‘Hot Pursuit’, by Rebecca Freeborn

Hot Pursuit

I definitely picked this up expecting something light but not very special, and it was so much more than that! ‘Hot Pursuit’ is such good fun, with a plot that starts out like a rom-com but twists into such an adventure that it ends up feeling quite different from what you’d expect from the cover.

Often when I read books that are branded as chick-lit, I find the characters good fun and the relationships believable, but feel like they’re let down by the plot. Here, the opposite was true. The plot is fast-paced and exciting. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen next and then being proved wrong, which I love, and it all built up to a very satisfying ending.

Given the well put-together plot, it’s a shame the characters didn’t have a bit more depth. I didn’t really identify with any of the main characters, least of all Sarah, the protagonist. Sarah’s a beauty columnist who (sigh) dreams of being given real stories about real-world events but seems to have made no effort ever to pursue this dream. She’s basically Kate Hudson in ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’, but much less competent and much less charismatic. She’s constantly walking into disasters because she refuses to take advice, and all her successes seem to stem from getting incredibly lucky rather than from any talent or intelligence.

Nick, the main guy, wasn’t much better. He was at least good at his job (photographer), but this doesn’t make up for his personality. He’s just mean. And yes, he redeems himself at times and shows a compassionate side, but I just don’t think that’s good enough for books coming out in 2018. We’ve had decades of films and books with a nasty male love interest who makes the main girl feel rubbish about herself but it’s okay because he’s handsome and eventually realises he (spoiler alert) loves her in a possessive, patronising way. I’m ready for nice heroes in stories! Nick is a remnant of a trope I hoped we’d said goodbye to.

I don’t want to sound too mean. Both main characters have witty and heartwarming moments, and I was never bored reading about them, but ‘Hot Pursuit’ is such a fun story and had so much potential for a really strong, competent female lead, and I just felt a bit let down.

Overall, though, I had fun reading ‘Hot Pursuit’ and would consider reading the next book in the series when it comes out. I’m hoping Sarah gets a chance to develop into the independent, capable heroine I know she’s capable of being!

Thank you to Netgalley and Pantera Press for giving me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

3 thoughts on “‘Hot Pursuit’, by Rebecca Freeborn

  1. Great review!! 😉 I feel like a sequel could really be great if it dealt with the issues this novel had. Like, with both of the main characters… It wouldn’t hurt if they, I don’t know, grew up a little? I would also love to see Sarah struggling a little with the sudden big job of getting ‘real material’. She can’t possibly be so lucky all the time!
    Then again, a sequel could be simply even worse. It would all depend on how it’s written. It’d probably a harder job to write than this one.😅

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