I originally read this book back in May and ADORED it. Now that it's out for all to read - it's time to do the repost. This is one you Don't Want To Miss!!
Occasionally I get ARC’s for books that aren’t due out for a few months. If I read it when I get it and I really enjoy it, I’m not quite sure what to do. Do I do a review for a book in May that won’t released until August? Or do I wait and do a review closer to the release date? But then I might forget some of it and my initial enthusiasm might be gone. Do I do a review now and then just hold it until closer to release date and post then? Chances are pretty good if I do that I won’t remember where I stored it.
So after pondering on all that – I decided on something different. I sort of did it with The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, but now it’s official. This is a Be On The Lookout For feature. I’ll do a review when the enthusiasm if fresh and repost when the book is released.
So this is it – my inaugural post and the book is……
Stolen Heat by Elisabeth Naughton
Why this one: funny story that. I was on my way to work and drove past the front of the house and noticed a package in my mailbox. See, I don’t check my mail everyday – surprise – and when I saw what looked like a possible book package, I jumped out of the car and quickly ran up to the house, grabbed it and put it in my bag. Later I was reading another book when I noticed that there were missing pages so I put that one away and started this one.
Steam Level: Just the way I like it
Author Website Blurb:
Passion So Hot It's...STOLEN
His past tore them apart. Hers lies thrust them back together.
Now a killer's out for revenge, but the biggest threat for both may just be the heat they thought they'd already lost....
Antiquities dealer Peter Kauffman walked a fine line between clean and corrupt for years. And then he met the woman who changed his life—Egyptologist Katherine Meyer. Their love affair burned white-hot in
Six years later, the woman Pete thought he’d lost for good is suddenly back. The lies this time aren’t just his, though. The only way he and Kat will find the truth and evade a killer out for revenge is to work together—as long as they don’t find themselves burned by the heat each thought was stolen long ago…
My Thoughts: Wowzers!! This book started out with a bang and didn’t stop the entire book through!! Often when reading RS it’s not equally balanced, but not so in this one. It’s the perfect blend of both.
Katherine Meyer is an Egyptologist who is currently leading tours of ancient tombs while she waits for the chance to actually do some excavating. Peter Kauffman is a mysterious gallery owner who stands up and takes notice when he first sees her. The chemistry between these two is incendiary. Pete is not quite all that he seems though and he’s slightly shady. Though a series of events, he believes that Kat was killed in an explosion and he has mourned her ever since.
The story opens when Kit who didn't really die, comes back into Pete’s life five years later to steal something from his gallery. He is at first elated she’s alive, and then furious that she let him believe she was dead for the past five years and then even angrier that she has dragged into deep, deep trouble by her reappearance, yet still elated that she is alive. The author does a great job in portraying his conflicting feeling and made me ‘feel what he felt’. I normally don’t go for this kind of hero – a playboy type with questionable morals, but in the case of Peter Kauffman, I just found him very yummy – very yummy indeed. He’s one of those heroes’ who is wrecked for the heroine. I don’t know how else to put it but hopefully you know what I mean.
And as great a character as Peter was, Kat Meyer is just as well written. The Kat five years ago was wonderfully well drawn. She was a bit of an innocent in some ways. She found it hard to believe that someone like Pete would be interested in her. But we the reader can see the appeal. I love a well-written heroine and this one is well written indeed.
Five years later she has lost that touch of naïveté but is still just as interesting. Just as Peter is angry yet still drawn to her, so too is she Peter. Towards the end of their previous relationship she found out something that led her to believe that he was just using her all those years ago and she too feels angry and drawn to Peter at the same time.
The mystery itself is also very well done. Because of what her return sets in action, they are constantly on the run from the villains. This is the “suspense” part of romantic suspense. This is the second of a series but stands on its own very well. I know this because I haven’t read the first book, Stolen Fury yet. I have it – somewhere and you can be sure that I will be tearing into all the piles of books I have all over the house looking for it!!
If you like romantic suspense, if you’ve never tried it before but are curious and looking for a good one – Stolen Heat is a book to put on the Be On The Lookout For. I will be reposting this review later so you can move it from the BOTLF list to the TBB list, then the TBR list, then I think it just might be on the Keeper list
Grade: 4.75 out of 5