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Review: Heat Wave by Karina Halle


They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have.

Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:
Logan Shephard.
It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.
What does matter is that he’s a grump.
Kind of an asshole, too.
And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, Off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.

My Review

“There are moments in your life, people in your life, that when they cross your path and meet your eye, you know. Maybe it’s all in the chemistry, certain pheromones that react when they mix together, maybe it’s a smell that triggers a memory, maybe it’s a glimpse at a future you don’t recognize or a hint at the past, a life you’ve lived and forgotten. Whatever it is, you know that moment, that person, is going to shape you for the rest of your life.”

“He is in complete control and I surrender. I surrender completely. I want him to take me, take me over, devour me, annihilate me. I want every single part of him, deep, deep, deep. I want to see how much of him I can take, how he feels from the inside, what it feels like to be thoroughly fucked by Logan Shephard.”

What a delicious and intriguing little read Heat Wave is. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I have been waiting in anticipation to read Heat Wave. I was so intrigued by the synopsis, I just knew I had to read this book….

Heat Wave is an intoxicating and intriguing read. From the moment you pick up this book, you will become lost in Ronnie and Logan’s story. You will have questions and will be desperate for answers. You will want to know what happened to Ronnie and Logan. You will want to know why Ronnie’s hatred is so strong for this man, but their attraction is out of this world. Yes, the attraction between this two is intense. The air just seems to crackle around around the two of them, turning their sexual tension into a very palpable thing. It will have you waiting with baited breath to see one moment to the next; to see what will happen with Ronnie and Logan….

Heat Wave is a fantastic read from start to finish. Heat Wave is unlike anything I’ve read from this author before and I love just how truly unique this story was. It is a second chance romance with a bit of a forbidden flare to it. This story will have you asking questions and will leave you surprised with the answers that you find. This story will pull at your heart and will frustrate the hell out of you.  My only complaint and it is kind of a small one is that I do feel like parts of the story were a bit rushed. I feel like there was a slow build to the overall story and romance, setting the stage for the story, but then somewhere around 50-60%, things just happened at too fast of a speed. To me, it just didn’t sit right with the story and I would have liked it to have just slowed down a bit.

Despite my issue with the pacing of this book, I found this book to be very well written and an overall enjoyable read.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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