"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?
Turn Up the Heat will immediately have you falling in love with Bellamy Blake and Shane Griffin. Bellamy is having one of the worst weeks of her life. Getting stranded in Pine Mountain just adds insult to injury. Having sexy mechanic Shane could be a silver lining, if he wasn’t such a jerk with calling her a city girl and being all out rude to her.
I loved watching Bellamy and Shane’s honesty or almost honesty with each other. They challenged each other. Throughout the book, Shane kept a part of himself from Bellamy and everyone else. He was still able to show Bellamy who he really was and his most important attributes. I loved that Shane challenged Bellamy to look at herself and become who she truly wanted to be.
This is a wonderful story of two people finding each other and themselves. Discovering that the things you thought you knew, you don’t. That sometimes, what’s really important is finding out who you are and doing what is in your heart.
Turn Up the Heat is full of nice little quotes about life to make you reflect.
“Funny thing about life. Sometimes it did its own thing and you were just at its mercy, hoping you came out okay once the dust cleared.”
“Places are places, Shane. You come and you go, but in the end, it ain’t the places that matter. It’s the people you had with you that counts.”
“You have to be true to your, honey. You get that part down, and everything else has a way of falling into place.”
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Book Length: 352 pages
Source: Kensington Publishing via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback
Check out my interview with Bellamy here.
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