Hot Mess 5 (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Hot Mess 5
Author: Storymy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 176
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5


There came a point where I began to believe life was perfect. I was married to the sexiest Italian ever trained to be a SWAT officer, I had two beautiful little girls, and more friends than I could count. And then my world fell out from beneath my feet, and I discovered that evil was alive and well and coming for me. I had two choices. I could hide in my panic room or spit in the devil’s face.

I spit in the devil’s face.


Protecting my family from the evil in the world would be a whole lot easier if I wasn’t married to Lany, but I wouldn’t change a second of our life together, no matter what came our way. I just wished my gorgeous husband wasn’t such a hot mess. When the devil arrived on our doorstep and threatened all I held dear, I did the only thing I could.

I spit in the devil’s face.

Note: This book is written in the first-person point of view of both main characters.

While I really like the formula of the big bad alpha man caring for his smaller twink of a boyfriend (husband in this case), I think it is time for the story of Lany and Sal to come to and end. Yes, this was a fun read, but I was really missing some emotion that made the first two books so special to me.

If I really love a book I don’t care about plotholes or ridiculous police procedures, but here I started noticing all these little things. That’s definitely a sign of my attention wavering from the main plot.

Lany and Sal have been together for 4 years now and they’re still going strong. They have adopted 2 girls now and they’re one happy family.

But then things start going south when a criminal Sal is supposed to testify against, is first kidnapping Sal and then going after Lany too….

The events in this book felt a bit disjointed to me. It felt like events were just thrown out there for drama’s sake at times. Like I’m still wondering why it was necessary for Lany to have amnesia since it only lasted a few hours and it was never addressed again. I would have loved it as a plot theme, but it wasn’t meant to be.

And what really bugs me about this entire series is that there are kids inserted that are never present for the story. Why write them in at all if you’re not going to give them any page time?

I really do like Lany and Sal so that’s why I did enjoy reading this, but I wouldn’t say I actually enjoyed the plot. I’m not sure I would read the next book if there is going to be one.

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Galley copy of Hot Mess 5 provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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