Review: One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler

Title: One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler
One and Only Texas Series Book One
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 379 pages
Book Rating: B+

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley


Welcome to Dulcet, Texas, home of the legendary Briscoe Ranch Resort, where one woman will discover that even love is bigger in the Lone Star State.

Celebrity wedding planner Remedy Lane is Hollywood royalty—until a scandal sends her packing to the wilds of Texas. She has a knack for leaving disaster in her wake, but she’s determined to reboot her career at Briscoe Ranch, a luxury resort known for extravagant weddings. Little does she know that weddings don’t happen at the resort without the approval of the town’s cowboy-swaggering, too-hot-for-his-own-good fire chief, Micah Garrity.

Micah knows trouble when he sees it, and all it takes is one glimpse of Remedy’s princess airs for him to know he’s met his match. Too bad he can’t stop thinking about her—even when she brings about one disaster after another at the resort. He and Remedy clash at every turn, but they can’t stop the sparks flying between them. They come from such different worlds—does love stand a chance or will this fire burn too hot for either of them to handle?

Don’t miss the first book in Melissa Cutler’s One and Only Texas series!


The first installment in Melissa Cutler’s newest series, One and Only Texas,  One Hot Summer is a humor-filled, sexy novel.  This opposites attract love story is an entertaining and captivating read that fans of contemporary romances are going to love.

After a scandal ruins her celebrity wedding planning career, Remedy Lane accepts a position as a special events manager at a luxury resort in Texas.  Hoping to return to California once the publicity dies down and she redeems her tarnished career,  Remedy immediately locks horns with local fire chief Micah Garrity.  The swaggering cowboy is undeniably sexy but Remedy has no use for an Alpha male who seems determined to make her life miserable.  The two share a sizzling hot attraction that is impossible to resist but will their misconceptions about one another and their personal baggage ruin their chance at happiness?

The daughter of two high profile actors, Remedy is used to being in the limelight but that does not mean she is comfortable being the center of attention.  Although she loves and respects her parents, she never quite felt like she fit into their world and she is determined to prove she can make it without their help.  Remedy is a fish out of water in the small rural town and as one of the executives from the resort, she is not exactly popular with many of the townspeople.  She has a few preconceived notions about country life that color her perceptions of her new home, but once she witnesses the close-knit community in action, Remedy begins to appreciate her new home.

Micah is overbearing and a bit of a jerk to Remedy the first few times their paths cross.  He takes his job as Fire Marshall very seriously and having witnessed firsthand the destruction fire wreaks, he refuses to cut the resort any slack.  He has a strict no fraternizing policy when it comes to the executives of the resort, but his desire for Remedy quickly trumps his long held rule.  Micah is tough and not always fair-minded but it is impossible not like him.  Underneath his gruff exterior beats the heart of a hero who wants to rush in and save the people he cares about.

In spite of their rather tension-filled first few encounters, there is no denying the chemistry between Micah and Remedy.   Remedy refuses to let him intimidate her and she is quite feisty as she throws a few well-aimed barbs his way.  Micah has a fairly big chip on his shoulder where the resort, its executives and its guests are concerned, but he cannot help but admire Remedy’s sassy attitude.  With the sparks flying at every meeting, it is inevitable that Micah and Remedy will give in to their desire, but a permanent relationship between them is far from certain.

One Hot Summer is an outrageously funny and passionate romance.  The storyline is engaging and innovative but it is the wonderful cast of quirky but appealing characters that makes it such an enjoyable read.  This absolutely charming beginning to Melissa Cutler’s heartwarming One and Only Texas series will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment.

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One Response to Review: One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler

  1. Timitra

    Sounds good…thanks for sharing your thoughts Kathy