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Wicked Heat

Wicked Heat

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by Nicola Marsh

Wicked Heat (A Feel the Heat novel) by Nicola Marsh
Competitors by day, lovers by night…
Allegra Wilks has had the worst month of her personal and professional life. To save her company, she must go on her would-be honeymoon and land the luxury eco-island resort's lucrative advertising account. But when a lingerie mishap leads her into the arms


Wicked Heat (A Feel the Heat novel) by Nicola Marsh
Competitors by day, lovers by night…
Allegra Wilks has had the worst month of her personal and professional life. To save her company, she must go on her would-be honeymoon and land the luxury eco-island resort's lucrative advertising account. But when a lingerie mishap leads her into the arms of a wickedly distracting Australian, Allegra's tempted to skip the trip and explore the most sensual kiss she's ever experienced. Too bad their chance encounter at the airport is just that.
Having recently lost his company to his former best friend's shady business tactics, Jett Halcott is headed to a South Pacific resort to secure an advertising account that will resurrect his reputation and career. Realizing the tantalizing Allegra Wilks is on his flight, Jett envisions a week filled with business and pleasure. But Jett doesn't know Allegra's fighting for the same account, or that there's more at stake than his heart.

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Wicked Heat

A Feel the Heat Novel

By Nicola Marsh, Libby Murphy

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Nicola Marsh
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ISBN: 978-1-62266-292-0


Jett Halcott knew lingerie.

Which meant the tall blonde striding through LAX like she had a bug up her ass, leaving a trail of skimpy, provocative satin and lace spilling from her suitcase, was either a hooker or a Victoria's Secret model.

Either would be fine with him.

He could call out to her and put an end to the sniggers from passengers streaming through the chaotic airport.

But where was the fun in that?

Instead, he scooped up every frivolous scrap that tumbled out of her wheeled luggage, like crumbs for a deviant Hansel ready to gobble the gingerbread all in one go.

He wished.

From what he could see, the blonde looked tempting from behind. Long legs. Sexy ass. Shiny, straight hair halfway down her back that swung with every step she took. Fast strides that lengthened the gap between them.

The lingerie shedder was a go-getter or she was about to miss her plane.

He snagged crotchless ivory lace panties, a black bustier, a red corset, and a tempting assortment of satin thongs and sheer bras from the trail she left behind her, mentally dressing her in each and every one.

Hot damn.

He picked up the pace, dodging weary travelers pushing trolleys laden with luggage, eventually catching up with her after they cleared security.

"Excuse me ..." He'd planned on making some smart-ass remark when she turned. Instead, he found himself surprisingly speechless as her eyes connected with his.

Pale, light blue, the color of a glacier he'd seen in New Zealand on a school trip once. Pity her haughty expression matched the unusually striking color.

"Is there a problem?" She glanced at his arms, laden with sexy underthings, and her eyes widened. "Whatever you're selling, I'm not interested."

"Pity. I think you'd look great in this." He snagged a sheer crimson lace thong and held it out on the tip of his forefinger. "Red's definitely your color."

To his surprise she blushed, before directing a death glare at him, the kind of stare that could freeze a guy into hypothermia.

"Do I need to call security?"

"I don't know. Do you?" He returned the thong to the pile in his arms. "Though I'd prefer a one-on-one fashion parade rather than having an audience."

Her lips thinned into an unimpressed line. "I've got a plane to catch."

"Me, too. Which is why I'm done with my good deed for the day and am returning your belongings." Before she could reply he thrust the lingerie at her and she reacted quickly, managing to catch the lot before they tumbled to the floor.

"These aren't mine —"

"That's what they all say." He pointed at the small suitcase propped at her feet. "Your zipper's busted. You've been leaving lingerie all through LAX."

She glanced down at her suitcase and groaned. "I'll kill Zoe."

Just his frigging luck, she had a girlfriend.

She studied the mass of purple, pink, ruby, and black underwear in her arms and wrinkled her nose. "My friend's idea of a joke, packing this stuff for my honeymoon."

Worse luck, she was married.

Her gaze swung back to him. "Do you think you could give me a hand?"

He waited until a booming boarding call over the loudspeaker finished before responding. "Helping you try them on? Absolutely." He grinned, and for a moment the corners of her mouth curved upward in response.

"I meant could you take a look at that zipper and see if it's fixable." She juggled the lingerie in her arms. "Kinda got my hands full."

"It'll cost you," he said, squatting to take a look at her case. Designer. With a very handy name tag hanging off the handle.

Pity Allegra Wilks was married. She was just how he liked his women. Tall. Cool. Blond. With a kick-ass Californian accent he found incredibly sexy.

"Cost me what?"

He fiddled with the zipper, unsnagged the silk lining caught in its steel teeth, and stood. "A celebratory drink before we catch our respective planes."

"What are we celebrating?"

He smirked. "Your wedding."

And the fact that he'd managed not to kill Reeve, his business partner and former best friend, for costing him the one thing that mattered most.

Maybe he'd reserve that pleasure for the prick if he ever surfaced from his hidey-hole in the Caribbean. For now, he had the distinct urge to see how far he could push the delightfully aloof Allegra.

"Wedding?" she parroted, staring at him like he'd lost his mind. "I'm not married."

She looked away as she said it, and he wasn't sure if he'd glimpsed regret, sadness, or embarrassment before she did.

Maybe this was his lucky day after all.

"You said your friend packed for your honeymoon?" He gestured to her overflowing arms, his mood taking a turn for the better.

"Not that it's any of your business, but I didn't have time to repack." She squared her shoulders and looked down her snooty nose. "I'm heading to Palm Bay without the groom. No wedding. No honeymoon. No frigging happy ever after." She gave him a thumbs-up. "South Pacific, here I come, woo-hoo."

He bit back a smile at her sarcasm.

Palm Bay? No way.

He should feel sorry for her. Or the poor schmuck she'd probably ditched before being shackled to a proverbial ball and chain. Instead, his blood fizzed as he tried to contain his elation.

He'd have a good eight hours on the flight to charm her into modeling some of that lingerie when they arrived.

A guy could live in hope.

"You left him at the altar?"

"He left me," she said, sounding surprisingly calm for a woman who'd been ditched.

"Dumb bastard," he said, earning another lip quirk for his bluntness.

"Thanks. I think." She tossed the lingerie into the open suitcase at her feet, zipped it, and straightened to her impressive five nine. "And for fixing that."

"Aren't you going to thank me for saving your lingerie?"

She shrugged. "Considering I won't be wearing any of it, I don't care one way or the other."

He tsk-tsked. "Shame."

She didn't want to ask. He could see the silent battle she waged, curiosity with the urge to tell him to piss off.

Thankfully, her curiosity won out. "Shame about what?"

"A gorgeous woman like you should wear sexy stuff all the time." His gaze started at her feet and swept slowly upward, noting her pearly pink nail polish, white capris, turquoise peasant top, and matching pendant hanging from a white-gold choker.

He didn't linger on the parts he wanted to, like the curve of her hip, her trim waist, her C-cup cleavage. Plenty of time for that. When she was wearing nothing but the sexy stuff.

Yeah, he was that confident. He had to be; otherwise he'd go frigging insane, thinking about what he'd lost and what he faced when he returned home.

"And a bullshit artist like you should quit while he's ahead," she said, her expression telling him she'd liked his compliment regardless.

A feisty one. Would be just the distraction he needed. "How about that drink?"

Her eyes narrowed to slits of ice. "I didn't agree to it."

"Hmm." He tapped his temple, pretending to think. "Yet I fixed your zipper regardless."

"Thanks," she said, grabbing the suitcase handle so hard he wouldn't be surprised if the thing busted again. But he spied a fleeting glimmer in her eyes, a glimpse of regret, almost sadness. And he could identify with that. The mess he'd left in Sydney haunted him, probably as much as her being dumped before her wedding. Which meant they shared an unexpected connection. Wouldn't hurt to commiserate together. He could do with a little up-close-and-personal consoling from someone like her.

He touched her arm. "Where I come from, it's not polite to blow someone off after they've done you a favor."

It had been a flyaway comment but something unimaginable sparked in her eyes, something akin to excitement when he'd said the word blow.

So the bust-up babe wasn't as cool as she liked to pretend. He could work with that. His cock twitched in agreement.

She rolled her eyes. "Let me guess. You use that Aussie accent to woo women along with spin bull."

"You don't like my accent?"

A faint pink stained her cheeks as she glanced away. "I never said that."

"Is it working?" He took a step closer, invading her personal space. "Are you wooed yet?"

She snorted, but her mouth softened into a semi-smile. "It'd take a lot more than a great accent and blatant charm to woo me into doing anything with you."

"Anything?" He lowered his voice, sotto voce. "And here I was just hoping for a drink."

He deliberately brushed his arm against hers, enjoying her slight flinch. Which meant she felt the spark underlying their exchange as much as he did. "But I'm definitely up for anything."

He expected her to bristle. To shut off. To shoot him down with a cutting quip and an aloof glare.

What he didn't expect was the flare of heat in her steady gaze as she eyeballed him, and the tip of her tongue to dart out and moisten her bottom lip, an innocuous action that shot straight to his hard-on.

"I really do have a plane to catch —"

"You wouldn't want to leave a guy alone when he's down on his luck, would you?" He sniffed and faked knuckling his eyes. "I could do with a shoulder to cry on and maybe you could, too?"

He threw it out there, taking a chance by appealing to her bruised side. She had to be a tad fragile after being dumped by a dickhead. And considering his flirting was getting him nowhere, it wouldn't hurt to change tack.

Besides, he could do with a little lighthearted repartee and sexy distraction before landing in Palm Bay. The place where his future would be decided.

"What do you say?" He flashed his best smile as a sweetener, encouraged when he glimpsed the corners of her mouth turning up slightly in response.

"Let's start with that drink and see what else you can charm me into," she said, giving the suitcase handle an impatient jiggle as if she couldn't wait.

"Lady, you've got yourself a deal."

They were in for a long flight to Palm Bay and he had more than charming her on his mind.

* * *

While her lingerie savior followed up on a problem with his boarding pass, Allegra entered the bar. She'd kill Zoe for packing that lingerie. She knew it was her best friend's idea of a joke, wanting to spice up Allegra's honeymoon on Palm Bay. Ironic, in twenty-four hours her wedding had been canceled, the honeymoon ditched, but a more compelling reason for heading to Palm Bay had presented itself.

A reason that could make or break her business.

She'd had no intention of heading to Palm Bay, despite Flint's insistence that she should enjoy the trip. Her ex-fiancé had good intentions, but the last thing she felt like doing after her aborted wedding was take a week in the sun. Until an hour after they'd broken up, when a giant mother-effing cloud dumped on her and AW Advertising had lost its biggest account.

She'd done everything for one of the largest farms in California, from a national OJ campaign to a statewide billboard spread for its avocados along every highway. Her entire company operated on the profits from the farm mob.

And now it was gone. In less than thirty seconds she'd gone from having a successful yet modest advertising agency to being on the skids.

Which meant she needed to secure a new mega-client. A client like Kaluna Resorts, currently seeking a new ad campaign, and her sole reason for heading to Palm Bay.

Kai Kaluna was legendary in the hotelier business. He bought small, secluded islands and turned them into six-star luxury resorts for those lucky enough to afford it. Lush hotels and villas frequented by rock stars, movie stars, and supermodels who wanted to be pampered in complete privacy. She'd seen full-page ads for his resorts in glossy travel magazines, had admired his concepts, and envied the ad agency responsible for boosting his profile.

AW Advertising had to be that agency. He'd won awards across the globe for his stunning, eco-friendly resorts, and running an advertising campaign for him would be worth millions. Millions she now needed for her business to survive.

If she landed Kaluna, along with several new clients she'd pitched for two weeks ago, her agency would be okay. The smaller clients would provide a much-needed cash injection but it was Kaluna she had to land.

Allegra perched on a barstool, ordered a gin and tonic for her, a beer for the hottie, and wondered what the hell she was doing.

Bad enough her reluctant groom had ditched her and business had taken a massive turn for the worse. But now she'd agreed to have a drink with a stranger, something she never did.

Allegra didn't trust many people. She especially didn't trust a slick charmer with bad boy tattooed all over his broad chest. He even wore the requisite bad-boy outfit: thigh-hugging black denim, chest-skimming ebony T-shirt, and cowboy boots.

Though in all fairness it wasn't his fault she had a thing for Alex O'Loughlin and the hottie happened to bear a striking resemblance to the über-sexy Australian actor.

That mussed brown hair, unusual green eyes, and day-old stubble did it for her in a big way. Along with the lean, hard bod, the ripped abs, the firm ass ... she squirmed. Throw in the easy-on-the-ears Aussie drawl, and how could she say no?

Besides, this was only one drink before she boarded a plane for a week of stress-filled strategizing to nail the pitch of her life.

Plan A, where she married Hollywood producer Flint Dunbar, gained notoriety for her advertising agency, and marketed some of the biggest films in Tinseltown? Gone.

While she lamented the loss of a professional boost, she was secretly relieved that Flint had called off their wedding. Theirs had been a business merger rather than a great love affair. Hell, she'd known Flint for most of her life, given that her socialite parents moved in influential LA circles and Flint was her dad's best friend. When Flint hinted at needing a wife to boost his profile and cement his position in Hollywood, Allegra had done what she did best. Help.

She'd been a helper her whole life, from tutoring fellow students lagging behind in class to tending wounded birds. From saving tables for the nerds in the cafeteria at high school to filling in at the college newspaper despite hating it. No great surprise why she did it, having no support from her parents whatsoever growing up and having to fend for herself. She valued her independence but seemed determined not to see others feel the same abandonment she had.

In the end, it looked like Flint hadn't wanted her help. And she'd been glad. She'd loved him in her own way, the kind of love for a good, reliable friend who would never let her down. They'd had a nice relationship, comfortable.

Which is why she'd agreed to a drink with the cocky, pushy Aussie.

She liked how he'd flirted: confident and teasing, with a killer sense of humor. She admired his boldness. It made her wish she could be more like him, and for the first time in a long time she'd felt something ... a spark of attraction, a buzz in her belly, a twinge lower. Damn, it felt good.

She rarely dated before Flint, had spent all her time building up AW Advertising from scratch before their three-year relationship began. Which meant she was thirty and hadn't mastered the art of flirting, let alone felt that buzz too often.

The Aussie made her want to experience both.

The waiter deposited their drinks in front of her and she paid, wondering if she should drink fast and make a run for it. All these thoughts of flirting and buzzing were a frivolous waste of time, considering she wouldn't see the hottie again after they had a drink together.

The sound of soft female laughter farther along the bar drew her attention, as she watched a sultry brunette place her hand on a guy's thigh, lean in closer, and whisper something in his ear. Not surprisingly, the guy slid an arm around her waist, hugged her close, and planted a hot, openmouthed kiss on her crimson-glossed lips.

A stab of jealousy speared Allegra as she turned away. She'd love to be that confident in her sexuality, that empowered to make a move and not analyze it to death.

"I'm officially nuts," she muttered under her breath, absentmindedly stirring her G&T with a straw. Where did she think this could go? Fifteen minutes of flirtation before they went their separate ways? Yep, definitely nuts.


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Meet the Author

As a girl, Nicola dreamed of being a journalist in search of the next big story. Instead, she chose a career in the health industry while honing her writing skills with a daily entry in a "not-so-secret" journal!
She worked as a physiotherapist for thirteen years before she tired of saying "I'm going to write a book one day" and actually did it. The inspiration for her first novel came from an article on speed-dating and it won the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Harlequin Romance 2004.
Nicola currently writes for Harlequin Romance and Presents, has published 31 books and sold over 3 million copies worldwide. She also writes fun, flirty contemporary romances like BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD for Entangled Publishing.
She's a USA Today, Bookscan and Waldenbooks bestseller, has finalled in several awards including the prestigious HOLT (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent), Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Booksellers' Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, and won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards.
Nicola loves the hip, vibrant, cosmopolitan vibe of her home city, Melbourne, where she's set many of her novels.
When she's not writing she's busy raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, cheering on her beloved Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

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Wicked Heat (A Feel the Heat novel) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ysar More than 1 year ago
Allegra’s got just one shot to save her faltering advertising business, and she’s putting everything else aside to make sure she succeeds. Never mind that she was dumped by her lukewarm fiance just before the wedding. Never mind that his high standing in the film industry would have given her company just the boost it needs. Never mind that she just met the sexiest man on the planet in the airport. Jett’s been burned, and he’s going to do something about it. After his best friend and business partner absconded with all the company’s money, he’s got to close this one big deal, and he’ll be back on his feet. In the meantime, he wouldn’t mind spending some time off his feet with the beautiful woman he finds at the end of a lingerie trail. Mixing business with pleasure never sounded so tempting. The Verdict... Okay, so I might have internally fangirl’d a little when Nicola Marsh contacted me about reading and reviewing a couple of her books. I get review requests on a regular basis, but rarely from an author I haven’t previously corresponded with, and certainly not one with her success record. And since her stories so far have been pretty much exactly the kind I love to read… Well, that guy in the cubicle right outside my office is totally lying if he says he heard girly squealing. Maybe. Such a fun story! From the moment Jett and Allegra meet, through all the super-hot getting to know each other (naked, of course!), to the very end, their incredible chemistry and witty banter pulled me right in. Allegra is strong, determined, and smart, and yet she’s still down to earth and easy to relate to. Her refusal to back down from what she wanted, both career and man-wise had me immediately rooting for her, and hoped the career thing would work in her favor, she blew right past my expectations. Where most women in stories like this eventually go the martyr route and give up everything just to prove a point, the way she fought for herself, for her own success and happiness, made for a character I could fully respect. And Jett… That kind of cockiness should have annoyed me to no end, but on him? It’s all smooth charm and undeniable hotness. He knows exactly what to say, perfect and flawed at the same time, and all with an Australian accent. Yes, it’s time to swoon! Wicked Heat is more than just the standard romance, taking all the things we love about love stories, and wrapping them up with smart dialog, believable characters, and a knock-out scene from the mile-high club. The only thing missing is a real life Jett! ***FicCentral received this book from *the author* for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After being left at the altar Allegra Wilks is need of a distraction, something else to focus on other than her sad love life, so she decides to pour herself into her work. With an huge advertising deal on the line, and an stay at an luxury eco-island resort up for grabs she decides to embrace the opportunity with both hands. But what starts as a mission to land the deal of a lifetime, ends up being the sexiest reboot to her love life!! Jett Alcott is down on his luck after losing his company to his former best friend, and is in need of a life reboot, which he is hoping he will find at the South Pacific Resort. If he lands this deal it is sure to help him regain his credibility and restore his reputation, but he didn't anticipate having to go head to head with the beautiful Allegra Wilks. The minute she walks into his life the heat is on, the sparks start to fly and his lazer focus begins to falter... This naughty little fairy tale captured my attention right from the start, and had me flying through the pages to see if the instantaneous sparks between these two would lead to a well deserved happy ending, and I have to say Ms. Marsh did not disappoint! I love a good enemies to lovers story and this one is definitely one of the best I have read in quite a while, Ms. Marsh definitely knows how to give readers one VERY satisfying literary escape!! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one it's sure to have you laughing one minute and blushing the next... and the OH SO SEXY Mr. Alcott is sure to have you swooning like a lovesick fool the whole way through!!! ARC given in exchange for a honest review.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Another one of my random Nook purchases that I just can't help but get. When you see a book cover everywhere, sometimes it takes a lot of willpower to resist the temptation... not unlike the temptation Allegra faces when she meets Jett. The story starts off quite amusing when they meet in the airport. Their banter, his teasing and kindness, and their first kiss. Well then. It's going to be very interesting when they find out the connection they have, isn't it? When Allegra discovers this, she doesn't say a word. This was supposed to be her honeymoon, she should be allowed to have fun, even if it is with the guy who's trying to steal away the business she needs. But will what they have just be fun when Jett finds out the truth? Let me tell ya, Wicked Heat was very worth it. The back and forth, the battle for the account, the secrets, the romance? All so perfectly put together. I got my Nook out to write this review and I almost got so caught up rereading scenes I didn't finish the review! If this is how Nicola Marsh writes all her books, please sign me up for more. My Rating: Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters and the storyline.. its contemporary and takes you on a great ride!! This was my first Nicola Marsh book but not my last!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Terrific read. Loved, loved the witty banter in this book. It was fun and flirty for sure. Both hero and heroine were very likeable. I relished the fact that the author didn't write the hero as a man-whore like most authors do these days. It's forever off-putting reading about how many women they've bedded. Not the case here. He was a little cocky but in a way that came off as sexy, not arrogant. And the heroine had me won over as soon as she whispered that sexy line to the hero at the airport, minutes after meeting him. I do wish the ending would've played out a little longer, but I will be reading again. Note to author: please write a story equally fabulous for Zoe.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh is a very enjoyable read. I found charming characters, heated scenes, laughable moments, and some dramatic moments as well. Allegra Wilks has just canceled her wedding and is about to lose a company that she has worked her hiney off for. This girl has more than her fair share of bad luck. It's time for that to change. She meets up with a very HOT Aussie in the airport on the way to her honeymoon destination that has turned into a work trip.  Jett Halcott has just been completely betrayed by his business partner and is about to lose everything he has worked for if he can not land this client.  Allegra and Jett have their own little honeymoon (who needs the ceremony to enjoy the perks of a honeymoon suite right?) These two have chemistry that is explosive. The more time they spend together the more they find they are not only extremely attracted to each other but like each other out of bed as well as they do in bed.  However is one major problem that is going to come between these two very determined, very focused individuals. They are both after the same account, and they both need this account to save their businesses. WOW, is there anything that can be done to save not only both of their professional lives but allow these two the chance to explore where this very HOT relationship can lead? I really enjoyed Wicked Heat and found Nicola Marsh to be a very easy to read author. I enjoyed her flow, her storyline, and the characters she has created. I know I most certainly would like to read more of her work. I would love to read the next book in this series. I believe it is going to be Zoe's Story. Now, I have a feeling that girl has a story to be told! I enjoyed her presence in this book so I'm sure I would enjoy reading her story. I am so glad that I was able to receive a copy of this book to read to share my thoughts with you. As always it is my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
Elle2006 More than 1 year ago
This book made me wish I had a vacation to go on because it the ultimate beach read.  Its not heavy or intense, but the characters are relatable and their interaction and repartee is super fun.  The locales are particularly juicy.  The story starts at LAX (with one of the funniest meet-cute scenarios I’ve ever seen), then heads to a sexy first class ride that makes me wish I could afford the upgrade!, next we go to the South Pacific, and I won’t say where after that (it’s a surprise).   Allegra is a control freak with no experience in love or romance.  Jett has been burned by his best friend.  They both are in advertising and need to land a new resort client to save their respective companies.  This professional conflict puts them at odds and challenges their feelings for each other in a way that seems authentic and modern. Overall, this is a fun ride with neat characters.  I am particularly excited for Zoe’s story.  She is my favorite character in any book in a long time and I can’t wait to see what her romance looks like!
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
5 Palm-Bay-Fling Stars!! Having been a part of the surprise reveal for Nicola Marsh’s Wicked Heat, I was antsy to get my hands on the book itself and get my review up. And boy, was this one of the best surprises :D For starters, I love the characters Jett and Allegra; just their names alone are awesome. They are completely opposite in personality and how they approach life, yet they struggle with and fight for the same things. Jett is the suave, drop-dead-gorgeous playboy that can charm the pants off of anyone…and I mean. Any.One. (Did I mention he’s an Aussie?) But he’s met his match with just-recently-left-at-the-altar Allegra. She is a cool, intimidating, all-walls-up kind of woman that gives Jett as good as she gets.  These two have chemistry in epic proportions. Unfortunately, both of their professional lives are on the line and each need to land the advertising campaign for Kai Kaluna Resorts in Palm Bay to save their careers, their companies, their livelihood. But only one of them can gain the account while the other is left with nothing. Will their competition destroy their passion for each other? Or will their passion win out overall? Jett and Allegra were written magnificently. They were witty, sassy, and hilarious. I loved their banter and their desire as well as their logic and reasoning. Nicola, I truly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read Zoe’s story :D (I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
sweeterica0712 More than 1 year ago
After enjoying several others of Nicola Marsh's books, most notably Not the Marrying Kind, I was naturally very excited at Wicked Heat's release. While this one didn't quite live up to my love of Not the Marrying Kind, I still found it to be a great story line with a fabulous romance. I personally am hoping for a Zoe story next, because she was hands down my favorite character of the book. I just loved her as a character and would love to see her happily ever after.  I really wanted to see more from Allegra and Jett's background. While they are mentioned, overall they are really skated over. There was so much more that I think could have been explored with both of them - Allegra with the specifics of how she fell into the relationship with her ex fiance to begin with and Jett with just the evolution of what happened with is business - and it would've added not only more to the story, but added to the depth of their relationship. I loved the relationship between the two - it starts out as that sort of fantasy relationship - just care free and a fling. But soon it develops into something much more. The pair of them are such opposites, so naturally that makes them fit together in the most perfect relationship. I definitely recommend anything by Nicola Marsh for anyone looking for a good read - her books are always sexy and fun, and Wicked Heat is no exception. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hmmm, so i'm not really sure where to start with this book. Did i enjoy it? Yes.  Was it Great? Probably not. I found the start of this book very hard to read, found myself getting distracted and playing solitaire  instead of reading which doesn't usually bode well for a book because if i can put it down i'm not always inclined to pick it up again. That being said I had agreed to review this book so I did pick it up again and once they got to the island the book picked up and I found it an enjoyable read. I loved the banter between Allegra and Jett and the smexin between them was great. I also loved Zoe's character and I look forward to her book. The one thing that bugged me most about this book was, as an Aussie myself it annoys me when i see Aussie characters speaking in American English instead of British.  And there were a few instances where things were explained probably only to satisfy the American market because as an Aussie they were understandable to start with Overall i did enjoy this book but if felt a little dual personality at times for me. I give it 3.75 out of 5
JackiSanders More than 1 year ago
WICKED HEAT was a passionate, at times funny, novel that I fell in love with immediately. I really loved the plot and it held my interest throughout the entire book. I kept wondering if and when Allegra was going to tell Jett "everything" and when it happened I was like omg, omg, omg!  Jett, Allegra and a few of the other characters were very well developed and were unique. Each brought something to the book that I admired, especially Allegra's "bestie." I love being able to connect with the characters and Nicola Marsh made every character likable in their own way. I also loved the banter between Jett and Allegra. There sarcasm and playfulness really made me connect better with the story as well as making it feel real.  There were some steamy, steamy scenes and I was left fanning myself after a few of them. *blush* Like seriously...they were full of sexy goodness. Jett is on man I don't think I'll ever forget.  Overall, WICKED HEAT is a must read for anyone who loves drama, passion, steamy scenes, and above all, romance
Emma_Ayala More than 1 year ago
Hot island getaway which gave me so much more than I thought. Allegra and Jett meet at the airport... when she leaves a trail of lingerie behind her *facepalm* I was embarrassed on her behalf. Although, really she wasn't the one who'd packed that for her honeymoon that never happened. Poor woman. In strolls Jett. Cocky, smart-mouthed, hot and Aussie. Yum. The attraction between them is zapping all over the place. Fast-forward, they share a hot kiss and then it turns out they board the same plane. And after a while Allegra realizes that they are competing for the same ad campaign. This part was where it headed left when my mind was already flying right and I had to screech a halt and hit reverse. I honestly thought it would turn out completely different. Yadda, yadda, I don't want to spoil! I will say that it was mega hot, hello island fling! And maybe a little more...
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh, Allegra Wilks is heading for her boarding gate at LAX when she meets Jett Alcott, an Aussie with a sexy accent and even sexier body. Sparks fly immediately between them. Too bad, as it seems he's headed home and she's traveling to Palm Bay to give the most important marketing pitch of her career. Thanks to her personal and then professional life imploding, getting the Kaluna Resorts account will make or break her. What Allegra could really use is a distraction in the form of a hot Aussie, but she doesn't really do casual flings. Although Jett seems more than willing to spend some quality time with her before their respective flights, time doesn't work in their favor. So imagine Allegra's surprise when she finds out Jett is also going to Palm Bay and they have eight hours to get to know each other better. She doesn't want any complications and knows she should focus on putting together her plans for her presentation. But Jett is very convincing. Allegra is afraid it will make things awkward once they get to the island. She's still not sure exactly what he's traveling there for until he mentions a big account he's hoping to win. So much for not getting complicated. Because if she gives in to what her body wants, she could end up easily falling for the competition. Jett Alcott is getting ready to fight to win back his professional reputation and put his name back on top in the marketing world. He's finally coming to terms with a business betrayal that turned his world upside down. Now if he can land the Kaluna Resorts account, he'll be set for a while. Traveling is usually a necessary bore, but not this time as it turns out. Following a trail of expensive lingerie in LAX brings him face-to-face with the beautiful, classy Allegra Wilks. Jett lays on the charm and before long finds himself having a drink with the blonde. What he wouldn't give for more time to explore their explosive chemistry. Then he finds out Allegra is on the same flight he's waiting for. Finally something goes right for a change. Jett decides to give it his best go, to seduce Allegra on the plane and hopefully have a fun fling on the island as well. But the king of casual relationships may have met his match. Not only is she smart and charming, but she may also be the one who can mend, and break, his heart. Nicola Marsh does a terrific job with Wicked Heat in combining very spicy, sexy dialogue and playful love scenes with a plot full of intense emotions and conflict. She takes a chance encounter for two people and turns it into a passionate affair with both of their careers hanging in the balance, giving us just the right amount of drama without being too over the top. I've read and enjoyed a few of her previous books and was happy that this still has the same easy flow to it, making it a very quick and enjoyable read. Allegra and Jett were very interesting together as they had a bunch of similarities but had very different personalities. They both had absentee parents growing up so they had to be self-sufficient and had a lot to prove to themselves (and their parents). Allegra became an over-achiever who wants to fix everything and make things easier for people, but she comes across as aloof and cool. Whereas Jett is of course a hard worker, but he also knows how to have fun, giving him a calm, laid back demeanor. They end up being a good balance for each other. If you like your contemporary romance fun and definitely hot, I recommend Wicked Heat!
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Let me just say, that I have the hardest time keeping a secret especially when it's super exciting. However, I manage to keep this a secret. Yes, this is the new Brazen book out and I was lucky to get selected to read Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh. So, Entangled has been keeping this story under raps till today. Boy is this one hot read. So, we meet Allegra Wilks who's an uptight ad agent that got some pretty bad news. One her wedding was called off by the groom and her business is starting to crumble. Poor gal. So, she heads off to the Kaluna Resort to try to keep her business from tanking. However, there is another is going there to the same thing. Australian Jett Halcott has been burn by his best friend and just lost his company. So, Jett is heading to Kaluna Resort to try to secure the advertising account to restart his company. He knows the competition will be tough, but he's tenacious. Plus, he has the heart to take down his opponent. When Allegra and Jett come together, boy instant fire. As they are spending more time with each, Allegra realizes they are both after the same account. Uh-oh! Now that might put a damper on the hot and steaminess, but Allegra manages to keep this a secret. Since this isn't anything more than a fling, what harm can this cause? We all know how well flings turn out when emotions starts to get complicated and jobs are on the line. Seriously, loved this hot and steamy book. I'm not kidding when I say they were like a wildfire with no end in site. You wouldn't expected from Allegra who is wound up tight to cut loose and be free, but somehow Jett gets her to unwind. Then you have Jett who tends to have flings and nothing too serious and something more with Allegra. As you read Wicked Heat you see a power struggle between in the bedroom, but in the end they both win. So, you are looking for some island fun, you might want checkout Wicked Heat. By the end you might need a cold shower. Copy provided by publisher