“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?
You know when you see a bestselling author’s comment on the cover of someone else’s book and you (or, at least I do!) think shameless marketing ploy? And then you also (or, at least I do!) think I bet the author hasn’t even read it?
That’s what I did when I saw Jill Shalvis’ name attached to the words on the cover of Turn Up the Heat. Yes, I still requested the book, because I need to get back to reading more contemporaries, but I went in a little uncertain.
However, for once the comparisons are pretty accurate. This is a fun, fast-moving contemporary romance. If you like Jill Shalvis, you’ll enjoy Kimberly Kincaid.
I’m not trying to say they’re exactly the same, but the tone and style and oh-so contemporary feel of the characters makes for a similar sort of read. This is a good thing; we need more authors of contemporary romance who have ventured into the twenty-first century! For a subgenre with ‘contemporary’ in its name, it can be surprisingly out-dated.
Turn Up the Heat is the kind of book you’d want to take with you on a holiday. With some misunderstandings, some sexy but sometimes silly characters and some depth beyond the façade, I’d happily pick up more from this author in the future.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.