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"It's not you." There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans "It's not you." There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge. But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood. Yet this small-town man isn't all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?

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"It's not you." There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans "It's not you." There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge. But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood. Yet this small-town man isn't all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?

30 review for Turn Up the Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pheonix Fanfiction

    ARC recieved by Net Galley in return for a honest review. My thoughts and feelings while reading: 0.0% "Arc from net galley, excited to read this one :)" 2.0% "Slow down there, Encyclopedia Dramatica. What are you talking about?" She laughed. "And by the way, hello is usually customary for the whole phone-greeting thing. Just so you know. On the first page, and already it looks like I'm going to love Bellamy! She seems funny, kinda reminds me of Tara Sivec's charactes. But I'm still only on the f ARC recieved by Net Galley in return for a honest review. My thoughts and feelings while reading: 0.0% "Arc from net galley, excited to read this one :)" 2.0% "Slow down there, Encyclopedia Dramatica. What are you talking about?" She laughed. "And by the way, hello is usually customary for the whole phone-greeting thing. Just so you know. On the first page, and already it looks like I'm going to love Bellamy! She seems funny, kinda reminds me of Tara Sivec's charactes. But I'm still only on the first page! so it's still abit too early to tell :)" 11.0% Her hand went back to her hip in a move he'd bet was unintentional and Shane had to admit it. He was totally turned on. Sorry, had a really hectic day yesterday and got hardly any reading done but I'm enjoying the subtle flirting going on so far and the fact that Shane doesn't want to like her, but kinda does any way :). Looking forward to seeing where this goes :)" 16.0% "He's, um, how should I put it ..." "Cheesier than velveeta?" Bellamy supplied, and Holly choked out a laugh. Lool! I'm loving some of Bellamys one liners! :)" 17.0% Kind of tough to work up a whole lot of appeal if you had the IQ of a door knocker, even if you had the other kind of knockers to make up for it. As far as Shane was concerned, the trade-off wasn't worth it, not even for a night. Love this quote from Shane! He seems like a great guy, can't wait to find out more about him! :) think I'm gonna love him!" 24.0% If Shane had known how freaking provocative her giggle was, he might've tried harder not to piss her off yesterday. Don't look now but you're flirting with the rich girl. I love their banter/flirting! Shane is definitely amazing and Bellamy is definitely getting to him no matter how much he doesn't want her to ! :)" 42.0% "It looks like you and I are kind of stuck here. Yayayay! Hope we find out more about Shane - I'm loving this a lot more than I thought I would! :)" 47.0% One minute, they'd been standing there like normal people. The next, he'd been so consumed by lust that he'd seduced her in the backseat of his car. And it was soooo hot!!!! I'm in love with these two!" 66.0% "Do you know what you're doing to me?" His voice sent tiny quakes through her insides that only intensified as he hovered over her ear agin. Oh god! I love Shane!!!!! <3" 92.0% "Because I think you're in love with him, and I'd hate to see you lose a chance to be with the guy if he loves you too" Go Jenna! That's what a real friend does - they say the truth even if you dont want to hear it! :)" 94.0% As he met his father's eyes with respect and conviction, Shane realized that while he belonged on the mountain, there was an empty part of him that had gone to the city. And he was going to get it back. Go Shane!!" 100.0% "Amazing story. I love Shane and Bellamy and I cant wait to read more about Pine Mountain! 4.5 stars"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deniz

    1,5 Stars I am sick at the moment. Down with the flu. So it seemed a really good idea to read cute and fluffy. At least I thought so. I am more suceptable to mushy feelings when I am ill and I found myself unable to concentrate. A light romance seems just the way to go. So theoretically this was a win win situation. In fact, I swear Sweet might have gotten a star less, if I read without the flu. So one would think Turn up the Heat was well set to get a minium of three stars right? Well, sadly. No. An 1,5 Stars I am sick at the moment. Down with the flu. So it seemed a really good idea to read cute and fluffy. At least I thought so. I am more suceptable to mushy feelings when I am ill and I found myself unable to concentrate. A light romance seems just the way to go. So theoretically this was a win win situation. In fact, I swear Sweet might have gotten a star less, if I read without the flu. So one would think Turn up the Heat was well set to get a minium of three stars right? Well, sadly. No. And this isn't even craptastic.... I didn't laugh one single time. Crinch a hell of a lot. Top that with having to put the book down every single chapter, to take a break. Yeah it WAS that painful. Would this not have been an ARC, it would have been thrown on the DNF pile. Ok let me point out the good things before going into detail of the crinch-worthyness in all its glory. I liked Kincaid's writing style. I honestly think she can write. I just didn't care what she did write about. I liked when she described the passions of the two MCs, or when she decribed the mountain. Kincaid can write pretty well. The smut. WELL, the smut... *grins* let me tell you, in all honesty. NEVER have I craved more smut in a book. In this book, I found myself wishing for more. First it was really really well written, yeah as I said Kincaid can write. Her smut is beautiful, sensual, hot and sigh-worthy. Second it was the only thing in this book I enjoyed. and it is the reason this got 1,5 stars rather than . Now for the crinch gallore. I really didn't like a single character in this book. I really disliked Holly, she was beyond annoying. Jenna was a tad better, but the three girls together - what a nightmare! Seriously is that how Kincaid think uptown girls are? Bellamy is supposedly a graduate with an MBA from UPenn, so she is supposed to be clever. The moment she was with her friends, she became a totally dizzy bafoon. It was beyond annoying. Jackson, was your typical bestie. Not bad but totally uninspired. Grady. Can you say cliche? The parents? PHLEEASE!! cliche? ding ding ding! I liked Shane well enough, till the drama. And then he was just, so imature. In fact all of these characters are supposed to be 27 and 29.... they felt like 22 at best? See the angst and drama would make sense then. I could not relate to their issues, simply because they were to old to behave like that. It just made me think grow a back bone! And while you at it GROW UP! I don't refer to Bellamy's insecurities about her chosen profession. Hell, I wasn't sure what I really wanted to do for a long time. I did the same thing. Graduate at a presticious uni, work and discovered that while I am ok at it, its not what I want. So I did search for a long while till I found what I really wanted to do. So her search professionally. I could relate too. I really couldn't relate to how they all dealt with everything else. Which bring me to the story line. First they meet because her car breaks down. Insta -lust here we go! Then they end up together- again cliche deluxe. Oh an the big L hits obviously. He keeps a secret (though this was my favorite part since there was really good smut here!) Then the drama happens...secret gets revealed.... tears, sulking, depression whatever then everything is just suddenly solved HEA Cliche? Hell to the yes! But to add insult to injury. The drama happened at 85%. That's also when his "dark"secret get revealed. Ok, can I just say I never expect THAT and it was so disappointing. I mean really? WTH?! at 93% all of it was solved. Secret problem over and done with. ... OH and the worst part? There wasn't even a smut scene at the end. I mean Kincaid could have at least given me that, since I did read through all the mush. AND i MEAN mush and dizz. And then they made up WITH no SEX??!! whatev... Will I read the next one? Uhm. Nope Will I read another book of Kincaid. Possibly? But only if one of my reading buddies test reads it first.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars! This book had me at 1969 Mustang Mach 1. I admit it I am a Mustang lover. I bought my first Mustang almost 10 years ago during what my husband fondly refers to as my midlife crisis years (although I seriously hope that was not the middle of my life....I am nowhere near halfway done yet). Then a very sad t This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars! This book had me at 1969 Mustang Mach 1. I admit it I am a Mustang lover. I bought my first Mustang almost 10 years ago during what my husband fondly refers to as my midlife crisis years (although I seriously hope that was not the middle of my life....I am nowhere near halfway done yet). Then a very sad thing happened several years ago and the big nasty hailstorm beat it up so badly that my insurance totaled it - I cried real tears and I am still very sad about the whole thing. The saddest part was that I was now stuck driving.....the dreaded minivan. I complained and pitched a fit for a little more than 2 years until I finally wore my husband down until he told me I should get another Mustang (and maybe another midlife crisis - who knows). This book had its very own Mustang love story! There was even a little bit of lovin' going on inside of the Mustang if you know what I mean. How could I not love this book? This book was a solid 4 star mind candy kind of book perfect for a lazy afternoon. I found the pages quickly flying by and before I knew it I had read this book in less than 24 hours. The book was not perfect and did have a couple of problems but it ended up being a nice light read. I am going to be perfectly honest and admit that this is not a book that I over analyzed. This is simply the kind of book that one reads simply to enjoy. Bellamy finds out that her newscaster boyfriend is moving away when he announces it on live TV. She does not even see the announcement but finds out about it when her two best friends, Holly and Jenna, call her on two different phones. She decides to go away from everything with her friends in Pine Mountain for the weekend. Unfortunately, her car decides not to make the entire trip so she ends up at the local garage at Shane's mercy. With her car at the garage, she tries to enjoy her weekend with her friends. Bellamy ends up at the same bar that Shane is at with his friend. They are drawn to each other and have a few more encounters. Bellamy is also dealing with the boss from hell, also known as Bosszilla, and is under a lot of stress. When Shane calls to let her know that her car is going to take longer than expected, she drives straight there to talk to him and ends up snowed in after the roads close. I liked each of the main characters in the book to a point. Bellamy was a little quick to judge Shane. To be honest, I did not think his big secret was so bad. I think they needed to talk about things not call it quits. Shane was also too quick to judge and his declaration that he would never set foot in the city was just plain silly. In many ways, I thought that these two character were too much alike but they did work well together. I thought the chemistry between the pair was good. I would recommend this book to fans of light contemporary romance. This is the first book by Kimberly Kincaid that I have had the chance to read but I plan to check out others in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LJT

    I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid. It is a well written novel that harmonizes the beauty of small town living with the dynamic of the city lifestyle. An imaginative plot and interesting characters create this refreshing contemporary romance. The story begins with gusto when Bellamy Blake, a real estate analyst from Philadelphia, experiences one of the worst weeks in her life. To begin with, she confirms via Google search that her very public boy I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid. It is a well written novel that harmonizes the beauty of small town living with the dynamic of the city lifestyle. An imaginative plot and interesting characters create this refreshing contemporary romance. The story begins with gusto when Bellamy Blake, a real estate analyst from Philadelphia, experiences one of the worst weeks in her life. To begin with, she confirms via Google search that her very public boyfriend has decided to take a new job and is moving clear across the country. Secondly, her boss, most likely a descendent of Genghis Khan, won't stop hounding her while she is taking a well deserved long weekend with her two best friends. And lastly, en-route to her weekend getaway, her car malfunctions and just stops. Whew, that's a lot to deal with! Shane Griffin is the sexy mechanic that comes to Bellamy's rescue when her car breaks down only a few miles from the Pine Mountain Resort. Although not originally from the area, he loves living in the country and using his mechanical skills to fix cars. He and Bellamy get to know each other quite well during her stay and when they are together, the sparks never stop igniting. I found all the characters in the story to be likeable, sincere and worldly in their own way. The story moves along at a nice pace and Bellamy's passion for food is a yummy interwoven subplot. This book is so good you won't want to put it down, so plan to spend some time in Pine Mountain and don't pass up the chance to read this gem. ARC received from Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    I loved this book, I loved the romance and I really loved Shane, Bellamy?" Shane's grin wiped the confidence from her face. He put a hand on the door frame, leaning in. "I might be just spit-balling here, but I don't think the problem's in your trunk." Good lord Shane has some damn funny reactions to Bellamy "Shane opened his mouth, but his vocal cords were noncompliant. Had she seriously driven here in the middle of a snowstorm to pick a fight with him over her car?" I just loved them together, I loved this book, I loved the romance and I really loved Shane, Bellamy?" Shane's grin wiped the confidence from her face. He put a hand on the door frame, leaning in. "I might be just spit-balling here, but I don't think the problem's in your trunk." Good lord Shane has some damn funny reactions to Bellamy "Shane opened his mouth, but his vocal cords were noncompliant. Had she seriously driven here in the middle of a snowstorm to pick a fight with him over her car?" I just loved them together, "she sucked in a breath at the sound of Jackson's voice, then promptly gave a startled, full-body jerk that landed her butt squarely on Shane's raging morning hard-on."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I loved Shane and Bellamy!!! Their romance grew at a wonderful pace and kept you hooked from the very beginning. Shane kept things from Bellamy from the beginning, but only because he looked at their time together as something that wouldn't last longer than getting her car fixed and he honestly didn't think that she would understand. Needless to say, they fall for each other pretty hard AND THEN everything goes all to crap! This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to read Jackson's I loved Shane and Bellamy!!! Their romance grew at a wonderful pace and kept you hooked from the very beginning. Shane kept things from Bellamy from the beginning, but only because he looked at their time together as something that wouldn't last longer than getting her car fixed and he honestly didn't think that she would understand. Needless to say, they fall for each other pretty hard AND THEN everything goes all to crap! This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to read Jackson's story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monica Cullip

    Turn Up The Heat Kimberly Kincaid I was gifted this story in exchange for an honest review. While at work one day Bellamy Blake gets a phone call from her best girlfriend. Seems her boyfriend Derek is on TV telling the world about his new job out in San Diego.Seems he is moving across the country without telling her first. This calls for road trip with her besties Holly and Jenna to drown her sorrow. On the way to the resort to meet the girls Bellamy's car breaks down and she is rescued by the local Turn Up The Heat Kimberly Kincaid I was gifted this story in exchange for an honest review. While at work one day Bellamy Blake gets a phone call from her best girlfriend. Seems her boyfriend Derek is on TV telling the world about his new job out in San Diego.Seems he is moving across the country without telling her first. This calls for road trip with her besties Holly and Jenna to drown her sorrow. On the way to the resort to meet the girls Bellamy's car breaks down and she is rescued by the local mechanic Shane Griffin. Now Shane has a thing or two against the city and city girls like Bellamy. She is quite capable of standing up for herself and there are quite a few sparks flying between them. Now the girls and Shane just keep running into one another in town. In a small town like this there is not much night life so they keep ending up at the same places. Bellamy is finding herself thinking about him constantly. Shane is finding himself attracted to her. They end up spending an romantic evening looking at the stars in the dark. They are breathtaking, awe-inspiring and so is the kiss that they share that night. Bellamy is unhappy with her job, doesn't like her boss and feels that it is not her passion in life. Shane has some issues in the past that he needs to deal with including a large myster debt that has him debating selling his prized 1969 Mustang Mach 1. As they spend some more time together she realizes that there is more to him than just a small town mechanic, he realizes that she is not a snotty as he once thought. They have some deep conversations as they both ponder the paths in life that they are destined to follow. There are conflicts here trying to come in. They both have alot of decisions to make. They have issues to resolve .But the attraction between them is so very hot. The sex scenes in the back seat of the car are just a rockin'. It was great to seem them both let go and just "be" for once. I loved how the owner of the garage Grady and his friend Jackson were big parts of the story and each had their share to contribute to the story line. Some twists are bound to happen as secrets find a way of being revealed. Her friends Holly and Jenna are the bestest friends ever.They are there for her to talk to, and cry to, whenever needed. They drop whatever they are doing to be there for her. They really added depth to the story. I thought this was going to be a cheesy love story, but I was happily mistaken, there is a deep secondary story here and I enjoyed learning more about what their characters are truly about. I felt like I was right there with them as they were making heart wrenching decisions. I would certainly read more by this author and rate this story 4/5.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ~Nichole~ Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

    ARC Provided by Netgalley Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Nichole's Sizzling Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages **4** Stars Kimberly Kincaid has become one of my new favorite authors and she is just a wonderfully sweet and gracious lady. I have only read novellas of her up until this book. I'm always honest in my reviews and this will be no different. For the first half of this book I had some feelings of ..hurry the hell up and move along! But that isn't Kimberly's fault or ARC Provided by Netgalley Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Nichole's Sizzling Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages **4** Stars Kimberly Kincaid has become one of my new favorite authors and she is just a wonderfully sweet and gracious lady. I have only read novellas of her up until this book. I'm always honest in my reviews and this will be no different. For the first half of this book I had some feelings of ..hurry the hell up and move along! But that isn't Kimberly's fault or shouldn't even reflect bad on the story. It's the fact that I've been in the Kimberly fast track with her sizzling sexy novellas for so long that I had to tell myself ...slow down and enjoy. Once I just settled back and really slid deeply into the sweet and sometimes angsty romance I just felt much better about it. Shane and Bellamy came together in what they thought was opposites attracting. But these 2 were way more similar than they ever thought. Both coming to terms with having to accept that life wasn't going the way they wanted it to. Kimberly Kincaid always has some sort of food and cooking aspect into her books and this one followed along right in that way. Bellamy's passion was cooking and the sweet and sexy times in the kitchen were enjoyable. Shane's passion was cars and lets just say that his creative side in a snow storm made some heat of a pretty different nature. All in all this was a sexy and sweet love story that I really enjoyed after I let myself get used to the new way of writing by Kimberly. I'm still a huge fan and will definitely be lining up to read Jackson story. Just his description left me panting and wanting more. He was loyal, sweet and open that I can't wait to see him fall in love. Thanks Kimberly for showing me that the true saying ...good things come to those that wait.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    If you love to read Jill Shalvis, then you are going to love Kimberly Kincaid. Especially if you like small town romances. This is the first full length book in the Pine Mountain series and it's fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on the next two novels in the series. I absolutely love this book, Shane Griffin and Bellamy Blake are two of my new favourite characters. Though some of the secondary characters in Jackson, Holly, Jenna and Grady are fighting for that spot. This book sucked me in If you love to read Jill Shalvis, then you are going to love Kimberly Kincaid. Especially if you like small town romances. This is the first full length book in the Pine Mountain series and it's fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on the next two novels in the series. I absolutely love this book, Shane Griffin and Bellamy Blake are two of my new favourite characters. Though some of the secondary characters in Jackson, Holly, Jenna and Grady are fighting for that spot. This book sucked me in from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down till I was done, so good bye real life and hello Pine mountain. Why wouldn't it, when you have the super hot mechanic Shane and his best friend Jackson, the blonde bombshell in Bellamy and her friends Jenna and Holly. Add in the combustible chemistry between Shane and Bellamy and you get a perfect weekend read. This is a fun, flirty, easy, hot read. I loved the banter and easiness between these two characters. Even in the heavier moments, there is still a lightness that flows between them. Throw in some hilarious scenes like when they get sprung by Jackson and the aftermath and you can see why I love this book. When Bellamy is dumped by her boyfriend, rather meanly I might add, she decides to escape the rat race to relax and think with her friends. She didn't count on her car breaking down and getting stranded while it's fixed. Enter Shane the mechanic, who has dramas of his own, not that he shares anything with anybody. But he's good at his job and that's what she needs. He takes one look at her car and declares it broken and it will need major repairs before she can go anywhere. When the parts get snowed in, and so do Shane and Bellamy, things heat up for the pair, think hot times in a car and other places. And when Bellamy makes a snap decision and ends up staying for a week, things really get hotter. Snow, log cabin, good food, great company, what more could they ask for ? But what happens when reality rears it's head, can Bellamy really follow through on her decision and can Shane open up enough to let her know his secret ? Or will they allow outside forces to keep them apart and cause heartbreak ? This is going to be a keeper book for me and I'm sure it will go into many other readers keeper lists too. Kimberly Kincaid is one to add to your auto buy list, if you haven't already. I am already desperate for the next book, Gimme Some Sugar. It can't come out fast enough. Till then I see a re-read or two in my future. This ARC was supplied by the publisher for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Turn Up the Heat 2 Stars After being jilted by her self-absorbed boyfriend, the last thing that Bellamy Blake wants during her winter weekend getaway is to get involved with another man. Fate, however, has other plans when Bellamy's car breaks down and the only mechanic for miles is sexy yet surly Shane Griffin who isn't interested in a relationship with a polished city girl. Can these two lost souls get past their preconceived notions and find happiness together? Being in the mood for a light and Turn Up the Heat 2 Stars After being jilted by her self-absorbed boyfriend, the last thing that Bellamy Blake wants during her winter weekend getaway is to get involved with another man. Fate, however, has other plans when Bellamy's car breaks down and the only mechanic for miles is sexy yet surly Shane Griffin who isn't interested in a relationship with a polished city girl. Can these two lost souls get past their preconceived notions and find happiness together? Being in the mood for a light and fluffy romance, this book seemed right up my alley. Despite the charming setting and the potential inherent in the opposites attract storyline, the characters are simply not that interesting and the hero is particularly unlikable. Bellamy is immature and, together with her two buddies, comes across as a ditzy teenager gallivanting about on spring break rather than an intelligent and sophisticated business woman. Shane is similarly childish with his juvenile vow to avoid the city like the plague (the reason for which is idiotic), and his unfounded prejudices against Bellamy do not present him in a good light. In addition, there is nothing original about the plot. The hero's "secret" is self-evident, and the eventual resolution to his financial woes is obvious from the start. In sum, although well-written, there is nothing truly special about the story and the characters are really not all that appealing. It is unlikely that I will continue with the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Filipe

    A Dash of Sweet + A Pinch of Sexy + A Heap of Emotion = TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid. Kimberly Kincaid writes a romance which not only captures the heart, but has to grab onto all the strings as well. We can all relate to the heroine, Bellamy, who can come off to strangers (and our hero), as a tad snooty, but deep down has a big heart and is stuck in a job she hates (where we have ALL been), but with the help of two fabulous friends, might just be changing a few things about her life tha A Dash of Sweet + A Pinch of Sexy + A Heap of Emotion = TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid. Kimberly Kincaid writes a romance which not only captures the heart, but has to grab onto all the strings as well. We can all relate to the heroine, Bellamy, who can come off to strangers (and our hero), as a tad snooty, but deep down has a big heart and is stuck in a job she hates (where we have ALL been), but with the help of two fabulous friends, might just be changing a few things about her life that are long overdue. Meeting Shane, the chemistry was instant, but Shane has some secrets he is hiding and isn't trying to make any close connections in the small town. Unfortunately the more time they spend together has him wanting to hold her close, instead of push her away, but secrets have a way of coming out when we least expect, and Shane might have just lost his chance with Bellamy forever. The sizzling heat that simmers between Shane and Bellamy, to their quirky banter, had me turning page after page! The secondary characters were so much fun, and had me cracking up, especially Jenna and Holly. Jackson was great too, and I am really excited to see where you plan to take his "romance". The Pine Mountain Series should be on everyone radar, and TURN UP THE HEAT should be on everyone's e-reader today!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    This was a great romance that had a lot of aspects I look for in a good book. Funny and witty banter, check. Hot and sexy hero, check. Smart and sassy heroine, check. Hilarious besties you wish were real, check. Hot love scenes to burn up the pages, check check. ;) This is only my second book by Kimberly Kincaid, and I am seeing that this is a travesty. I should have been reading more form her a long time ago! She definitely has a way with words. The story flowed nicely and there was even a litt This was a great romance that had a lot of aspects I look for in a good book. Funny and witty banter, check. Hot and sexy hero, check. Smart and sassy heroine, check. Hilarious besties you wish were real, check. Hot love scenes to burn up the pages, check check. ;) This is only my second book by Kimberly Kincaid, and I am seeing that this is a travesty. I should have been reading more form her a long time ago! She definitely has a way with words. The story flowed nicely and there was even a little secret past going on with Shane that had me guessing as to what the hell he was hiding. All the supporting characters were great and I'm hoping they'll get stories in this series as well! I will say that around 50% it slowed down a little and I was kinda hoping I'd have a little more info on that secret past of Shane's by then but it started to pick back up around 60% and then I couldn't put it down again. The dates Shane took Bellamy on were so sweet and when they got snowed in... hot I will say that when the 'big fight' went down I was a little disappointed, since it wasn't really a fight so much as Bellamy getting pissed and leaving. But the make up was really sweet and it ended on a happy note. I liked that Shane even mended some of his own fences (not details here due to spoilers!) I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more from this author!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin Covington

    This book has it all: smoking' hot hero, relatable and savvy heroine, humor, sexiness galore and dialogue that leaves with a serious case of "why didn't I think to say that?" syndrome. If you are looking for fun, sexy romance that will make you wish it never ended . . . read this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Brogan

    It's getting steamy in the kitchen with Kimberly Kincaid's Turn up the Heat!!! Like a sinful treat between meals, this foodie novella will satisfy your craving for a little romance! I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy and it was delicious fun!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maree Repa

    Bellamy's Journey Five Amazing Stars I was utterly excited to read this most exciting romantic adventure by my newest most fabulous author around, Kimberly Kincaid. With the first book, Pine Mountain. I so thoroughly adored such the sweetest story of complete between these two gorgeous characters. We meet Bellamy Blake, she is now completely confused by the legal work that was left for. As a worker for a large baking group in Philadelphia. She was amazing work ethic even having a deal with the wor Bellamy's Journey Five Amazing Stars I was utterly excited to read this most exciting romantic adventure by my newest most fabulous author around, Kimberly Kincaid. With the first book, Pine Mountain. I so thoroughly adored such the sweetest story of complete between these two gorgeous characters. We meet Bellamy Blake, she is now completely confused by the legal work that was left for. As a worker for a large baking group in Philadelphia. She was amazing work ethic even having a deal with the worst boss in the world. Until she receives a call from an old friend Holly, finding out her boyfriend is loving for his new job in San Diego. As Bellamy is now shocked and confused with Derek leaving to the other side of the country. She just knew that with her closest friends that they should hit the road heading west to San Diego themselves. When suddenly their car breaks down. And they meet Shane, the gorgeous greatest mechanic ever. Who worked on such classical old glamorous old cars. And much needed parts for Bellamy's journey. And this is where their relationship changed for the good. I absolutely loved this entire book. Such an adorable utter sexy romance. I just couldn't wait to now read the second book!! * I recommend this book to everyone!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Bellamy wants a getaway not only from her horrible boss but from her boyfriend who she just broke up with. She along with her two best friends decide to take a little trip. Along the way her car breaks down and her transmission gives out. She has no cell phone coverage and after walking to the small time garage she comes across Shane. Shane loves working on cars and helping out his friends. When he first meets Bellamy he thinks she is just a rich snotty woman but he quickly sees different. They Bellamy wants a getaway not only from her horrible boss but from her boyfriend who she just broke up with. She along with her two best friends decide to take a little trip. Along the way her car breaks down and her transmission gives out. She has no cell phone coverage and after walking to the small time garage she comes across Shane. Shane loves working on cars and helping out his friends. When he first meets Bellamy he thinks she is just a rich snotty woman but he quickly sees different. They begin to spend time together while they wait for the parts to fix her car but they seem worlds apart. Even falling in love may not be enough when Shane's secrets come out. Bellamy is not a happy person at first. She hates her job and boss and really loves to cook. She is happiest in a kitchen but never thought she could make it a career. The more she begins to let her worries go you see how nice and how sexy she can be. I have to say I fell for Shane from the beginning. I love a mechanic and how he is with cars is just amazing. He is also a very caring wonderful guy who will do anything to help his friends. I liked both of these characters and the side characters as well. This is a very enjoyable hot book that you won't want to set down. I kept getting interrupted while I was reading it and wanted to go hide so I could finish it. Two people from different worlds don't seem like they would be a good match but these two are. Bellamy is afraid to disappoint her parents and to do what makes her really happy. It takes her friends and Shane to show her she can do what she loves. I love the bond Shane has with his boss and his friends. He is always trying to take of his boss in so many ways. He has a secret and is struggling but he doesn't want to ask for help from anyone. He hates city living and never wants to go back to that life but Bellamy makes him want more. They have lots of chemistry between them and it clearly shows. I love how they get snowed in together. There is several hot scenes to get your blood pumping as well. I have to say I was surprised at Shane's secret. It leads to a few touching moments. If you enjoy a nice hot romance you will surely enjoy this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*

    Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst. Turn Up the Heat is book one in the Pine Mountain series and is an Adult, Contemporary Romance written by Kimberly Kincaid. I received this eARC from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review with Tasty Book Tours . 2.5 stars! It Was Ok, But Definitely Not My Favorite! The Review: I’ve read Kimberly Kincaid before, and I enjoyed her work quit a bit. She’s an excellent writer and has a gift for telling wonderful, creative storie Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst. Turn Up the Heat is book one in the Pine Mountain series and is an Adult, Contemporary Romance written by Kimberly Kincaid. I received this eARC from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review with Tasty Book Tours . 2.5 stars! It Was Ok, But Definitely Not My Favorite! The Review: I’ve read Kimberly Kincaid before, and I enjoyed her work quit a bit. She’s an excellent writer and has a gift for telling wonderful, creative stories with entertaining characters. So I jumped on the chance to read this one. And I can say that though I thought this book was ok, it definitely wasn’t my favorite. The writing was as clever as ever and the characters were somewhat interesting but I just couldn’t get into the story itself. It took me forever to get through the first half. I kept putting it down and coming back to it. After about the halfway point, things picked up but still not enough to keep me glued to my ereader. I wanted to love this story. I resonated with both characters and their conflict but I just couldn’t connect to the story itself. And usually I enjoy the “gal pal” friendships in these books but I didn’t much care for their interactions either. They were supportive but they weren’t fun. Their scenes lacked the luster I'm used to in these kinds of friendships. Shane was interesting and his conflict was the reason I kept reading. I wanted to know what his secret was and when it was finally revealed, I was a bit disappointed because I had it all put together early on in the book from random comments he made about “city girl” and “rich girl”. The Wrap Up: Am I still a fan of this author? Most definitely. Will I read her other works? For sure. I just didn’t care for this one. And one book that doesn’t rate high stars from me isn’t enough to make me stray from an author I enjoy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Turn Up the Heat will immediately have you falling in love with Bellamy Blake and Shane Griffin. Bellamy is having one of the worst weeks of her life. Getting stranded in Pine Mountain just adds insult to injury. Having sexy mechanic Shane could be a silver lining, if he wasn’t such a jerk with calling her a city girl and being all out rude to her. I loved watching Bellamy and Shane’s honesty or almost honesty with each other. They challenged each o Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Turn Up the Heat will immediately have you falling in love with Bellamy Blake and Shane Griffin. Bellamy is having one of the worst weeks of her life. Getting stranded in Pine Mountain just adds insult to injury. Having sexy mechanic Shane could be a silver lining, if he wasn’t such a jerk with calling her a city girl and being all out rude to her. I loved watching Bellamy and Shane’s honesty or almost honesty with each other. They challenged each other. Throughout the book, Shane kept a part of himself from Bellamy and everyone else. He was still able to show Bellamy who he really was and his most important attributes. I loved that Shane challenged Bellamy to look at herself and become who she truly wanted to be. This is a wonderful story of two people finding each other and themselves. Discovering that the things you thought you knew, you don’t. That sometimes, what’s really important is finding out who you are and doing what is in your heart. Turn Up the Heat is full of nice little quotes about life to make you reflect. “Funny thing about life. Sometimes it did its own thing and you were just at its mercy, hoping you came out okay once the dust cleared.” “Places are places, Shane. You come and you go, but in the end, it ain’t the places that matter. It’s the people you had with you that counts.” “You have to be true to your, honey. You get that part down, and everything else has a way of falling into place.” Source: Publisher

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Collins

    This is the first book in the Pine Mountain Series, and it was a great book, with romance, humor, best friends, and love. Shane, lives in Pine Mountain, and he is an auto mechanic, a hot Mr. Goodwrench with broad shoulders, who loves his job, but has some real issues with city life. Bellamy is a city girl, whose boyfriend, is a arrogant jerk, and she hates her job, and not only because of her overbearing boss. Jilted by her boyfriend, she gathers up her friends and heads out of town for a long w This is the first book in the Pine Mountain Series, and it was a great book, with romance, humor, best friends, and love. Shane, lives in Pine Mountain, and he is an auto mechanic, a hot Mr. Goodwrench with broad shoulders, who loves his job, but has some real issues with city life. Bellamy is a city girl, whose boyfriend, is a arrogant jerk, and she hates her job, and not only because of her overbearing boss. Jilted by her boyfriend, she gathers up her friends and heads out of town for a long weekend, only to have more bad luck come her way, which results in her meeting Shane. He lets her know from the beginning that to him she is a city girl, but believe me when I say he gets as good as he gives. Can these two people, get past their differences? Read the book, you won't be disappointed. Kimberly Kincaid, pulled me in from the first page, and at times I laughed out loud, but fell in love with Shane and Bellamy, as they tried to follow their hearts. I was a First Readers winner and got a paperback copy of this book, but I have already added the second book to my TBR list. Can't wait to see what happens in Pine Mountain next time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Goodbye Aaron, hello Shane! Not only does she have the best heroes, but the female characters aren't any slouches either! Whew! This fabulous author definitely turned up the heat! I have read every single one of her novels (so far), so I knew from the beginning that this story would probably have more “steam” than I usually like to read, but I also knew that I absolutely had to read it. I need to mention that if you don't care for steamy scenes in your novels, or a little language, you probably w Goodbye Aaron, hello Shane! Not only does she have the best heroes, but the female characters aren't any slouches either! Whew! This fabulous author definitely turned up the heat! I have read every single one of her novels (so far), so I knew from the beginning that this story would probably have more “steam” than I usually like to read, but I also knew that I absolutely had to read it. I need to mention that if you don't care for steamy scenes in your novels, or a little language, you probably want to give Turn Up The Heat a pass, but if you are a fan of great characters and a fabulous storyline, then this is the read for you. There is a bit of language, but it suits the characters. You can't have a great romance without a great hero, but this author has not settled for a great hero alone, but matched him move for move with an intelligent, strong, stubborn female heroine, who makes you love her too! I absolutely loved Shane and Bellamy's story! Make sure you check out Turn up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid introduced me to another place I would love to live – Pine Mountain Resort! Spunky, beautiful, talented cook/baker extraordinaire, Bellamy Blake and educated, loyal, handsome, top notch mechanic Shane Griffin are now “new” friends of mine! Following Bellamy and Shane through their meeting one another and the development of their funny, hot, sigh-with-envy relationship, made me laugh, get worried, become tearful and whoop for joy by the end of the book. Meetin TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid introduced me to another place I would love to live – Pine Mountain Resort! Spunky, beautiful, talented cook/baker extraordinaire, Bellamy Blake and educated, loyal, handsome, top notch mechanic Shane Griffin are now “new” friends of mine! Following Bellamy and Shane through their meeting one another and the development of their funny, hot, sigh-with-envy relationship, made me laugh, get worried, become tearful and whoop for joy by the end of the book. Meeting Jenna, Holly, Grady, Shane’s all important and sexy Mustang, Jackson, Shane’s father and other interesting cooking related people, made me want to read each page as quickly as I could. When I finished the book, I knew I had to read it again! I can’t wait to spend more time with all these wonderful people in the next Pine Mountain Novel. There is no thing as too much romance!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Purdueliz) Baassler

    Kimberly Kincaid served up a delightful start to her new Pine Mountain series. Bellamy Blake is having a bad week. A really bad week. She gets dumped by her boyfriend. Her boss is clearly one of Satan’s minions and determined to make Bellamy’s life a living hell. Even her temporary escape from her life backfires when her car breaks down outside of Pine Mountain. Enter Shane Griffin, mechanic who takes her on another roller coaster ride through her life. I laughed a lot; I drooled over the food d Kimberly Kincaid served up a delightful start to her new Pine Mountain series. Bellamy Blake is having a bad week. A really bad week. She gets dumped by her boyfriend. Her boss is clearly one of Satan’s minions and determined to make Bellamy’s life a living hell. Even her temporary escape from her life backfires when her car breaks down outside of Pine Mountain. Enter Shane Griffin, mechanic who takes her on another roller coaster ride through her life. I laughed a lot; I drooled over the food descriptions. And I even yelled out loud at Ms. Kincaid during a certain part, which thankfully resolved just fine. You won’t be disappointed with this delicious treat. I’m already clamoring for the next installment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    You just can't go wrong with hot men, great food, and a great story. This book had it all. It also gave us glimpses of characters who will soon be starring in their own Pine Mountain books. I love Kimberly Kincaid's style of writing. I felt like Bellamy and her friends could have just as easily been me and my friends when we were in our 20s, although none of us knew how to cook as well as Bellamy! I just wish I could have found a mechanic as hot as Shane when I was in my 20s! I loved everything You just can't go wrong with hot men, great food, and a great story. This book had it all. It also gave us glimpses of characters who will soon be starring in their own Pine Mountain books. I love Kimberly Kincaid's style of writing. I felt like Bellamy and her friends could have just as easily been me and my friends when we were in our 20s, although none of us knew how to cook as well as Bellamy! I just wish I could have found a mechanic as hot as Shane when I was in my 20s! I loved everything about this book and look forward to more to come in this series,

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Shelley

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Fabulous novel by Kimberly Kincaid! Bellamy Blake is dumped by her boyfriend and decides to escape a job she hates for weekend getaway with her friends. En route, her car breaks down and Bellamy meets Shane Griffin, a sexy mechanic. Add a snowstorm to their chemistry and all I can say is, Turn Up The Heat is an appropriate name for this book! Sharp dialogue, sexy scenes, and larger than life characters. This is definitely a story I will re-read I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Fabulous novel by Kimberly Kincaid! Bellamy Blake is dumped by her boyfriend and decides to escape a job she hates for weekend getaway with her friends. En route, her car breaks down and Bellamy meets Shane Griffin, a sexy mechanic. Add a snowstorm to their chemistry and all I can say is, Turn Up The Heat is an appropriate name for this book! Sharp dialogue, sexy scenes, and larger than life characters. This is definitely a story I will re-read. As Kim says, don't read hungry!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Delene Yochum

    This is the first book in a new series by author Kimberly Kincaid. As soon as you open this book and start reading you know that you might as well grab the snacks and get comfy! Turn Up The Heat is one of those books that just makes you want to be right in there with Shane and Bellamy to root for them. The chemistry between these two sizzles, the sparks fly! Add in Shane's troubles from the past and Bellamy's turbulent present it makes for a exciting read. I can't wait for the next book in this This is the first book in a new series by author Kimberly Kincaid. As soon as you open this book and start reading you know that you might as well grab the snacks and get comfy! Turn Up The Heat is one of those books that just makes you want to be right in there with Shane and Bellamy to root for them. The chemistry between these two sizzles, the sparks fly! Add in Shane's troubles from the past and Bellamy's turbulent present it makes for a exciting read. I can't wait for the next book in this series!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Sizzle! WOW! This is the first book in the Pine Mountain series and I already want to put book two on pre-order! The characters are well developed and the pace is fast. Girlfriends, towns and great pals make the secondary characters come to life! More than just a typical love story – this is a story of families and how we often make life decisions based on what we believe they will “think” of us rather than talking with them. This is spicy and funny too! Enjoy! NetGalley and Kensington Books prov Sizzle! WOW! This is the first book in the Pine Mountain series and I already want to put book two on pre-order! The characters are well developed and the pace is fast. Girlfriends, towns and great pals make the secondary characters come to life! More than just a typical love story – this is a story of families and how we often make life decisions based on what we believe they will “think” of us rather than talking with them. This is spicy and funny too! Enjoy! NetGalley and Kensington Books provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    C. Gonzales

    Wow, what an amazing Personality the main character has! She had me laughing out loud throughout the whole novel. Adding to that Shane and their chemistry and flirtation, and that made this novel one that I flew through. Its not very often that I like the female character just as much as the male character, but I connected with both of the characters from the get-go. Amazingly Sweet and Sassy novel. Perfect for a light-hearted quick read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Fantastic An amazing beginning to what is sure to be a terrific new series of books! With great humor, warmth and sexiness Kimberly Kincaid takes us on a wonderful journey to Pine Mountain. An amazing bunch of secondary characters leaves endless possibilities for more great stories. Don't miss this one I highly recommend it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Fantastic An amazing beginning to what is sure to be a terrific new series of books! With great humor, warmth and sexiness Kimberly Kincaid takes us on a wonderful journey to Pine Mountain. An amazing bunch of secondary characters leaves endless possibilities for more great stories. Don't miss this one I highly recommend it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This was a wonderful story that I truly enjoyed. It was romantic and steamy and had just a touch of mystery and family drama. I can't wait to read the next one in the series and try out the yummy recipes in the back of the book.

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