The Hotter You Burn
Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: On ...more
“I won’t allow fear to lead me anymore. I won’t push you away, won’t let you push me away. I am happy now, and I see happiness in the future. I’m holding on tight to you, baby, and I’m never letting go.”
Blurb: Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.
Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town ...more
The Hotter You Burn is book two in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. From the prequel on, I have loved this series, and this book was no different. I have grown to love these characters of Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma. Individually, they each have damaged souls, darkness in their pasts, but together, they are becoming a family to each other. These books are full of snark, humor, steam, but mostly, lots and lots of heart.
Beck O’ckley moved, along with his two best friends, Jase ...more
He couldn't have her without committing to her. He had to have her, but he couldn't commit to her. It was the surest way to lose her forever.
I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive reading this book after not quite loving the first book in this series. But then Beck O'ckley was the hero that really captivated me in The Closer You Come with his one-and-done policy with women. Who doesn't love an unrepentant manwhore? I certainly do. Then you have the heroine, Harlow Glass, as t ...more
We all know from the first book that Beck brought the Harlow's farmhouse. Harlow was the infamous high school bully. Ever ...more
It has been a few years since I last read a book by Gena Showalter, and reading The Hotter You Burn bought back all-sorts of good memories for me. In relation to how entertaining this authors writing is, and how enjoyable her stories and characters are.
Being the second book in The Original Heartbreakers series, and having not read the previous books, had absolutely no impact on my enjoyment, and I cannot recommend it highly enough whether you have ...more
There is nothing great about this story, nothing memorable, but it is readable and entertaining enough.
Personally, I like to have some angst in my reads, yet, there was none here, so I was never too involved emotionally to love the story.
First, this was much better than Book 1. I did not have the urge to want to punch the hero and heroine (well most of the time at least). I actually loved the tension and angst that played out between playboy Beck and reformed bad girl Harlow. It seemed much more organic and they actually had great chemistry. I liked that they kept fighting their feelings but longed for each other at the same time. Beck thinking Harlow ...more
Lovely book which was right up my alley. I love me a poor downtrodden heroine. I also love a former mean girl who has changed her ways and must prove it to the people she formerly tormented. The hero is also a well written character with a lot of painful backstory. Lots of fun secondary characters. Some people who need to have their own book and some that might have already had one. I did read the first in this series but I think it migh ...more
GENA SHOWALTER IS THE BOMB DIGGITY!I seriously loved THE HOTTER YOU BURN, it was amazing. Gena, once again, worked her magic and she wrote a super showaltery book.
« What do you need me to do? » she asked breathily. « Whatever it is, I'll do it. »Beck Ockley is a wham-bam, out-the-door-the-moment-the-sex-ends-without-a-thank-you-ma'am kind of guy. Harlow's words, not mine. He hates change and because of his past in foster care and his family abandoning him, h ...more
« Just keep breathing, baby. »
Harlow Glass, is a outcast from Strawberry Valley. She is considered to be the most hated and despised of anyone living there. Harlow lives in a tent, looking for scraps of food where she can find them. She breaks into the home of Beck O'ckley and his friends, to take what little food she can, knowing that they won't miss it. Upon entering the kitchen, she spies a beautiful berry pie. She takes it and will defend it ...more
This is the story of Beck, the unapologetic playa of the Original Heartbreakers. His mantra has always been give them what they want, but be hone ...more
This one was a very good read! I loved Beck and his personality, despite his "he-slut" ways, as Harlow described him. He had his reasons. Harlow was actually a very sweet girl and had good reason for her behavior as a teen. Although, it is com ...more
I was pulled in from start to finish and I couldn’t stop listening to the audio book narrated by Savannah Richards.
We are treated to Beck who is friends with Jase and West. They all moved to Strawberry ...more
Maaaaaaaan, was this book a disappointment. I really enjoyed the previous two stories in this series but this one was not enjoyable. The two main characters were beyond immature. I get that they didn't have good childhoods but their actions as adults were to the point of annoying. And there was too much repitiveness with the feelings of said characters.
Hopefully the next installment will make up for book two.
*ARC provided by publisher*
So, here I am again behind on a series that I really liked. How does this keep happening? We all know how it happens, too many books and not enough hours to read them. But since this year there are two new books in this series I thought I better get reading.
I'm glad I did. I really love The Hotter You Burn. Beck is so crazy sexy! Plus you have to love the way he wants or should I say needs to protect Harlow. Don't ...more
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life
Um, WOW!!!! I went into The Hotter You Burn without having read the previous book or prequel, since it can be read as a standalone, but O.M.G. – I unexpectedly adored everything about this book so much!!! I LOVED this book – it almost felt like it was tailor-made for me. Everything about this just WORKED, brought so many emotions out of me, and I loved it. Props to you, Gena Showalter, for writing such a gem of a book! Hilarious, wickedly sexy, and heartwa ...more
Millionaire playboy Beck Ockley knows the pain of loss and he’ll do anything to avoid it which is why he lives by his rule of only once and then done. And when he moved to the small town of Strawberry Valley with his two best friends he expected to continue his lifestyle of work and lots of pleasure. What he didn’t expect was to become fascinated with the girl whose pictures he found in his new room in the house they bought and to want more than just one night when he finally meets her face to f...more
I loved the first one but I'm holding judgement on the concusion since West is getting with Je ...more
There was so much to love in this story, Gena writes contemporary romances just as well as she does paranormal romances, creating characters that you can't help but love and care about and storylines that are sure to keep you glued to the pages ...more
This was pretty fantastic! I felt like I was on an emotional high while reading. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!
Beck and Harlow are wonderful characters. I really liked the depth of them and getting to know them. She is so genuine and he is so sweet. They have some great verbal sparing going on that creates a lot of sexual tension. Great development as everything is laid out and builds. I felt all Beck and Harlow were going through and was really wrapped up in the story ...more
I think my heart broke a dozen times while reading this. When we meet Harlow, she is at the lowest point in her life. No home, no jo ...more
What I Liked: Gena Showalter's writing makes you connect with the characters and feel for them. I'm not a crier, I've never been one. However, I've found myself trying not to cry in certain scenes. There are some emotional moments.
Because there was no crazy drama out of nowhere in the end (like in the first one), I'm giving it three stars.
What I Didn’t Like: There was no plot. It was the first book all over again. The hero ...more
I adored The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter. Having never read the first book in the series, I went into this story as if it were standalone, and I’m happy to report that it stood on its own two feet just fine. The story was a steamy/sweet contemporary romance whose two main protagonists were deeply flawed.
Beck was a former foster kid and criminal turned wealthy business mogul trying to atone for his sins, and Harlow was a former ...more
Harlow was always known as the mean girl and maybe she did some awful things In the past but now she is all grown up. Even through the town hates her she is trying to do the right thing and try to make all her wrongs right. Let's just say some people are more forgiving then others.
Beck is the sexy man you only get one time with but when he comes across Harlow stealing a pie their i ...more
For starters the beginning of the book starts with Harlow (the h) interrupting Beck’s latest one night stand date. This bugged me 1) because Harlow sees the H romancing and seducing OW *gag*, 2) the OW is a total biotch to the heroine in front of the H and he doesn’t do anything ...more
Beck is the beautiful one of the group. He hides what he really feels by pouring out the charm on everyone. He is a complete ...more