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The Scent of Heat

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Ariella Paz is not in a good place. It’s the 1950s, and the 19-year-old is serving her country in the Israeli military, going home at night to a mother who is devastatingly ill, and realizing her dream of leaving home and going to America is slipping further and further away.

Meeting Arik Emmanuel, her boss’s friend, lifts her spirits and distracts Ariella from her sorrows
Paperback, 373 pages
Published September 2018 by Acorn Publishing
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Adam Ross
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well-written debut novel from E.P. Sery. One that explores life and self-discovery.

Nineteen-year-old Ariella endures the loss of her mother due to cancer. Before the diagnosis comes along Ariella seems to have her life mapped out and planned thoroughly. However, the loss of her mother throws her and her family into a state of disarray as they mourn the loss. At the same time a handsome man waltzes into Ariella's life and changes everything for her,

Arik shows up at one of Ariella's most vulner
Holly Kammier
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This exotic Israeli love story touched a special place in my heart. I recommend The Scent of Heat to anybody looking to get swept away to another time and place.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you NetGalley for an ARC. Ug what a disappointment. This read like a bad YA novel. The main character was immature and shallow. It’s a story about her two year affair with a married man. There is no chemistry and the story goes no where. I skimmed the last 25 percent and the book only got worse.
Lacey Impellizeri
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I grew up thinking romance = cheesy romance and, in turn, ended up thinking I hated all romance books. Lucky for me there are some truly beautifully written, deep, interesting, compelling romances out there, and I have to say The Scent of Heat is one of them.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in the 50's, we meet Ariella, a young woman who is finishing up her two-year service in the military. She lives at home with dreams of something more for her life. One day while she is working, she is introduced to her bosses good friend Arik, who immediately catches her eye. True, he is much older than her, but she's always been drawn to older men. And thus begins their long and secretive courtship. Arik is well off, he spoils her with clothes and jewelry and trips to countries she's never ...more
Ramcy Diek
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scent of Heat by E.P. Sery is one of those stories that pulls you in. The choices one makes in life are often led by circumstances, and this novel, to me, is an example of that.
Young Ariella is looking for comfort after the loss of her mother and finds it in the arms of an older man. She sees him with innocent young eyes, believing he's the answer to her loneliness and the man of her dreams. Gradually, she begins to doubt the relationship, but it takes time to figure out who you are and wha
Pinchas Serov
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great coming-of-age story! The characters are all so well-rounded, and I loved the twists and turns. All the details sound so authentic, right down to the street names and pop culture references, that it makes you feel like this actually could have happened. You really get a sense of what Ariella is thinking and feeling, and see the world through her eyes. It's pretty much an unflinching portrayal of what happens when love blinds us to reality and the consequences that result. If tha ...more
R.D. Kardon
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put down this gripping debut novel by E. P. Sery. Set in Israel, and written by an Israeli-born author, "The Scent Of Heat," is both authentic and exotic.Ariella Paz entices the reader immediately and pulls you into her world of service, family and a forbidden affair. Sery's plot twists and reveals had me gasping as I galloped toward the end of the book, gulping down the words and furiously turning pages. I would have read it in one sitting if sleep were not a necessity. When I reach ...more
Lori Oliver-Tierney
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The woman in this book Ariella reminded me of what it was like for my mother in the 1950's. It was a time of change and for women to discover who they were. I was intrigued by the culture and mystery of Israel and enjoyed getting to learn about it via this novel. It was beautifully written and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. A great debut novel and I'm looking forward to more from this fine author ...more
Natasha Sierra
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like curling up in bed with a tender and touching novel, the 'The Scent of Heat' is for you! Ariella's love story explores the complexities of an entangled affair and a realistic look at her other most meaningful relationships. I was engaged throughout and couldn't put it down. I especially loved the cultural, historical and linguistic references to life in 1950's Israel. A romantic gem for women of all ages. ...more
H. Propper
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a book with a great twist and this one really delivers! Chronicling a little known time in Israel’s history, Sery weaves a love story that is both tender and dangerous. Exotic settings, vivid descriptions (down to the street names) and interesting characters all make for one terrific read. I couldn’t put it down and look forward to the next book by this author.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is just plain Great Storytelling! This book just pulled you in that you did not want to stop reading!
Kathi Diamant
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun and intriguing page-turner, with illicit young romance, twists of plot, and an illuminating dose of history and culture. A winner of a first-time novel! Can't wait for more from this author. ...more
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