Welcome to our stop for Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid!
"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?
This was a great romance that had a lot of aspects I look for in a good book. Funny and witty banter, check. Hot and sexy hero, check. Smart and sassy heroine, check. Hilarious besties you wish were real, check. Hot love scenes to burn up the pages, check check. ;) This is only my second book by Kimberly Kincaid, and I am seeing that this is a travesty. I should have been reading more form her a long time ago! She definitely has a way with words. The story flowed nicely and there was even a little secret past going on with Shane that had me guessing as to what the hell he was hiding. All the supporting characters were great and I'm hoping they'll get stories in this series as well! I will say that around 50% it slowed down a little and I was kinda hoping I'd have a little more info on that secret past of Shane's by then but it started to pick back up around 60% and then I couldn't put it down again. The dates Shane took Bellamy on were so sweet and when they got snowed in... I will say that when the 'big fight' went down I was a little disappointed, since it wasn't really a fight so much as Bellamy getting pissed and leaving. But the make up was really sweet and it ended on a happy note. I liked that Shane even mended some of his own fences (not details here due to spoilers!) I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more from this author!
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She has written two digital novellas, Love On The Line and Drawing The Line, about hot cops and sexy chefs, with a third novella, Outside The Lines, due this summer. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
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