Title: Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe
Northern Fire Series Book One
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: C+
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Sometimes old flames are the hottest of all . . .
In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it’s impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit-and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there’s a pain in Kitty’s gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again-even if it means taking on her demons as his own.
After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming-more everything-he’s impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they’re reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn’t come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can’t help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned . . .
Wild Heat is the first novel in Lucy Monroe’s Northern Fire series. Set in Cailkirn, Alaska, this super hot read is an enjoyable friends to lovers romance that also deals with some hard hitting issues.
Caitlin “Kitty” Grant and Tack MacKinnon are childhood friends who lost contact eight years earlier after Kitty’s marriage. Kitty and Tack are reunited when she returns to Cailkirn after she divorces her controlling and abusive husband. Tack quickly discovers his long ago attraction to her burns hotter than ever and after the two share an unexpected passionate encounter, he comes up with a rather inventive proposal that leads to a friends with benefits arrangement between them.
Kitty is still a little fragile but she is definitely on the road to recovery from the toll her marriage took on her both physically and mentally. Growing up, she could not wait to leave Cailkirn but now that she has returned, she has no plans to leave the close-knit community. Although she appreciates the concern expressed by her friends and neighbors, she still feels a bit pressured by the extra attention. Despite this anxiety, Kitty has a new appreciation for the slower pace of life and the beauty of the land that surrounds her.
Tack loves life in Cailkirn and he, along with his brother, Egan, run a hiking tour company that gets a lot of their business from cruise ships. He and his extended family are very close and about the only problem he has with them is the pressure they exert on him to settle down and start a family. The only woman Tack has ever loved is Kitty and he was heartbroken when she cut him out of her life. He is very wary of getting hurt again which is why he is so determined to keep their new relationship casual.
There is no shortage of chemistry between Tack and Kitty and their encounters are positively sizzling. But Tack insists on keeping their relationship secret and this eventually becomes a source of friction between them when Kitty gets tired of sneaking around. Both are so busy protecting their hearts that misunderstandings and jealousy result from lack of communication. Their casual relationship is at odds with the serious issues that Kitty is dealing with and this gives the novel an overall superficial feeling.
Wild Heat is a lovely beginning to Lucy Monroe’s Northern Fire series. The cast of characters are wonderfully developed and very easy to like. The overall plot is unique and very well researched. The sex scenes between Kitty and Tack are plentiful and scorching hot. It is an overall fast-paced love story with engaging characters that fans of contemporary romances will enjoy.