Review: Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl


Taking the Heat (Jackson: Girls’ Night Out #3)
Victoria Dahl
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2015 by HQN Books
3 ½ Stars

Passion this hot can’t be faked…
All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town’s irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out… and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.
Gabe MacKenzie’s heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future’s tied up in his family’s Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there’s just no going back… and it might be too hot for either of them to take.
Review and thoughts…

I just have to be honest here…for a Victoria Dahl book, this one did not have enough heat for me. The story dragged out a bit, especially with Veronica and her insecurities. I just didn’t get it. I would have liked for some of the family issues to be brought up earlier, even if it was internal dialogue. Gabe had nothing to apologize for, IMHO. Gabe took a job and had a life elsewhere. I really don’t see why he had to tell Veronica his whole life story just because they hooked up a couple times. Yes, he wanted more. Yes, she secretly wanted more. But, again, it goes back to my old pet peeve: Talk to each other!!!

I loved the hiking part and the climbing scene. These really showed the two finding a common ground, or at least a common interest since they were off the ground a lot! As people, this couple was very compatible and likeable. As individuals, they both had a lot of growing up to do. I really enjoyed the first novella in this series and I remember writing at that time that I wanted more from this series. Ever hopeful! Enjoy!

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