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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Body Heat by Carly Phillips

Body Heat by Carly Phillips
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (249 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Night after night, Brianne Nelson has fantasized about the sexy stranger she met at the cafe where she works part-time. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine that this tall drink of water would turn out to be a client.

Thanks to his wealthy sister, injured detective Jake Lowell is the recipient of Brianne's next personal services as a physical therapist for the next month. Now, he's not in any hurry to return to the beat -- but he has to find the guy who shot him first. Still, he does need therapy. But the "therapy" has evolved into something a little -- uh -- steamier. And before they know it, their nightly sessions have turned into a full-blown summer fling.

Just what do you do when your wildest fantasies become an even wilder reality?

He’s a cop in need of a little therapy that will heal more than just his body. She’s in a position to fulfill his needs, except that she wants to strike out on her own. Throw in a nosy sister for good measure and a drug dealer out for blood and you have Body Heat.

I love strong characters that still have flaws. They are great on their own, but that little push makes them that much better. Carly Phillips excels at this type of character. Her writing is witty and sensual all while staying relatable. Body Heat is no exception.

Jake Lowell is a hardened cop, still reeling from the death of his partner. His sense of duty propels him to worry more than humanly possible. That draws the reader to him. You want to comfort him and help alleviate the self-loathing. Brianne was saddled with responsibility beyond her years. She wants to free herself from the anxiety, yet doesn’t know that she is stronger than she believes. This draws her to the reader because we all go through times when we think life can’t shaft us more, but we still come out on top because we believe in ourselves. Plus, the sexy romp in the whirlpool stays with you! Whew!

If you want a steamy read filled with twists and turns, eye candy for a hero and a heroine you want to be best friends with, then Body Heat is the novel for you. I give this book 5 books.