- Release Date
- March 2016
- Book 1 of A Pine Mountain Novel
"It's not you."
There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge. . .
But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood.
Yet this small-town man isn't all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?
Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Apr 22, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
There's few things I love more than romances set in the kitchen, and TURN UP THE HEAT is a tasty treat!
Philly real estate analyst Bellamy Blake has had a rough week, finding out her newscaster boyfriend is moving across the country…without her…and he announces it live on TV. When she sees an ad for the Pine Mountain Ski and Spa Resort, Bellamy and her BFF's Holly and Jenna head up for a weekend of R&R. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it all the way there before breaking down; fortunately, she finds the sexiest mechanic she's ever seen when Shane Griffin rolls out from under a car in his garage.
Shane has had a rough week too, and despite the insta-attraction he feels when he lays eyes on the gorgeous blonde, it quickly fades when he sees the high maintenance clothes and jewelry. He doesn't have the money or desire to cater to a pampered princess. But fate has other plans, and Shane and Bellamy can't seem to stay away from one another. Will a city woman and a small-town guy be able to form a relationship and still stay true to themselves?
TURN UP THE HEAT is the first book in the Pine Mountain series, and it's a sweet and sexy introduction to the cast of characters living in Pine Mountain. While the rich girl, poor (so it seems) guy fall in love storyline has been done more times than should be legal, I found myself enjoying it nonetheless. Shane immediately had his guard up with Bellamy and treated her rather rudely in the beginning, but once he realized that she wasn't the pampered princess he suspected her to be, he calmed down considerably. I enjoyed the two of them together, and I thought their chemistry was definitely hot. As was the sex, surprisingly! Because this is more of a sweet romance than an erotic romance, I expected this to be very chaste. Instead we got down and dirty in the backseat of a car! Oh, the teenage memories!
There was no terribly brilliant storyline, nothing that particularly stood out in this book as one that would wow anyone, but for what it is, the start to a nice sweet romance series, with fun characters that you want to be BFFs with, it did it's job. And while the "in the kitchen" aspects were rather sparse, it was still a recurring theme throughout the book.
Bottom Line: Fun, flirty and lighthearted read with a lovely message of family and forgiveness.
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