The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
Series: The Original Heartbreakers #2
Release Date: July 28th 2015 by HQN Books
Print Length: 384 pages
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Target Reader: Adult
REVIEW BY ELLE
The Hotter You Burn is the second installment from The Original Heartbreakers series. Gena Showalter made a new contemporary romance book with rich bad boys as the main hero in the small city called Strawberry Valley. Although I didn’t enjoy the first book, I still hoping to read Beck’s story because he shows some good humor and smart conversation. He’s funny and ‘famous’ around female population in the town. But, again… I have to lower my expectation.
There is so many weakness in this book. I never know how can Beck has attraction towards Harlow. Their first meet is when Harlow broke into the house where Beck and the others live. Harlow Glass is the previous owner of the house but with some reason behind it, she lost her home and everything. Harlow become jobless, homeless and penniless. I don’t know how Harlow can survive in this condition. Hell, this is confuse me because she never mention about her survival. She’s ex-bully when in school and almost hate by the whole town. They never like and trust her until present day. She feels that she deserve everything after what she had done in the past but she wants to change. The new Harlow is become mature and independent. I liked that about her. She wants to stand on her own feet and not rely on someone.
Beck is act like a (almost) stalker by follow her anywhere for his curiosity and he surprised with what he has found. I really disappointed with Beck. His act towards her make me wanna bang his head on the wall. After so many steamy attraction between them, Beck always withdraw with the same excuse. He never talk about his issue with Harlow and he left her so many times. What I hate the most is when Beck thinks Harlow deserve someone better than him and he made a set up to be matchmaker for Harlow. Everything Beck has done is backfired to him, but the circle goes again. Argh… It makes me frustrated.
I know that trust has to be earned anyhow, but I don’t expect to that easy. For me, it’s a bit anti-climactic at the end. Their relationship is lack of passion and I’m not feeling HOT at all. It was an entertain read about forgiveness, redemption and in the search for true love. The characters is well developed with slow paced because they’re moving in the circle for almost 70% of the book. The plot is quite boring like a soap drama. Overall, The Hotter You Burn is an okay read because I don’t hate it but also didn’t like it. I recommend this book because… Hey, it’s Gena Showalter so it can’t be that bad, right? Honestly, I can’t wait for West and Jessie Kay on the next book (I hope their books will be the last).
ARC courtesy of author, in exchange for an honest review