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The Heat Is On

(Madden Brothers #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,401 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Oh, dear. Bella Manchelli is "so" not having a good day. First, she's deliciously exhausted from last night's sizzling one-night stand. Second, there's a (gulp) dead body at her back door., that scrumptious one-nighter is at her front door... and he's wearing a badge!Police Officer Jacob Madden is all about duty. Until he shows up looking for a homicide...and ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Blaze #558, 218 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Harlequin Blaze (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really like Jill Shalvis's writing. She knows how to write fun and sexy stories with very likable characters, and The Heat Is On was no exception. Jacob and Bella's chemistry was off the charts but believable, and I was very satisfied with their HEA. The mystery surrounding the dead body found at her back door was easy to figure out, but that was OK since the main focus of this story is the romance between Jacob and Bella. All in all, this was another good read by one of my favorite authors.

Lisa Kay
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) It isn’t easy to read steamy romance; not every reader can pull it off. Nevertheless, Gayle Hendrix does a really nice job on this one. I’ve never heard her read before, but I went as far as to see what else she has narrated. She does a nice job with inflection and conveying those notes in a character’s voice when they think something is funny, worrisome, sad, perplexing, sexy, or ironic.

Isabella Manchelli – or Bella – isn’t one to stick around
The chemistry between pastry chef Bella Manchelli and police officer Jacob Madden worked well, although it didn’t sizzle and snap of the pages. The romance component of this book was quite nice, the suspense part a little meh. Jacob and Bella’s interactions were meant to be confined to just a one night stand, at least as far as Bella was concerned, but when she finds a dead body on her doorstep, Jacob and she cross paths once again, and as danger gets closer and closer to Bella, she finds ...more
I cannot believe I didn't read this book before, it was a pretty good read and connected to a novella I read, as in the hero here has a lot of brother's and I have read the stories of one brother, I do hope there are stories in store for the others.

Anyways, the heroine is a pastry chef for now, she has this travel gene and not putting down roots. She comes from a big family and being the youngest felt kind of rootless even though she knows her family adores her. She likes her new job and friends
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a Blaze romance, but I still enjoy the light and easy reads Harlequin has to offer. This was a hot little story with some suspense thrown in the mix. The killer/stalker storyline was a bit simple and too easy to figure out, but that was okay. Jacob's and Bella's chemistry made up for that entirely! Both were great protags and together they were smexy! My only niggle concerns the wrap-up of Bella and Jacob's HEA: I thought that the 'misunderstanding' was a bit ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3 stars; B

This was the first Jill Shalvis book I've ever read. I wanted to check her out after reading good reviews by several people I follow on GR. This was the only one on the shelf at my library so I picked it up.

It was a well done, fast paced contemporary romance. I liked it. I liked this author and definitely want to read more of her.
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Let me get this random thought out of the way first...the character's names. Bella...Jacob; Bella...Jacob...Whaaaa??? Wait was I reading Twilight this week LOL? You think this means Ms. Shalvis is Team Jacob?

In this day and age of social networking and hooking up, on-line dating seems like the perfect way for Bella Manchelli and Jacob Madden to meet. In The Heat is On, Bella's experience can best be summed up by: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good:
As someone who never stays in one place
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is what a Harlequin Blaze is all about - sexy, fun and with the kind of heroine you'd love to have as one of your girlfriends. Jill Shalvis is a damn good author and I really enjoyed this story that started with a bang, literally, and never let up.

You'll root for both the hero and heroine and I couldn't find a thing I didn't like about them. I loved how realistic Police Officer Jacob Madden was and Bella was like the embodiment of a lot of modern women today - feeling restless,
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both of the stories in this book are really cute.

In the Jill Shalvis book The Heat Is On, things happen fast. For the most part that's a good thing, but the story seems rushed in a few places. Especially the end. But I'm not going to complain because this was a fun and quick read, perfect for the beach.

In the Natalie Anderson book Blame It On The Bikini, I found the beginning a bit confusing. In fact, if I hadn't read the description I may not have known what was happening. I'm happy to say it
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
The title of the book describes the story to a tee as it's absolutely sizzling. Wow! I loved the way the author starts off the novel; that the one-night stand between the two protagonists, Bella and Jacob, has already taken place. Instead, she has the two already reliving the passion between the two right off the bat, and when Jacob arrives on the scene - let's just say I'm surprised my Kindle didn't start smoking. Don't fret ladies, you still have a front row seat to some hot sizzling sex ...more
*3.5 Stars*

This was a nice story, not exceptional, but nothing wrong either. It may be suffering a little in my opinion because the book I was reading while I was listening to this one was very similar, but just had a little more substance. Both the hero and heroine were very likable, but I would have been happier if they had spoken their feelings sooner. They both wanted the same thing, but were afraid to say it.

I listened to the audio of this book, the narrator, Gayle Hendrix, was just ok to
Other than the somewhat overused "irresistible chemistry" thing, this was a very enjoyable story. Well-written and well-paced. I did figure out the suspense pretty early on, but that's okay. I loved both main characters, and would liked to have seen more of Willow and even Ethan. The shorter series format doesn't leave much room for secondary character development, but Shalvis did a lot with the limited space. I also liked how Jacob pulled himself from the case. That seemed realistic.

There are
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Not bad, though Bella's insistence that Jacob tell her he needed her to stay with him (when she herself told him over and over she was only going to be temporary, and never once indicated to him that she was beginning to feel differently) got to be a bit much. I also wasn't crazy about the narration. I might have given it a higher rating--a half star, most likely--if I'd read the print or ebook instead; the narrator had odd little quirks that annoyed.

Still, though, it was a decent story with fun
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2013
This book is based only on the story by Jill Shalvis.

I thought this one was cute. For some reason I really loved Bella's Siberia excuse, especially when she was busted with it. I liked how things seemed to progress with Bella and Jacob, with the police and Jacob's brothers butting in and with Bella running away. I especially loved it when fantasy #2 was ruined by one brother. The ending was just right for this one.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved the relationship between Jacob and Bella. Their sexual tension makes the book blazing! I really enjoyed it!
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars

Loved the hero & heroine in this story - like, a lot. Unique storyline, just long enough to keep me interested, but not so long as to frustrate. Sexy, fun, flirty and funny.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bella Manchelli didn't stick, not to places, or to people. Even though she liked the coastal town of Santa Rey, California, and her job as a pastry chef, she never made promises and she never got hurt. So when she signed up for Eight Dates in Eight Days, it was just for fun. And when she went home with Date Eight, she crept out of his room in the morning and never expected to see him again.
Until she found a body on her doorstop. The detective on the case? None other than Mr. Date Eight—Jacob
Amber Brownlow
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book, I fully thought that I would be giving it just an average 3 star rating, but quickly I absolutely fell in love with this story. Once the quirky and witty dialogue began between Bella and Jacob I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I truly enjoyed my time reading this book and was very happy that I decided to pick it up. It really was a wonderful read.

I've read Jill Shalvis's work before and enjoyed it, and once again I was not disappointed. Shalvis created such
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this one... it's a good, quick, steamy read! The chemistry is great between the hero & heroine, and there's even a bit of a mystery to keep the story moving along. The story pulled me right in & held my attention until the end. My only complaint is that the ending is a bit abrupt... I would have liked maybe one more chapter.
Leefe Leefe
Too hot for HR. Bella-Jacob, of course my mind thought about Twilight and hope this story wouldn't absurd. But... yeah, in the fact this is pure harlequin romance. Truthfully, I don't like Bella's character. Too bitchy and naughty.
Ashley F
This review was posted at Tsuki’s Book Blog on August 2, 2013.

The Heat Is On:

I'm a big fan of cooking romances. There is something incredibly sexy about falling in love in the kitchen. While I enjoyed this book immensely it was not the sort of cooking romance I look forward to. This was much more of a romantic suspense than a contemporary romance. While I have nothing against romantic suspense and often enjoy them when I choose to read them, this was not what I expected.

I did, however, enjoy the
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scorching hot and passion-riddled, with great dialogue. The crime story is a bit thin and predictable, but it doesn't take a lot of space so at least I didn't mind. Overall I really liked it.
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Christy’s Review

From the first line of The Heat is On I was hooked. This is the second story of Ms. Shalvis that I have read and I absolutely loved it. The chemistry between Bella and Jacob was steamy from the beginning.

Bella’s character is of a young woman with a large family who moves around from place to place. She’s never really put down roots anywhere. The story is set in Santa Rey, California and Bella’s working for Willow the owner of Edible Bliss Cakes and Pastries as a pastry chef. She
Anna Marie
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CUTE book with fast-paced story and lots of sizzle.

Bella is a girl with wanderlust - she never stays in one place for very long. Working as a pastry chef in Santa Rey, she signs up for 'Eight dates in Eight Days'. All of the men are nice, but nothing special... until Date #8. When she finds herself smitten... which is why she runs.

Next day, Date #2 shows up dead with a handful of flowers on the pastry shop doorstep. And who should the cop in charge of homicide happen to be but Date #8. The story
Marta Fabianek
Jill Shalvis' The Heat is On:
3.5 stars
I enjoyed that one, the suspense part of it was new to me from that author, but was a definitely good twist and I liked the characters. :)

Natalie Anderson's Blame it on the Bikini:
2.5 stars
This one just wasn't for me. I'm sure others may enjoy it, but it felt to me like I've read such a story a couple of times before, be it as a main story or as a side story of a book and it was just a bit too... can I say cliché? Rich guy who can have every woman, poor girl
Lynn Spencer
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: category-romance
3.5 stars Definitely a fun read! The hero and heroine had definite chemistry and I enjoyed this book quite a bit most of the way through. One night stands turning to long-term romance is not a favorite trope of mine (probably because I've seen it go badly for friend of mine way too many times), but Shalvis handles it far better than most.

In this book, the hero and heroine are thrown together on a blind date through a singles club and the progression of their relationship actually does feel
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I am currently on a Shalvis binge and loving it. Her books are so fun and sexy, and I never fail to fall in love with her characters.

Our heroine, Bella is a woman with no roots. She does a dating club stint, 8 dates in 8 days. Her 8th date, aka tall, dark, and sexy is a one night stand Bella does not regret, as she plans to never see him again, right? Wrong! The next day, Bella discovers the body of one of her 8 dates, and tall, dark, and sexy, aka Jacob, is the detective on the scene.

The two
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
God, please let me find the bones in my knees so I don’t collapse to the floor in a puddle of longing…
- Bella
That’s sweet.
- Bella
- Jacob
What’s wrong with being called sweet?
- Bella
Not something I’m accused of all that often.
- Jacob
You shouldn’t have to change who you are for a relationship.
- Bella
Faking is nothing but a polite lie designed to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.
- Bella
Are you saying you need me to stay, or you want me to stay?
- Bella
Real‐life shit can’t be run off a careful,
Hannah M.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Heat is On by Jill Shalvis was a fun read from Shalvis. I absolutely love Shalvis’s romances as I have ever since that first one last year. In The Heat is On, someone is targeting free spirit Bella Machelli’s dates from a blind date program, Eight Dates in Eight Days. One morning she finds one of her dates outside the pastry shop she works at and when she calls the police, none other than her final date – the one who she had a one night stand with – shows up revealing himself as a detective. ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely contemporary from Jill Shalvis. This one a romantic suspense in which pastry chef Bella Manchelli agrees to 8 dates in 8 nights as part of a charity fundraiser, and then begins to find the bodies of her dates on her doorstep. As always, Shalvis's characters are immediately accessible to the reader. We care about these people, we share their joy, we feel their pain, and sometimes we yell at them to get off their asses and go for their HEA. There are a couple of obvious red herrings ...more
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“Maybe you were frisking her," Ethan suggested with a smile.

In return, Jacob suggested something with his middle finger.

"Huh. Again with the no comment," Ethan noted. "Maybe she wore out your tongue?”
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