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Wild Heat
     

Wild Heat

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by Lucy Monroe
 

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Sometimes old flames are the hottest of all . . .

In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it's impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit-and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there's a

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Sometimes old flames are the hottest of all . . .

In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it's impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit-and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there's a pain in Kitty's gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again-even if it means taking on her demons as his own.

After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming-more everything-he's impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they're reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn't come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can't help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned . . ."

Lucy Monroe writes smart, sensual, emotional books for intelligent women."

-JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/23/2015
In the first of her Northern Fire series, Monroe (the Children of the Moon series) introduces Cailkirn, Alaska, the small town Kitty Grant’s ancestors founded nearly 200 years ago. Eight years after Kitty escaped Cailkirn, she returns to rebuild her life, following her divorce from an abusive husband who sent her spiraling into anorexia. Tack MacKinnon runs a hiking tour company that caters to tourists from cruise ships. He was heartbroken when Kitty broke off their longtime friendship and got married (though her spouse remains in California), and now he’ll do anything to protect his heart while helping her recover her health. With immediate chemistry between them, he uses casual, hot sex to bribe her to eat. Tack’s insistence on pretending to be just friends hamstrings the development of romance; the jealousy and misunderstandings are never balanced by tenderness. The repeated introduction of flat protagonists for future books gives the novel an unsatisfying episodic feel. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (May)
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Lucy Monroe writes smart, sensual, emotional books for intelligent women."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455575480
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Series:
Northern Fire Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
834,430
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

A USA Today Bestseller, most of Lucy Monroe's titles have spent multiple weeks on national bestsellers lists, including Neilson Bookscan (in both North America and the UK), Amazon & B&N.com. She is ranked as a top selling contemporary romance author on Amazon.

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Wild Heat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Wild Heat is set in Alaska. My first thought was eww. Boy was I wrong. Lucy Monroe takes us through this land in such detail, making me picture it's beauty, that I wanted to move there! Kitty and Tack were best friends since she moved there when she was 6 years old. Kitty always vowed that she would get away from Alaska but Tack knew it was home and planned to stay there forever. They went to college in California where Kitty met and married a very wealthy man. That was a big mistake. She divorced him and went back home eight years later. The author handled the tough issues of physical and mental abuse as well as eating disorders in a believable way that added to the story without making me want to stop reading. The characters were well described and likable in different ways. I felt sorry for both Kitty and Tack for the things they went through in their lives. Even though Kitty was a pretty messed up woman in soooo many ways Tack was extremely patient with her and between the two of them, they fixed her. Please note, I won this book in a giveaway. This is a great story that I highly recommend.
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
A great new series from Lucy Monroe!  If the rest of Northern Fire is as good, I can't wait. Wild Heat deals with some deep issues that I was glad to see she doesn't gloss over and in fact dives into.  You have a woman who was raised by her grandma and her sisters after her parents die.  You have a man that loves his roots in Alaska.  They have been friends since they were 6 years old.  He follows her to college only to have her turn him away when she meets a man she will later marry.  The book starts as Kitty is flying home after spending a year divorcing her husband and going through therapy for an eating disorder.  Tack has spent years making his business a thriving enterprise.  He has tried to forget a certain redhead who cut him out of her life.  When her aunt lets it be known that she is coming back and that she has been unhealthy, Tack takes it on himself to find out what he can about her disorder.  After some miscommunication and hot sex, the couple finally figures out that they belong together! Here's to hoping for more in this series.  I am looking forward to maybe meeting Dr. Hart in person!!!  
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe is the start of an awesome series called The Northern Fire Series.  Kitty Grant returns to her hometown of Cailkirn, Alaska after being away for many years.  She is fleeing her abusive ex husband and feels that going home will be the best path to heal her heart and soul.  Kitty hasn’t counted on the boy she hurt when she left to become the one man she can’t resist. Tack MacKinnon was devastated when his best friend and first love left him in the dust when she moved to LA. He is convinced he can ignore her now that she is back in town. But once he sees the visible difference from the Kitty he used to know he is bound and determined to get the old Kitty to smile. Tack and Kitty slowly circle around each other till the sparks from the past become a fire that neither can ignore.  Tack has his work cut out for him with getting Kitty to trust him.   Wild Heat is an emotional journey about letting go and finding oneself. Tack and Kitty have real problems and readers will be able to relate to them.  This book is one of my favorites from Ms. Monroe and it still has a place in my heart weeks later.  Lucy Monroe is an auto buy for me. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catlin Grant is returning home to Calicarn Alaska after 8 years away,she has left her abusive ex,but has another problem she has anorexia and bulimia. Coming home she runs into the man that she left Tack McKinnon,a man that now has built a tourist business.They agree to be just friends but soon it turns into something more,Tack belies her sex if she will eat!! They are both denying what they really feel foe each other. This is a well written story that addresses a very serious illness that some people have,I like how the author brought this out.This is a very good 2nd chance romance you need to get this book now!!
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
This is truly a captivating beginning to a series about the men and women in the small Alaskan town of Cailkirn! This second chance romance is full of engaging men and women and scorching heat between "Tack" and "Kitty"! The struggle of "Kitty" to overcome distrust, abuse, and her transformation into a healthy and vibrant woman with help from family, friends and the man she left behind "Tack" makes this a remarkable story! The hot alpha men of Cailkirn and strong dynamic women who help these men settle the untamed frontier is a terrific read and holds your attention so thoroughly do not be surprised if you cannot put his book down until its very end!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Tack and Kitty. Such a great story about coming home and putting your life back together.
SheilaCE More than 1 year ago
Leaving an abusive husband in LA, Kitty Grant comes back home to Cailkirn, Alaska with more than her fair share of regrets.  The way she left her best friend Tack McKinnon is one such regret. Now Tack is successful, sexy and though he’s forgiven her, he hasn’t forgotten that she was his greatest heartbreak. As Kitty starts to re-learn who she is and what she wants from life, Tack offers help in a way that could melt all the snow in Alaska. I love the small town and all the interesting inhabitants there.  Meddling and match-making are the sport to watch and lots of shenanigans push Kitty and Tack together regardless of their  assurances they could never be a couple. Tack is so great with Kitty who was abused by her ex-husband and as he helps Kitty learn the ropes of having her own life again, he learns a thing or two he never suspected.  This is pure romance with a fun town that you will learn to love.  You fall in love with the main characters and hold out hope that everything will turn out for them.  It’s romance, so you can guess how it turns out.  But, you love all the eccentric and sweet townies too!  It’s an addictive series and I can’t wait for the next book! 
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Took a little while to get into it. Kitty returns to her hometown after her divorce from her abusive husband. She is anorexic and bulimic. She is finally starting to heal but still struggling. Tack was her best friend since they were six years old. But she pushed him away when she meet her husband. Tack us keeping his heart guarded so he doesn't get hurt again. But when he makes a deal if she eats, he'll have sex with her but wants to keep their relationship hidden so his family doesn't get any ideas. Now she wants more and he's still wary. A little humor, plenty of sex, and a broken woman finally putting herself back together. The only thing was over half way through it describes him having shoulder length hair but picture on book, guy has really short hair. That drives me crazy!
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Meglarz More than 1 year ago
Caitlin Grant returns home to Alaska after the dissolution of her abusive and disastrous marriage to her grandmother, great-aunts and their quaint B&B, and Tack MacKinnon. Caitlin and Tack had been best friends growing up, but time, miscommunications and the distance brought on by her controlling ex-husband drove them apart - they meet again as virtual strangers. I love a good second chance at romance story and I got to like these characters, the secondary characters and the town of Cailkirn, Alaska. Lucy Monroe has written a story filled with characters who are easy to get to know and care about. Caitlin, or Kitty as she’s also known may well have been called Calamity Jane - this poor woman has had one awful thing after another befall her - orphaned at 6, sent from Arizona to live in Alaska with her grandmother & great-aunts, she develops an eating disorder, marries Mr. Oh So Very Wrong, is an abused spouse, falls into an odd “no strings” kind of relationship with Tack, can’t or won’t stand up for herself for most of the book and yet I really liked her. Monroe has made her into someone who was victimized but is not “a victim” she’s fighting to survive so many things at once, it’s staggering. But Caitlin’s story is never dark or even wandering near hopelessness - she’s not giving up, she is never giving up on living and I think that’s what makes her such a relatable character.  Tack MacKinnon is an ambitious, independent man who refuses to abandon his principles OR his decisions - even when he starts to realize that he’s made some big mistakes and dangerously incorrect assumptions. Luckily, Lucy Monroe keeps Tack from sliding over into being a jerk, and it’s a good thing because that could have happened. He figures things out in time but did have me worried for a while there.   Overall, this is a very good book of the sort I’ve come to expect from Ms. Monroe; likable characters, good storyline, beautiful scenery and …. that HEA I want to count on every time I open a book. I received an ARC of Wild Heat in exchange for my honest review. 
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Wild Heat has intriguing characters, real life issues, and a second chance at love... Kitty and Tack were best friends...until she met her now ex-husband.  She has not seen him nor spoke to him in years.  When she returns home to small town Cailkirn, Alaska she discovers a connection with Tack that has not dimmed with time.  From the start they spend a lot of time together, and he makes her feel again.  Tack is determined they can only be friends...he doesn't want to lose his heart to her again when she decides to leave again. Tack is a great friend to have!  The way he cares for Kitty and wants to help her thrive really makes him stand out.  As much as he desires her, he's not going to rush into anything with her.  I really liked Tack...what you saw is what you got, he was open and honest.  And the easy way he had with Kitty was so heart warming!  Kitty has been through a lot, but she was harder for me to feel like I knew.  She has a lot of issues and it seemed to take a long time for the pieces to come together.  I felt like I was muddling through the unknown for a bit too long.  I wanted to understand her better, and eventually Lucy did take me there.  It was wonderful to see Kitty grow and become strong again through Wild Heat.  Kitty and Tack quickly fell into a friendship...both want more, but is either willing to take the chance? I love the small town feel of Wild Heat and the sensitive, open way Lucy wrote about serious issues.  This made the place and the people believable.  I really enjoyed the secondary characters (mostly family) and the sub plots that only enhanced the main plot and gave me a better glimpse of all of the characters. Lucy's writing is easy to read and immerse yourself in emotionally.    With a lot of spice, heart and hope, I'd recommend Wild Heat to contemporary romance readers.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review Caitlin "Kitty" Grant is coming home to Cailkirn, Alaska. She's reclaimed her life back after 8 years with a horrible, abusive husband. She has finally accepted that Cailkirn is her home and she's ready to start over. Tack MacKinnon is the best friend that she shot away all those years ago. Unbeknownst to her, he was crazy in love with her at the time, even leaving Cailkirn to follow her to college in California. After she threw their friendship away, Tack moved on, went back home, and built a career and his dream home. When he first hears she's coming back, he vows to avoid her, but as soon as he actually sees her, he can't stay away no matter how much his old pain resurfaces. Seeing Tack after so many years for Kitty is like a pitcher of ice water after walking through the desert. The big question is can Tack help her heal while forgiving her for her past sins? In the beginning of the story, Kitty is a very broken person after what she has survived from her ex-husband. She's also battling anorexia, something she developed at her lowest points. Throughout the book, we see her start to come back into her self and be able to live and feel again. While it's evident that Tack is still hurt over what Kitty did to him, and that he's in denial about his feelings, he also can't help instantly becoming her protector and do what he can to help heal her. His inner strength and love shine throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed this book and both of the main characters in it. I also really enjoyed the side characters and look forward to more books from this town. I though that the author did a really good job in showing the inner struggles that Kitty was going through, not with her emotions and self doubt, but the in-depth struggle with anorexia. I highly recommend this book.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Wild Heat will make you think. This book is not only a second chance romance it deals with some very deep issues as well. Kitty and Tack were best friends but he was a hometown boy and she wanted nothing more than to get away even if that means leaving the boy she loved. Biggest mistake ever. Now after eight years apart Kitty has come home. She has been beaten and battered but she is on the mend. Now if Tank could only figure out what he wants…  This is a well written, fast moving, often heart wrenching love story that takes place in the great state of Alaska. This is the first in the series and I look forward to the next.  My only real problem with this book is the cover. Tank has a beard throughout the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pounces on a mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Respond to Crimsonsky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can you move new camp to res 5? This is the medcat den.