As usual this is just my opinion, so that 2 star rating needs to be qualified -
This is NOT a bad book. Very few books are bad. However, while I thoughAs usual this is just my opinion, so that 2 star rating needs to be qualified -
This is NOT a bad book. Very few books are bad. However, while I thought the story had great promise I personally didn't care for its execution. I was also unable to connect with the characters - in fact, by the end of the story I pretty much despised all of them.
I enjoyed the writing style, however there were moments of "Randish" tediousness that could have made it a tighter story, thereby engaging me more. Put it this way: It rarely takes me this long to finish reading a novel, even when I am away from it for a week.
Note that this is just ME. I know that this series of books is incredibly popular, but the characterizations simply don't appeal to me. Therefore, take this review with a grain of salt - it is completely subjective, as are all reviews by everyone.
As an author myself I am generally not one for criticizing the work of another. However, since Richard Castle doesn't really exist, I am willing to suAs an author myself I am generally not one for criticizing the work of another. However, since Richard Castle doesn't really exist, I am willing to suspend that personal rule for this one...
DISCLAIMER: This review is my opinion, just as *any* review is the opinion of the reviewer writing it. You may well disagree with my assessment of this novel, and I applaud you for that.
All in all I found Naked Heat to be relatively disappointing.
This second installment is once again a kludged together rework of scenes from the TV show with a small amount of new material and a thin connecting thread - just like its predecessor, Heat Wave. However, where Heat Wave had "novelty" on its side, that shine has dulled and Naked Heat presents more as a tired mish-mash of "haven't we been here before?" While there can sometimes be a collateral thrill in spotting references (such as to scenes from the show), in the case of Naked Heat it really didn't work for me. The reuse of material from the scripts is certainly understandable, given that the book is meant to be written by "Richard Castle" and drawn from following "Beckett" and the gang around NY. Unfortunately, the story is even less engaging than Heat Wave, perhaps due to the novelty having worn off, as mentioned previously.
NOTE: Had I never seen the show, I would certainly have a different view of this, therefore I readily admit that I am being overly subjective where this is concerned.
The writing style for Naked Heat *did* seem to be more consistent than with Heat Wave (which appeared on the surface to be written by at least two, if not more authors.)This fact was a pleasant surprise. However, while the style was more consistent, there were things about it that were terribly grating - such as the continuous "name dropping" of pop culture icons, locations, etc. I realize that is a personality trait of the character "Richard Castle" in the TV Show, but even he doesn't name drop in the scripts as much and as blatantly as the prose in this novel does in its third person narrative. Were it in "Rook's" dialogue it would have been far more palatable, but stapled onto the narrative - not so much...
Another style issue being the painfully written "bodice-ripperish" paragraphs, added just for the sake of getting "Rook" and "Heat" into the sack. They were a jarring tangent to an already thin plot, and while they were few, they were so glaring in style shift as to give me a headache. Style shift of this sort is used to highlight details in order to advance a plot. In this case the only advancing done was for the "shippers" dying to see the characters "getting it on."
ALL OF THAT SAID... If you take the book for what it *is* - a tongue-in-cheek marketing tool, and you are willing to laugh at it more than treat it as a serious police procedural/thriller, it is a worthwhile read for an airport layover or idle afternoon. I would, however, suggest picking it up in paperback, e-book, or from the library rather than hardcover....more