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Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)

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An infamous gossip columnist is fatally stabbed in the back. The story circles a Yankees pitcher, a pop star, and an actor's apparently accidental overdose. Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook trade barbs and innuendos while on the trail of a murderer.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2010 by Hyperion Harper Collins
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Kevin Fanning
Mar 14, 2011 Kevin Fanning rated it it was amazing
As a fairly straight-forward work of mystery fiction, THREE STARS. People are murdered, clues are discovered, twists and turns, a narrow escape, a revelation, a sudden dead-end, kissy kissy, frantic chase, mystery solved, wait or is it?, ok now yes, mystery solved. Or something like that? I don't know. That's not the part I was paying attention to.

BECAUSE as a cultural artifact that is such an engaging, layered and thoughtful piece of fan-fiction that I could barely even wrap my head around it,
I’m happy to report, this was a huge improvement from the previous book (Heat Wave). While the first one came through as more of an inside joke, riding the tidal wave of the Castle TV show and seemed more like a fanfiction than an actual book written by a “New York Times Bestselling Author”, this one actually read like a book.

The writing and style was the first obvious improvement, the characters had (a little) more depth— though still not enough for my liking, the pacing was good, and so was th
Jan 24, 2016 (Lúa) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como me pasó con el primer libro de la serie Castle, lo he devorado. La verdad es que recomiendo mucho estos libros si sois fans de la serie porque son muy muy parecidos a sus capítulos. Me gustan la intriga que tiene, la cantidad de sospechosos, como están todos relacionados y sobretodo la relación que tienen los protagonistas, es decir, Rook, Nikki, Laury y los Roach.

Me encanta porque no he sabido descubrir quien era el asesino hasta el final, hasta las últimas páginas. Cada vez que arrestaban
Jul 01, 2015 B rated it did not like it
It sounds kind of stupid in this day and age, but this book was written with a kind of sexist mentality. Usually the sex of the (anonymous) author plays only a little into the writing, and rarely detracts from the story, but this whole thing is a bad joke.

The story is supposed to be about this awesome female detective, but it undermines that whole idea repeatedly. It makes multiple commentary within the writing of the character being "balsy" as a positive, (obviously male, and as positive ass
May 27, 2016 Marijan rated it really liked it
kad bih ocjenjivao sam krimić, bila bi to solidna trojka. ali sve reference na omijenu seriju, tongue-in-cheek posveta na kraju i činjenica d ase autor ludo zabavljao pišući, podižu ocjenu za 1
Shala Howell
Feb 29, 2012 Shala Howell rated it liked it
I admit it. I enjoy watching Nathan Fillion. I enjoyed watching Firefly more intensely than Castle, but I’m happy that Castle exists because I believe strongly in this man’s right to have a steady acting job so that I can enjoy a steady diet of his roguish sense of humor.

As a mostly regular Castle watcher, I noticed a smudge in the line of reality when those Nikki Heat books that Nathan Fillion’s character writes on the show suddenly starting popping up in my local bookstore. I resisted buying t
Nov 23, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of "Castle"
Recommended to Jamie by: my wife
Shelves: thriller, fiction, mystery
Another installment for fans of the ABC TV show "Castle", "Naked Heat" continues the adventures of NYPD detective Nikki Heat (based on the TV show character "Kate Beckett") about 6 months after "Heat Wave". Although my primary complaint about "Heat Wave" (the constant use of Nikki Heat's full name throughout the narrative) is still partly there, this book is superior to its predecessor in several ways.

First off, there is more to the 2nd novel. Where the first book felt like you were reading a lo
Oct 11, 2010 Jenn rated it really liked it
It's not quite as delightful as the last novel novel, but this new production of "Richard Castle" or whoever is writing for him is still pretty darn fun. If it wasn't attached to a television show, this would be, at best, a mid-level airplane read -- the kind of thing it would be fine to pass two hours with in an enclosed space that offers limited options. The attachment to the TV show "Castle," though, makes it an extension of a world I'm already amused by, though not exactly in a fan-fiction t ...more
Dec 10, 2010 David rated it really liked it
My wife and I are fans of Castle on ABC TV.
I bought and read "Heat Wave", the first of the two Richard Castle books, as soon as it was published. Mostly I read ebooks on the Kindle. To say I bought the Castle books hardcover means something, I think.

As exciting as these thrillers are, I perked up when I found a professional writing lesson. I'm in week 13 of a 52-week online writing course from Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant. If you skip to Chapter 17 of "Heat Wave", you'll find a lesson in
Aug 29, 2012 Kirsten rated it liked it
I wish they would write these with less crap. The stories are fun and I love the show. Why can't the books be as clean as the show?!
Dec 20, 2010 Fen rated it really liked it
I'm amazed at how good these books have been and really quite curious about the ghostwriter. Whoever is in charge of these things has certainly come up with an excellent way to do tie-in novels to the TV show... by making it the fictional creation of a fictional character. You've got most of the characters from the show present (I do miss Alexis in these books), with only slight alterations to make them different from the "real people" they represent... the voices for each are spot on and the pl ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This review originally posted here.

Here’s the thing: I don’t read mysteries. To me, mysteries usually feel contrived, and I don’t really like to feel as though a writer is holding my head and telling me “ssh, not yet.” Usually, I feel like the narrator or writer is keeping things from me, because the characters are working through the mystery as I am. But that doesn’t mean the author doesn’t know the ending; of course, the writer knows!

But I make an exception to my “no mysteries” library by read
Jennifer Rayment
Aug 25, 2011 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it
Mini Book Review: I have to read these since I am a huge Castle fan, I just can't help myself. I love the fact that they have a picture of Nathan Fillion on the back cover as the author, makes me giggle. I know they are gimmicky and the writing not the best, but I still really enjoy them. This story was no exception. It's fast paced and filled with fun TV style dialogue. The characters are loosely based on the actual characters on the show which makes it lots of fun. Also some of the plot is tak ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Donna rated it it was ok
This is a fast, light read, but Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook just aren't as likable as their TV counterparts. The prose is clunky and too full of distracting jargon that interrupts the flow of the story.

The mystery is overcomplicated and tedious, partly because so many of the characters (even minor ones) are cut-and-pasted from Castle episodes. Those types of connections were seriously overdone. A few cute callouts to the show would have been fun, but the heavy-handed inclusion of so many refere
Another enjoyable installment from the fictional author, Richard Castle. I'm not giving it a higher rating because it was too easy to put down in the first half. Also, I realize the fictional character of Rook, although charming, doesn't come across as winsome as Nathan Fillion does as Castle in the TV series. Fillion has a little-boy charm about him that makes the self-centeredness and cluelessness come out all right, even if it earns him an eye-roll. But in print, the same characteristics, clu ...more
May 18, 2011 Chichipio rated it liked it
Giving it 2 stars feels a bit harsh because I enjoyed it, but I admit that 3 is a little generous compared to the ratings I've been giving lately. So, 2.5?

Also, no review for this one other than what I said in the comment section. They're like Castle fan-fiction but written by pros, so there aren't any typos or grammar issues and the plot progresses smoothly.

Anyone who likes Castle should find these entertaining, but don't expect having your mind blown away.
Feb 22, 2014 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As a fan of the television show Castle, this was a fun read. ABC has brought their character’s books to life. Richard Castle is a mystery/police procedural author who writes stories about the NYPD detectives he “shadows” because he has some lofty friends in New York, like the mayor. He actually is one of the team and helps solves the cases.

All the characters in the book are based on characters in the show, so the book is really an episode of the show with the names changed, wi
Apr 22, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Just for fun, I picked this book up at the library and thought...why not! They didn't have #1 in the series so I started with #2. I am a fan of the TV show and know Richard Castle is a character that writes these and the books are true to the show, but with the names changed from the TV show.

It was fun! Enjoyable to have faces/personalities already in mind, after watching the show, so when I was reading the book, I just felt the characters accept the different names in the book.

It was a fun rea
Zack! Empire
Aug 19, 2015 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
Shelves: prose-novels
Pretty good, but it was a bit disappointing that the book basically just apes the show. I understand why it was written that way, to please the fans, but it really takes away from it, I think. It's basically set up to be like an episode of Castle. I really could see this being a plot they used on that show. I guess I was just expecting a bit more then just a thinly veiled "media" tie in book.
Beyond that, the book is enjoyable. I don't think you'd have to have seen the show, or know anything abo
Nov 11, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok
"Naked Heat" is a serviceable thriller. It's supposedly written by Nathan Fillion's character on the TV comedy-action-drama "Castle" about a writer who works with NYPD Homicide detectives. This is the second "Richard Castle" novel. The third one was just released.

As I said in my review of "Heat Wave," the first novel in this series, the books mirror the action of the show--a male writer working (and flirting with) with a female NYPD Homicide detective--but minus most of the humor and warmth that
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Hilarious, engrossing and dynamic. The second Nikki Heat novel takes the characters to a whole new level.

I loved it more than the first book, which was unusual (with me and series it is usually the other way around). The crime is even more convoluted, the murder count has risen and this time both Heat and Rook get into a couple of really tight situations – like live-or-die tight.

The romance is also better, the banter even more sarcastic. Though Naked Heat is longer than Heat Wave, it somehow giv
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Una nueva entrega de Nikki Heat, un nuevo caso para resolver y mucha tensión entre nuestros personajes forman parte de Calor desnudo escrito por el ficticio y televisivo Richard Castle.
Sin duda alguna este libro, al igual que el primero, gustará a los fans de la serie detectivesca Castle ya que se sigue identificando claramente al periodista y escritor Jameson Rook con el protagonista de la serie Castle, Nikki Heat como Kate Beckett y los fieles detectives denominados en el libro como “Los Roach
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
As much as I enjoyed the first of the Nikki Heat books, I think I enjoyed this one a bit more for the mere fact it had more meat on its bones. So instead of just a novelized TV episode, as the first book seemed to be, this was a proper crime novel. I could still see Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle as Jameson Rook and Stana Katic as Kate Beckett as Nikki Heat, along with all the other supporting characters, acting out their roles, as it were, in the novel; this time, though, they had more to do, ju ...more
Douglas Meeks
May 28, 2012 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)Naked Heat by Richard Castle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finished Naked Heat (Nikki Heat and it was great :) I don't usually rate these books because my enjoyment and those of others would probably be slanted by how much of the In Death books and the Castle TV show you are familiar with, they will stand on their on as good books but those mental images and reference do add to my personal enjoyment. I can only say that I highly recommend the 2 I have read so far and if you have enjoyed the In Death
Sophi Frost
Jan 18, 2012 Sophi Frost rated it liked it
I started this on 11/12/2011 and finished it last night. Some of that was holiday crazies, but I have to say a lot of it was not being able to get engaged with the story. I try to read the book based on it's intent, that Rick Castle, my hero from the TV show, wrote this book. This way I don't make the assumption that the characters are Rick and Kate. It is hard for me to comprehend that the man who wrote "the wind gathered up her hair," is the same author who is writting the Nikki Heat novels. C ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Castle Fans
While this was a vast improvement from the first Nikki Heat book, it still left me wanting more.

There were several plot points that I felt went ignored, or forgotten until the last minute. They all somehow tied neatly into the ending with no real explanation as to how they got there or what the reasoning was for them (namely the romance between Nikki and some characters). It just left too many questions and not enough explanation or a good reason for no explanation.

That said, the pace of the boo
Aug 14, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it
By Richard Castle. Grade B+. Series: Book 2, Nikki Heat
My favourite TV show in a book? Whooa. Life could not have been better! Castle- an ABC TV show could not have been better. The show has humour, drama, mystery, murders, romance and everything needed to make it a hit. And even though I am not an avid TV-watcher, Castle does make me and my sisters put our endless pile of novels aside. Unfortunately for us, the show has very less episodes and even less seasons. So, when I discovered that the N
Petra Sýkorová
May 05, 2012 Petra Sýkorová rated it really liked it
Shelves: rc-review, czech, krimi
Richard Castle je úspěšný a známý autor detektivních románů. Jenže ve svém poslední knize zabil svého hlavního hrdinu Dereka Storma. Od té doby má tak trochu potíže vymyslet nějakou novou sérii. Když někdo začne zabíjet stejným způsobem, jako v jeho knihách, je přizván k řešení případu k newyorskému detektivnímu oddělení. V té chvíli se seznámí s Kate Becketovou a Castle má konečně předlohu pro svou novou knihu.

Zdá se vám to mírně podivné, až přitažené za vlasy a říkáte si, že o takovémto spisov
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it
Richard Castle graces us fans with his second 'novel' based on Detective Kate Beckett, Nicki Heat. This time Jameson Rook (Castle's on page persona in the Nikki Heat series) is found right in the thick of the crime. Cassidy Towne, NYC gossip columnist and muckraker is found murdered in her home. Who's there to greet Heat and company as they take the call? None other than Jameson Rook.

If you're a fan of the Castle TV show, this sounds strangely close to the season three opener, and it is. But tha
Dec 22, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, 2011
I know I started off my review of the first Nikki Heat book with the disclaimer that I’m a big fan of the TV show Castle, and that my devotion to the show would undoubtedly color my review. I’m going to tell you right now, internets, that while I am just as devoted to the show as I was before, I don’t feel that disclaimer is warranted in this case. And no, I was not contacted by Hyperion or ABC to say any of this…although, if y’all are reading, I would happily accept meeting Nathan Fillion as a ...more
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Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan
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