Reviews

Heat by Nicolina Martin (Russo Saga #1)

Anything can happen during the hot nights in the Dominican Republic.

Sydney
I just wanted a tan and to sip drinks with little umbrellas in them. I didn’t know that vacation would mean sleeping with a hot stranger, being drugged, and nearly killed. My instincts tell me there’s more to the smooth facade of Nathan Russo, but my heart won’t listen. He’s my opposite: hot where I’m cool, experienced while I’ve never really lived. What starts out as a steamy fling can’t be more… can it?

Nathan
I’m a dangerous man with a mission to complete and people to kill. Sydney Lewis might literally cost me my life. As the stakes increase, I have to decide whether to follow my head or my heart. My life is too dangerous, I’m too much of a monster. She’s a good girl. She can’t be a part of this. I have to be cruel. I have to cut her out.
But she’s the only one who can save me.
Heat will take you on a journey to paradise, through hell, and back.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy, dark romance may contain triggers. It contains elements of danger, adventure, explicit scenes, power exchange, and a guaranteed HEA.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book this hot. The best thing about this book for me were the sex scenes (well, most of them) and that’s quite a big deal because there have been books where the sex scenes are so cringy that they ruin the whole thing. The sex scenes in this book aren’t without problems either – there are some consent issues and even though the blurb has trigger warning for power exchange, I’m not really sure that covers it.

The author has written fanfiction for Red Eye, one of my favorite movies and there are scenes in this book that are very obviously inspired by the movie. Like the plane ride, with the amazing chemistry between Nathan and Sydney that then goes where I wanted the movie to go. It’s my favorite part of the book 😀

Sydney was a surprising character in a very good way, she grew up quite sheltered and is still working on breaking free of the way she was raised. Meeting Nathan makes that process much quicker. I like that Nathan being a criminal wasn’t downplayed or excused – he really does some horrible things in the book. I like dark, villainous characters so that’s not a problem for me. But the resolution was too quick, it didn’t feel believable. Plus the push and pull between Nathan and Sydney got a bit old at some point. Overall, I did enjoy the book and I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a mafia romance book before. I liked it enough that this won’t be the last one.

One Book One Idea challenge: go back to learning Spanish – I’ve been learning it on and off for ages so the goal now is to finish the first two Pimsleur audio courses.

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