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Turn Up the Heat: A Second Chances Novel

Turn Up the Heat: A Second Chances Novel

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by Serena Bell
For readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell teases all five senses in this poignant, tantalizing novel of fantasies long hidden . . . and finally indulged.
Aspiring chef Lily McKee noticed Kincaid Graves the first time he walked into the dingy diner where she waits tables. With his


For readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell teases all five senses in this poignant, tantalizing novel of fantasies long hidden . . . and finally indulged.
Aspiring chef Lily McKee noticed Kincaid Graves the first time he walked into the dingy diner where she waits tables. With his ice-blue eyes and primal tattoos, his presence puts Lily on edge—and reminds her of all the unfulfilled longings she isn’t pursuing while she’s stuck in this dead-end job. Without a doubt, the man is dangerous to her long-term plans of leaving town and hiring on at a real kitchen—and yet, she hungers for him, if even for just a taste.
Kincaid didn’t come back to his coastal Oregon hometown looking for a good time or a good meal. The ex-con has a score to settle, old wrongs to set right. But Lily, equal parts innocence and insight, brings out an impulsive side of him he thought he’d left behind in the past. And it only takes one intense moment of weakness between them to make him consider the possibility of an entirely new future—and the promise of passion beyond either of their wildest dreams.

Praise for Turn Up the Heat
“Serena Bell nails it. Turn Up the Heat is sexy, emotional, and engaging. I couldn’t get enough!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series

Turn Up the Heat is a delicious read! Serena Bell rides that bittersweet edge where everything is darker, hotter, and sexy as hell.”USA Today bestselling author Shari Slade

“Serena Bell definitely ‘turns up the heat’ in this steamy read!”—Tina Wainscott, USA Today bestselling author of Falling Fast
“Sexy and tender, sweet and spicy, Turn Up the Heat is a delicious book I couldn’t get enough of!”—Molly O’Keefe, author of Indecent Proposal

“Darkly sexy and deeply emotional.”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of Once and Again

“Serena Bell writes books with hot sex and lots of emotion, and those are the types of books I love to read!”—Wendy S. Marcus, author of Loving You Is Easy

“This is a steamy story from start to finish, teeming with sexual tension.”—Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess
“Gritty and heartbreaking . . . a poignant story of redemption, with passionate interludes that are raw and primal and characters that tug at the heart strings.”—The Sassy Bookster
“Serena’s writing is mesmerizing. Her characters are beautifully wounded. I loved the time I spent within this world and I’m looking forward to seeing more from her Second Chances series.”—Crystal Blogs Books
“This one is on my keeper shelf and one of my favourites of this year.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews (five stars)
“Seriously, this book has it all. I’ve already added most of Serena’s backlist to my TBR—no idea why it’s taken me so long to get started, but I’m a fan now!”—Becky on Books and Quilts
“A real happily ever after story between two people who are made for each other.”—Red Hot + Blue Reads
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Second Chance , #1
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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes stories about how sex messes with your head, why smart people sometimes do stupid things, and how love can make it all better. She wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since—a skill that’s particularly useful now that she’s the mother of two school-aged children.

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Turn Up the Heat: A Second Chances Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the book. I have to say if you cry while reading you will on this one. Yet, I didn't like the fact that you felt you were in 3rd person then to 1st then back to 3rd and so on and so forth. I did enjoy the story though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. They're wonderfully flawed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story a lot!
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
Despite having complete cooking school and loving cooking for others, Lily finds herself in a small Wyoming town working as a waitress in a diner. She lives with her sister and is saving all her money for first and last months rent so she can return to Chicago and work in a large restaurant once again. Kincaid is on parole for threatening a man with a knife. He comes into the diner and has been watching Lily. When hot, steam sex occurs between these two strangers, they realize that there might be something more between them although neither of them want something more. Despite "rough" sex, it was light and not very rough but good read. *I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, sweet, sexy second chance at love story. Lily McKee left Chicago after finding her ex-fiance in a very uncompromising position. Lily has dreams of owning her own restaurant in Chicago but since she was living with the ex, she moves to Tierney Bay, OR to move in with her sister and save up some money. While there Lily gets a job at the Tierney Bay Diner. She loves interacting with the people but longs for Chicago. While working she notices this sexy, good looking guy who always comes in and sits in the same booth and watches her. One night she gets the chance to cook at the grill instead of waitressing. She gets "his" order and makes him her own style of hamburger. He enjoys it so much he says something to the owner, Markos, who has a fit that she changed his recipe. Markos doesn't care if she trained at one of the besting cooking schools, his diner, his recipes. Afterwards Lily talks to the stranger so says his name is Kincaid Graves. Lily is very much attracted to this man but what she doesn't know is that Caid recently just got out of jail. Caid is so drawn to her but knows he should stay away but she just keeps popping up into his thoughts. He hangs with her after the diner closes and things explode! Taking out the trash has never been so sexy! ;) The push and pull these two have with each other was great. They both have their reasons for being together and both have reason to be apart. I loved that no matter what they kept getting pulled back together. Their sexual chemistry is HOT! I really enjoyed Caid's back story and why he went to prison. I was glad he was able to get his happy ending with his Nan. The epilogue was so sweet and it had me shedding a few tears. Overall, a great, easy, sexy read.
Maisie-D More than 1 year ago
This is a sexy, erotic book. Kincaid is hot, hot, hot! Lily is sweet and makes everyone feel as if they are friends. Lily McKee works at a diner in a small town called Tierny Bay. It’s a big change from working in Chicago in her own restaurant. Lily’s ex made her believe that she was somehow wrong in her head for liking her sex a little rough. Kincaid Graves is a tattooed ex-con trying to right a wrong done to him and his grandmother, and yes he drives a motorcycle. Kincaid likes his sex a little rough too, but mostly bowed to the wishes of his partner and was gentle, because, hey! Sex is sex and who’s gonna turn it down? Kincaid comes to the diner every day, and Lily watches for him. He always has a huge law book with that he reads while eating. As Lily watches Kincaid, and Kincaid has his eye on Lily. As I said this book has lots of hot sex! But the story doesn’t get lost in it. It moves smoothly from scene to scene. Kincaid wants to right the wrong done to him. Lily has a big part in helping him achieve this. So, have a fan close when you read the love scenes, and tissues for the sad scenes. But buy this book!! Enjoy this book! I know you will!!! I was given ARC of this book by NetGalley for an honest review
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
There are some pretty intense sex scenes involving Lily's need to be dominated and taken roughly - so this might not be for everyone. The story line is good, the sexual connection is great, but I didn't feel the emotional connection between them until almost the end of the book. The beginning and ending are great, but I would have liked the middle to have more "showing" rather than "telling" about the characters feelings. 3.4 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A story where the characters are ‘starting over’ with a new life is the premise for the Second Chances series, and like other titles I’ve read from this author, there is heat and heart galore! Lily has left Chicago after a relationship tanked after her ex decided that her fantasies and desires were far too much for him to handle. So, she’s relocated to her sister’s place in Oregon, found a job as a waitress, and is saving up to move along. She has her own plan for her life, and a relationship in Oregon isn’t one of them. Kincaid has just been released from prison for an assault charge. His motives were justified, but taking matters into his own hands and the potential that is there in terms of his anger adds another layer to the story that will play out between them. A palpable lust flares between them almost instantly, but those moments bring more. Together these two are well-developed and have solid voices, their interior monologues do add to the emotion of the moment and building their own solid forms. Lily’s ex shamed her desires for submission, in Kincaid she believes she has found a strong man who can and will fulfill that desire. Their moments are super steamy, and while I would have appreciated more interaction between them: playing with the power exchange in the D/s relationship, even sharing their fears and hurts with one another rather than delving into passages of interior monologue, the story moved forward nicely and left me with a solid sense of who these two are. While I can’t say that I found any of the secondary characters were distracting, they did fill out the moments when our characters were away from one another, and grounded the characters in a life outside their own heads and interactions. I’m truly curious to see where and who Serena Bell chooses for the next installment. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
I am still not sure why – but I could not connect fully to the story. I really wanted to like this book and the storyline is well written but somehow I struggled with the characters. Both come with tons of baggage and struggle with their lives but the developing relationship between Kincaid and Lily just feels good. You will find lots of hot sex and pure raw emotions but for my personal liking something was missing – and I am still not sure what it was. This will not stop me from recommending the book and taking a look at other books from this author.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star This is Lily and Kincaid’s story. Kincaid is fresh out of jail where he served 7 years. He meets Lily in a diner when she works. Things are heavy and hot right away. She likes things a little rough and he needs to do things a little rough it’s been 7 longs years. He has a ton of time to make up for. With both of them not looking for a relationship it works out great. But what happens when feeling start to get involved. Will the ex-con thing be an issue? Or will they both not care now that they are together? I recommend this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING. I absolutely loved Lily and Kincaid, and had a hard time putting their story down to do...well, pretty much anything. If you like intense reads with a whole lot going on below the surface of things for the characters and you're not afraid of your reading getting a little...warm, then this one is for you. Honestly, I have no idea how Ms. Bell managed to pack so much into such a relatively short read (180 pages, by my ereader count). It just shouldn't be possible. There's crazy chemistry here with absolutely amazingly intense sex, a good dose of angst and a dash of despair, and then two minutes later I'm practically snorting my iced tea out of my nose as I read a line like this: "My heart is aching for you. That must have been just terrible, not being able to speak to the girl because you were too busy getting laid." Seriously, this book has it all. I've already added most of Serena's backlist to my TBR--no idea why it's taken me so long to get started, but I'm a fan now! Since Turn Up the Heat is the first book in a new series, at least it's the prefect place to get started :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Turn up the Heat is a steamy and entertaining read. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters were honest, relatable, likable and entertaining. Turn up the Heat was one of those books once you start reading you can't put it down, I read it in one sitting. Loved the growing relationship between Lily and Kincaid, the attraction and chemistry was smoking. They were perfect for each other, both in the bedroom and in life. I'm a fan of Serena Bell's writing and she has given us another heartfelt and entertaining read. I highly recommend Turn up the Heat!
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
*** This ARC was received from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via net galley in exchange for an honest review*** Very good story. I like the how much Kincaid is willing to risk to follow they dying wish of a loved family member. Lily is willing to work hard in order to get what she wants and gets even more in the end.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
This is the first story of Serena Bell that I have read and I must say that it was so much more than I expected. It captivated me from the very beginning to the end. It was powerfully written, with realistic but flawed characters and had great secondary characters as well. Deeply emotional, heartbreaking and poignant. I loved where this story went and how it all came together, and it left me smiling at the end. Lily McKee is a aspiring chef who has just finished Culinary school and moved in with her sister's family in Tierney Bay, to save money. She was crushed when she finally opened up to her boyfriend about her sexual fantasy for BDSM and he became disgusted and broke up with her. She is currently working as a waitress in the local diner and trying to concentrate on her new mantra of, "no men, do the job, make the money and get out", when a mystery man wakes up her body with a surge of adrenaline in her veins and other parts were taking notice too without even being touched. His cool pale blue eyes, thickly corded arms, the span of his shoulders, blond hair and tattoos on his arm and neck were calling out to her. Kincaid Graves had just spent over seven years in prison for assault, trying to save his grandmother from an abusive relationship and then losing her to a heart attack after he had been in prison just a few weeks. He is determined to find his grandmother's will because he is not going to let the man who abused her take everything she owned. He knows that most of the people in his hometown look at him with suspicion and disgust so he keeps to himself. But he has noticed the new beautiful, waitress who is tall, slim, tiny waist, wide full mouth and with the green eyes glancing his way when she doesn't think he is looking. He has taken to just sitting in the diner reading just so he can watch her talk to her customers and work. One day one of the cooks call in and Lily gets the chance to cook and not just for anybody but for him, and she changes up the burger with a few ingredients and then watches him eat it. She loves watching people eat her food. When he tells the owner "Best burger by a mile" to try and help her get to cook more, the manager gets mad and stops her from cooking because she changed the recipe. But when the manager needs Kincaid to help with some plumbing he offers free work if Lily cooks for him, so while he is working and Lily is closing up they then walk out together. Their chemistry is sizzling and although they both agree that neither are looking for a relationship they definitely can't keep their hands off of each other. Although Lily knows she could be heading for ridicule and heartbreak once again she expresses her desire for being dominated and Kincaid loves it. There are some Hot Sizzling sexual scenes between these two you will not want to miss. As well as a lot of twists and turns and some secrets that can wreck everything. So you are just going to have to read this sweet, sexy, emotional story of second chances that will leave you smiling at the end. Highly recommend! I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy unique characters, and Lily and Kincaid certainly fit this. I love how they were drawn to each other and how their relationship started out as just a strong physical connection and grew into so much more. I also loved how each was able to show their strength and their vulnerable side to each other. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes emotional stories with unique characters! A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Lily McKee loves to cook but a falling out with her boss/mentor/boyfriend led to her upping and leaving everything – her job, her dreams – behind. Now she is temporarily stuck doing a job she dislikes as she prepares to return and fulfill her dreams in Chicago but seeing Kincaid Graves every day at the diner she works at makes up for it. Kincaid makes Lily hunger for things unspoken and she knows that he could actually tempt her to throw away all her plans for a chance with him. Kincaid Graves is back in his hometown to settle a score. After doing a stint in jail, he’s back to right an old wrong and he does not intend to allow any distractions to his plans. Lily McKee is definitely one giant distraction and just one stolen moment between them has him wondering if he could have more in his life – passion, a relationship, a future – than what he has right now. Kincaid is a man who at the core of him is good and caring, but a mistake borne out of that goodness, a desire to protect a loved one landed him in jail and now he’s faced with a long and hopeless life as an ex-con and the stigma and challenges that come with it. I like that Ms. Bell does not gloss over the fact that Kincaid is capable of violence and in view of the violence of the crime he did time for, his sexual proclivities take on a darker tone. Lily abandoned all her ambitions and fled to Oregon to avoid her ex’s judgement of her sexual desires but she has plans to go back and reclaim her life in Chicago. Kincaid and Lily are good for each other as their shared passion validates their dark needs but they help each other in other ways too. Lily makes Kincaid see that he is so much more than the one bad decision he made and that he can reach for his dreams. Kincaid helps Lily accept that her desires are honest and real and nothing to be ashamed of and restores that bit of her that was lost by her ex’s rejection. I enjoyed reading TURN UP THE HEAT because Ms. Bell did not shy away from difficult issues but also because Kincaid and Lily get their happy ending and dreams really come true for them as they find all they ever wanted in that small Oregon town. TURN UP THE HEAT is gritty and heartbreaking but is also a poignant story of redemption, with passionate interludes that are raw and primal and characters that tug at the heart strings. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
ARC requested through Netgalley and kindly provided by Loveswept Publshing in exchange for a honest review. This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I can say with complete certainty that it won't be my last! I was really impressed with the writing style, and how easy it was for me to just fall right into the story, especially with not being familiar with her work. The story line captivated my attention right away and kept me flying through the pages. I devoured this one in one sitting! The chemistry between Kincaid and Lily was undeniable from the start and their intense attraction to one another kept things consistently hot throughout the entire story.This is by far one of hottest reads I have read in a while, make sure you have a fan nearby because you're going to need it! Highly recommend this book, it will definitely satisfy all your reading needs...and then some!
booksbysarahrobinson More than 1 year ago
Holy moly frijoles- this book is hot! Serena Bell does an amazing job creating relationships through erotic connections and making you root for the characters to find their happily ever after! I read this book in one night, and all the feels were there (although they seemed to be clustered in one specific southern region! haha!). Great book, great characters, and I hope we get to see more of the people in this world! I really loved all the secondary characters just as much as the main ones- which is really exciting!
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
This is a second chance in life book. Kincaid did things he isn't proud of and served time in jail for. Lily had to leave Chicago to get away from her life and some time to think. She comes to live with her sister and gets a job at the local diner. She loves to cook and has a degree in it. She notices Kincaid sitting at a booth reading law books everyday. They finally meet face to face and sparks fly between them. They give it a go but, Kincaid knows he needs to tell her about his jail life. Can this couple make it through what both of them have been through? Can dreams really come true? This was a good book and I enjoyed Lily and Kincaid's journey together.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I'd rather be afraid than half alive." Stars! I am a big fan of Serena Bell’s writing, she always seems to manage to take something that was pretty special to start with and turn it into spectacular. Lily and Kincaid’s story is definitely in the latter column for me, it started out steady and then took off pretty quickly. Back in Tierney Bay, Lily McKee is living week to week, staying in her sisters basement, whilst waitressing and bartending until she has made enough money to enable her to move back to Chicago and pursue her dreams of opening her own restaurant. She didn’t factor tall, tatted and tempting Kincaid Graves into that equation, but as soon as he starts sitting in one of her booths at the Tierney Bay Diner on a regular basis her interest is piqued. ”Don’t hate yourself tomorrow” After an unplanned encounter in an alley behind the diner, opens up possibilities that both of them were never expecting, Caid has to consider whether his life as it currently is, can include Lily. Domination and submission at the basest level, trust and the possibility of more than loneliness, even though both of them profess to not be looking for commitment or a relationship they are pulled together repeatedly like the tide to a sandy moonlit beach. Both have secrets that they aren’t looking to share, but as their time together brings about stronger feelings and the deepening of the trust between them, their pasts gradually become exposed. He had taken something that had felt dark, shameful and dirty and made it beautiful. This is a beautifully written book, the story takes some well-loved tropes and plays them a little different, not forgetting it is a whole lot of enjoyable too. If you haven’t read anything by this author before, I would definitely recommend you add Turn up the Heat to your TBR. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was an absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
While I am a big fan of Serena Bell's books, this one not so much. I found the story lacking and considering the basic story is about two people who enjoy their sexy times a bit rough, I thought even that component lacking.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sexy and tension filled romance is the story of Lily and Kincaid. When Lily's relationship in Chicago failed, she ended up with no plan, except to lick her wounds and try to save up some money to bring back her dream of opening her own restaurant some day. Staying with her sister in the small town of Tierney Bay on the Oregon Coast and waiting tables at a dingy diner keeps her going, one day at a time. With time on her hands, she can't help but notice the sexy mystery man who starts to take up residence in one of her booths. Kincaid has his reasons for being quiet and reserved, but he isn't immune to the glances he gets from Lily and what starts out as an innocent flirtation heats up quickly as they discover that they share a sexual penchant they can freely indulge in with each other. But what starts out as sex becomes something deeper, a relationship that will only stand a chance if secrets are told before they come out on their own , secrets that risk destroying the happiness that they've found in each other. This was an excellently told story of two people, coming from different circumstances, learning to trust again. Right from the start of the story I was hooked and though Kincaid's circumstances are revealed to the reader fairly quickly (no spoilers here), it's a secret that he keeps from Lily and you just know that it's going to be key to their success as a couple, how Lily will deal with the knowledge. So you have this tension right from the start that doesn't let up and you just want to turn the pages faster and faster to get to the end, while at the same time savouring the story. Lily is a friendly and sweet woman, who's had a bad run of things and is living with her very supportive sister and doing her best to save her money to get back to Chicago and find a job where she can cook. She loves to cook, it's one of her reasons for being and it's the most difficult part of her job at the diner, that she doesn't have the freedom to create like she wants to. When she gets a chance to cook for Kincaid and makes him a burger not on the menu, her boss is less than thrilled, but Kincaid stands up for her. It is that support, that solid strength of his that leads them into their sexual dance, one that combines issues of consent and rough sex and bondage and all sorts of sexy games that soon become much more. Kincaid comes across wonderfully as this tortured hero, on a mission for revenge and for finding the truth at all costs, a mission that is hampered by his growing feelings for Lily. He is a strong and protective man, who falls for Lily despite his best efforts to keep himself emotionally uninvolved, knowing that he is no good for her and that she plans to leave soon for a better life than what he could ever offer her. There are a lot of emotions in this story, chief among them shame and guilt, felt by both Kincaid and Lily for various reasons. Overcoming those feelings is something they manage to do together, though it takes a while before they are able to acknowledge this to each other. I loved the way the story played out, and once we get past the inevitable conflict and on to the well deserved happy ending, there is the sweetest epilogue that made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes too. This one is on my keeper shelf and one of my favourites of this year. 5 stars.