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Heat Stroke

(Beach Kingdom #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,590 ratings  ·  440 reviews
They can't be together. They won't stay apart.

Marcus “Diesel” O’Shaughnessy is a brash, oversized CrossFit enthusiast with a naked lady tattooed on his rippling forearm. Jamie Prince is a private school teacher with an extremely low tolerance for bull. The two men have zero in common. Well, except for three things.

They’re both moonlighting as lifeguards for the summer.
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published March 15th 2019
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
When true love and passion is at stakes, Jaime and Marcus must learn how to know when the right time is the right time and that hiding their true feelings is inevitable...

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am the biggest lover that is anything by Tessa Bailey. Already I have read two of her newest upcoming novels this year, and they never stop being as incredible as the last. This was my very first MM romance and I am beyond glad that I did not miss out on it. I mean, how can I possibly do

My friends that read mainly MF books really rate this Author and I'm always interested in trying a new Author and I've got to say this was pretty good.Ok,so the actual story isn't anything openly gay man and one who's confused/conflicted about his sexuality is something that's ever present in the MM genre.For this to work (for me) ,the MC's have to be believable in their attraction and this was certainly the case here.

This is the second book in the series but reads very well as a st
Aisling Zena
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Review posted 18/3/19

Someone give this woman an award! Heck, all the awards! Best chemistry, best tension build up, definitely best sex and dirty talk scenes and best three dimensional characters.

I don't usually read m/m. I tend to like m/m/f and m/f/m more. Every time I read m/m before I felt like something was missing at the end. Like fairy bread without the sprinkles.. Maybe I read the wrong m/m books because this one did not miss a single thing. It was delectable. Like a chocolate lav
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, favorite-authors
Christ, he loved when Jamie ordered him around...

I will never, and I mean ever, get enough of Tessa Bailey's brand of sexy. The woman can write a romance with sizzling chemistry, witty banter, humor and her signature dirty talk like no one's business. And I'm currently on cloud 9 after finishing this book. I thought I loved Mouth to Mouth, but man oh man, I wasn't prepared for the level of obsession I was about to get with this one. GAH!

Heat Stroke brings us the straight laced
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
One thing is for sure: Tessa Bailey writes the kind of sex that I like to read.

I've read a number of Tessa Bailey's books at this point, and while they aren't all home runs, she consistently gets the sex scenes right. I believe that this book was her first M/M romance, and I can only hope that she pushes her sex scenes even further in subsequent efforts (what?? I like my books sexy!). I love when Tessa writes dirty talk, and I wanted even more bossiness and even MORE dominance in the bedroom. Bu
Tracy  C
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1 million stars!!! Tessa Bailey is a favorite of mine, but she blew it out of the water with her second M/M. Marcus and Jamie were everything! Marcus was freaking adorable in his confusion. Jamie just about broke my heart because he was so conflicted. The aching and yearning they have for each other is front and center in the story. There is so much heart and humor and feeling in this book, the characters practically leap off the page. And FYI...Tessa Bailey can write a sex scene like no other. ...more
Isabella. R
4 Unashamed Stars ⭐️

Heat Stroke is the second book in the Beach Kingdom series. The good news is that I haven’t read the first book (Mouth to Mouth) and didn’t need to, to thoroughly enjoy this.
Jamie Prince and Marcus O’Shaughnessy are unlikely friends who work together as lifeguards and at the family bar. Even though these two have very little in common they seem to spend an awful lot of time together. Marcus is well aware of the fact that Jamie is gay and that he is straight, so why the fas
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“I wish…I could stay. I wish so many things. But mostly I just wish for you.”

It’s rare that I read a book three times in the span of as many days, entirely incapable of walking away from the characters and the world the author has so splendidly woven for us, but NOT reading this book over and over again was not even an option for me. Set against the vibrant, summer backdrop of Long Beach’s iconic seascape, this story tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways, making us laugh, sw
Gi's Spot Reviews
5 ‘You’re Mine’ Stars

HOT DAMNNNNN!!! There’s ‘hot’ and then there is ‘Tessa Bailey HOT’, aka scorching, relief needed level of steaminess! Add to that already ‘one click quality’, deeply raw emotions that make your heart hurt and soar along with the characters, an insanely addictive banter and one of the most likable characters I’ve have EVER read, and you have the masterpiece, ‘one click must’ HEAT STROKE! Yep, Jamie and Marcus’ story deserves ALL the stars, and became one of my all time fav re
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Aug 19, 2019 marked it as i-m-a-quitter
Shelves: male-action
DNF @ 46%

I just can't.

Diesel gets on my last nerve.

Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so sweet and so sexy! Absolutely adored everything about this couple!
Melanie (mells_view)
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Sweet and steamy M/M romance.

Jamie and Marcus are friends... well kind of. Marcus has these feelings for Jamie that he doesn’t full understand, and Jamie just finds Marcus ANNOYING even though he recognizes what Marcus is going through. Realizing he is gay. I think this romance is sweet, but it also has a raw truth behind it that’s surrounded by sticky sweet romance, so it kind of hides it. I like that this book has a bit of real emotion to it when it comes to coming out.

So I say if you’re l
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3 Stars***

First off, let me start this review by saying that I didn't read the first book in this series. And I think that's where this book and I started off on the wrong foot because right from the beginning this felt like I was walking into a story already in progress. There was already a history and dynamic between Jamie and Marcus that, I believe, was probably established in the first book.

Jamie and Marcus have been friends for three years, ever since they started working summers togeth
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. I really liked Jamie and Marcus together and they had great chemistry.

I also felt this was pretty to easy to follow even though there was a first book in this series, so this can be read as a standalone, in my opinion.

Jamie is 26, Marcus is 24 and for the past three years they've been working summers as a lifeguard and Jamie as a bartender at the bar he and his brother's inherited from their father, and Marcus as a bouncer at the door.

Marcus isn't the brightest person, bu
This is a hard book to rate because I did enjoy pieces of it but struggled with parts of it. So I’m leaving the rating part blank for now.

What worked for me?

-Marcus was one of my favorite kind of romance men. A big hunk who was a total softie. I love when that happens.
-I loved how protective he was of Jamie.
-Speaking of protective, I also loved Jamie’s brothers.

What didn’t work for me?
-I started feeling like this was a m/f romance. I think this is the author’s first time writing m/m and so
Lana Reads
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[I got frustrated by one of the latest books by Ms. Bailey, so I went and reread this one again.]

Verdict? Yepp, still awesome.

The characters were fun and real, their chemistry was palpable, the emotions heartfelt. Plus I have a soft spot for coming-out stories, so this one probably just hit where I needed it.

He was loud, rude, unpolished and didn't know Kerouac from karaoke. And yet, Jamie couldn't help but wonder if Marcus would pay as much attention to him in the bed as he did out of bed.
Sentranced Jem
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm still a NOOB when it comes to MM romance but even I can admit that this book was HOT AF!

Oh My GOD!!!!!!! This is scorching hot🔥🔥

Heat Stroke was flipping amazing! The chemistry, the storyline, the heartfelt emotions, the sexy as sin characters, the angst, the dirty talking alpha men...OH MY GOD!!! the list could go on and on...😍🤤 This is so good I could cry with tears of joy 🤯
Merve Well
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Cock Caging Stars!! 🙊😍 I loved the banter, humor, chemistry, everything!
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“I was going to say you can keep my heart in a cage. But the truth is, I think it was in a cage before. Before I let myself love you...”

I absolutely adored this book, y’all! This super fun, fast-paced MM romance is not to be missed. Who doesn’t want to read about lifeguards, am I right? Marcus and Jamie had so much heat and passion and fantastic banter, Heat Stroke got me out of a severe book funk. I cannot recommend this one enough!
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Love in a cage' Stars!

I just got my first taste of Tessa Bailey MM romance goodness and I want moooooore! I love me some man on man action and I knew queen Tessa would not disappoint me. The woman definitely did a fantastic job with Heat Stroke, the second book of her Beach Kingdom series. I freaking devoured this book in one sitting because everything in it just so freaking amazing.

He was like an addict who couldn’t resist the pull of one more hit. One more hit.

Gah, these two men togeth
☾ Nikki. ✿ SUGARVOGUE.
I actually liked this book alot better than book one. This book was cute and I love the characters.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm


Heat Wave is the terrific second novel in Beach Kingdom Series. The series centres on the Prince brothers and the personal conflict they each have to overcome. Jaime has done well for himself in regards to his career and is now a teacher in a prestigious private school. The discord in his life stems from a traumatic event that has affected his relationships and how he views them.

His bond with his brothers is strong and they support each other in all areas. Whether it be running the fami
This book is always great!! Y’all know I love a case of he loves me, he loves me not !! This trope of friends to lovers in a MM fashion where one character is struggling to identity his sexuality.. ooh this is my bread and butter !! Like legit slice it, toast it and slater that shit on!!!

If someone is going to be on the DL I’ll be there !!! Lol but on another note this is Tessa and her talents know no bounds and she writes slow burn like it’s nobodies business !! I love, love this book and I’ll
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whew boy this was a scorcher! I was so excited to hear Jamie and Marcus were getting their own story! I I fell in love with the adorkable Marcus in Mouth to Mouth (book 1 of the Beach Kingdom series). At 6’4” with muscles upon muscles he gets underestimated as a big dumb jock, but he’s so much more. There’s something to be said for a simple, uncomplicated way of thinking. He knows he likes being around Jamie, so he hangs around Jamie as much as possible.
Jamie is very much out as a gay man, and
2.5 stars

The best thing about this book was Marcus, one of the MCs. He was an adorable mix of stunningly good looks, physical clumsiness, low self-esteem from years of being told he was stupid, but was nothing but kind, caring and so ready to love someone.

That someone would be Jamie Prince, apparently smart, well educated and with a good career. I don't think his character were as well crafted as Marcus', since not much of his supposedly superior intellect was reflected in his internal or exte
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
So listen......

I love Tessa. Give me some Duke....Brent.....Daniel....any day of the week and I will sing the praises from highest mountain tops. Tessa can write a mean M/F story like no other, and I adore her for that! I am serious, she set the bar with Brent, and in all honesty THAT book is what got me hooked on Romance courtesy of my biff Amber....

So, fast forward many years and 100's of books......I primarily read only M/M now. There are a few M/F authors I still read, and adore, and will al
Mar 13, 2021 added it

Not liking this either. I can feel this bad mood building up in me.
Stephanie (Teacups & Tropes)
Jul 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Marcus is the biggest himbo to ever himbo and he must be protected at all costs because he is PRECIOUS.

This was my first Tessa Bailey book and it was such a good one to start with. I loved it so much. It made me laugh out loud (because I imagined her doing a TikTok to some of these scenes LOL) but it also made my heart hurt and that is the best kind of book for me.

I definitely want to go back and read Rory's and Andrew's books because I am SO INTRIGUED.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I might have finally overdosed on Bailey's books - I have read very many these last few weeks. This is fine and cute and all kinds of lovely - but also nothing I haven't read from her before, even if it is m/m. The relationship dynamic is similar to others by her. Still, I love the relationship between the brothers and for that alone I will definitely be reading the last book in the series when it comes out. ...more
Beneath The Covers Blog
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2019-reads
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*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
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New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a ...more

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