Sunday, August 3, 2014

Desert Heat by Elizabeth Reyes

Publication: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher
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.
Bethany had no clue that while at a speed dating event, she would attract the attention of Damian. A sexy guy who has no interest in meeting someone during speed dating. He has better things he could be doing, and she is just doing this for one of her several jobs.  Men aren’t even on her radar. She more important things to worry about.
But as luck would have it, they manage to cross paths again. Damian is interested. He likes her personality and spending time with her. But he senses that there is something she isn’t telling him.
Beth is hiding something. It’s pretty clear at the beginning. It’s just the what that remains a mystery. And she doesn’t plan on telling him. But ironically, Damian is a cop, and it’s not that easy for him to walk away once he gets involved.
Damian and Bethany make such a great couple. I wouldn’t say their romance was insta-love. They are attracted to each other in the beginning, but there is no OMG I have to have you, you’re the reason I live, let me jump your bones right now kind of thing. Which is a plus with me.
I think the first book I ever read by Elizabeth Reyes was Making You Mine. Ever since then, I was sold. I feel like when I read her books, that I can count on great realistic characters and an interesting story-line to get me hooked. So far that has been true.  The romance in Desert Heat was not scorching hot, but it was sweet, funny, and there were definitely some sexy moments.
P.S. I’m not sure for how long, but right now the ebook version is on sale for $2.99!! Make sure to check the pricing before you click purchase.
RATING: 3½ out of 5.
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