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ARC Book Review: Heat Wave by Karina Halle

This steamy standalone adult novel will make you want to travel and fall in love. Second chance romance at its finest. Ronnie and Logan are characters I won’t soon forget.


Heat Wave by Karina Halle

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They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have.

Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:
Logan Shephard.
It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl. What does matter is that he’s a grump. Kind of an asshole, too. And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.

Note: this is a standalone novel, unrelated to any previous books. It does NOT contain cheating of any kind.

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4 steamy romantic stars!


Karina Halle knows steamy love stories. Have you seen this girl’s work? She cranks out novels like there’s no tomorrow and they are always fabulous. It’s uncanny. She puts her heart into each book, but this one has so much passion, I really felt with this one. There is so much angst and heartache, but the love and passion the characters share really makes this novel one of a kind. I harp on “chemistry” all the time. Ronnie and Logan are not short in the chemistry department.

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And hello.. it’s based in Hawaii! I’ve never spoken to anyone in my life that hasn’t wanted to visit the island. Books really take you on a journey. I want to take a vacation so bad after reading this! I felt like I was experiencing Hawaii with Ronnie. She was loveable and relatable. I loved her as a narrator. She inner thoughts are what plague so many women and it was wonderful to read.  Also, another small thing I really liked was her nickname. Ronnie for Veronica was just so cute!

I really liked that it started with a prologue. It set up the story very nicely. Everything was very well written. That’s one thing that really puts a book over the edge of whether I like or love it. The flow of the story worked so well. I was sucked in right from the first line.

“I saw him first.”

My heart was racing the whole time that it wasn’t breaking. The angst… oh, the angst! Ever just want to take the characters and shake them until they know the right thing to do? Well, I think you’ll experience that while reading this book. Such a great thing to become so totally engrossed in what you’re reading.

I’m so glad I got to read this early. A great experience from start to finish.

Thank you to InkSlingerPR and Karina Halle for providing this book for review! I loved the book!


Check back tomorrow for the release day launch for HEAT WAVE! There will be a special preview of the book with the whole prologue available for your reading pleasure!


About the Author:

Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.



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