Can’t Stand the Heat, Book1

The Gibbons Gold Diggers Series

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?


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… Be ready to laugh and cry with these new reality stars of Chesterton, Va.” — 4-star review from RT Book Reviews

“Can’t Stand the Heat is a deliciously sultry, sexy novel. It serves up the perfect recipe of lies, love and lots of drama, making it a must-read.” — Daaimah S. Poole, author of Another Man Will

“Can’t Stand the Heat marks the debut of an immensely talented writer whose characters leap from the pages and refuse to let me go. Using humor, deliciously vivid descriptions, and relatable scenarios, author Shelly Ellis has hit a home run. Readers will undoubtedly enjoy this one.” — Cydney Rax, author of Brothers and Wives

“The book features sparkling dialogue, delicious romance, and a masterfully constructed story with a strong, well-developed cast of characters whose varying viewpoints provide depth and layering.” – Starred review, Publishers Weekly

“There wasn’t a single element about the book that I didn’t find enjoyable… Please don’t keep me waiting too long for the next installation. Please!” – Romance in Color

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