Heat Wave by Karina Halle

51k9cpj5agl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Original title: Heat Wave
Year published: 2016
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages: 307
First sentence: “I saw him first.”

Plot: 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.

(From Goodreads)

My thoughts: I started this book at about 8PM yesterday (on release day, which is rare) and I finished it just before midnight. It’s been a while since I read a book in one sitting but Karina’s books tend to make that happen. I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I didn’t like or love. This book was no exception. I was hooked after the first sentence.

Like all Karina Halle books Heat Wave is written in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there with the characters, in other words I went on a trip to Hawaii for $5, SCORE!

I loved everything about this book, the scenery, the characters, the relationships, the story, the sex. Yes, the sex was fantabulous. Logan is such an alpha and lord knows I love me some alpha. I loved Logan, such an amazing character and his story broke my heart.

I liked Ronnie as well but she kinda pissed me off with her stupidity and all that jazz. Sure she’s lived in the shadows of her sister all her life and that’s gotta be hard and I get why she acted the way she did but at points I felt like Logan deserved better. I got over that because it’s obvious that they’re made for each other.

Ronnie’s parents? Ugh don’t even get me started, I felt like murdering someone. Like for real.


I enjoyed this book till the very end and I really would love to know what happens in the future. Also Kate’s story. Yes, I need that.




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