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Taking the Heat

(Jackson: Girls' Night Out #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,458 ratings  ·  219 reviews
Passion this hot can't be faked

All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gigwriting a relationship advice column!requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by HQN Books
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Geri Reads
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reasons Why You Should Read This Book

1) It has this...

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^^Sexy, bearded guybrarian on his way to work.

I've never read a romance book before that featured a male librarian as a hero. This was my first and the hero, Gabe McKenzie brought it 100%. Did I say he's hot, and a librarian? And oh, bearded too.

2) Slightly insecure but totally lovable heroine who happens to be an advice columnist...

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...except that her own life is pretty much a mess. What I liked was that she realizes this early on in the
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance Fans
FIVE ROMANCE STARS!!!! *dies of excitement*

As he pulled the loop over her other foot, she reached out to stroke his hair. It was silky and hot from the sun, but the nicest thing about it was that she could touch it just because she wanted to.

This was a wonderful romance novel, I really loved it.

Veronica is an advice columnist, and a local celebrity. She gives advice on everything from dealing with nosy neighbors to oral sex. But Veronica has a big secret: she's still a virgin. Sort of. And she
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Victoria Dahl Fans, Sexy Humor, Romance
3.5 No More Faking Till You Make It Stars * * * 1/2

Do you remember when you read your first "naughty" romance book? I am talking about the ones which had their characters have sex the way real people do... not with phrases or implied words for sex but the words like nipple, sucking, clit and so forth...And when you think about those books, did they have humor and make you laugh, too???

Well, mine did because they were books I found written by Victoria Dahl. She told stories of situations I could
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Veronica couldn't wait to escape her small town after years of being bullied in high school but the big city of New York, wasn't all she dreamed it would be. After a couple years she admits defeat and comes back home, to an apartment and job her dad has all arranged for her. Lately, she has felt like she's been taking the saying "fake it until you make
Mandi Schreiner
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Veronica had big dreams and ambitions and moved from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to New York city to pursue her dreams of writing. But the city was not what she expected. She feels isolated, disconnected from her job and just overall beaten. When she moves back home to Jackson Hole, she feels defeated. Her dad lets her live in an apartment building he owns and he gets her a small job at the local newspaper writing an advice column. Called, Dear Veronica, she answers anonymous letters and helps people ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars

I don't like books about virgins, but I enjoyed many before, because the heroine was strong and confident. It wasn't the case in this one. The female mc was insecure about everything in her life, her sexual experience, her job, her friends. I skimmed a lot, rounded up my rating because she didn't give up her life for him at the end.
Manda Collins
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really appreciated this sexy pairing of a hot male librarian with a knowing but innocent advice columnist. The chemistry was off the charts but ultimately it was the way these two related to each other that I loved. And I appreciated the way they got each other out of their respective comfort zones. One thing I've appreciated about these Jackson Hole books is their sense of place. With the depiction of rock climbing and chi-chi events, it's just what I would imagine the real place to be like. ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was a really good addition to Dahl's Girls' Night Out Series, probably my favorite so far. Veronica Chandler and Gabe MacKenzie were great characters. I really enjoyed watching them get to know one another and develop a relationship. I thought Gabe as a sexy librarian was the perfect man! I enjoyed the storyline and thought it had a great setting.

Veronica Chandler has returned to Jackson Hole as an advice columnist after feeling like she crashed and burned in New York City. She feels like a
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3.5-4 stars

My first romance by Victoria Dahl, and it was great! It actually meant a lot to me, as someone who's newly back in the dating world, to see a heroine who doesn't always know how to flirt with a guy but who wins the hot librarian anyway. Veronica was shy, yes, but she was also super spunky and fun when she let herself go. I felt like I could relate to her in a lot of ways. The hero, Gabe, was a true sweetheart and gentleman. He had my heart melting on multiple occasions! I do wish that
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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Taking the Heat was such a delight to read and the characters were all so amazing. Victoria Dahl has been an author I know through reading other people's review and I have also read some of her books but I haven't really been a real fan that knows all her characters by heart. But after reading this one I think you'll be seeing my
Juliana Philippa
Another book I'm reviewing 1+ year later. Good news is that I still remember this book, hence the 4 star rating.

I'm normally more of a historical romance reader than contemporary, because I hate insta-lust stories and those are much more common in CR than HR. While there is a definite attraction between Victoria and Gabe, I loved their connection and the fact that Victoria was actually a virgin kind of forced that part of the story to progress a little more slowly than it might otherwise have.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an okay read,the couple had chemistry,but I wanted more from this story.The hero was too beta for me.Iwould have loved an epilogue with this couple,it was a more HFN ending and I don't remember if the heroine even said Ilu to the hero.,he said it though.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm curious if Victoria Dahl is accepting friendship applications. Because every time I finish one of her books she becomes even more one of my favorite people.

Review to come.


Victoria Dahl is right at the top of my auto-read list, and once again she doesn't disappoint. My favorite thing about her books is that the characters are always different. They have different experiences. They want different things. Dahl rejects a cookie-cutter happily-ever-after, instead tailoring it to her
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNFed at 19% even though I enjoyed the writing way more than average. This is purely a feminist DNF. Theres nothing egregious. Except its all part of that overall trend thats been forever where the woman is INCREDIBLY INSECURE, UNSURE, LIP-BITINGLY THE MANS LESSER.

She is insecure about her looks, her job, being herself with her friends. And oh yeah, sex. She has a lot of growing up to do. Which is ok. Everyone has to grow up sometime, its to be applauded.

But why oh why do we often see these
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: freakshow-family
3 1/2 to come!
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Witty dialogue and warm characters. Both protagonists have growing to do, and they do it without being total assholes to each other. A lovely read if you like a beta hero.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, elib, x-2016
Gah it took me a long time to get through this book! There wasn't much to the plot and it got boring at times. It was an OK read.
2.5 stars
Lady Heather
5 Stars!
Full review to be posted closer to release date.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I only read this because another reviewer nicknamed the hero "cunnilingus Gabe" and I had to know more. :) Sorry, mom.
4.5 Stars

I received an eARC from Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been looking forward to this book ever since I read the blurb and saw that the hero was a librarian! So I was excited to get an eARC from Harlequin and am happy to say that my expectations were definitely met by Taking the Heat. This is the third book in Victoria Dahl's Jackson: Girls Night Out series and is (by far) my favorite.

Our heroine is Veronica Chandler, the small-town famous advice columnist
Quinn's Book Nook
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl was a total hit for me. I loved this book from start to finish.

As a librarian, I can never resist a book with a librarian character, and I was absolutely delighted to hear that the librarian in Taking the Heat is a man. A very, very gorgeous man named Gabe who is the new librarian, and new resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Right there this book gets props from me for not making the librarian a stereotype. But this book has so many more things going for it.

So, on
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book!!

Veronica seems like she is stuck up when she is first introduced but she is far from it. I loved how this book was different then the romances out there. She is a writer for the advice column dear Veronica. Not only is she pretty and smart but she loves what she does. Veronica tells her boss she will do a live show and she is so nervous. She feels she is still a fraud because she is a virgin but for a virgin she gives some awesome advice.

Gabe is the new librarian in town and
3.5 or 4.0 rating. Can't decide between the two.

A well written book and two MC that I liked!!!

Veronica and Gabe where two characters that came across like everyday people with normal problems. They each insecurities (Veronica) and normal life problems that people face. Veronica was a pretty, smart, sweet and had some Daddy issues. Gabe, I loved Gabe!!! He was a librarian who had a year to live his life his way before he stepped in and took over the family business. He was an out doors kind of
after reading this I'm immediately disappointed that the cover doesn't have a bearded guy on it. GIVE ME THE BEARD


VERONICA. I love love love her. I love the different aspects to her personality like she's really shy and then when she's in front of people as the columnist Dear Veronica she's so confident and funny and just I LOVE HER OK

Gabe is cute too but VERONICA

ok I'll go now
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Cunnilingus Gabe definitely lived up to the hype, but Veronica is also a fantastic character. Guess I was slightly let down by what felt like a HFN ending, even if it felt realistic. I dont need marriage and babies for a HEA, but they were just sorting out their issues when the book ends, so I kind of wanted a glimpse into their future. ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars - review to come.

ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Smut Matters
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heather's review from Smut Matters

I was going to make this entire post nothing but heart emojis, but I figured I'd go a little deeper than that.

Oh, man. This book was so good. I said in my last post how tired I am of the virgin heroine, then picked this one up, knowing Victoria Dahl has never done a virgin heroine and I'd be safe. Then I met Veronica Chandler.

Veronica Chandler followed her post-college dreams to New York City, hated it, and now she's back home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She
Maria Rose
This is the 3rd story (fourth if you count the prequel novella) in the Jackson:Girls Night Out series and combines heat, laughs and some emotional moments on the way to a happy ever after for Veronica and Gabe. Veronica has moved back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming after a stint in New York that showed her that sometimes your dreams are better off not fulfilled. Her experience there was disappointing and shes come home to lick her wounds and get to work on her literary career. First up a ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, started reading this book for a romance book club meeting with the theme "so bad, it's good". We thought that this book might not fit that category right off the bat, but it certainly was MUCH better than I originally anticipated. The romance was sweet, sexy, romantic, and still felt realistic. There was so much consent and communication in the sex scenes which only made it hotter. I also loved the librarian hero, wish I had met Gabe in my library science program. ;) But the characters also ...more
Therese Beharrie
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book surprised me. It was sweet and sexy (VERY SEXY - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED) but it punched me in the gut, too. This is likely because I was triggered by the heroine's conflict - she was bullied - and I related to it so much. I loved this book, and would recommend it to any lover of contemporary romance.
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