by Elizabeth Reyes
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Atria—Simon & Schuster bring you this addictive and steamy romance novel by the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series.
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.
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My Thoughts: The last place Damien Santiago wants to be is at a stupid speed dating meeting. One look at him would let you know he doesn't have any problem whatsoever getting a date, but his friend asked him to go, and because he's such a good friend he agrees. When he first meets Bethany Amaya he's not quite sure about her, yet when she doesn't even give him her name, it makes him even more curious. When a second-chance encounter has the two meeting once again, Damien can't believe this is the same girl, and the girl is drop dead gorgeous. Needless to say she captures his full attention. When Bethany sees Damien, he has her full attention equally. As fate would have it and against her better judgement, she falls for Damien, but when her secrets come unraveled right before her eyes, she just might lose everything she has been fighting for, including Damien.
Damien Santiago is a homicide detective and a very good one, and the homicide hottie is sexy, possessive, and panty dropping gorgeous. Bethany's character remains a bit of an enigma and her story become clear bit by bit as the book progresses. The desert isn't the only thing that is sizzling hot in this book - the chemistry between these two, as well as the romance that ensues takes temperatures up past even the heat of the desert. The secondary characters were also well written and I enjoyed them as well.
The story itself is both intriguing and engaging, causing you to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I enjoy Elizabeth Reyes' writing style and she has done an excellent job pulling the reader into the pages of her latest book. Desert Heat also has a bit of a suspenseful feel to it, especially when Detective Homicide Hottie puts his skills to work in search of answers. Overall, Desert Heat is a great contemporary romance and something fans of this genre should definitely check out.
USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.
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