29 Jul '15

Review Post : Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl (5 Stars)

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Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl
Series: Girl's Night Out #3
Published by HQN Books on 2015-07-28
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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Passion this hot can't be faked…

All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town's irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out…and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.

Gabe MacKenzie's heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future's tied up in his family's Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there's just no going back…and it might be too hot for either of them to take.

FTC : I got this book from NetGalley

I love this series. The female characters are so well-rounded, the male characters don’t suffer from the ass-hat Alpha gene and the sex scenes are always smokin’ hot. These are stories about real women, with real lives, finding love and epic sex with the man of their dreams. I never have to leave my disbelief at the door with these stories, I can always just sit there and enjoy. I’ve not read a single addition to this series that I haven’t enjoyed.

In this installment, we have Veronica, the advice columnist who needs to start following her own advice and living a little, and Gabe, the sexy Librarian with a beard and mad tongue skills (yes, I do mean in the dirty way). I loved their story and think that it is possibly the dirtiest out of the entire series 😀

In her column, Veronica is calm, collected and happy to give advice on even the most intimate of problems. In real life however, Veronica is the complete opposite. Insecure, nervous and sexually inexperienced, Veronica feels that she is living a big lie. Her nightmare gets worse when her editor makes her do Dear Veronica stage-shows…. drinking seems only the way to get through! It is in this Cosmo fueled haze that she introduces herself to the lovely Gabe and confesses all her deep, dark secrets (I’m an honest drunk too … it never goes well!). She, of course, tries to forget it ever happens, but, in the cold light of sober daytime, he turns up like a bad penny and charms her socks (and pants) off.

I loved Veronica. Her character development within the plot of this story is stunning and no, in true Victoria Dahl style, it is not because of Gabe’s involvement. He is her stepping stone into the life she has only had inside of her head, but she is the one who makes the decision to reach out and make a change. He’s a very sexy stepping stone though and I loved reading about their burgeoning relationship. I love reading about the start of a new relationship, when it’s all about chemistry and trying to hide all your flaws from your new sweetie (whilst failing miserably), and this one was beautifully written. They were going so well … so it had to go wrong somewhere and it does. It really, really does…

Gabe is never going to be in Wyoming permanently. Sex was definitely supposed to happen but Veronica was definitely not supposed to happen… she is a huge spanner in his masterplan. Gabe is ridiculously sexy (especially when his whole sexual remit seems to be Veronica’s pleasure) but what I loved the most that all the things Veronica considered her “flaws”, he found sexy. He never, ever wanted her to be anything but herself (*swoon*). Too bad he was keeping quite a few things about himself secret…

There is such a woman-positive vibe to this whole series and I love it. Most of the characters are women, most are friends and the overall feel to the book is empowering. There is no slut-shaming, the characters don’t tear strips off each other to further themselves and the camaraderie is just…nice. I come out of these books with the warm and fuzzies for the female characters and in need of a cold shower over all the smex.

I love this series and I can’t recommend it enough. If you like sexy books, try this series. If you like fantastic female characters, try this series. If you like a contemporary feel to your romance, try this series. If you like men with beards, women with take-charge attitudes and lots and lots of oral sex scenes, try this book.

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