Saturday, March 29, 2014

REVIEW - TURN UP THE HEAT (Pine Mountain, #1) by Kimberly Kincaid:

TITLE: Turn Up The Heat
SERIES: Pine Mountain
AUTHOR: Kimberly Kincaid
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2014
PUBLISHED BY: Kensington Books
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 352

RATING: 2.5 of 5 Stars!

"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?

REVIEWERS NOTE: Turn Up the Heat is book one in the Pine Mountain series and is an Adult, Contemporary Romance written by Kimberly Kincaid. I received this eARC from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review with Tasty Book Tours.

2.5 stars!
It Was Ok, But Definitely Not My Favorite! 

The Review: 
I’ve read Kimberly Kincaid before, and I enjoyed her work quit a bit. She’s an excellent writer and has a gift for telling wonderful, creative stories with entertaining characters. So I jumped on the chance to read this one.

And I can say that though I thought this book was ok, it definitely wasn’t my favorite. The writing was as clever as ever and the characters were somewhat interesting but I just couldn’t get into the story itself. It took me forever to get through the first half. I kept putting it down and coming back to it. After about the halfway point, things picked up but still not enough to keep me glued to my ereader. I wanted to love this story. I resonated with both characters and their conflict but I just couldn’t connect to the story itself. And usually I enjoy the “gal pal” friendships in these books but I didn’t much care for their interactions either. They were supportive but they weren’t fun. Their scenes lacked the luster I'm used to in these kinds of friendships. 

Shane was interesting and his conflict was the reason I kept reading. I wanted to know what his secret was and when it was finally revealed, I was a bit disappointed because I had it all put together early on in the book from random comments he made about “city girl” and “rich girl”. 

The Wrap Up: 
Am I still a fan of this author? Most definitely.
Will I read her other works? For sure. I just didn’t care for this one. And one book that doesn’t rate high stars from me isn’t enough to make me stray from an author I enjoy.

Buy the Book!

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