Title: Turn Up the Heat Series: B.A.D. Agency #1.5
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: February 7, 2006
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Born of Fury, Son of No One, Dragonbane
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“Turn Up the Heat” is a novella in the Playing Easy to Get anthology.
It is #1.5 in the B.A.D. Agency series.
This story is about a woman named Allison who finds out she is being sent on a fantasy vacation by her boss. She lusts after her boss, then lusts after a man named Vince. When Vince’s past catches up with him, Allison gets caught in the middle of things. “Turn Up the Heat” explains how Allison comes to work with the B.A.D. Agency.
I thought the story wasn’t going to be my sort of thing because it was so focused on Allison wanting to cut loose and explore her fantasies. However, by a quarter of the way into the novella, it got very interesting and had enough action to satisfy me.
One negative about this story was that it contained one of my pet peeves: Alice in Wonderland references. That’s just an overly used device that gets on my nerves. It doesn’t bother me enough to change my overall opinion of the story, though.
I really liked that Sherrilyn Kenyon didn’t try to force the characters into love. They never proclaim their love for one another. I appreciated that because a lot of times authors push characters into love too soon, especially in short stories and novellas.
If you are a fan of romantic suspense, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and/or the B.A.D. series, “Turn Up the Heat” should definitely be on your TBR if you haven’t read it yet. I give it five out of five stars (an A) for an interesting concept, fast pacing, hotness without insta-love, and likable characters.