Desert Heat by Laurie White
Publisher & Release: Self-published, January 7, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Arizona
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Length: 160 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns
Brainy pharmaceutical research scientist Julia Alvarez is horrified when she discovers the body of her murdered colleague, shot by a mysterious assailant. Then she encounters Max Reilly, the bad-boy homicide detective who’s been assigned to the case.
Julia can't imagine that this sexy detective, the bad boy she admired from afar years ago, would ever be interested in a lady scientist. Despite his best intentions, Max finds himself drawn to Julia. Bad idea, he tells himself: Julia is the daughter of the mayor, an outspoken critic of the police department. What would a sheltered princess like Julia see in a blue-collar guy like him?
As they both try to find a killer, Julia and Max also discover an attraction as searing as the Phoenix sun, but can they find happiness with each other despite backgrounds that are worlds apart? Can they survive the danger when the killer targets them both?
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This is the second book I have read by Laurie White. When I found it available through Kindle Unlimited, I immediately borrowed it. Ms. White writes exciting romantic suspense filled with plenty of sexual tension between the main characters. Desert Heat delivers and more than met my high expectations.
Julia Alvarez is desperately trying to find a new cancer drug with her partner on the project. When he ends up murdered, and all their work stolen, she knows she is in danger as well. The detective assigned to the case is none other than Max Reilly, a man she had a huge crush on back in high school, but since he was a jock, he never gave her any attention.
As they search for her partner’s murderer, the attraction between them becomes combustible. Should she give into the passion, or stay focused on the investigation? After all, how could a nerdy scientist and a gorgeous cop have anything in common?
Desert Heat is fast-paced with plenty of action from the first page, which pulled me into the story immediately. I always love that when it happens! The plot is intriguing and fully developed.
Julia’s character was easy to like. She is loyal, dedicated and loves her family. Her determination to find a new cancer drug that would help her mother shows her character in a great light. When faced with life and death situations, her concern is for others rather than herself.
Max Reilly is a great hero. He is drop-dead good looking, a strong alpha-male and truly wants to protect people. While he was the jock and Julia was the nerd, he recalls her fondly and responds to her physically. His honor tells him it’s a bad idea to give into the attraction, but his heart believes otherwise.
Wow! The chemistry between Julia and Max is fantastic. Ms. White slowly builds the sexual tension one tantalizing scene at a time, leaving me panting for them to at last fall into each other's arms. This is by no means a bad thing; it makes this book an awesome read.
If you enjoy a story with high suspense, great characters and an intriguing plot, then you will love Desert Heat as much as I did. I highly recommend this great love story, and once you’ve read it, you’ll be eager to read her other books. Happy reading!