Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review:Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl

Passion this hot can't be faked…

All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town's irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out… and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.

Gabe MacKenzie's heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future's tied up in his family's Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there's just no going back… and it might be too hot for either of them to take.

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What I thought about Taking the Heat

Veronica has returned to Jackson after a less than satisfying dream of living and working in New York City.  She's not feeling particularly successful in her job or her social life.  After all, she didn't really live the high-life in NYC, but no one really knows that.

Gabe is the new librarian in Jackson, updating the library system and living a life he wants before he has to return home to NYC to take over the family business.  There's immediate sparks between Gabe and Veronica and these two just click from the start in a way that made me want them to work out everything! 

While Gabe is a very likable character, Veronica was a far more interesting character for me.  Even though her confidence has taken a hit, she still has a quiet determination to do well in all she does, whether that's her new advice column job or not faking her sexual experience.  She has so much heart as evidenced by how she takes her job seriously. There's a whole lot of humor in what she does and I just loved that about her too.   Her budding relationship with Gabe is oh-so-sexy and sweet too.

When Gabe isn't exactly forthcoming about some details regarding his life, their relationship takes a serious hit, and it's Gabe that has to make some difficult decisions. How this relationship plays out at this part of the story is tough, but realistic and I loved, loved, loved Veronica's strength, even though it made me a little watery-eyed.  

I really like this series.  They are easy, satisfying reads that make me smile. Taking the Heat is my favorite in the series so far.  Recommended.

ARC provided for review.

About the Author

Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow. Victoria has published over twenty books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in the romance genre. Whether she's working or relaxing, you can find Victoria on Twitter being inappropriate twenty-four hours a day. 



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