are competing for Ethan’s affections— and the results couldn’t be hotter.
A new-to-me author that I was very excited to read. Maybe a little too excited, because the book seems to have everything I love to read about, friends becoming lovers, secret admirer with very naughty poems and even naughtier scenes. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my excitement for the book, but it was good.
Ethan and Jane had been friends forever until Ethan had gotten engaged. Ethan’s engagement did not last long, but Ethan and Jane never became close friends again. Four years later, making a new years resolution, Jane decides to finally let Ethan know of her feelings for him, but she does not want him to think of her as a “buddy” so she decides to send him erotic valentines anonymously and at Valentine’s Day she will reveal herself as the authoress.
When Jane’s store is vandalized, Ethan as the Assistant Police Chief is called and decides to spend the night at Jane’s apartment. He realizes that he has strong feelings for Jane, but convinces himself it’s because they were such close friends. Jane’s store keeps getting vandalized and Jane and Ethan spend more and more time together that leads to some very sexy love scenes. When Ethan receives the first letter, he is intrigued, but he does not think too much of it. As Ethan and Jane’s relationship keeps developing, Ethan begins to worry that he has a stalker or at least someone who is unbalanced and decides not to tell Jane in order to keep the peace in their budding relationship. Jane keeps waiting for Ethan to mention the valentines and when he doesn’t, she is worried/angry that he is more interested in the mystery writer than her.
This is where the problem began for me, Jane is worrying and angry at Ethan for the lack of mention of the love poems, but she knows she is competing with herself. Ethan had good reasons to keep the notes to himself, because they don’t have that kind friendship anymore and is currently in a romantic relationship. Realistically, it was hard for me to understand why she expected him to confide in her and be angry at him. When Ethan asked her, she did not confess, but dragged out the plot. Also, when Ethan takes it upon himself to figure out the mystery author, he sees Jane dropping a blue letter in the mail which he receives the following day, yet he still convinces himself that she was not the author. It made me question his Assistant Police Chief career. Both characters refuse to believe things that were right in front of them.
What I did like about the book? – Jane and Ethan had good chemistry and the love scenes were hot!! There was a secondary love story of Ethan’s sister Sherry and Randy was great. The idea of writing erotic valentines was a good one. Thrown into the mix was a little suspense involved to keep the story interesting. I also loved the epilogue.
The author had a very good concept to work with but I think with anonymous letter, it’s one of the pitfalls when the mystery writer is jealous of her own self. Janice Maynard has a good writing style and I look forward to reading more of her books.