Title: Taking the Heat
Author: Victoria Dahl
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Jackson: Girls' Night Out #3
Main Characters: Veronica and Gabe
Release Date: July 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Passion this hot can't be faked…
All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town's irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out… and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.
Gabe MacKenzie's heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future's tied up in his family's Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there's just no going back… and it might be too hot for either of them to take.
This book was so incredibly good. There's a ton going for it that made it one of the best books I've read this year.
Gabe is a male librarian who's in love with the outdoors and things like rock-climbing...not a great combination for a guy who's expected to take over the family business in NYC. He has one year to enjoy his life and freedom in Jackson Hole, and then he has to go back to his responsibilities.
Veronica is an advice columnist who's come back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her tail between her legs after she hated and failed in NYC. Veronica has spent her life faking it to get by. She grew up in a family where she was always a disappointment and thought that NYC would mean the fulfillment of her dreams. Instead it was a devastating disappointment in a long string of disappointments that have made up her life. As a result, she has self-esteem issues. She has fear issues. She has TONS of issues. But she's an advice columnist and is good at giving advice. One of my favorite things about her was her ability to step back from her situation, whatever it was, and look at it like she would one of the letters that came into her Dear Veronica column.
I loved her character. She knows her weaknesses and is so strong in that she will face them head-on, no matter how terrified and mortified she is about doing it.
Then there is Gabe in how he handles her. Rawr...he is so sexy in just that he wants to help her. He can see her...see her struggles...and likes her so much more for her weaknesses. He's a good guy with a great heart and a sexy physique and beard. I seriously wanted to take a bite out of him. He's the perfect hero...no, not perfect...but so damn perfect for Veronica. He helps her be a better person and in the end she does the same for him.
I had NO IDEA how this book would/could work out, but I loved that Veronica stood her ground in the end. It broke her heart, but she was so freaking strong. She showed so much growth over the course of this book, I wanted to stand up and cheer for her. She was a great heroine and Gabe was the perfect hero. I ADORED their story. Definitely one of my favorite reads for the year. It was incredibly emotional...I connected really deeply with both characters. I also loved the setting with Veronica's advice column and how she feels like a fraud through so much of it, but she is still so incredibly good with what she does. I loved how she handled her father in the end and definitely was cheering her on!
I HIGHLY recommend this book!! It was fabulous contemporary romance...fun, entertaining and so incredibly sexy! Everything I love in a good book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I will be buying a print copy because this one needs to go on my keeper shelf.