Author: Karina Halle
Publication Date: 11/16/2016
They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have.
Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.
The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:
It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.
What does matter is that he’s a grump.
Kind of an asshole, too.
And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.
But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.
There’s just one major catch.
The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.
Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.
A quick read full of drama, family expectations, and sexual tension. Heatwave is the ultimate romance, perfect for a casual read. It has the most amazing location being that it takes place in Hawaii so it really combats the cold weather that we’re experiencing currently.
I really felt for Veronica, not only do her parents look down on her but she also has the shadow of her sister constantly hanging over her. A shadow that doesn’t vanish after Juliette’s early death. But that doesn’t deter Ronnie, even though she’s disappointed that she never seems to please her parents, she still finds a way to follow her dreams of becoming a chef.
Veronica and Logan’s story centers around the fact that they meet first at a party for Veronica’s mother. But before they even get a chance to test the waters Juliette comes in and steals Logan away. It’s not till after Juliette’s death that Ronnie and Logan get their second chance.
Honestly I had a hard time forgiving Logan for doing the same thing to Veronica that everyone in her life has done to her. Choosing Juliette first. Even if he does say he realized his mistake early on, it’s not like he did anything to change the situation. I also didn’t understand everyone’s big deal with Veronica and Logan’s relationship. Obviously it’s a little weird for a sister to fall in love with her sister’s widower but it’s really no different than someone’s best friend growing closer to the best friend’s widower. Because of my feelings on that I didn’t really consider Heatwave to be a “forbidden romance”.
A classic Karina Halle romance, Heatwave proved to be just the right amount of steam to keep the winter chill away. It felt like a tropical getaway on my couch. Definitely worth the read!