Scorched, the first installment in the Turn up the Heat series, co-authored by Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer was an enjoyable little romp of a read.
Number pusher by day, erotic writer by night, Kasey Jacobs' fictional characters are getting far more action than she is. She also has a mild case of the hots for her new neighbor, Skylar Brody, but she's only seen him once and it appears as if he is never home. What she doesn't know is that the hunky Skylar has been keeping his lights off and playing the voyeur, fantasizing about her as she sits at her computer.
One night Kasey decides to take matters into her own hands and the sexy show she unwittingly puts on for Skylar convinces him that he absolutely must meet his scorching hot neighbor.
The two do meet and before you know it they are having wickedly wild sex in nearly every room of the house. But Skylar, wary of running Kelsey off, is oh so reluctant to share any of his personal information with her, most importantly that he is a homicide detective on the mend from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. But Kelsey wants more than a sex buddy and when things get personal Skylar clams up tighter than a bull's ass in fly season. Can he loosen up and let love in, or will it take a good fence to make the pair good neighbors?
Scorched is a Quickie read and as such it does a good job for its purpose. The writing is tight and concise and the dialogue believeable. The pages are filled with lovely erotic scenes, which do indeed "turn up the heat."
I know Ms. Holt and Ms Standlifer were limited in their storytelling by the required length of the Quickie, but I enjoyed the story and found myself wanting to know more about the characters and wishing they could have delved deepter into that aspect. It's not to blame the authors at all, I just personally think that the Quickie format often cannot do justice to a storyline. However, if you're looking for a little something to read aloud, or alone, Scorched delivers as a mood-setter.