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Turn It Up

(Turn It Up #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,975 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Contemporary Romance

Dr. Bastian Talbot and self-proclaimed sex goddess Charlie Pierce heat up the air waves with their flirty banter as radio hosts Dr. Hot and the Honeypot. Off the air, they’re best friends…but Bastian wants to be so much more. He wants Charlie—in bed, and forever.

Problem is, Charlie doesn’t do commitment. Sure, she’s had X-rated fantasies of Bastian, but
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Carina Press (first published August 1st 2011)
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I decided to read this book for two reasons: (1) I liked the premise - how often do you see a romance book where the hero withholds sex to convince the heroine about his good intentions towards her? - and (2) I loved, loved, loved Sweet as Sin, my introduction to Ms. Kelley's work.

So, did it live up to my expectations? I'm glad to say it did, even though it didn't reach the 5-star rating. :)

Dr. Sebastian "Bastian" Talbot and radio host Charlie (that's her name, not a nickname) Pierce have been b
Anne OK
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
A fast, sexy friends to lovers read. Lots of sex banter back and forth but surprisingly there wasn't page after page of sex between the two lead characters. Not my favorite book by Inez Kelley but an entertaining read nonetheless.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Turn It Up by Inez Kelley is an amazing friends to lovers story, among the best I’ve read. The blurb and the cover make it look like a steamy story but it really isn’t. Why have I never heard about it before? If I hadn’t taken a chance when I saw it at my library, I would have missed a great read.

Bastian and Charlie have been best friends for 6 years. They spend most of their free time time together and even work together in a radio show whe
Mandi Schreiner
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Favorite Quote: “Did you just have an orgasm?”

Charlie’s pink tongue darted over her lips, whisking away the trace of white. A satisfied moan caressed the night. “Better…a s’morgasm.” She bit into the s’more and delight softened her face.

My favorite quote happens to be the very first lines of the book, and I knew we were off to a very good start.

Dr. Bastian Talbot and Charlie Pierce have been best friends for six years. Charlie was there for Bastian when he went through a divorce recently. Bastia
Great, original dialog, original plot, loved the way the relationship was developed, great hero.
HERO is a Performer, currently working as an ER doctor, who discovered recently he has fallen in love with his best friend, a woman so afraid of commitment that he knows that if she learns about his feelings he will lose her. But now that she knows, he's determined to keep her.
GENRE/TONE: contemporary/witty
LENGTH: 224 pages
Turn It Up by Inez Kelley set to release on the 1st of August 2011 is a contemporary romance that teases the senses, that had me up till the wee hours of the morning on a work night, unable to wrench myself away from a story that held my undivided attention as self-professed sex expert Charlie Ann Pierce finally finds in Dr. Sabastian William Talbot, her best friend, a man worth giving the key that unlocks the iron armored suit that has guarded her heart all her life.

Having being best of friends
I feel the need to turn up the volume and listen to
King of my castle!

Like this song, the book had a fast beat. It was fun and a page turner.
The heroine had spunk and I kind of wanted to be her.
The hero was a cutie, and really who would not want to have a life with him?
The only thing I did have a problem with was his wife.
If he had the heroine there all this time, as a friend, from turning her down on her sex offer when 3 week married to kissing her hard when his marriage was crumbling, I kind of
First sentence: "Did you just have an orgasm?"

I loved this book. Being that it's an Inez Kelley book, I was expecting a wild monkey sex marathon thingy going on starting from the word 'ready'. But surprisingly it was very sweet with lots of naughtiness in it.

Best friends Sebastian and Charlie (she's a girl) were radio hosts of Let's Talk about Sex with Dr. Hot and The Honeypot. They flirted with each other on the air and their banter was absolutely hilarious. I actually wished that their radio
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Inez Kelley’s books are among some of the best books I have read this year. The first one I read was Sweet as Sin and finding that book was the reader’s equivalent of love at first sight. After that, I have read and enjoyed almost everything she has written so when I saw this book on NetGalley I was very happy; in fact, I was so excited that I bought the book about five minutes before NetGalley approved me because I couldn’t wait.

Turn It Up is a frie
Bastian and Charlie have been best friends for years. Charlie was there for Bastian when his marriage was falling apart. They also co-host a radio show as Dr. Hot and they Honeypot. Over the years, Bastian's feelings for Charlie have grown into more than just love as a friend. He wants the HEA and he wants it with Charlie. Charlie doesn't believe in love and the white picket fence. Her friendship with Bastian is the most normal relationship she has ever had and she doesn't want to ruin it by thr ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-review-ish
I'm always drawn to the best friends to lovers trope because that's what Scott & I did. In Turn It Up, Inez Kelley gives us a compelling, deeply sympathetic hero and a heroine I had a much harder time warming up to, but an overall sweet love story.

Bastian Talbot is in a quandary. In the last year or so, his feelings for his best friend, Charlie Pierce have evolved from friendship to serious lusty love. The fact that Charlie and Bastien do a radio talk show about sex only seems to exacerbate
Heather in FL
I'm a sucker for friends to lovers and a great HEA. If you like that, you'll like this.

For some quick background, Charlie and Bastian have been best friends for years. They met after Bastian was married, but he didn't realize he loved her until several years after his divorce. They became really great friends after he stopped by work one night (still married), just chatting to her about work. She offered him sex, and he refused, saying he really just needed a friend to chat with. She realized t
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Turn It Up was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Carina Press.

I absolutely loved Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley so I was excited to read her newest Contemporary Romance, Turn It Up.

Charlie (female) and Bastian have been best friends for over 6 years and also host a talk-back radio show together - Let's Talk about Sex with Dr. Hot and The Honeypot.

Bastian is the first person who has ever remained a constant in Charlie’s life, he is
Riverina Romantics
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy

It wouldn’t be the first time that I have picked up a book expecting one thing and received something completely different in return.

I picked this book to read expecting a steamy, sex filled novel with a storyline that would hopefully make it enjoyable enough for me to get through to the last page without being bored.....What I devoured in this book was FAR, FAR beyond my expectations and funnily enough it wasn’t concentrated on sex.

Charlie aka Honey is a feis
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a book keeps you awake until 4 am to finish it, you know you have to give it no less than 5 stars.
I didn't expect this to be so good. Oh sure, the blurb sounded great, it had some comedy and it was erotic romance. But 5 stars for a novella required a lot to impress. It turned out to be very good. Maybe I'm giving it too much credit but when I really think about it I don't see anything big I dislike. It was sweet and it was steamy hot. It was funny but also really emotional which surprised m
Virtuellement Votre

Lorsque j’ai choisi de lire Sous Hot tension, ce n’est pas la couverture qui m’a attiré, ni le résumé, mais bien son autrice que j’ai découverte grâce à un tourment nommé Livvy. J’avais passé un très bon moment avec ce roman et j’étais prête à en faire de même avec celui-ci. Seulement, tout ne s’est pas vraiment passé comme je l’imaginais.

Tout d’abord, le fond de l’histoire est un peu basique. Des romances entre meilleurs amis ce n’est pas ce qui manque da
Z. Elizabeth
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Bastian Talbot has been in love with his best friend Charlie Pierce for the past year. Heating up the airwaves together with their flirty yet sexual banter as Dr. Hot and the Honeypot they have as much chemistry off air as they do on air but now Bastian wants more. He wants Charlie not just in his bed, but forever.

Divorcee Bastian became friends with Charlie when he was married. She’s been with him through his divorce and his medical revelation but a year ago his feelings changed for Charlie.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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SO CUTE! Turn It Up by Inez Kelley was so cute, if you enjoy reading contemporary romance books, you have to check this one out. No, scratch that. If you enjoy reading hot contemporary romance books, you have to check this one out

Turn it Up is about two best friends. He, Bastian, realises that he was in love with his best friend over a year ago and is sick and tired of trying to keep it a secret from her. She, Charlie, is clueless about his feeli
Dr. Hot and Honeypot are two talk show hosts who have a show about sex and sexual content. In real life they are Bastian and Charlie two best friends who have been in each others lives for over six years. For Charlie Bastian is the first constant in her life. As a kid she was constantly moving around and people were leaving or she was doing the leaving, Bastian is her first real best friend and the first person she's ever really let get close to her. To Bastian Charlie is everything she is his b ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bastian is a divorced doctor who is sterile and is in love with his best friend –Charlie. Charlie is a radio station host with a bad past. The two of them host the let’s talk about sex with Dr. Hot and Honeypot radio show three nights a week. Bastian confesses his love for Charlie and asks her to marry him but Charlie refuses saying that the ‘forever’ place doesn’t exist and she’s not the right person especially since Bastian wants white picket fence. Charlie was brought up with a mom that was ‘ ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Dr. Bastian Talbot and Charlie Pierce have been best friends for forever. It’s no wonder they work so well together. In their radio talk show, Let’s Talk About Sex with Dr. Hot and the Honeypot, Bastian and Charlie are free to flirt to their heart’s content until they heat up more than just the airways...

The electric chemistry between them can no longer be denied. So when Bastian and Charlie go camping one time together, after a few orgasmic smores and the spilling of s
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galley, adult
I’m very drawn to the books where the guy has loved the girl for years, but never did anything about it until “insert plot point here”, so of course I could’t resist Turn It Up‘s description.

If you’ve heard of or read Inez Kelley before, you’re probably assuming this is an erotica book. I did, too, at first. But then it became clear this was more a book of foreplay. Seriously. It’s 200 pages of word foreplay and some light petting, but somehow Inez made it supremely hot. As Honeypot, aka Charlie
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Love how this author gives us (her readers) the dialog that we so much crave. There are so many authors that go pages and pages giving you snapshots of a character’s mind, but very little dialog. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy picking inside the character’s head, but there is no better way to learn about a person that by talking to them and Kelly’s characters can talk!

Loved all the references to Autism and even the time she spent giving her reader facts and statistics. Usually, these types of thi
Jess (Gone with the Words)
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I loved the originality of this love story. The fact that Bastian and Charlie have been best friends for years when we meet them was quite refreshing. I really enjoyed when they would talk about stories from their past - the funny ones and the heartbreaking ones - that included each other. I adored Bastian! I wanted to marry him from page one! He had such a good, kind heart.

Another thing I really loved was the relationship between Bas
Beth Snyder
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turn it Up by Inez Kelley was such a refreshing read. It was relaxed, it was fun, and the “hero” (Dr. Sebastian) was much different than any other man I have read about in a romance.

The story is about Sebastian and Charlie who have been long-time friends. Charlie invites Sebastian onto her radio show where they talk all about sex. She invited him to provide medical advice, but they ended up getting into some very steamy flirting, which their listeners adored. They began hosting the show “Dr. Ho
" He taught me that love doesn’t depend on the body but on the heart. He showed me that innocence is just as powerful as passion. He proved to me that forever isn’t a place, it’s a feeling."

Turn It Up is your typical happily-ever-after romance with sappy lines and good characterization, though I don't like Charlie that much and I sometimes feel sorry Bastian, still I like this. The two love birds have their own problems to deal with that's why it was hard for them to make the decision straight.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best four dollars I've ever spent, oh geez. Witty, funny, sexy, and romancey? All my favorite things in a book all in one package. I'm definitely checking out more from this author she's AMAZING! My only criticism is how the book started with the scene up to Bastian's house I got so confused on the scenery and what was going on, I guess the chapter jumped and probably should have explained things more BUT I was able to figure it all out by the next chapter so this didn't take away any stars from ...more
Madonna Arnold
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the reason I absolutely LOVED this book is because the female character is just like me! I also love a challenge! I seriously think the writer got in my head and wrote something that I have been looking for; a strong female character that has issues with trusting in forever, yet is sassy, appearing self confident, and quick witted. A male character that is a bit reserved, intelligent, and devoted to a forever. This is not your typical female character, she's a tough egg to crack but "Dr. ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'd say this was between a 3 and a 3.5 for me. Sorry, but Charlie frustrated the fuck out of me. It didn't really make sense to me why she was so very anti-relationship. Yeah, her mom had been married a few times, but it seemed like she tried her best to give her a good life, so where did Charlie get the idea that fucking was ok, but love wasn't?

But I loved Bastian, he was wonderful, as was his brother "Boo".
Kristy Mills
I read this a while ago and just realized I never added it to my books. I don't really remember a whole lot about it, so maybe I'll read it again to write a review. Just from the little bit I did reread though, I remember loving a secondary story. Bastian's brother's story. I remember wishing I could have read a full story about him.
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INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. She currently resides there with her lumberjack husband, their teenage drama queen, Spawnetta, and the Demolition Duo – Damien and his twin, the Omen.

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