ARC Review: The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
Series: The Original Heartbreakers #2
Release Date: July 28th 2015 by HQN Books
Language: English
Print Length: 384 pages
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Target Reader: Adult

Ebooks: Amazon USB&N • Kobo • iBooks
Paperback: Amazon US • Book Depository

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…

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.



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






❤ The Original Heartbreakers series  ❤

#1 ~ The Closer You Come: My Review • Amazon USB&N • Kobo • iBooks
#2 ~ The Hotter You Burn: Amazon USB&N • Kobo • iBooks
#3 ~ The Harder You Fall: My Review • Amazon US • B&N • Kobo • iBooks


Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared onNightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours!  Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at or

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