Aug 05

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter Review


5 Smooches!

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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…

Beck O’ckley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own.


Seriously, there is not a Gena Showalter book out there that I am not positively in love with.  That is because she writes heartwarming stories.  She gives me fabulous and hilarious heroines.  And her heroes are the perfect blend of sweet and alpha.  Now I have enjoyed the first two previous books in this series but Harlow and Beck took the cake for me.  They stole the show and The Hotter You Burn is by far my most favorite in this series now!

You meet Beck in previous novels in this series and if you remember him he is playboy one night per woman kind of guy with a love for sweets.  I was really excited for his book because I love to see the playboy types fall.  They always fall the hardest and it seems like the trip down is always funny and LONG.  Beck is no exception.  Harlow used to own the house that Beck and his best buddies now live in.  This is Harlow’s ancestral home and Beck catches her in the act of breaking and entering and stealing his precious pie!

“Pie Killer!”

There are reasons for all of Harlow’s crazy behavior  and I have to tell you, her story was pretty sad but Gena did a fabulous job of balancing out Harlow’s sorrowful story with a bunch of ridiculous and extremely amusing side stories.  Beck proceeds to try and help Harlow and he does.  All the while in denial of his feelings because he doesn’t feel worthy of her.  As you know from previous books his past isn’t the best and he doesn’t want to put that on anybody.  So, Beck proceeds to help Harlow in life and in matchmaking and it was just too damn funny!

Beck might be gorgeous and nice, and gorgeous, and charismatic, and gorgeous, but he still wasn’t the man for Harlow.

I really do love stories where the characters are friends for quite a while before the romance happens and this is one of those stories.  It builds up plenty of sexual tension and this story was smoking hot!

“Let my body be your canvas and your tongue the brush.”

I also really enjoyed visiting with everyone else in the town that I have gotten to know through this series.  Lord, Jessie Kay made me laugh still and all of the girls were just so fun to read!

“We’re going to have ourselves a good old – fashioned ho-mance and share the bottle”

I gotta say I love this series and I cannot wait for West and Jessie Kay.  I just know it is going to be amazing!!!!!