Review: Hot Tango by Sidney Bristol

Hot Tango by Sidney Bristol
Series: Good Guys Wear Black (# 1)
Release Date: January 29, 2014
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
Pages: 193
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



SWAT officer Cole Westling walks a fine line of control. If his wife knew exactly what he wanted to do to her, he’d lose the most precious thing in his life. Instead, he throws himself into work.

Tanya Westling did not leave her job as a globe-trotting humanitarian to spend her nights playing roller derby and sleeping alone. Armed with a few adult toys and a prayer, she challenges him to a sensual game that will strip away their ideas of what sex should be.



Review:  After 13 years of marriage, Tanya Westling is worried that she and her husband Cole have lost that special magic. Thanks to some help from her roller derby buddies, Tanya, also known as “Hot Tango,” prepares to add spice to her SWAT team husband’s life.

For the first part of Sidney Bristol’s novel, Hot Tango, I was convinced that this was going to be a typical “how-to-spice-up-your-marriage” story. Then, a plot twist took the story line in a completely different direction, providing me with a much more satisfying read.

Packed with the drama that can only be found at the roller derby, the story line reveals what happens when the Westlings’ worlds collide. The author does a fantastic job of describing emergency situations with plenty of attention to detail. The roller derby concept is one not seen often, but as a reader, I could easily picture myself on the sidelines.

When the story line revved up, the book became much more than just some heat between the sheets…and in the shower…and everywhere in between. While the spice level is high, the story exists in spite of the heat factor.

The story could benefit from a quick edit to remove some pesky typos. They don’t distract from the action, but they can be a bit annoying.

I was especially impressed with the choreography used during the hostage situation. With crisp dialog and solid supporting characters, this turned out to be a surprisingly good read.