Category: Desiree Holt


Synopsis

No Rules. No Limits.

Party girl Tyler Gillette has just one rule: no football players. As the daughter of the owner of the San Antonio Hawks, she grew up in the shadow of the sport and her father’s enormous wealth. She was even named Tyler because he wanted a boy. Life couldn’t have drawn up a better play for turning her into a wild child—until that same life is threatened by someone from the past . . .

Former Hawks running back Rafe Ortiz has a few rules of his own. First, no weaknesses. Second, no babysitting spoiled football princesses. But his new career as a bodyguard means he’s responsible for protecting the beautiful Tyler Gillette from her mysterious stalker. But keeping his hands off her might be harder than keeping her safe . . .

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Bodyguards. Of course, they are going to be hot. I mean, we all watched The Bodyguard, right? It’s just really easy for a girl to fall for the bodyguard because that man keeps you safe, your life is sort of in their hands, they do everything to protect you, and they are always with you. I think this is what I really liked about the book. I liked the heroine, so reading about her and the hero was simply a joy. Plus, the little suspense injected into the story elevated it from being just another sports contemporary romance.

However, this book is far from perfect. I love the story, but I think there are little things, details, that still needed to be ironed out. The book didn’t feel as smooth and as flowing as I would have liked. I enjoyed it a lot, yes, but I would have really loved it if the imperfections were removed. Still, I trust Ms. Holt and her ability to give her fans and readers a good love story, which is why I will definitely be watching out for more books in this series.

Author

Desiree Holt has lived a life of excitement that brings the color to her writing. She was a summer fishing guide, a summer field hand where she was one of only three women working, a member of a beginning ski team that skied in competition (and no, no broken bones!). She spent several years in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio, and is published by four different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Love or revenge? That’s the theme of Desiree Holt’s latest book, Naked Heat. To be fair, it is, in fact, a dilemma to try to decide if you want to let go of your search for justice or revenge in favor of falling in love with someone and living your lives together. Actually, that shouldn’t be a difficult choice, but if you’ve been driven toward revenge for too long, that’s going to be difficult to let go.

I noticed that lately, Ms. Holt’s books aren’t that explicit as her previous books. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I just noticed that she’s now focusing more on the story than the sex. I think it’s a good thing. The books are still hot and steamy, but they also have more substance now.

Anyway, I’ve definitely enjoyed this series. This newest installment is just another good, solid read that will surely entertain readers. If you’re a fan, you will definitely love this book. If you are new, you don’t have to read from the very first book. However, you may decide to do that anyway because this series is packed with good stories and steamy romance.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Stark Naked

Book 2 – Buck Naked

Book 3 – Stripped Naked

Book 4 – Bare Naked

Book 5 – Naked Desire

Book 6 – Naked Flame

Book 7 – Naked Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think I found myself debating what rating to give this book. I’ve read from Desiree Holt before, so I know that her books are heavily into the erotica scene, with little plot most of the time. I liked that she tried to write a sports romance this time because it’s a bit different from her usual books.

Story-wise, the general plot of this book was good. Everybody loves that unrequited love trope mixed into the best-friend’s-little-sister cliche. I am a fan of these stories. That goes without saying that I had certain expectations with this book.

Sadly, if you are looking for the usual contemporary romance where you get sweet and warm moments of the characters falling in love, then this book is not for you. I would have to say that the best thing in this book is the sex. Those scenes are hot. However, in the execution of the story, it was lacking.

Some of the conflicts did not make sense. The hero was keeping secrets. They are good secrets but him keeping them was putting him on a bad light. The heroine did not trust the hero. And for me, if there’s no trust, there’s really no love. I was hoping there would be a better development in their love story.

I liked the book. The intention behind it was good. I liked what the author tried to accomplish with the story. It may have fallen short of my expectations. However, it was still entertaining. I may have been frustrated at a time or two. But as a whole, it’s an okay kind of book, and I won’t mind reading more from this series.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Forward Pass

Book 2 – Line Of Scrimmage

Synopsis

Burned out from years in the Dallas PD, Charity Vance flees to Saddle Wells for a fresh start, someplace to lie low and decide what to do with the rest of her life.

Hanging out with her old college friend in the local bar, she can’t help but notice the sexy, brooding owner. She also notices he needs a waitress. Charity steps in to help—and steps right into his arms.

After two tours in Afghanistan, Liam Douglas has settled nicely into running his dad’s bar, but trying to keep decent help has been running him ragged. Accepting Charity’s help only adds fuel to their explosive chemistry. Although neither one of them wants a relationship, pretty soon they’re burning up the sheets.

When a drug lord Charity helped put away busts out of jail, Liam’s overprotective streak starts to feel more like the strings she didn’t want. And running seems to be the only option to save the town…and her heart. But leaving Liam is more difficult than she thought…especially when he won’t let her go.

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The truth is, I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series. If I had, I would have known the back stories of every other secondary character mentioned in the book. Fortunately, this book can very well be read as a standalone, so my enjoyment of the book was still the same whether I followed the series or not.

I enjoyed this book’s concept. I liked the hero. He had issues, but he obviously tried to work things out with the heroine the best he knew how. The heroine, on the other hand, came out as prickly and stubborn. Personally, I think that women who tryu so hard to prove themselves to the men they work with or are in a relationship are doing the exact thing that makes men see them as inferior. I just wanted her to shut up and cooperate with the police and the FBI.

I wasn’t so much into the insta-love factor between the characters. However, because this is a short book, I understand why things seem to be in fast forward mode. I will rate this book three red hearts because of the secondary characters, the sexy scenes and the hot ex military hero.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Stark Naked

Book 2 – Buck Naked

Book 3 – Stripped Naked

Book 4 – Bare Naked

Book 5 – Naked Desire

Book 6 – Naked Flame