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Scorched (Turn Up the Heat #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  319 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Book one in the Turn Up the Heat series. Kasey Jacobs spends her days as a bookkeeper for a discount furniture store and her nights writing erotic romances, still waiting to meet the man who could ring her chimes. Maybe her new neighbor, Skyler Brody... Too bad she hasn't seen him since the day he moved in. Then Skyler, a cop recuperating from a gunshot wound, spies Kasey ...more
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Published June 18th 2010 by Ellora's Cave
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R.E. Butler
Scorching is a good description. Have read Desiree before, but not Allie. I dig books about romance authors (if you've never read Make Mine Midnight - run, run now and get it!), so automatically I liked Kasey, the heroine, accountant by day and erotic writer by night. The hero was a yummy, injured cop next door named Skyler. This is one of those stories that won't be a surprise. He doesn't want to tell her he's a cop because his last girlfriend...blah, blah, blah. So if you've even read just one ...more
I happened to stumble upon this book while browsing through Amazon on my Kindle and well, it's not exactly the best book that I've read... but it was pretty hot. I don't have a thing for lust at first sight so it was rather a bit difficult for me to believe that Kasey was already falling in love with Skyler. Their relationship was based on sex... so I was kind of confused when things were suddenly getting serious so fast! There wasn't exactly any character development and the story was very vagu ...more
The sex was smokin'. I can't deny that. I did think the relationship moved very fast but... well, that's to be expected, isn't it? Anywho. I guess if you're going to have a hunky neighbor catch you self-pleasuring from the privacy of your open living room, Sky's the type of guy you want.

This book was a free Kindle download I picked up 08/02/12 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Dominique Eastwick
This was a super quick super hot story, that I just gobbled up. Did I want it to be longer, sure but I would feel that way if it was 150 pages longer.
Kasey Jacobs, A Bookkeeper By Day At A Discount Furniture Store Spent Her Nights Writing Romantica. She Swore Off Men At Least For A While But Would Love To Have A Wonderful Man In Her Arms But She Always Chose A Man That Ended Up Being A Jerk! A New Neighbor Moved Across The Street From Her And With One Look She Knew That He Could Be A Star In Her Books If She Ever Got The Chance To See Him.......

Skyler Brody Was Wounded In The Line Of Duty And Was Forced On Leave Because The Idiot Shot Him In
Heather in FL
As displayed on the cover, this was definitely a Quickie. A Quickie doesn't give a lot of room for character building or even building up tension, so this went sort of headlong into the sexing. We start out with Kasey inadvertently giving Skylar a show while she pleasures herself. She doesn't think he's home since there are never any lights on and does it with the blinds pulled up. (She's the only other house besides Skylar's on a cul-de-sac.) Next day, Skylar introduces himself to Kasey and off ...more
2.5 stars. In a few words…

The Good: Short, hot, pacing, entertaining.

The Bad: Characters (underdeveloped and unrelateable), Conflict (weak), ending (HFN only).

I didn't really like this one. I struggled in connecting with the characters. (view spoiler) Once I suspended disbelief though, I starte
Char (1RadReader59)
I really enjoyed this free spirited female lead. She was not a push over the male lead thought her to be at the beginning. Yes, there is plenty of toe curling sex talked about in her stories she is creating by also acted out & then some. Yet, when our lead male does not want to share his private life she puts a stop to their party life. So, goes to show sex is not everything boys so what will he do? Is she worth the risk of his heart? A good free read.
Um. I didn't get this book at all. No doubt it's a novella but even in a novella, readers should be able to understand what motivates the characters to do what they do. (view spoiler)

More could have been done I'm sure. But for now, well, just um.
Amazing. Beautifully written. I didn't like how the characters jumped into bed so damn quickly (literally within ten minutes of knowing each other) but it was a good read.
Sherry Sweeney
Not a bad read was on the FREE listing for Amazon and I read it....... will probally read the rest of the series just have to fit into my budget....
Tons of hot smexin! I do think the characters names should have been switched. I tend to think of Skylar as a girl's name and Kasey as a boy.
Even for a quickie this didn't work for me. I felt no connection to H or h. Instant attraction? - great. Instant forever? - nope.
Just ok on plot. Hot sex scenes. But not much character development. Just a lot of sex, with little story.
This was my first Desiree Holt book and I have to say I enjoyed. Just wished it was a little longer. lol
Jamie ~ Bad Boy Inspector
Good quick read. Short and to the point but it was definitely SCORCHING HOT!!!
WOW!!! damn got scenes!! lol if you want a quickie hottie book this is it!!


Cheesy. Nothing to hold the plot together or keep me reading.
My only complaint is that the story is too danged short!!!!
Wish there was a little more to the story
WOW! Short very hot read. Loved it!!
Sep 14, 2012 SheLove2Read marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
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Allison marked it as to-read
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Desiree Holt has lived a life of excitement that brings the color to her writing. She was a summer fishing guide, a summer field hand where she was one of only three women working, a member of a beginning ski team that skied in competition (and no, no broken bones!). She spent several years in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For s ...more
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