Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.
Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.
For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own
Release date: July 28th 2015
Published by: HQN Books
Page numbers: 416
The Hotter You Burn is the second book in Gena Showalter's new contemporary romance series called the Original Heartbreakers. While the #0.5 novella and the first book were big flops for me I powered through with this one because of all the really good reviews I read. I have to admit that this is an improvement from the first two books but it still didn't blow my mind away.
Beck is the beautiful one of the group. He hides what he really feels by pouring out the charm on everyone. He is a complete man whore and never sleeps with the same woman twice. All that changes when he meets Harlow and he is completely intrigued. I liked Beck. I felt bad for him because he always felt that he was never good enough and couldn't commit to anyone. He did act a bit childish at times but all in all Beck was a good hero.
Then we have Harlow. Harlow had a horrible childhood and she removed all her angst by bullying the other kids. That is why she is the most hated girl in town. I could see that Harlow had grown up and actually regretted all her past actions. But what I didn't like was how some of the townsfolk treated her. It was very horrible and I always dislike such tropes.
Beck and Harlow's chemistry was much more believable than the last two couples. Harlow really needed Beck's help and Beck was more than happy to provide it. I also liked how Beck was protective of Harlow and willing to stand up for her when no one else was. The only tiny complaint I have was that these two changes their minds way too many times.
We also get to see the remaining residents of Strawberry Valley. West gets the next book and I'm curious too see how he'll get over his issues because they are MAJOR. I'm still not entirely convinced of his pairing with Jessie Kay though. The Hotter You Burn was a good enough read.
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