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Turn up the Heat

(Second Chances #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Two strangers. An impulsive encounter. A longing that can't be tamed...

Lily McKee is pretty sure sleeping with the grim, gorgeous stranger who frequents the diner where she works counts as an act of desperation. But it's been that kind of year: Her dreams of owning her own restaurant have been swamped by the reality of living in her sister's basement and serving mediocre f
Published April 2020 by Jelsba Media Group (first published July 14th 2015)
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Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-swept
4 - "I'd rather be afraid than half alive." Stars!

I am a big fan of Serena Bell’s writing, she always seems to manage to take something that was pretty special to start with and turn it into spectacular. Lily and Kincaid’s story is definitely in the latter column for me, it started out steady and then took off pretty quickly.

Back in Tierney Bay, Lily McKee is living week to week, staying in her sisters basement, whilst waitressing and bartending until she has made enough money to enable her to
Sarah Robinson
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy moly frijoles- this book is hot! Serena Bell does an amazing job creating relationships through erotic connections and making you root for the characters to find their happily ever after! I read this book in one night, and all the feels were there (although they seemed to be clustered in one specific southern region! haha!). Great book, great characters, and I hope we get to see more of the people in this world! I really loved all the secondary characters just as much as the main ones- whic ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ex-con
After 7 years in prison, Kincaid is out and looking to make things right for his grandma. He couldn't protect her when she was alive but he's not going to let the man who abused her take everything she owned. Kincaid doesn't see himself as a good guy, knows that he's not relationship material but when he meets an innocent looking waitress, he can't help himself. Lily is living in Oregon, staying with her sister and working in a diner as a waitress. Her life in Chicago didn't turn out exactly as ...more
Ivy Deluca
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _arc-reads, chefs
Lily flutters from the moment she sees Kincaid walk into the dingy diner where she waits tables, making her dark desires, you know...the ones you don’t discuss in polite company, light up like a solar flare. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, since Lily’s determined to head back to Chicago to be a chef and Kincaid has justice to exact for his grandmother. But you know how this goes...romance happens anyway.

- Strong storyline : Ms. Bell’s stories, at least the ones I’ve read, have
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2 stars.

I knew roughly how this was going to turn out 10% into the story. There are no surprises here. Displaced woman looking for some validation and a new start on life; mysterious man gives good smoulder in her diner and sparks fly. Both try hard to resist their feelings. A secret is reluctantly revealed... You all know what happens next.

I don't necessarily have a problem with formulaic romances. Some of my favourites have
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A you know I suck with words 4 stars. Caid and Lily worked for each other and understood a deeper and darker need in the bedroom that most wouldn't. They gave each other what they needed without asking for anything in return which is the best kind of love. The story was plotted pretty well and I'm curious about Serena Bell's other books now.

This book kept me actively engaged and I laughed several times at the things Caid would say because he's such a freaking character. I did like Lily, she was
I'll write a review of this closer to the release date, but in sum: it was okay. I thought that Lily and Kincaid's chemistry was palpable as well as their insecurities, but somehow there were things about this read that still didn't fully connect with me on the whole.

I'd probably rate it around 2.5 stars.
Maria Rose
When I reviewed Serena Bell’s So Close (Tierney Bay #1) earlier in 2020, I remarked that it was set in the same locale as a 2015 book that I had read and loved by this author called Turn Up the Heat. At the time, it was no longer available in stores but I’m happy to share that it has now been re-released. I decided to read it again to see if it held up to the high regard I gave it before. (Spoiler alert – it does!).

When Lily McKee’s relationship in Chicago failed, she ended up with no plan excep
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, july-2015
Rounding up 4.5 stars.

Serena is baaaaack!

Serena Bell’s writing isn’t known enough for my taste. I loved her from the first story of hers I’ve read; and I immediately liked her style; Carefree yet realistic. And this one is a first in a new Second Chances series by her. Yay!

I saw Turn up the Heat on NetGalley and had to request it. I was not disappointed.

Lily and Kincaid are two extremely complex characters. They’re gentle and kind, they love fiercely and as such, get hurt easily. But they both h
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I really liked the unexpected nature of this book.

Our main character Kincaid Graves is trying to right a wrong that occurred years prior. His problem is, he notices Lilly and wants to be all kinds of dirty with the waitress at the diner. Kincaid had a dark dangerous, edgy side as well as a protective caring side.

Lilly is a sweet girl who is currently down on her luck. She seeks comfort with her sister and her family while she tries to get bac
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I liked this. I liked Lily and Caide, the story, and the side characters. I liked the sex that pushed the envelope just a bit while still feeling like real sex between real people. I'd love to see Sierra get a book, as well as Grant.

This was fun. I discovered this author after reading Hold on Tight which I also enjoyed. Bell is an author I'm going to be keeping my eye on.
Wendy Marcus
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serena Bell writes books with hot sex and lots of emotion, and those are the types of books I love to read!! The second half of this story is what made it a 5 star read for me.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Turning Up the Heat is a re-release.
This book kept me reading. I couldn't wait to see how Kincaid and Lily found their HEA. Kincaid has a dark past, and Lily is filled with shame over how he parted from her ex. When a hook-up finds they are perfect match in the bedroom but both are hiding so much. They both like it a little rough.The heat between them is off the chart. Lily dreamed of being a chef and owning her own restaurant is her dream. Kincaid knows he isn't good enough for Lily and yet he
Monica **can't read fast enough**
One of the things that I enjoyed the most about TURN UP THE HEAT is that the heroine, Lily isn't really in need of saving. Lily has hit a few snags, had a disappointing relationship, and has been set slightly off course career wise but has not given up. Instead of floundering, feeling sorry for herself, or helplessly waiting to be rescued Lily has made a few sacrifices by moving in with her sister, taken a job as a waitress, and made a game plan as to how to get back on track. Lily also doesn't ...more
4 stars

Turn up the Heat is a steamy and entertaining read.

I enjoyed the storyline, the characters were honest, relatable, likable and entertaining.

Turn up the Heat was one of those books once you start reading you can't put it down, I read it in one sitting.
Loved the growing relationship between Lily and Kincaid, the attraction and chemistry was smoking. They were perfect for each other, both in the bedroom and in life.

**fans self**

I'm a fan of Serena Bell's writing and she has given us anoth
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This is the first book that I have read by this author so I was not sure what to expect. What I found was an entertaining read that was full hot steamy scenes, with plenty of detail and heat. While the storyline is somewhat typical and you totally know where it is going, the author has a fine writing talent that carries the typical and transformed it into a delghtful read.

The connection between the 2 main characters were pretty well thought out although the first scene was a bit startling... but
Sheryl C. Nash
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May 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turn up the Heat is the story of Lily and Kincaid, two people who have been knocked around by life. They are trying to get back on their feet and get their second chance in life. Lily McKee is an aspiring chef who is just trying to work her way to saving enough to start a new life in Chicago. Kincaid Graves is an ex-con recently out of jail, struggling to adjust to his new freedom. In addition, Kincaid is bent on getting revenge for past wrongs . When the two meet in the diner where Lily works, ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, you can't "Turn Up The Heat" much more than Ms. Bell did in this book! Whew! Turn on the fans! Kincaid and Lily burn up the pages and right into the heart of the reader! Kincaid, a recently paroled convict, is sexy and strong and trying to do the right thing. He meets Lily, a waitress yearning to leave the small town to become a chef and open her own restaurant in Chicago. Lily is sweet and generous and nurturing, yet has a secret dark side when it comes to sex. They are both lonely, yet d ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the story of Lily and Kincaid. Kincaid is a regular at the diner Lily is waitress at. They are desperately attracted to each other and a hot back alley encounter proves they have great chemistry. The problem is neither of them wants a relationship. Lily is trying to focus on saving money to move back to Chicago to get her dream job as a chef while Kincaid, a parolee, is trying to stay out of trouble and find his gran
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Evocatively written, albeit overly short novel about two people who both feel beholden to family to make up for the screw-ups of their pasts. Heroine Lily went to cooking school on the insurance money her family received after her father's death, but blew her chance to make good when the guy she was dating/working dumps her and takes away her job. Hero Kincaid, just out of jail for a violent crime, wants to find his grandmother's will so he make sure her money goes to her favorite charity, n ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads~~

This is a very hot and steamy read, with some fabulous kink - but it is also a lot more than that. The way that the desires and demands were written made everything both real, but also intensely erotic.

Lily and Kincaid are so well drawn that I would recognise them in the street, and so appealing that I would want to spend the evening with them. In short order, Ms Bell paints their lives and wishes so clearly that it is im
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-con Kincaid Graves is living a very careful life..he has no desire to go back to prison. After a bad break up, Lily McKee is working in a local diner, living with her sister and family, trying to make some money to go back to Chicago. Kincaid gets her pulse pounding the second he walks into the diner. Can they be lovers with no strings? A very sexy story with amazing characters.......full review to follow.
Michelle Hines
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!! This book was amazing. I started reading it this morning and finished it in one day. I absolutely fell in love with Kincaid and Lilly. The writer touched on every emotional roller coaster within a, trust, love, forgiveness. This book is a must read!!!

This author definitely knows how to write realistic and flawed characters.

She also deals with the premise of two consenting adults having your not so typical (non-traditional) sexual relationship without any judgement.

And lastly, it was hot as shit.
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to be posted closer to release date.
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Becky Baldridge
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Turn Up the Heat kind of snuck up on me. Or rather, Lily and Caid did. To be honest, I struggled a bit with these two as a couple, and I'm really not sure why. What I can say is that I wasn't really sold on them being together by the time they have their first - umm, encounter. Nevertheless, I kept reading, and little by little, the characters' pulled me in until I was not only warmed up to them, I was totally in their corner, rooting for them. Caid's story is heartbreaking, and the more that co ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Turn Up the Heat is the first in Serena Bell’s Second Chances series, and it’s a breathtaking experience.

Lily McKee’s back in Tierney Bay to lick her wounds and regain her footing after a bad breakup leaves her not only feeling shamed and heartbroken but unemployed. She’s staying with her sister and working a few jobs at local eateries to rebuild her nest egg and her sense of self.

Kincaid Graves knows all about hiding away important parts of yourself from the world. He’s on parole for attack
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USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT

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