BOOK REVIEW ― Heat Wave by Karina Halle


"They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have.

Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica "Ronnie" Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:
Logan Shephard.
It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.
What does matter is that he’s a grump.
Kind of an asshole, too.
And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned."

Rating & Review


If I were dating the despair that I felt while reading a certain part of this book it would be a 6 crying babies kind of despair. My puffy eyes and heartache still linger.

Some people believe in love at first sight. Some people believe in knowing someone even if you just met. And some people believe in dibs- I saw it first it's mine.

If Veronica was being petty, she would be able to lay claim. But well, it didn't work out. Neither did her job or her romance with the cheating a**hole boss. Of course, her actions only made it worse...

Starting over anew would be a fantastic thing to do, instead she's starting over in a place that is a painful reminder of what she never had. And can't ever have...right?

It's taboo falling for your sister's widower. It's probably worse if Ronnie admitted she's had a crush since they met. But with the crazy complications that are brought into her lust fueled days, Ron is knows it doesn't matter be cause she's alone. He doesn't feel that way.

But what if she's wrong...?

It's a sweet tale with a dark brooding older man who is related through marriage. He's a gruff, grumpy shell of a person. He says horrible things and makes out like a sinful dream. It's easy to allow his Aussie accent to lull you into a wild affair- I wouldn't fight it. Just know that he's a keeper!

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