Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid

Posted September 30, 2014 by Carole in Book Reviews, Net Galley Book Challenge / 0 Comments

Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid
Series:  Pine Mountain #1
Kensington Books
Publication Date:  March 25, 2014
Date Read:  September 28, 2014

I received an advance reader
edition of this book from Kensington Books via Net
Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars!

This book had me at 1969 Mustang Mach 1.   I admit it I am a Mustang lover.  I bought my first Mustang almost 10 years ago during what my husband fondly refers to as my midlife crisis years (although I seriously hope that was not the middle of my life….I am nowhere near halfway done yet).   Then a very sad thing happened several years ago and the big nasty hailstorm beat it up so badly that my insurance totaled it – I cried real tears and I am still very sad about the whole thing.  The saddest part was that I was now stuck driving…..the dreaded minivan.  I complained and pitched a fit for a little more than 2 years until I finally wore my husband down until he told me I should get another Mustang (and maybe another midlife crisis – who knows).  This book had its very own Mustang love story!  There was even a little bit of lovin’ going on inside of the Mustang if you know what I mean.  How could I not love this book?

This book was a solid 4 star mind candy kind of book perfect for a lazy afternoon.  I found the pages quickly flying by and before I knew it I had read this book in less than 24 hours.   The book was not perfect and did have a couple of problems but it ended up being a nice light read.  I am going to be perfectly honest and admit that this is not a book that I over analyzed.  This is simply the kind of book that one reads simply to enjoy.

Bellamy finds out that her newscaster boyfriend is moving away when he announces it on live TV.  She does not even see the announcement but finds out about it when her two best friends, Holly and Jenna, call her on two different phones.  She decides to go away from everything with her friends in Pine Mountain for the weekend.  Unfortunately, her car decides not to make the entire trip so she ends up at the local garage at Shane’s mercy.  

With her car at the garage, she tries to enjoy her weekend with her friends.  Bellamy ends up at the same bar that Shane is at with his friend.  They are drawn to each other and have a few more encounters.  Bellamy is also dealing with the boss from hell, also known as Bosszilla, and is under a lot of stress.  When Shane calls to let her know that her car is going to take longer than expected, she drives straight there to talk to him and ends up snowed in after the roads close.

I liked each of the main characters in the book to a point.  Bellamy was a little quick to judge Shane.  To be honest, I did not think his big secret was so bad.  I think they needed to talk about things not call it quits.  Shane was also too quick to judge and his declaration that he would never set foot in the city was just plain silly.  In many ways, I thought that these two character were too much alike but they did work well together.  I thought the chemistry between the pair was good.  

I would recommend this book to fans of light contemporary romance.  This is the first book by Kimberly Kincaid that I have had the chance to read but I plan to check out others in the future.