I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe
Series: Northern Fire #1
Published by Forever on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Sometimes old flames are the hottest of all . . .
In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it's impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit—and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there's a pain in Kitty's gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core, and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again—even if it means taking on her demons as his own.
After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming—more everything—he's impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they're reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn't come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can't help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned . . .
What I Thought…
• I love a good small town romance, and it’s an extra bonus that it’s a rekindled romance as well. Wild Heat has everything I look for in small towns, a few quirky residents, everyone knows everyone’s business and they are protective of their own.
•Kitty is returning to Cailkirn, Alaska after a long absence, fresh from a divorce from her abusive husband and battling problems of her own. Wild Heat is as much about her and Tack coming together as it is Kitty finding Kitty again. Her ex-husband was physically and emotionally abusive, to the point where her already precarious eating habits turned into an eating disorder.
• I was happy to see that Wild Heat focused more on Kitty dealing with her eating disorder and less about her ex-husband. He does make a brief appearance (which to be honest could have been left out) but other than that he is only referenced in terms of what Kitty is dealing with.
• Kitty’s eating disorder was front and center and we not only got to see how Kitty was getting better but also how her aunts, Tack and other loved ones reacted to her eating habits. There hearts were in the right place, but you can’t just force someone to eat (in fact that can be quite dangerous). I thought it was wonderful how Kitty worked through her issues with eating and how to handle her loved ones so they understood how best to help her.
• Tack was absolutely delicious. He struggled to separate and deal with his old feelings for Kitty with his new feelings for her, but always had her best interest at heart, even if that meant it wasn’t him that she needed/wanted. He was hilarious at times and I loved watching him with his brother and friends and their banter back and forth.
• It goes without saying that Kitty and Tack make a good couple, and you can tell right from the beginning when Tack doesn’t press her to talk about her eating disorder but rather lets her talk about it in pieces.
• Wild Heat was all sorts of steamy!
Overall if you like small town steamy romances, Wild Heat is for you!
About Lucy Monroe:
A USA Today Bestseller, most of Lucy Monroe’s titles have spent multiple weeks on national bestsellers lists, including Neilson Bookscan (in both North America and the UK), Amazon & B&N.com. She is ranked as a top selling contemporary romance author on Amazon.
An almost frenzied need to bring her back to the present washed over him. His instincts were telling him the best way to accomplish that, but his brain insisted it was a bad, bad idea.
Fighting the urge to act on his instincts, Tack cleaned up the detritus of lunch. It only took a couple of minutes to put everything back in his pack. But in that short time, Kitty didn’t just maintain her distant silence, but she drew further away from him.
And she couldn’t afford to do that.
He couldn’t say how he knew that, he just did.
Tack’s certainty growing that she’d checked out mentally in a way that was dangerous for her emotions, he put his pack aside and scooted closer to Kitty. She didn’t seem to notice.
“Wildcat?” he prompted, his voice as gentle as he could make it. “You okay in there?”
“Of course.” The words were right, but the vacant tone was anything but.
He slid his hand under her hair, cupping her neck, giving physical contact to draw her back to him and now. She didn’t react to the touch at all and that scared him.
“Damn it, Caitlin Elizabeth Grant, look at me.”
Her brows furrowed. “Don’t.”
“What?” he asked in a tone as gentle as he’d spoken sternly before. Come on, wildcat, tell me not to yell at you.
Her silence changed, as if she was searching for words. “Call me Caitlin.” She frowned. “I don’t like it.”
“I thought you wanted me to.” She’d said so, hadn’t she?
“Why not? Why don’t you like it?”
And that was it. He was done playing nice, his own misgivings not nearly as powerful as his need to stop whatever was going on inside Kitty’s mind.
With careful, but inexorable pressure, he turned her head so she faced him. Her pupils were dilated like they’d been yesterday, her complexion waxy, but her lips were pink and parted invitingly.
Her breathing changed just a little bit and he took that as a victory.
“I’m going to kiss you, wildcat. Are you up for it?”