Series: Pine Valley #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Kensington Publishing, Zebra on March 04, 2014
Source: Author, NetGalley
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"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?
When real estate analyst Bellamy Blake meets mechanic Shane Griffin, it’s at a time where everything that can go wrong, does. She’s working a job she’s no longer happy with; having to deal with the boss from hell doesn’t help. Bellamy’s boyfriend breaks up with her and moves across the country. And then, her car breaks down. But Bellamy’s in luck when she finds a garage and help from Shane. Only, Shane doesn’t make the best first impression on the account that she finds him rude, condescending and judgmental. That’s too bad, because Bellamy finds his looks appealing.
Little does Bellamy know, but things have not been going well for Shane. Shane’s in debt. He’s struggling to pay it off. So when the gorgeous Bellamy walks into his life, he sees her as a distraction he can’t afford. He immediately pegs her as an uppity rich girl based on her manner of dress, her expensive shoes, expensive car, and the fact that she doesn’t know the difference between the levers that open the hood and the trunk. But when Shane and Bellamy’s paths continue to cross, they both learn that maybe first impressions aren’t as reliable as they thought.
What can I say about Turn up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid? I liked the story and I found the characters interesting, but it wasn’t an engrossing read, which is why I took my time reading this book. The plot was a little too slow in places. And certain parts of the story were repetitive. For instance, we were reminded over and over that Shane was in debt, and that Bellamy was having a bad day. But, I liked the dynamic between Shane and Bellamy. They had a ton of chemistry, and they got along well, once Shane stopped being so judgmental. I thought the romance between them was extremely rushed, but I guess I didn’t mind in the end; they were good for each other. There were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, which helped pull me back into the story when I started to lose interest. All in all, it was a pleasant read. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)