Title: Taking the Heat
Author: Victoria Dahl
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: Paperback; 384
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Genre: Romance- 18+ recommended
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy books that are sweet, funny and full of chemistry.
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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.I will be the first to admit, I don't usually enjoy adult romance stories about virgins, but Taking the Heat has changed that. Veronica's character was full of sass and wit which made her much more relatable and interesting. Her virginity didn't define her or hold her back and I appreciated that as a reader. The whole idea of being a relationship columnist without any specific experience made for some laugh out loud moments.
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.
Overall, this story was a rather fun read with just enough seriousness to keep the plot moving forward. Gabe and Veronica weren't complicated characters, but they both had enough depth and personal baggage to work through to keep things interesting.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming lends itself to some great outdoorsy scenery, which Victoria Dahl does a great job capturing. I enjoyed the whole small town feel with the supporting characters and gossip train.
Are you looking for a lighthearted romance? Do you enjoy descriptive scenery and characters with great chemistry? This is a book for you. Happy reading!