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Earth. A world quarantined since its discovery by the Far-Reachers of Jota's history. And where the fortunes of slavers and chemists have been made ever since.

It was to Earth that Kanetus E'Var, the son of Jota's most ruthless slaver, escaped to make Vahst, a powerful drug manufactured from the human brain. And it was to Earth that Tagen Pahnee, Fourth-ranking officer of t
Kindle Edition, 617 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Red Hot Romance
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Sammy Loves Books
OMG!! 5 Abso-fucking-lutely Amazing Stars!!!

This is Horror Erotica at it's Best!!!

Kane (how he looks on the outside)


Kane is from the planet Jota. Yeah, he's a badass motherfucker and he's on his way to Earth in search of humans. Kane is a human slave trader, a thief, a killer, and a rapist.

Kane (how he looks on the inside)

Needless to say, he's also a sadist that enjoys the pain of others. He will leave a trail of bodies a mile long and a river of blood in his wake. Unfortunately for Kane, his
Apr 13, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it


This is not for sensitive or squeamish readers. There is an overabundance of graphic physical violence, blood-and-gore, rapes, sexual violence and depravity.

Escaped criminal, Kanetus (Kane) E'Var arrives on Earth to harvest dopamine from humans' brains to make the drug Vahst. In pursuit is Tagen Pahnee, Security Fleet officer tasked to capture Kane and return him to their planet, Jota.

When Kane and Tagen arrive in a sweltering Oregon summer heatwave, the soaring temperatures result in
Emma Sea
Dec 23, 2014 Emma Sea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much sex. Too much hetsex. Too much purple hetsex. I skimmed most of the sex after 50%.

It has a plot *dancing*

Half the story is literally Tagen lying around hot for 30 days, and Daria cleaning and crying for 30 days, before they have purple sex,² then 5% action.

Thank goodness for Kane, who is my favourite sociopath of 2014 (yes, he even beats Peter Hale).

Great HEA. (view spoiler)
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Violent alien criminal Kane escapes from prison and lands on Earth to harvest dopamine from human brains to create a powerful drug called Vahst. Military special ops alien from same planet named Tagen is dispatched to capture or kill Kane. As soon as they arrive, they discover themselves in a record-breaking summer heatwave, which throws them into a brutal sexual Heat, making daily life hell unless they can find a female to "relieve" them. hehe

There are two separate stories spanning this dense n
Not for everyone (Clive Barker's Hellraiser Vol. 1 is tame compared), filled with rape, abuse, dark sex, torture, murder, gore and very twisted love, but damn, what a ride! This would be hard to top, it's quite at the pinnacle.
Heat was a sci fi fiction - not a romance but there were two relationships that were a big part of the story. This book is not for the faint of heart, it's full of violence and can be disturbing. I kept reading it despite that because it kept my interest and was different.

The first relationship followed Kane and Raven. Kane is not a hero, in any other book he is the villain we want to see come to a painful ending. But the interesting part of this story was that we see things from his point of vi
Pam Godwin
If you're a ninny (or even vaguely resemble one), move along. This meaty, perverse, one-of-a-kind story would bring whimpers from mainstream minds. Beneath the nondescript cover and flashback-deluged first chapter, awaits a festering boil. The kind of boil that infects your bloodstream, swells into a knot under your skin, and throbs to be scratched. The journey is disturbing and brutal, but written with a kind of casualness to it. You know you should look away, but the itch is demanding. Soon ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
When R. Lee Smith said that the book would be dark, you better fucking believe it. This auhtor's works are not for everyone, but if you like the author's certain charm in his/her books, then I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Heat is the 2nd book that I've read by Smith. As always, it boderlines between kinky and hot and fucked up. This book is not for the faint of heart and easily offended.
Jane Stewart
4 stars. It’s so different. It’s brutality that you can’t stop watching - like a train wreck. It’s also happy ending romance.

This is a double romance, so by definition there is a happy ending for both couples at the end. It’s graphic, erotic, with extreme violence. What is amazing is the character creation. Two alien males from the planet Jota come to earth. Kane makes illegal drugs using fluid from human brains, killing them in the process. He comes to earth to get a large supply o
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Pfffft, what the hell did I just read?

This book will only appeal to my fellow dark book lovers. Think pitch black to be honest. There's rape, murder, more rape, more murder. Graphic graphic graphic.

Plot overview is we have Kane- an escaped alien criminal who goes to earth in order to harvest dopamine from humans in order to make a drug called vhast (which is essentially viagra). Tagen is sent to earth to find and arrest him.
A big pro
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Mar 15, 2014 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Horror/Dark Erotica
"Heat" has been called sci-fi romance and/or dark erotica. For me, it was sci-fi and horror with romantic elements. This book is not for everybody, but for those willing to brave the rape, harvesting of brain chemicals, and extreme biker gang culture...then you may appreciate the gifts R. Lee Smith displays in this dark story.

The world-building was my favorite part of the writing . I loved the imagination detailed in the alien culture, particularly the 'good' alien's home planet's norms - they l
Jill Sorenson
Jan 05, 2014 Jill Sorenson rated it it was ok
Not sure how to rate this because I stopped at the 60% mark. I got through what seemed like several hundred pages, most of which I found compulsively readable. Heat is full of senseless violence and disturbing sex scenes. The alien protagonist takes a human prostitute as a slave. Raven submits to Kane to stay alive and even helps him kill people. Her initial reactions (fear, weeping, reluctance) felt very real. But the story devolves into a killing and sex spree, designed to titillate rather ...more
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
I can say that I ended up skimming through the 'vanilla' couple Daria and Tagen's story but didn't skip a moment of Kane and Raven's exploits.

Wow, what an epic read. I seriously wanted the 'bad guy' to have his HEA so kudos to R. Lee Smith.

Other reviewers have shared the story outline, all I can say is to check my tags and if you like this kind of dark erotica, you'll really like this tale and if you don't, stay far away. This is 617 pages, a real investment in time.
 Simply Sam ツ
Aug 25, 2016 Simply Sam ツ marked it as hold-that-thought
Attempting this one again, mostly because I think R. Lee Smith is a pretty fantastic writer but also because I love alien/human sexy times. Oh, and I think I should add this disclaimer: she writes some pretty brutal stuff. This is not, I repeat, this is not a sweet alien love story.
Robin Rotham
Mar 04, 2012 Robin Rotham rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica
I don't usually like to leave negative reviews, but this book is getting so many raves, I feel compelled to jump into the fray for the benefit of potential readers.

Let me say first that I read Heat all the way through, and while, like many readers, I found it well written and compulsively readable, I also found it horrifying. It was more of a serial killer chronicle than a love story, and the violence so overwhelmed the tender elements that all I really remember now, with a cold clenching in my
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 19, 2015 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
For those that read Last Hour of Gann, then you kind of know what to expect from this book - although it's different. It's extremely violent. There is relentless rape. I know, I know. This author does not shy away from brutal things.

But this book worked for me. This author has an amazing voice. I could not put it down. I will think about it for a very long time.

The end totally surprised me.

I will read anything this author writes.

Fans of Gann, I rec you read this. :)

It is a testament to the art of R.Lee Smith that I have not been able to move on after reading this book. I couldn't at first and didn't need to. Now it feels like I won't be able to until I write this review and put black on white this magma of emotions before it buries my ashes. My main problem is that this story hit issues so personal they should have no part in a book review. In some instances it was like having an epiphany I had been trying to ignore for a
Jul 23, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it
Hmmmm... Let's see...

Horny aliens. I mean REALLY horny aliens. With claws.

Lots of gruesome sadistic violence. Rape. Horrible deaths with gurgling blood bubbles instead of screams.

Some kind of weird transmissive Stockholm syndrome that had me rooting for the rapey, sadistic, murdering bad guy. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?! The bad guys do always seem to have more fun. Maybe that's it; there was a sense of humor to all of the fuckedupedness.

And finally, the most disturbing thing of all; neurotic cleani
Mar 01, 2013 Syfy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Syfy by: Alie38
A definite walk on the wild side of science fiction. This ones chock full of non-con, dub-con, non-con body modification, kidnap, rape, blood-n-gore, drug trafficking, aliens in heat... as well as super sweet romantical stuff that usually makes me cringe. Ha.

My thoughts? Raven is the baddest-ass human ever. BADASS.
To the end.
Speaking of the end. The way this ended made all the long, drawn out, little bit boring and repetitive parts worth while. Incredible!

The uber-sweet love story goes to the co
Joely Burkhart
Feb 08, 2012 Joely Burkhart rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Jane Litte for mentioning this book on Twitter.

Once I started reading this book, I read it straight through and MAN is it long. I had to charge my Kindle half way thru.

This book contains many violent scenes. Torture. Rape. Mutiliation. There are two main "romances" - one more traditional (if you ignore the drug Tagen gives her at the beginning to make her more compliant - but he never rapes her) and one so twisted and horrible and yet so compelling I can't even say much here withou
Dicey Grenor
Jun 04, 2013 Dicey Grenor rated it it was amazing
One "alien" comes to earth on a criminal mission. Another follows to apprehend him for his crimes. They are both here during an intense period of their biological make-up. Total mayhem occurs.

LOVED IT. In fact, I think this might be the best thing I've read in a long time, and that's saying something because I've read quite a few 5-star books back-to-back. I read for entertainment and THIS one entertained me from beginning to end. BUT BE CAUTIONED!!! That is not to say this is a book that I woul
Nov 23, 2012 Alie38 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adventurous readers with taboo tastes
Recommended to Alie38 by: Saw Reviews
I am going to repeat what I wrote about R. Lee Smith's book, Heat! When I was half way through because my opinion never changed until the very end.

"Intense, violent, arousing, disgusting, fascinating and horrifying are only some of words to describe what I have read so far. The story of two aliens, Kane- the escaped criminal and Tagen- the police soldier sent to Earth to recapture him, feels like looking at a major car wreck that you can't help but to continue to stare."

I need to give a fair wa
Feb 28, 2016 Delta rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of sci-fi/adventure/romance/horror/erotica
A review will take work to do justice to the incredible sci-fi / horror / adventure / dark romance experience that is Heat!

See Sammy's review. She nailed it on the head. If you are up to some sci-fi / horror / adventure / dark romance, this may be one of the best books of its kind that you ever read...
Fre06 Begum
I love an anti hero and this was def one! I am a hopeless romantic though so I would have loved this book if he had not enjoyed having sex with the other woman so much and he cuddled the other woman way too much so even though he cared about the heroine as much as he was capable of his enjoyment of other women just peeved me off.
Isa Lavinia
Jan 24, 2015 Isa Lavinia rated it did not like it
tw: rape, murder, violence, sexual torture

50% two boring protagonists who are just sooo nice you just want them to drop dead.
50% two disturbingly and disgustingly compelling protagonist who spend 25% of their time raping and the other 25% killing.

There's no denying that it's well written with a solid plot.
But there's no way I could read all this senseless rape and root for anyone.
4.5 STARS!

A sordid tale that is kind of like Starman meets Natural Born Killers.

Firstly- I have to warn anyone that if you can't handle reading about extreme sex, or horrific elements, or slavery, or non consensual sex, or rape this book is not for you. Which isn't to say you have to enjoy those things necessarily to enjoy this book but if you're sensitive don't torture yourself lol.

I think this book is about 600 pages long (according to all the commentary I've read online- the page count is n
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Let me start by saying this is a book that I attempted to start 3 times. Each time I never got beyond 8%. It is also a book I chose to persevere with based on the fact that two reviewers whose opinion I respect rated it highly.

I am so grateful that I stuck with it.

Firstly, don't let the sci fi aspect of this story be a deterrent to reading it. I can honestly say that once the characters and plot started evolving that genre truly did become secondary. I can now proudly say I've read two sci fi bo
Review contains minor spoilers.

Heat is a blending of Science Fiction and romance. The story is deceptively simple - (the devil is in the details; of which there are many)- Kanetus E’Var (a smuggler, chemist, slaver, and notorious criminal) comes to Earth to crack open skulls, harvest dopamine and manufacture Vahst so he can go back into space, sell his drug and make enough money to buy a honkin’ new spaceship. The last one he was on, belonging to his father Urak – was overtaken by the Jotan Off-
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