Heat Waves

Susan Lyons
Heat Waves
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Publisher
Berkley
Release Date
July 2011
ISBN
9780425241240
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Get ready...things are going to get hot.

Liz and Peter can't think of a sexier, more fun place to get married than the Greek Islands. And they're not the only ones looking for a steamy holiday, cruising into the sunset. Their friends, family, and even wedding planner and cruise director are on their own searches for some satisfaction on the waves...

Book Review by Shana Rea (reviewer)
Aug 24, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
202 people found the following review helpful
When I pick up a Susan Lyons, I know I'm in for a good story. I have to hand it to her. She can write about a statue and make it interesting.

HEAT WAVES, her third destination wedding novel, is set in the Greek Isles. It is a two-part anthology, which makes me happy because more pages for a story means more character development of her main characters, which I've discovered from previous novels is Ms Lyons' forte.

In "Rock the Boat", Gwen, the wedding planner, desperately wants to make this event a success, this being her first. Aside from which, she was also haunted by memories of her husband, who'd passed away due to cancer, as they had initially planned to spend his sabbatical touring the Greek Isles. Compounding her personal memories and professional anxieties was Santos, the cruise director, to whom she was wildly attracted. Yet, Santos reminded her of her father, the charmer who had no sense of responsibility and the total opposite of her husband. How could she allow herself to be charmed, especially when he'd revealed that he was only undercover as a cruise director, that in reality, he was an insurance fraud investigator investigating one of her wedding guests, thereby threatening the success of the event?

In "Making Waves", Flynn had been acquitted of stealing $5 million from his clients, but because the real villain was never found, he lost his business, his reputation, everything. His friend Liz, who is also the bride, persuaded him to join the wedding cruise as a way to relax and for him to think and plan for the future. Yet, who should he see on board but the prosecutor who'd ruined him, Kendra Kirk, who was the groom's cousin? He should hate her, but he also lusted after her. Why was it so important that she believe in his innocence?

Gwen's and Santos' story is a bit laid-back, despite the conflict that arose as a result of their jobs. In contrast, Flynn's and Kendra's story is more tension-filled and exciting, due to their tumultuous past and because there's just something so compelling about a hero who'd been falsely accused and who is now trying valiantly to get back on his feet. It makes me hurt for him and I wanted so badly for him to be able to get on with his life. Added to this that it was the heroine who'd prosecuted him and well, sparks and explosions are bound to happen.

Ms Lyons sure knows how to get a reader invested in the story. It was also interesting to see how the four main characters grow and change throughout the one-week trip, the way being in a relationship would change anyone, especially when you realize how much the other person has come to mean to you. The chemistry between each couple sizzled, notably that of Flynn and Kendra. Hot, hot, hot! Their first intimate scene singed the pages--it was raw and intense.

The cover looks awesome, and though Santos did bind Gwen's hands with her pearl necklace, take note that even with all the sexy fun the couples had, there are no bondage scenes here, just pure, sizzling, hot sex. Oh, and do take note too of the scene when they--both couples--were intimate outdoors. You'll be glad you did.

The mystery surrounding the stolen money is a great addition to the plot as it drove the story forward and raises complications that tested the couples' relationships, especially that of Kendra and Flynn. The identity of the culprit came as a great surprise, and which I thought is a great twist to the novel.

I am simply amazed by how the author made the two stories come neatly together in a way that made this novel a seamless read. Kudos for the great plotting and character development!

That it is set in Greece is a bonus. I kept salivating over the food that were described, as well as the places the characters went to. The descriptions were so real and vivid I felt I was there myself.

HEAT WAVES is a great addition to Susan Lyons' destination wedding series and is a must read for fans and new readers alike.
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