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Gleefully demonstrating that a person cannot be defined by his or her past, Ellis bubbles to the top with the Gibbons Gold Diggers series launch. - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Ellis starts her new Gibbons Gold Digger Series, about a family of women who seduce men for money, in fine form. - RT Book Reviews Over three generations, the Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virgini Gleefully demonstrating that a person cannot be defined by his or her past, Ellis bubbles to the top with the Gibbons Gold Diggers series launch. - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Ellis starts her new Gibbons Gold Digger Series, about a family of women who seduce men for money, in fine form. - RT Book Reviews Over three generations, the Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virginia, have built their reputation as a family of shameless--but refined--gold diggers. They even have a strict set of rules by which they operate. But the rebellious, youngest Gibbons is about to break them all... Lauren Gibbons is committing the ultimate family betrayal: abandoning the tradition of seducing men for money. Nothing is worth the abuse she's endured from her sugar daddy. Now a sous chef, Lauren is hoping to break from the past for good. And when she meets hot former NFL player Crisanto Weaver, she even lets herself imagine a future. But the small-town rumor mill--and her own sisters--aren't ready for a new Lauren. Between her conniving relatives, her vengeful ex, a mountain of debt, and a whole lot of haters, can she escape her old life, and create something new?


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Gleefully demonstrating that a person cannot be defined by his or her past, Ellis bubbles to the top with the Gibbons Gold Diggers series launch. - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Ellis starts her new Gibbons Gold Digger Series, about a family of women who seduce men for money, in fine form. - RT Book Reviews Over three generations, the Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virgini Gleefully demonstrating that a person cannot be defined by his or her past, Ellis bubbles to the top with the Gibbons Gold Diggers series launch. - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Ellis starts her new Gibbons Gold Digger Series, about a family of women who seduce men for money, in fine form. - RT Book Reviews Over three generations, the Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virginia, have built their reputation as a family of shameless--but refined--gold diggers. They even have a strict set of rules by which they operate. But the rebellious, youngest Gibbons is about to break them all... Lauren Gibbons is committing the ultimate family betrayal: abandoning the tradition of seducing men for money. Nothing is worth the abuse she's endured from her sugar daddy. Now a sous chef, Lauren is hoping to break from the past for good. And when she meets hot former NFL player Crisanto Weaver, she even lets herself imagine a future. But the small-town rumor mill--and her own sisters--aren't ready for a new Lauren. Between her conniving relatives, her vengeful ex, a mountain of debt, and a whole lot of haters, can she escape her old life, and create something new?

30 review for Can't Stand the Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    T.A. Beasley

    The Gibbons sisters, along with their mother, are taking the men of Chesterton, Virginia by storm in Can’t Stand The Heat by Shelly Ellis. Gold digging is the name of the game and the Gibbons family is willing to play. Lauren Gibbons has tried to follow her family’s rules but has a change of heart, which causes a small rife in the family. Lauren’s last relationship with millionaire, James Sayers, turns her off of being a gold digger. The relationship got out of hand when James started using his The Gibbons sisters, along with their mother, are taking the men of Chesterton, Virginia by storm in Can’t Stand The Heat by Shelly Ellis. Gold digging is the name of the game and the Gibbons family is willing to play. Lauren Gibbons has tried to follow her family’s rules but has a change of heart, which causes a small rife in the family. Lauren’s last relationship with millionaire, James Sayers, turns her off of being a gold digger. The relationship got out of hand when James started using his fists to solve their problems. Lauren gets away from him and decides she is giving up the lifestyle to have freedom and peace of mind. Lauren wants her independence back not knowing it will be harder than she expected. When Lauren meets retired football player, Cris Weaver, she believes her luck has changed because their attraction to one another cannot be ignored. Lauren believes this could be true love, but Cris and Lauren soon discover their ex’s are not going to make it easy for them. Cris Weaver relocates to Virginia after retiring and learning that his ex-girlfriend was not who he believed her to be. Cris has dinner at a local restaurant and meets one of the chefs. Cris has an instant connection to her and tries to come up with another way to ask her out on a date since she turned him down the first time. Cris hires Lauren to prepare dinner for a party he is throwing. When Cris confesses to Lauren that the party is fake their conversation ends with them going on a date. The two start dating and everything seems to be going well until Lauren lets her ego take over and both of their ex’s decide they won’t take no for an answer. Will Cris and Lauren survive? Can’t Stand The Heat was an entertaining story of one woman’s desire to change her life. Lauren goes against all of her family’s rules to have a meaningful relationship. This book had a romantic feel with a hint of drama that kept me turning the pages. The characters were well-developed which delivered a strong storyline. I was shocked to find this was the author’s debut novel. The author has a wonderful writing style and I cannot wait to read the next book in the Gibbons Girl series. This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. Teresa Beasley APOOO BookClub

  2. 5 out of 5

    African Americans on the Move Book Club

    Everyone loves a good love story..and everybody loves a little drama where here's where they meet! I.enjoyed this book because no matter how trifling the Gibbons sister could be their family values came fussy and meant something to them. I.was glad to see that two people could be 100% HONEST.with each other and make their own destiny despite all the odds against them. Thus was a fantastic book. Majesti Burroughs AAMBC Reviewer Everyone loves a good love story..and everybody loves a little drama where here's where they meet! I.enjoyed this book because no matter how trifling the Gibbons sister could be their family values came fussy and meant something to them. I.was glad to see that two people could be 100% HONEST.with each other and make their own destiny despite all the odds against them. Thus was a fantastic book. Majesti Burroughs AAMBC Reviewer

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa G

    This was a good story by a 1st time author. I can't wait to read more by her This was a good story by a 1st time author. I can't wait to read more by her

  4. 4 out of 5

    Byron Washington

    Decent!! 🚨🚨SPOILER ALERT🚨🚨 The premise of this book, while interesting, was tough to accept after awhile. People can be petty and cruel, especially so in small towns, but the cruelty being displayed throughout the book was saddening. Domestic violence, especially by powerful people over the less powerful, sets my teeth on edge. But then the synopsis warned me, I just didn't listen. I wanted to give 3.5 stars, but I decided upon 4, because 3 would've been too low. The story was well written and easy Decent!! 🚨🚨SPOILER ALERT🚨🚨 The premise of this book, while interesting, was tough to accept after awhile. People can be petty and cruel, especially so in small towns, but the cruelty being displayed throughout the book was saddening. Domestic violence, especially by powerful people over the less powerful, sets my teeth on edge. But then the synopsis warned me, I just didn't listen. I wanted to give 3.5 stars, but I decided upon 4, because 3 would've been too low. The story was well written and easy to read, so there's that. It's the content that got to me. And I HATED the marriage proposal, but c'est la vie. Buy it, read it and enjoy👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Fair warning, very kink shamey. But otherwise great.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin Tanner

    I really enjoyed this novel. I finished it in two days. The author has painted a wonderful picture of a family of women that have been raised to look out for themselves and each other by doing the thing they do best....gold digging. I admit, at first I was skeptical and wondered how the author could possibly redeem women who do such unsavory things, but she succeeded well in the case of Lauren. Lauren is the youngest sister in the family and along with her sisters has been taught the family rule I really enjoyed this novel. I finished it in two days. The author has painted a wonderful picture of a family of women that have been raised to look out for themselves and each other by doing the thing they do best....gold digging. I admit, at first I was skeptical and wondered how the author could possibly redeem women who do such unsavory things, but she succeeded well in the case of Lauren. Lauren is the youngest sister in the family and along with her sisters has been taught the family rules of gold digging. (I freely admit those rules were good stuff) After fleeing her abusive sugar daddy, Lauren takes a job as a sous chef determined to put her gold digging ways behind her and be an independent woman. Enter former NFL star, Cris Weaver who has just moved to town and is smitten with Lauren as soon as he sees her. Between Lauren's crazy family nearly bungling their romance, her insane ex out to make everyone's lives a living hell, Cris' manipulative ex, and Lauren's own inner turmoil, the author weaved a very well written story. Despite Lauren's past I found myself rooting for her and hoping that things finally worked out for her. I will say that Lauren has to be the best of her sisters. The actions of some of the others left me laughing, or shaking my head at their foolishness. I can't wait to see what the author comes up with for Lauren's 3 sisters in her next novels. On a whole, this was a beautiful romance. It was realistic, honest and in even more of a nod to the talent of the author, it did not have to rely on gratuitous sex to sell the novel. This novel was fantastic enough that I would have remained engrossed in it, even if all Lauren and Cris did was share a few kisses. I really liked the rules the author came up with and I can't wait to read her next book, The Player and The Game. 5 Stars!!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Romance Novels in Color

    CAN’T STAND THE HEAT by Shelly Ellis is a story about the Gibbons women. The Gibbons women over three generations have built their reputation as gold diggers seducing men for their money. The family also has a set of rules that they follow. After three generations of the women in her family seducing men, Lauren Gibbons decides to change it. Lauren suffers abuse from her sugar daddy and is hoping to break from the past for good. Her sugar daddy had beaten her one too many times. She meets an NFL p CAN’T STAND THE HEAT by Shelly Ellis is a story about the Gibbons women. The Gibbons women over three generations have built their reputation as gold diggers seducing men for their money. The family also has a set of rules that they follow. After three generations of the women in her family seducing men, Lauren Gibbons decides to change it. Lauren suffers abuse from her sugar daddy and is hoping to break from the past for good. Her sugar daddy had beaten her one too many times. She meets an NFL player named Cris and looks for a future with him. With her conniving relatives, vengeful ex, and debt, she may not be able to escape from her past. To her family, Lauren is committing the ultimate betrayal and abandoning the family tradition. The characters were so realistic and well-developed. They grab you from the pages and stay with you. The story-line catches you from the beginning and draws you in. The dialogue was well developed and written, and you will love the hot, delicious romance. The chemistry between Lauren and Cris was great, and once I started the book I didn't want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Can’t Stand the Heat is the first book by Author Shelly Ellis. As a debut novel for a series, this author has done a wonderful job. I love the author’s writing style. The story-line will remind you of a lifetime movie. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and I highly recommend this book to all readers. This book would make an excellent book club discussion. Thank you Author Shelly Ellis for a wonderful story. -Reviewed by: Barbara

  8. 4 out of 5

    Collette

    I could think of a thousand things to teach my daughter if I had one.....and a thousand other to teach my grand daughter in which I do have. But none of the things that the Gibbon's girls were taught from their mother and grandmother. I was straight shocked and had to re -read to make sure I wasn't mistaken. The things these girls called family values were straight crazy and they held each other up to those standards. It was really all about the almighty dollar with the ladies and at times fight I could think of a thousand things to teach my daughter if I had one.....and a thousand other to teach my grand daughter in which I do have. But none of the things that the Gibbon's girls were taught from their mother and grandmother. I was straight shocked and had to re -read to make sure I wasn't mistaken. The things these girls called family values were straight crazy and they held each other up to those standards. It was really all about the almighty dollar with the ladies and at times fighting each for the source of income. But they did somehow believe in "first come, first serve "among each other......which I say was funny to me. The one sister Laurent decided she had had enough of the family creed so to speak. Her ex -boyfriend (James) treated her like a piece of trash all because he felt he owned her (strongly felt) . But the man who was going to help her free herself from James and her family values was on his way by the name of (Chris) . At the end of this story they were finally together, but you MUST READ to see exactly what happened in between their meeting and their getting together. This is a good read......a must read......an enjoyable read. For your reading pleasure make this your next read. And guess what I see that we are going to have a second book behind this one focusing on one of the other sister...lets get ready.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SassyMama

    An ENTERTAINING start to the Gibbons Gold Digger Series...this family of women have some MAJOR issues...from the mother to the youngest daughter...however the youngest, Lauren is looking to break the family rules and make drastic changes in order to get her life back on track...to be different from the rest of her family and their gold digging ways...but can she BREAK free...can she RECLAIM the dreams she once had...can she find a man that will love her despite her past ways...will her chance m An ENTERTAINING start to the Gibbons Gold Digger Series...this family of women have some MAJOR issues...from the mother to the youngest daughter...however the youngest, Lauren is looking to break the family rules and make drastic changes in order to get her life back on track...to be different from the rest of her family and their gold digging ways...but can she BREAK free...can she RECLAIM the dreams she once had...can she find a man that will love her despite her past ways...will her chance meeting with Cris be a good thing or cause her to revert back to her old gold digging ways...this was a ENGAGING read..looking forward to more DRAMA with the Gibbons family and their circle of friends and enemies.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Lauren and the rest of her family are known as gold diggers in her town of Chesterton, Virginia. This is something that Lauren is not happy about and hoping to change. The rest of her family is not ready to change but Lauren is ready to turn over a new leaf after she gets attacked by her ex-boyfriend. After this incident, she has decided to work on herself and never resort back to her old ways. But she meets Cris and she sees this as a way to start anew. Then things occur in her life which makes Lauren and the rest of her family are known as gold diggers in her town of Chesterton, Virginia. This is something that Lauren is not happy about and hoping to change. The rest of her family is not ready to change but Lauren is ready to turn over a new leaf after she gets attacked by her ex-boyfriend. After this incident, she has decided to work on herself and never resort back to her old ways. But she meets Cris and she sees this as a way to start anew. Then things occur in her life which makes it hard for her to stick to her guns. This was a fast paced book and it was hard for me to put it down. I liked the author’s writing style and I definitely plan to read the rest of the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    KC Girlfriends Book Club

    I enjoyed the main character in the novel, I identified with her rebelliousness and struggle for independence. The supporting characters did just that, support, without being overwhelming. The book was contemporary without being "street". I didn't find any cons. The only thing that ate at me was "if Phillip was creole why wasn't he Phillipe?" Overall I believe the book was well written, it was enjoyable and I would read the author again. I read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time I enjoyed the main character in the novel, I identified with her rebelliousness and struggle for independence. The supporting characters did just that, support, without being overwhelming. The book was contemporary without being "street". I didn't find any cons. The only thing that ate at me was "if Phillip was creole why wasn't he Phillipe?" Overall I believe the book was well written, it was enjoyable and I would read the author again. I read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family. Don't let the cover or the "Goldigger Series" fool you, it is a good read. 4.5 Stars Rochelle V KC Girlfriends Reviewer

  12. 5 out of 5

    LaCeasha

    I really liked this book. The fact that he loved her for who she is now and not based on what someone else told him and that she was truthful with him about her past was wonderful. I do however think the ex-boyfriend should have been exposed for what he really is. Overall I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. And I am currently reading the next installment.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tru Royalty

    Can't stand the heat was a very relatable story. I enjoyed Lauren recognizing the wrong of her way and trying to make a change in spite of rumors and those around her. Cris was a dream come true I believe every woman desires the life and security he provided. Everyone deserves a second chance with caution I am glad Lauren decided to change and Cris decided to judge for himself. Can't stand the heat was a very relatable story. I enjoyed Lauren recognizing the wrong of her way and trying to make a change in spite of rumors and those around her. Cris was a dream come true I believe every woman desires the life and security he provided. Everyone deserves a second chance with caution I am glad Lauren decided to change and Cris decided to judge for himself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    All right I got to read the 1st one and way to go to start off a series. These sisters and their mom are something else but you like them none the less. It'll be fun to see each one find love or if they find love. All right I got to read the 1st one and way to go to start off a series. These sisters and their mom are something else but you like them none the less. It'll be fun to see each one find love or if they find love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danita Brown

    I came across this author @ the urban book festival in Baltimore 2013. I have a signed copy of Shelly Ellis novel "Can't Stand the Heat, and there is 3 more after that. The Gibbson family takes gold digging 2 a new level and have been cast as such by the whole town. This was truly a page turner. I came across this author @ the urban book festival in Baltimore 2013. I have a signed copy of Shelly Ellis novel "Can't Stand the Heat, and there is 3 more after that. The Gibbson family takes gold digging 2 a new level and have been cast as such by the whole town. This was truly a page turner.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I've never read anything from Ms. Ellis, but I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read more from her. A new author I will be adding to my list. I've never read anything from Ms. Ellis, but I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read more from her. A new author I will be adding to my list.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharene

    I really enjoyed this first book. Most have heard about gold diggers - yes most of the time it is a woman…but there are men gold diggers too! The Gibbons family has taken gold diggers to a level of...…Is it really that serious?! We are talking generations of teaching the women how to seduce men to “take care of them.” That type of life style can make one walk alone similar to the main character - the youngest sister Lauren. After being abused by her Sugar Daddy, she decided to change that cycle I really enjoyed this first book. Most have heard about gold diggers - yes most of the time it is a woman…but there are men gold diggers too! The Gibbons family has taken gold diggers to a level of...…Is it really that serious?! We are talking generations of teaching the women how to seduce men to “take care of them.” That type of life style can make one walk alone similar to the main character - the youngest sister Lauren. After being abused by her Sugar Daddy, she decided to change that cycle of using men. She recognized that was not the right way to live and worked hard for her independence. With Lauren changing her thought processing and it will changed her life – Cris is a dream come true! It goes to show you that second chances do come around. Life is full of drama. One must decide what type of drama you want to have in your life!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I can’t imagine someone not liking this book. It had absolutely everything...drama, suspense, betrayal, romance, just everything. I’m a fan of this author now and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Geneva(GG)

    This was a great read. I love Shelly Ellis' writing, she never disappoints. This was a great read. I love Shelly Ellis' writing, she never disappoints.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenise Shumaker

    It is true your past can sometimes stop you from living life but you have to let go and start getting the new things started. This was a good book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    SassyMama

    An ENTERTAINING start to the Gibbons Gold Digger Series...this family of women have some MAJOR issues...from the mother to the youngest daughter...however the youngest, Lauren is looking to break the family rules and make drastic changes in order to get her life back on track...to be different from the rest of her family and their gold digging ways...but can she BREAK free...can she RECLAIM the dreams she once had...can she find a man that will love her despite her past ways...will her chance me An ENTERTAINING start to the Gibbons Gold Digger Series...this family of women have some MAJOR issues...from the mother to the youngest daughter...however the youngest, Lauren is looking to break the family rules and make drastic changes in order to get her life back on track...to be different from the rest of her family and their gold digging ways...but can she BREAK free...can she RECLAIM the dreams she once had...can she find a man that will love her despite her past ways...will her chance meeting with Cris be a good thing or cause her to revert back to her old gold digging ways...this was a ENGAGING read..looking forward to more DRAMA with the Gibbons family and their circle of friends and enemies.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diamond Drake

    First off, I just have to say how much I love and appreciate that Can't Stand the Heat was so well written from a grammatical standpoint. I found that very refreshing. The reason I didn't rate it higher, however, is because the story dragged in certain spots and didn't always hold my interest. I started it a while ago, put it down, and came back to it. I guess the biggest thing was that I never really felt connected to any of the characters. I didn't love or hate any of them and for me to fully First off, I just have to say how much I love and appreciate that Can't Stand the Heat was so well written from a grammatical standpoint. I found that very refreshing. The reason I didn't rate it higher, however, is because the story dragged in certain spots and didn't always hold my interest. I started it a while ago, put it down, and came back to it. I guess the biggest thing was that I never really felt connected to any of the characters. I didn't love or hate any of them and for me to fully enjoy a book I need to have some sort of emotional connection or reaction to what's being done or said. Though, I realize that's more personal taste than anything else. I'd rate Can't Stand the Heat 3.5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Looks can be deceiving! I really enjoyed this novel! Lauren and Cris had to overcome a lot of obstacles to be together. The Ribbons have a long standing reputation of being gold diggers. Lauren was determined to break away from that label no matter what her family thought. I thought the story flowed well and progressed very well. I look forward to the other sisters stories!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    Great introduction to the Gibbons and their antics. There were times I wondered if Lauren belonged to the family. James was definitely with the wrong sister. Cris seemed like an honestly good guy. Storyline detailed with interesting content on the Gibbons thought processes. Looking forward to reading the remainder of the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    this was a great book for me. i read it in like 2 days. he fastest ive. ever read any book. this book kept me wanting more with every turn of the page. i would highly recommend this book to any of my friends.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shania Jackson

    I thought this was a pretty good book. I normally wouldn't read something like this. I'm more of a James Patterson, murder kind of book. But this book was a change and it was pretty good. Can't wait to read the others. I highly recommend this book. I thought this was a pretty good book. I normally wouldn't read something like this. I'm more of a James Patterson, murder kind of book. But this book was a change and it was pretty good. Can't wait to read the others. I highly recommend this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin

    Good read I enjoyed this. It was a pretty quick read for me. That James was a piece of work. Honestly every character got on my nerves at some point LOL. But it was definitely a good read and I'm ready to find out what's happening next with the Gibbons sisters. Good read I enjoyed this. It was a pretty quick read for me. That James was a piece of work. Honestly every character got on my nerves at some point LOL. But it was definitely a good read and I'm ready to find out what's happening next with the Gibbons sisters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Pretty good, but the story dragged in places..Still glad I read it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janis

    Meh

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracee

    Very enjoyable! Can't wait to read the next book in this series. Very enjoyable! Can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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