Desert Heat – Review

Desert Heat Final Cover

What it’s all about

Besides working three jobs, worrying about her family back home, and running from her past, the worst thing to complicate Bethany Amaya’s life further would be a romance. But after a second-run in with the irresistibly sexy detective Damian Santiago, that’s exactly what she gets. In the blink of an eye, she’s caught up in a passionate romance with one of the most intense men she’s ever met.

Awestruck for a second time by the beautiful and intriguing performer, Damian is both surprised and delighted that Bethany agrees to something he didn’t even expect to be asking for so soon—exclusivity. As things heat up, Damian’s skills of detecting and reading body language begin to raise suspicions—Bethany is keeping something from him. Try as he might to calm his suspicions, the blatant signs become impossible to ignore.

Some things are better left unsaid. At least that’s what Bethany keeps telling herself. She never imagined falling in love so quickly, and she refuses to get Damian caught up in her troubles. She knows what he suspects—sees it in those possessive eyes. With Damian’s suspicions mounting, time is of the essence. The race is on, and Bethany finds herself scrambling to fix the past before the truth comes out and Damian finds out that it’s much worse than he suspected.

What I thought

I love Elizabeth Reyes books. That is certainly no secret. I had come across and dismissed Forever Mine so many times on my recommendation list from both Kobo and Goodreads. Why did I dismiss it I hear you ask? I was just post FSoG and I was looking for smut.
Anyhoo…. Eventually I thought, this book isn’t going anywhere until I read it. Needless to say I was hooked. Not only in this book either but in the whole series. I swallowed the series. I couldn’t read it fast enough. As far as I can remember they were all out at the time so I had a Moreno brothers marathon. Then there was 5th Street and the Fate series. Neither of these were out at the time so I became just like everyone else and hanging for a new book. And don’t even get me going on Breaking Brandon – it very nearly broke me.

BUT Desert Heat. Well now that is a horse of another colour (as they say here in Ireland). It is undoubtedly an Elizabeth Reyes book. The quality of the writing is amazing as always. The story and the characters are so well-developed that we think they are our best friends. God what I wouldn’t give for Detective Santiago to be my best friend. However this is Elizabeth Reyes all grown up. If you get what I mean.
The title is so apt, cos it’s hot in the Desert – right? Its hot within the pages of this book. Scorching. I almost had to wear oven mitts to read it.
In all seriousness though. This book is the beginning of a new side to Elizabeth Reyes and I love it. I loved her books anyway and I love books of a more adult nature and if I can combine the two well then that just makes my day. Desert Heat has a dark side that we haven’t seen in any of the books to date. It has characters that have their own baggage and their own problems to deal with. And secrets. There are definitely secrets, and these have the potential to destroy any relationship that Damien and Bethany have any hope of having. If only someone would tell these characters to be honest from the get go then we wouldn’t have all this angst and drama. NOBODY TELL THEM!! What the hell would we do without all the angst and the drama.
I got this book by special delivery back in January. I had just started reading another book and I am one of those people who cannot read more than one book at a time ( I don’t get why people do to be honest). I was kicking myself and truthfully I didn’t get said book the attention it deserved cos Desert Heat was calling my name. I raced through it so fast, but then I didn’t want it to be over so I tried to drag out the last couple of chapters. Book addict problems!
One of the absolute best things about this books is that it has set us up for an invasion of Ratz. And I for one cannot bloody wait!

Did I tell you the book is awesome? You have to read this. Like yesterday. Or maybe just when it comes out on May 13 😉

Add it to your Goodreads Shelf today!

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