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Turn Up the Heat
     

Turn Up the Heat

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by Kimberly Kincaid
 

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"It's not you."

There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and

Overview

"It's not you."

There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge. . .

But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood.

Yet this small-town man isn't all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?

"Smart, fun, and heartwarming." —Jill Shalvis

"Kimberly Kincaid knows how to whip up a delicious love story." —Susan Donovan

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Kincaid’s debut novel, which shares a setting with the anthology The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, features competent writing but a pedestrian story. Jilted “city girl” Bellamy Blake’s car breaks down en route to her weekend getaway in Pine Mountain, a little town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shane Griffin, a Mozart-loving mechanic with a dislike of city folk, is behind in loan payments, and fixing Bellamy’s car may stave off the sale of his beloved Mustang. Bellamy is a career-driven banker with a secret talent for cooking, and after her annoying boss tries to get her to work while she’s on vacation, she quits her job and uses her time in Pine Mountain to consider pursuing her foodie dreams. The big secret that Shane hides from Bellamy for most of the book casts a pall over their sweet and sexy romance, and makes him less sympathetic, and the plot less cohesive, once all is revealed. Agent: Maureen Walters, Curtis Brown Ltd. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420132830
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
Pine Mountain Series , #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
902,079
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Turn Up the Heat


By KIMBERLY KINCAID

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2014 Kimberly Kincaid
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3284-7


CHAPTER 1

The contract on Bellamy Blake's desk was a doorstop waiting to happen. She flipped through the pages absently, rolling her eyes at the legalese. Hell, it could be Portuguese as far as she was concerned. Being a real estate analyst for the second largest bank in Philadelphia had sounded so much better when she'd started, fresh out of graduate school. After three years, an endless supply of doorstops and a boss who made Attila the Hun look like a lapdog, the whole thing had lost most of its luster.

Bellamy sank back in her sleek leather desk chair and stared at the waste of foliage that was her current contract, trying to ignore the headache forming behind her eyes. Still, the doorstop-slash-contract wasn't going to negotiate itself. It was time to buck up and take one for Team Paycheck, headache be damned.

Bellamy had no sooner waded to her knees in fine print when the phone on her desk rang. She was so grateful for the distraction that she didn't even check the caller ID before she scooped the phone to her ear. Maybe it would be a cheesy office supply salesman with a well-rehearsed spiel on the virtues of buying toner cartridges in bulk. That would be good for at least twenty minutes of distraction.

This had to be an all-time low.

"Bellamy Blake," she murmured, pushing her blond curls over her shoulder to tuck the phone to her ear.

"I cannot believe you didn't tell us you're moving to San Diego, you hideous bitch!"

Bellamy sat back, unfazed at her best friend Holly's theatrics, and grinned. This was even better than the toner guy. "Slow down there, Encyclopedia Dramatica. What are you talking about?" she laughed. "And by the way, hello is usually customary for the whole phone-greeting thing. Just so you know."

"Screw hello! You're moving?! If you told Jenna and the two of you kept it from me because you knew I'd freak out, I'm killing you both!" Holly wailed. Man, her flair for the old melodrama was on fire today.

"Are you out of your mind? I just re-upped the lease on my condo. Why would I ... oh! Hold on, my cell phone is ringing." Bellamy paused to dig through her purse. "You know how my boss is. If I let her go to voice mail even once, she'll light that thing up like Times Square on New Year's Eve until I answer."

"Boss, schmoss! For once, the Wicked Witch can wait!"

The caller ID made Bellamy sag with relief. "Oh, it's Jenna! Hang on." She slid her cell phone under her other ear and tipped her head toward it.

"Hey, Jenna, let me call you back. I've got Holly on the other line, and she's ranting about —"

"California? God, Bellamy! Did Derek propose or something to get you to go? Why didn't you say anything?"

Did anyone stick with a good old-fashioned hello anymore? And what was with the idea of her moving across the country?

"Okay, remind me not to sample whatever Kool-Aid you and Holly have obviously been sharing. I'm not moving to California, and I'm definitely not getting married. What the hell is going on?" If her friends wanted to pull one over on her in the practical joke department, they needed to work on their skills, big-time.

"You're getting married?" Holly's screech from the forgotten office phone rivaled that of a tornado warning going full bore, grabbing Bellamy's attention.

She fumbled as she scooped the other receiver back to her ear. "No! Jeez, Holly. I just said I'm not getting married!" Bellamy huffed, starting to get exasperated.

"I'm Jenna, not Holly," her other best friend replied from the cell phone, confused.

Bellamy released a heavy sigh. "Holly's on my office phone, and I've got one of you on each ear, even though you're both insane. Look, if this is some kind of sick candid camera thing that you guys are planning to throw on YouTube, so help me ..."

"Bellamy, are you watching Derek's newscast?"

Whoa. What was with Jenna's talking-down-a-suicide-jumper voice? She only reserved that for Holly when she was going full-tilt, so something must really be up. Bellamy paused.

"Just because he's my boyfriend doesn't mean I watch all of his newscasts, Jenna. I'm at work, and my boss just dropped a couple hundred pages' worth of contract on my desk." Bellamy's stomach shifted uncomfortably. "Why?"

"Oh my freaking God. You don't know," Holly breathed.

Bellamy pressed her office phone to her ear, feeling like a human Ping-Pong ball. "Don't know what, Holly? Come on, you guys. What's going on?"

"Derek's moving to San Diego," they replied, in stereo.

Bellamy's brows knit together in confusion, and her first impulse was to laugh, although it came out more like a nervous croak. "That's impossible. I think he'd have told me if he was moving across the country." It wasn't as if San Diego was a hop, skip, and jump from Derek's upscale Philadelphia brownstone. It was on another coast, for God's sake.

"Uh, sweetie, maybe you should call him," Holly offered.

The croak made a repeat performance. "Okay, first of all, that's going to be kind of hard seeing as how both of my phones are tied up at the moment. Secondly, he's clearly on the air right now, saying something that's making the two of you lose your marbles." Ugh, what was that tightness in her chest? Who'd have thought turkey and Swiss could give a girl heartburn like this.

"Google him, or grab the live stream from the Internet or something," Holly tried again. "Because I'm telling you, I'm not making this up."

Far be it for Bellamy to be a spoilsport, especially if it would put an end to this weird little charade. "You want me to Google my boyfriend to prove that you're playing a practical joke on me? Okay, fine. Whatever blows your skirt up," she laughed.

Bellamy no sooner had her hands over her keyboard than Jenna's panicked voice cut through the phone line attached to Bellamy's other ear. "Wait, did Holly tell you to ... wait! Bellamy, don't ..."

Too late.

Bellamy's heart did the pitter-patter-holy-shit in her chest as her eyes focused on Channel Eight's home page. The headline Anchorman Derek Patterson Bids Philadelphia A Fond Farewell was splashed over a handsome headshot that was all too familiar.

Her boyfriend was moving to California, and he hadn't told her a damned thing.


There weren't a whole lot of places Shane Griffin would rather be than up to his elbows in an engine block. He swiped a flannel-clad forearm past his eyes in an effort to relocate the swath of black hair that had fallen into them.

No luck. He needed a haircut like nobody's business.

The side door to the garage swung open, bringing with it a nasty wind and a soft, steady footfall that Shane could recognize from a coma. He straightened up from the frame of the 1969 Mustang Mach 1 in front of him, wincing.

"Damn, Grady! You're bringing some nasty weather with you," Shane called out, tipping his head in the old man's direction.

Grady gave up a gravelly chuckle. "We're in the Blue Ridge, son. That weather's part of the territory now that it's winter. And I ain't bringin' it with me. Somethin's comin' down the pike all on its own. Feels like a doozy, too."

Shane shook his head and laughed, flexing his stiff fingers. "Whatever you say. I don't go for that superstitious crap." Man, Grady bought into all of that stuff, right down to using the twinge in his knee to predict the snowfall. Like the whole warm-front-meets-cold-front thing had nothing to do with it.

Come to think of it, Grady's accuracy was kinda freaky, though.

"You're young. You'll figure it out eventually," Grady quipped in his gruff voice. "You still messin' with that Mustang?"

"Yup. I finished Mrs. Teasdale's Lincoln, so I figured you wouldn't mind. You know that thing's older than I am," Shane grumbled.

"So's the car you're workin' on," Grady said.

Hell if he didn't have a point.

"Yeah, but the Mach 1 is a classic. Mrs. Teasdale's Continental is more of an antique." Shane eyed the Lincoln through the filmy windows of the garage. The thing was built like a Sherman tank and was about as pretty.

"Gets her from point A to point B just fine." Grady leaned against the rickety wooden workbench that ran the length of the far wall, blowing into the cup of coffee he'd just poured.

"It does now," Shane corrected with a smirk. It had taken him the better part of yesterday to get that carburetor straight, but right about now, the car could do everything short of sing show tunes. Thing ran like the day it rolled off the lot.

In 1979.

Grady eyed him, his demeanor changing slightly. "Listen, kid. You got another call from that loan office. Something about your payment going up. I left the message on the machine in the back room. Thought you'd wanna know."

Great. As if the promise of bad weather wasn't bad enough to wreck Shane's day.

"Thanks, Grady. I'll figure something out." Okay, now Shane was just plain talking out of his ass. A hundred and fifty grand wasn't exactly something you just figured out. He scrubbed a hand down his face, tempted to tell his five o'clock shadow that it was only ten in the morning.

Guess that was yesterday's fiver. Oh well. It wasn't like Shane had anybody to impress.

"I'd pay you more if I could, Shane. You're worth every damn penny."

Shane's head snapped up just in time to catch the conflicted look on Grady's weathered face.

"You pay me just fine, Grady. You know this is something I've got to work out on my own." He let his eyes rest on the Mustang, his gut flickering with unease. "If it comes down to it, I can sell the car." The words tasted like a battery acid lollipop as they came from his lips.

"Shane," the old man started, but Shane waved him off.

"I'm going to return Mrs. Teasdale's car, then go for a run on my way back. Unless you need me for something here?" The look he gave Grady said the conversation was over.

Grady nodded slowly. "You know you're gonna freeze your ass off, don't you?"

Shane tipped his dark head at Grady and went to grab the spare set of running gear he always kept in the office. "I'll be fine."

Sure. As long as money grew on trees, he'd be freaking stellar.


"Let me get this straight. You took a job in San Diego and you're starting next week?"

Well. Didn't Bellamy just put the sucker in sucker punched?

Derek cleared his throat and looked largely uncomfortable. "That's putting a rather fine point on it, but, yes." He smoothed a hand over his perfectly arranged hair and looked down at her with an equal mixture of sympathy and guilt.

She should've known better than to trust a man who was prettier than she was.

Bellamy watched the waiter place their lunches in front of them and let him depart before she replied in disbelief. "Were you going to, I don't know, tell me at any point?" She wanted nothing more than to be angry, to deliver the words with the sassy-girl malice she knew she should be feeling right now at his lack of candor.

Somehow, though, she just couldn't work it up.

"It's, ah, a little more complicated than that." Derek leafed through his spinach salad with quick, nervous stabs, refusing to meet her eyes.

Bellamy's brows popped. "It didn't seem complicated when you told your entire viewership about it a couple hours ago." Okay. Maybe she could drum up a little attitude. He'd practically dumped her in front of a bazillion people, after all! A girl had her pride.

"Look, Bellamy." He shifted his crystal blue eyes around the room. "It's not you, okay? I got this great job opportunity, and I couldn't pass it up. My career is very important. People depend on me, you know."

A hot prickle of irritation filled her chest. He was an anchorman, for God's sake. It wasn't like he was going to give Mother Teresa a run for her money or anything.

Derek smiled and patted her hand. "And, let's face it, the long-distance thing just never works out. You understand, don't you?"

Bellamy couldn't handle another nanosecond of delaying the inevitable, and the whole thing sent her stomach into a quick churn. "Frankly, I don't. You couldn't have told me this when it was all coming about? Jeez, Derek. Did you think I'd flip out or something?"

He cleared his throat ever so softly. "Well, I am a public figure. I didn't think a scene would be in either of our best interests. Like I said, it's really nothing personal."

Wow. She could admit to maybe being a little bit starstruck in the beginning, but how had she missed the fact that this guy was sporting an ego the size of Mount McKinley? Her intuitive skills needed one hell of an overhaul. She opened her mouth to give him a piece of her mind when the last six months flashed over her with startling clarity.

There really wasn't anything personal about it at all. Kind of like their entire relationship.

"You know what, Derek? You're absolutely right." Bellamy's pride overrode the sting of Derek's words, and she gathered her purse in a swift grab while offering up a saccharine smile. "Although I've got to say, for someone with such a prominent position in the field of communications, your one-on-one skills suck. Good luck in San Diego."

Before she could even register that her legs had shifted to accommodate the weight of her body, Bellamy had turned on her heel to stride out of the restaurant.


"I'm sorry, Mr. Griffin. There's really nothing I can do."

Shane had known the words were coming, but his gut sank anyway. "Look, my payments have always been on time up until now. Isn't there some way we can put off the increase just a little longer?"

Way to work that last-ditch effort, my man.

"We've already deferred the increase longer than we should have," the woman apologized.

Right. He'd been trying to block out the phone call he'd made to them three months earlier. Shit.

"Okay, well, thanks for your time." Shane hung up the phone and leaned back in the ancient desk chair that served as the only place to sit in the entire garage. For the first time since arriving at Pine Mountain a little over a year ago, he was flooded with unease. Short of an unexpected windfall or an angel to illuminate some unknown path out of this mess, there was no alternative but the obvious. A debt was a debt, and as much as he hated it, his had to be paid.

The thought of his Mustang going to that smarmy dealer in Bealetown, or worse yet some chop shop for parts, made his stomach do the up-and-at-'em against his ribs. That car had been the only thing of value that Shane had brought with him to the mountains, the only thing he'd ever worked for and earned himself, no strings attached.

But selling it was the only way out.

Shane shuffled through the papers on the desk until he came up with his checkbook, not pausing to glance at the "balance" column. He knew damn well there were far too few numbers left of the decimal, and to see it written out in front of him conjured up images of how well the words insult and injury could go together given the right frame of mind.

Shane stuffed a check into a pre-printed envelope and sealed the sucker up tight, knowing that by sending it he'd all but bleed his bank account dry. His careworn running shoes crunched over the loose gravel of the drive as he walked his last thirty days of freedom over to the mailbox, letting the wind cut through him on his way back inside. Letting out a long sigh, he returned to the office and punched a couple of digits into the phone before he lost his nerve.

"Information? Yeah, I need the number for Louie's Auto Traders in Bealetown. Yeah. I can hold."

CHAPTER 2

After the tenth time her phone rang like the Liberty Bell, Bellamy buried it deep in the bottom of her purse. Everyone from her sister to her dental hygienist (okay, so they'd been friends since college, but still) had called to find out if she was moving to the Golden State, and she was sick to death of rattling off the same answer.

A big, fat, resounding hell no.

Although she wasn't proud of it, Bellamy had taken the cheater's way out and called her boss's desk phone ten minutes after the weekly management meeting for their department began. One fake gynecologist's appointment later, Bellamy was out of the office, more than ready to block out the contract on her desk and the freshly minted ex who had left her for greener pastures.

She did a mental tally of the ingredients in her pantry. It had been at least a month since she'd gone on a baking binge — something that always made her feel worlds better when she was having a craptastic day. Spending the afternoon in her kitchen, hand-mixing pastry dough from scratch sounded like pure, uncut heaven right about now. Bellamy guided her feet toward the postage stamp–sized parking lot at the end of the block where her car lay in wait, but stopped short at the glitzy department store between her and her destination.


(Continues...)

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Turn Up the Heat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
RobinCovington More than 1 year ago
This book has it all: smoking' hot hero, relatable and savvy heroine, humor, sexiness galore and dialogue that leaves with a serious case of "why didn't I think to say that?" syndrome. If you are looking for fun, sexy romance that will make you wish it never ended . . . read this book!
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
You just can't go wrong with hot men, great food, and a great story. This book had it all. It also gave us glimpses of characters who will soon be starring in their own Pine Mountain books. I love Kimberly Kincaid's style of writing. I felt like Bellamy and her friends could have just as easily been me and my friends when we were in our 20s, although none of us knew how to cook as well as Bellamy!  I just wish I could have found a mechanic as hot as Shane when I was in my 20s! I loved everything about this book and look forward to more to come in this series,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid introduced me to another place I would love to live – Pine Mountain Resort! Spunky,  beautiful, talented cook/baker extraordinaire, Bellamy Blake and educated, loyal, handsome, top notch mechanic Shane Griffin  are now “new” friends of mine! Following Bellamy and Shane through their meeting one another and the development of their funny, hot, sigh-with-envy relationship, made me laugh, get worried, become tearful and whoop for joy by the end of the book.   Meeting Jenna, Holly, Grady, Shane’s all important and sexy Mustang, Jackson, Shane’s father and other interesting cooking  related people, made me want to read each page as quickly as I could.  When I finished the book, I knew I had to read it again!  I can’t wait to spend more time with all these wonderful people in the next Pine Mountain Novel. There is no thing as too much  romance!!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
This book brought me in from the first page to the last.The first book in a new series of Pine Mountain. The story of Bellamy and Shane, both unhappy with their career choices. Shane already in Pine Mt. meets up with Bellamy when her car breaks down. Shane works in the local garage. Bellamy there for a get away weekend with her girlfriends. The chemistry and romance between these two are hot in the bedroom, and a few other places too. Once again food is a big part of their story. You will have the munchies while reading this book. You are introduced to secondary characters, can't wait to read their stories. I highly recommend this book for a fun sexy read!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An amazing beginning to what is sure to be a terrific new series of books! With great humor, warmth and sexiness Kimberly Kincaid takes us on a wonderful journey to Pine Mountain. An amazing bunch of secondary characters leaves endless possibilities for more great stories. Don't miss this one I highly recommend it!
PurdueLiz More than 1 year ago
Kimberly Kincaid served up a delightful start to her new Pine Mountain series. Bellamy Blake is having a bad week. A really bad week. She gets dumped by her boyfriend. Her boss is clearly one of Satan’s minions and determined to make Bellamy’s life a living hell. Even her temporary escape from her life backfires when her car breaks down outside of Pine Mountain. Enter Shane Griffin, mechanic who takes her on another roller coaster ride through her life. I laughed a lot; I drooled over the food descriptions. And I even yelled out loud at Ms. Kincaid during a certain part, which thankfully resolved just fine. You won’t be disappointed with this delicious treat. I’m already clamoring for the next installment.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Pine Mountain Series, and it was a great book, with romance, humor, best friends, and love. Shane, lives in Pine Mountain, and he is an auto mechanic, a hot Mr. Goodwrench with broad shoulders, who loves his job, but has some real issues with city life. Bellamy is a city girl, whose boyfriend, is a arrogant jerk, and she hates her job, and not only because of her overbearing boss. Jilted by her boyfriend, she gathers up her friends and heads out of town for a long weekend, only to have more bad luck come her way, which results in her meeting Shane. He lets her know from the beginning that to him she is a city girl, but believe me when I say he gets as good as he gives. Can these two people, get past their differences? Read the book, you won't be disappointed. Kimberly Kincaid, pulled me in from the first page, and at times I laughed out loud, but fell in love with Shane and Bellamy, as they tried to follow their hearts. I was a First Readers winner and got a paperback copy of this book, but I have already added the second book to my TBR list. Can't wait to see what happens in Pine Mountain next time.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Great Book!! I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid. It is a well written novel that harmonizes the beauty of small town living with the dynamic of the city lifestyle. An imaginative plot and interesting characters create this refreshing contemporary romance. The story begins with gusto when Bellamy Blake, a real estate analyst from Philadelphia, experiences one of the worst weeks in her life. To begin with, she confirms via Google search that her very public boyfriend has decided to take a new job and is moving clear across the country. Secondly, her boss, most likely a descendent of Genghis Khan, won't stop hounding her while she is taking a well deserved long weekend with her two best friends. And lastly, en-route to her weekend getaway, her car malfunctions and just stops. Whew, that's a lot to deal with! Shane Griffin is the sexy mechanic that comes to Bellamy's rescue when her car breaks down only a few miles from the Pine Mountain Resort. Although not originally from the area, he loves living in the country and using his mechanical skills to fix cars. He and Bellamy get to know each other quite well during her stay and when they are together, the sparks never stop igniting. I found all the characters in the story to be likeable, sincere and worldly in their own way. The story moves along at a nice pace and Bellamy's passion for food is a yummy interwoven subplot. This book is so good you won't want to put it down, so plan to spend some time in Pine Mountain and don't pass up the chance to read this gem. ARC received from Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only does she have the best heroes, but the female characters aren't any slouches either! Whew! This fabulous author definitely turned up the heat! I have read every single one of her novels (so far), so I knew from the beginning that this story would probably have more “steam” than I usually like to read, but I also knew that I absolutely had to read it. I need to mention that if you don't care for steamy scenes in your novels, or a little language, you probably want to give Turn Up The Heat a pass, but if you are a fan of great characters and a fabulous storyline, then this is the read for you. There is a bit of language, but it suits the characters. You can't have a great romance without a great hero, but this author has not settled for a great hero alone, but matched him move for move with an intelligent, strong, stubborn female heroine, who makes you love her too! I absolutely loved Shane and Bellamy's story! Make sure you check out Turn up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid!
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
Kimberly Kincaid takes us on journey to Pine Mountain and I loved it! This is a very sweet romance that takes two seemingly opposite people and turn's up the heat. Bellamy (Love the name) is looking to get away from the city for a weekend from a job that she hates and a boyfriend that forgot to mention he is moving across the country without her. When the her sports car breaks-down on the way to Pine Mountain Sky resort for a girl's weekend, Bellamy is ready to cry. Little does she know that the jerk mechanic is really a dream come true. Shane hates everything about the City people. Including at first, Bellamy when she strolls into the repair shop wearing designer clothes and diamond earrings. After a couple of accidental encounters that can't hide their attraction for each other anymore and decided to have a fling for the rest of Bellamy's stay. With Bellamy's career up in the air and Shane hiding things, can these two opposites find true love? Of course they can, but not after a few bumps and one to many "Its Not You" moments. I loved the secondary characters in this book and I can't wait to read more about their story! First up is Jackson, Shane's friend, in Gimme Some Sugar due out June 3 2014!
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! If you are looking for a fun, flirty, and refreshingly romantic love story to put a smile on your face then look no further than Kimberly Kincaid's TURN UP THE HEAT. KK's story about the big city girl falling hard for the small town boy (and vice versa)is a delight to read! Her beautiful heroine, Bellamy Blake is smart, sassy, fiery, and fed up with the lousy week she's had. She calls on her two best friends and sets plans to meet them up at the Pine Mountain resort for some much needed pampering and relaxation. I have to say right here the close friendship, snarky banter and teasing that goes on between Bellamy, Holly and Jenna is hilarious and adds so much to the overall greatness of the book! Shane Griffin is a smoking hot mechanic in the small town of Pine Mountain with a burning love for cars, especially his 1969 Mach 1 Mustang and no time for much else. When Bellamy storms into Grady's auto shop looking for help when her little red sports car breaks down he immediately pegs her for nothing but trouble with her big city clothes and attitude so he gives her a little attitude of his own. These two may act like opposites who want nothing to do with each other, but the sexual tension and chemistry between them is electric! they both try to deny they are interested in the other but every time they run into each other their attraction grows and doing something about it becomes impossible to resist. The more time Shane and Bellamy spend together it becomes apparent they are kindred spirits in some many ways and absolutely perfect for each other! 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy provided in exchange for a honest review.
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A little sappy but good.
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HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't care too much for this story most likely due to the uptown girl image which the narrator had down to a T. A snotty rich girl that at first sight was over the top. I was very, very wrong Bellamy at first comes across this way the narrator does a wonderful job of making her seem like this. However once the book takes off you find she isn't anything but a wonderful girl who is really unhappy in her job. She might come across as looking down at you but she really isn't. She is a down to earth lady who is just finding her way as she gets over a bad break up. If you love small town romances as I do you will love this. Casey Holloway narration wasn't bad she does a great job giving you the rich girl tones and the lowly boy who is poor. I didn't hear any breaks it was a pretty even read. There is not any background noise. Her character voices are pretty good and I thought she did a great job. I really didn't care for the snotty girl but they grow on you. They seemed younger than what I think the author wanted them to be. All in all I thought she did a good job and would listen to more audios by this narrator. Bellamy might have left town to get away for a week of peace but what she does is reflect on her life, her ex and her job. She will make life changing choices before the week is through. All with getting to know one bullhead man who gets her motor started. I thought she was a good character who grows on you. At first she is a turn off and it is most likely due to the narrator. She really is a sweet down to earth lady that came from money and only wants to make her family happy. She has wonderful friends who stands by her and will move heaven and earth to help her through hard times. I think most of us would love to have friends like this. Shane is just a dream man who has all the right moves. He is hiding a few things and needs to work out some issues but with the right women he just might find out life isn't as bad as he thinks. He doesn't care for rich snotty women and pushes Bellamy away even though she turns him on he just can't see anything happening. Once things take off with Bellamy he really needs to come clean. Like most men they never do what they should which usually gets them in major trouble. It was interesting to watch this play out. The author gives you a wonderful story of what you see isn't what you get. She adds humor to keep you smiling as she entertains you with some major twists. From the first page you will smile and keep smiling throughout the read. This was a fun loving read that does have some major heartache. Both will have to learn to trust and give back as well as get over the past and move on. The author gives you some very passionate scenes which are very heated. I do have to admit I was hooked and had a hard time putting it away. I had to know the ending so I found things to do around the house so I could finish this tonight. You will be surprised how things play out and you won't even see it coming. The supporting characters are outstanding. I found this to be a believable read with believable characters. I can't wait to listen to a few others I have by this author.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
This book was my first Kimberly Kincaid book and it was great! I loved Shane & Bellamy! Bellamy's life took a drastic turn from where she thought it would go, and it was the best thing that ever happened! Shane had his own demons to deal with and definitely was not looking to fall for Bellamy's "type"! Great characters & a wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it. End seemed kinda abrupt considering how long it took to pace the scene and characters.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
You had me at Mustang! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars! This book had me at 1969 Mustang Mach 1. I admit it I am a Mustang lover. I bought my first Mustang almost 10 years ago during what my husband fondly refers to as my midlife crisis years (although I seriously hope that was not the middle of my life....I am nowhere near halfway done yet). Then a very sad thing happened several years ago and the big nasty hailstorm beat it up so badly that my insurance totaled it - I cried real tears and I am still very sad about the whole thing. The saddest part was that I was now stuck driving.....the dreaded minivan. I complained and pitched a fit for a little more than 2 years until I finally wore my husband down until he told me I should get another Mustang (and maybe another midlife crisis - who knows). This book had its very own Mustang love story! There was even a little bit of lovin' going on inside of the Mustang if you know what I mean. How could I not love this book? This book was a solid 4 star mind candy kind of book perfect for a lazy afternoon. I found the pages quickly flying by and before I knew it I had read this book in less than 24 hours. The book was not perfect and did have a couple of problems but it ended up being a nice light read. I am going to be perfectly honest and admit that this is not a book that I over analyzed. This is simply the kind of book that one reads simply to enjoy. Bellamy finds out that her newscaster boyfriend is moving away when he announces it on live TV. She does not even see the announcement but finds out about it when her two best friends, Holly and Jenna, call her on two different phones. She decides to go away from everything with her friends in Pine Mountain for the weekend. Unfortunately, her car decides not to make the entire trip so she ends up at the local garage at Shane's mercy. With her car at the garage, she tries to enjoy her weekend with her friends. Bellamy ends up at the same bar that Shane is at with his friend. They are drawn to each other and have a few more encounters. Bellamy is also dealing with the boss from hell, also known as Bosszilla, and is under a lot of stress. When Shane calls to let her know that her car is going to take longer than expected, she drives straight there to talk to him and ends up snowed in after the roads close. I liked each of the main characters in the book to a point. Bellamy was a little quick to judge Shane. To be honest, I did not think his big secret was so bad. I think they needed to talk about things not call it quits. Shane was also too quick to judge and his declaration that he would never set foot in the city was just plain silly. In many ways, I thought that these two character were too much alike but they did work well together. I thought the chemistry between the pair was good. I would recommend this book to fans of light contemporary romance. This is the first book by Kimberly Kincaid that I have had the chance to read but I plan to check out others in the future.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Turn Up The Heat by Kimberly kIncaid is the first in her Pine Mountain series and it was a great start to what will be a great new series. Bellamy Blake has just broken up with her boyfriend and is working in a job that she hates. Her boss is a "boss from hell" and never leaves her alone even when she is off work. She finds solace in cooking and with her two friends, Jenna and Holly. Jenna and Holly are the best kind of friends to have and I wish I knew them. Jenna grabs them and they take off for a weekend getaway to Pine Mountain - almost. On the way to the resort, Bellamy's car breaksdown and that is how she meets Shane Griffin. Shane is a mechanic in Pine Mountain and loves it there. He loves working on cars and has been very happy in Grady's garage for the last 14 months. He hates the big city and has sworn to never go back. When he first meets Bellamy, he lumps her into the "big city girls" category and decides to fix her car and ignore her. Hah! Soon they run into each other and they get to know each other better; but Shane still won't talk about his past with her. Bellamy, on the other hand, talks to Shane about the crossroads that she has come to in her life. She has to decide if she's going to continue on in her current field or to break out and do something totally different in her life. The sparks fly between Bellamy and Shane. They both try to fight it; but when they get snowed in at the garage, then all bets are off. Kimberly wrote some smexy scenes that had me fanning myself as Bellamy and Shane finally decide to explore more of their relationship. The secondary characters are so well developed. I found Jenna, Holly, Jackson and Grady to be very likeable and added so much to the story. They gave some great insights into both Bellamy and Shane. This is a fun, easy, hot, and often humorous read with the mention of great food which often made me hungry. Give this book a try because you will not be disappointed.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Turn Up the Heat is a good book that shouldn't be passed up. Both characters had major life decisions to make and needed to figure out that the other person was what they needed most.
pink2 More than 1 year ago
This was such a powerful story. I loved how the story unfolded and how it felt like I was there experiencing the same feelings. I felt the way the story was written gave each character such depth. My heart raced with some scenes, I cried at others, I yelled at them (Yeah I know, they can't hear me) and the last 25% of the book really took me by surprise. I really look forward to reading more by Kimberly Kincaid.
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Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Turn Up The Heat by Kimberly Kincaid is a delightfully fun and sexy read. Bellamy Blake has had enough of hearing “It’s not you” from her ex’s. The last straw was her locally famous boyfriend who out of the blue dumped her and her evil boss.  She gathers her two best girlfriends and heads out for a little girl time. When her car dies in the middle of know where she is stuck there for several days. Bellamy wasn’t expecting the hottie of a mechanic to ride to her rescue. Shane Griffin is more then just a local mechanic but his past is something he never talks about. No one is more shocked then he is when he finds himself falling for big city girl Bellamy. But Bellamy has some secrets of her own. Will this new relationship be able to survive when all the secrets come out? Turn up the Heat is a Pine Mountain Novel.  It’s the second story I have read by this author and it won’t be the last. Shane and Bellamy are wickedly funny and all out sexy.  You find yourself routing for these two opposites to find their way to a happy ever after. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
SailormanOR More than 1 year ago
recommended
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Turn Up The Heat (Pine Mountain #1) by Kimberly Kinciad, when Bellamy finds out her boyfriend is moving away, hasn't bothered to tell her, and oh, yeah they are done, she decides a girls weekend away is just what she needs.  Of course, it can't be that easy, and once she's well on her way, her car breaks down.  Some good things might still be on the way for Bellamy though, because Shane, the mechanic is one hot man!  Even if she's not interested and he is definitely not into city girls.   Shane has a past he won't face, and secrets he won't share.  He loves his job as a mechanic with Grady, the shop's owner, even if that is all he has right now.  That is all he wants.  But Bellamy has him thinking of other things besides work, and in Pine Mountain they can't help but run into each other.  Shane does his best to not feel for Bellamy, but it's impossible.  Bellamy is working her way into his heart without even trying.    When Bellamy spontaneously stays longer in Pine Mountain, on her journey of self discovery, she discovers just how much she wants to be with Shane.  She is what Shane thinks of as Big City though, and he's small town.  As open as Bellamy is, Shane is a contrast in that he keeps so much of himself hidden.  Are they really as different as they think though?  When Shane's secrets are suddenly not so secret and the truth comes out, can Bellamy still be able to trust him with her heart?  Can she find the courage to follow her dreams even as Shane struggles to find the courage to finally deal with his past?  And can they do it together or is it too late?   Turn Up The Heat is a story that emphasizes there is usually a lot more to someone than what meets the eye, and don't let preconceived notions taint what could be a great thing!  Bellamy and Shane at first appear to be complete contrasts to each other, but are they as different as they first think?  I felt that Bellamy was a lot more open than Shane was.  With his mysterious past, and what seemed to be like too much unhappiness in his life, Shane was a bit harder to get to know.  Bellamy really is like Shane's sunshine!  The dialogue between them is at times witty, at times serious, but at all times has a sense of reality that makes you believe in Bellamy and Shane.   There are some great secondary characters in Turn Up The Heat.  Bellamy's two friends have her best interests at heart and push her farther than she wants to go!  Grady, the automechanic shop owner and "car whisperer", has a strong role with Shane, as does Jackson, Shane's friend.  These people are with us throughout Turn Up The Heat, then Kimberly pumps up the interest level by adding a few newer ones later on in the story.  They all blend well in the story line.   Kimberly does a great job of keeping us guessing at the mystery of Shane all through Turn Up The Heat.  She manages to surprise us, and adds in a few unexpected twists to the plot.    Romance readers who enjoy small town romance, twists and turns on the romantic journey will enjoy Turn Up The Heat.