Friday, March 14, 2014

Stop on the Tasty Book Blog Tour for TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid + Giveaway

Welcome to my Stop on the TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid Tasty Book Blog Tour, featuring a review of this full-length first novel in the Pine Mountain series as well as a tour-wide giveaway.

***eARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


"It's not you."

There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge.

But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood.

Yet this small-town man isn't all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?

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Her self-absorbed and uncaring boyfriend has just dumped her. Bellamy Blake finds out that he’s accepting a new job clear across the country along with all of the rest of Philadelphia via his announcement on his newscast rather than telling her himself, and so she decides a getaway is the best thing for her right now. Hating her job, her love life, and needing a break from reality, Bellamy and her two friends head to Pine Mountain for some pampering and self-preservation but things for Bellamy just don’t seem to be going her way.

Shane Griffin needs cash to pay back a loan. He needs work to earn the cash but when a big paying job falls into his lap, he wonders if dealing with the gorgeous uptown girl whose Miata has dropped its transmission is worth the cost to his heart. He soon discovers there’s a delectable sweet side to Bellamy Blake that makes her irresistible and someone who makes him rethink the decisions that brought him to Pine Mountain in the first place.

TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid is a sweet love story with great potential but at times moved slow and meandered as if it was struggling to get through the snow on Pine Mountain. Fortunately, Kimberly has created wonderful characters, both in main characters and supporting cast, that carry the story forward, and charming banter keeps the reader coming back for more. I would like to have seen some more insight into Shane’s background and secret long before it was finally revealed over three-quarters of the way through the book, but it didn’t actually come as any big surprise. Having read the Line series and having loved every installment, I think I expected greater things from Kimberly but I know it’s there like the subtle wood tones of a fine wine. I’ll be looking forward to the next one and excited about visiting Pine Mountain once more.

If you’ve ever been in a relationships then you’ve surely heard the inevitable it’s not you, it’s me speech. Bellamy’s greatest woe, yet she and Shane give getting stranded in a snowstorm a whole new reason to venture out to the mountains with someone you’re attracted to. So, I do recommend taking a chance on TURN UP THE HEAT by Kimberly Kincaid because like a good meal, the next course can only get better and you’ll never reach dessert without the journey.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to ├ęclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She has written four digital novellas in the Line Series - LOVE ON THE LINE, DRAWING THE LINE, about hot cops and sexy chefs, OUTSIDE THE LINES, and PUSHING THE LINE. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this past October. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, TURN UP THE HEAT is available now. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

Visit her any time at her website or come check her out on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

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TURN UP THE HEAT, a Pine Mountain novel by Kimberly Kincaid, Kensington Press, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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