Naked Heat (Nikki Heat Series #2)

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat Series #2)

by Richard Castle
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Naked Heat (Nikki Heat Series #2) by Richard Castle

Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again in Richard Castle’s thrilling follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, Heat Wave.

When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan.

Heat’s murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.

This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401326166
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Series: Nikki Heat Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 416,785
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 5.74(h) x 1.54(d)

About the Author

Richard Castle is the best-selling author of the Derrick Storm novels. He is played by actor Nathan Fillion.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Reporter Jameson Rook wrote about the exploits of NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat for t her for First Press magazine (see Heat Wave). The cop loathes the publicity as she just wants to do her job. Heat's current assignment is high profile as gossip columnist for the New York Star Ledger Cassidy Towne was found murdered. She quickly learns Rook was working on an article about the most despised columnist in New York. Ever the charmer, Rook joins Heat on her investigation though she would prefer it otherwise as they are no longer an entry in spite of the heated attraction they have for each other. The pair quickly finds a horde of people who felt Cassidy, in her sensationalistic headline grabbing "Buzz Rush" column, destroyed them without regard. One of these famous people is her killer, but the culprit remains elusively out of reach as all these raging celebs look possible. The return of the TV stars in their second heated investigative novel will please fans of the series as Naked Heat is a superb Manhattan murder mystery. The story line is fast-paced as the lead couple tosses barb grenades at each other while also working the rich, famous, and notorious crowd. Readers will enjoy the antics of Rook and Heat who, as they work the case, could keep the northeast balmy in winter. Harriet Klausner
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Jameson Rook, the famous magazine journalist, is found on the scene of Nikki Heat's murder victim - gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne. Rook has been shadowing Towne for his next article. Nikki isn't thrilled with their reunion. She's still getting grief from the magazine article he published about her. Plus her team isn't happy with him either. Still, she must work with him to uncover the murderer. In a case this big, there's too many celebrities with a grudge against Cassidy Town. She broke many stories, dug up dirt, and slung mud. It's almost impossible to find someone who didn't want her quiet - permanently. Heat and Rook wade through the suspects ranging from a member of the mob, a pro baseball player, a sketchy politician, and a singer. Rook has the inside track on Town: she was writing a tell all memoir about someone famous. She refused to divulge that information, but she dug up something juicy. I love the combo of the books and the TV show. I like how the books differ from the show, yet I can still picture the characters from the show while reading. It's sort of like a tell-all fictional book - very fun.
CastleFan More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book as a companion to the TV series... Written in the same tone, you can almost see the characters. Fun, enjoyable read!
FredRock More than 1 year ago
It was an enjoyable book, and if you liked the first one then this one is probably going to be just a tad better because it has a better pace. It didn't take me as long to get involved in the plot, and there was an attempt to have you remember and recognize some of the key themes that are throughout the storyline. However, I found myself craving more of some of the side characters, and it felt like some of the components didn't receive enough attention, and were almost forgotten about until the very end. It felt odd too because there was the on-off romance with Rook, and suddenly at the end everything seemed fine, with no explanation. I wish the author would have delved into the relationship more, because there's something begging to be explained but is thrown aside for the case. Overall I liked it, but I would not buy the next installment if it were ever created.
gabbi angstrom More than 1 year ago
Its soooooooo good and thrilling and so Castle!!!! 277 pages so its a quick read but soo worth the money. So many twists.....recommend it highly. Also dont be scared away by the 'naked' in the title. Not very steamy.
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book2 in the Nikki Heat series Without any doubt this charming series is intended for fans of the TV program 'Castle'. Each new addition mimics the warm chemistry created by the show. The plot sends the readers' imagination on a wild ride that has ample cute and amusing twists. This latest is undeniably entertaining, although the writing is run of the mill and predictable; we nevertheless find red herrings, snippets of police work, moments of tensions and romance between the two leads and a snappy dialog. 'Naked Heat' centers on the murder of a well-known gossip columnist famous for her revealing articles on people in the public eye. It is rumoured that she is about to release a career making tell-all, one that will blow the minds of all concerned. We follow Nikki Heat and her partner hotshot reporter/writer Jameson Rook and her team of detectives on the trail of the murderer of this high profile columnist. The clues some good some misleading takes us through a maze of information, a world of secrets, cover-ups and scandals as they trade barbs and innuendos all the while taking heat from the press and their superiors. This fun and fast read will appeal to both regulars of the TV show and enthusiasts of simple, exciting mystery novels.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This tale of new york crime reminds me a bit of a Linda Fairstein novel, but then I noticed the blurb on the back cover from the late Stephen J. Cannell, and had to admit to seeing some of his influence there as well. I liked Cannell's rather light-hearted touch to his novels, and will miss them. Perhaps author Richard Castle will take up the mantel, which isn't saying that Naked Heat would be Cannell's style of writing. I found it to be awfully wordy, especially towards the end, and the cutesiness factor set a little too high. But it is entertaining, and as we know that's how Cannell and Fairstein keep (kept) selling their novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome.One of the best Richard Castle books i have ever read.
JWK_64 More than 1 year ago
Better than Heat Wave, though you really don't need to have read Heat Wave to enjoy understand this book. If you haven't watched the show (Castle) you will have a hard time picturing what the chars look like.
MEB51 More than 1 year ago
I would have enjoyed the plot even without the gimmick of the fiction characters being based on fictional characters written by a fictional author. The book is not just a copy of one of the TV show's plots, but you can see that the characters are drawn from the TV show's characters. Niki Heat is a strong and confident female role. I enjoyed her personality quirks. The appearance of the cyotie was a nice touch. My main distraction was I found myself trying to figure out who really wrote the novel. Was it Patterson, Baldacci or an unheralded writer on the TV show?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came to the Castle series last year and I loved the show so I naturally wanted to read the books. I enjoyed Heat Wave and for the most part I enjoyed Naked Heat. I loved the way it was written. You could really hear the actors bring there characters fictional counterparts to life.  What I did not enjoy about this book was the authors lack of baseball knowledge. The way the MLB post season operates was misrepresentative. I know it is a small detail but it bugged me. Still a good book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like reading a Castle episode. A fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat predictable plot moves in waves that did provide good entertainment.
Mickster7 More than 1 year ago
If you like the T.V. show or never seen it you'll love the entire Heat Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first "Heat". Then ordered 2, 3, 4 and 5 is on pre-order. Really good fun. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a page turner. I liked the many suspects and enjoyed each and every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to watch Castle on television. I even watch the reruns. If you like the series Castle, you will love the Nikki Heat books. I have Beckett and Castle in my mind's eye when I read these books and it make me laugh out loud at times with the banter between Nikki and Rook. Good stories and good characters.
AThinkTank4u More than 1 year ago
I was very skeptical when I started reading the "Richard Castle" books. However, they are such a fun read that I only wish they would never end. Pulp fiction it may be, but a wonderful escape!
Allison9516 More than 1 year ago
If you love the show this is a must read. You can see the characters in Castle in your mind as you're reading t his book. The dialogue is what Castle,Beckett,Montgomery,Esposito,and Ryan would say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I had read "Frozen Heat" by Richard Castle, I ordered "Naked Heat" and "Heat Rises" because I loved the first book I read so much. There is lots of action and surprises and almost certain death for Nikki Heat but she manages to stay focused and smart and escapes the danger. She is a fearless protagonist. Book lovers should put this "Heat" series by Richard Castle on their must read list!
Bob44PA More than 1 year ago
Excellent character development...great plot & sub-plots...another Richard Castle hit! Interesting comparison to the TV series..."Castle". Always nice to see the development of a series of mysteries...similar to Jonathan Kellerman's "Dr. Alex Delaware" series. Looking forward to the next novel in Castle's series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the show and the books are even better!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the mystery and the detail on the detective work. Again, I especially liked the interaction of the character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1/23/13 Love the show and the books aren't half bad. ;)