Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blog Tour | "Desert Heat" by Elizabeth Reyes

Desert Heat by Elizabeth Reyes
Adult Romance published May 13, 2014
Atria Books
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Besides working three jobs, worrying about her family back home, and running from her past, the worst thing to complicate Bethany Amaya’s life further would be a romance. But after a second-run in with the irresistibly sexy detective Damian Santiago, that’s exactly what she gets. In the blink of an eye, she’s caught up in a passionate romance with one of the most intense men she’s ever met.

Awestruck for a second time by the beautiful and intriguing performer, Damian is both surprised and delighted that Bethany agrees to something he didn’t even expect to be asking for so soon—exclusivity. As things heat up, Damian’s skills of detecting and reading body language begin to raise suspicions—Bethany is keeping something from him. Try as he might to calm his suspicions, the blatant signs become impossible to ignore.

Some things are better left unsaid. At least that’s what Bethany keeps telling herself. She never imagined falling in love so quickly, and she refuses to get Damian caught up in her troubles. She knows what he suspects—sees it in those possessive eyes. With Damian’s suspicions mounting, time is of the essence. The race is on, and Bethany finds herself scrambling to fix the past before the truth comes out and Damian finds out that it’s much worse than he suspected
My Thoughts...
This is the first book by Elizabeth Reyes that I have read.  I enjoyed it, but I have to say that I wasn't blown away by it.  If she turns this into a series about the Santiago brothers I will definitely read it though.  I think that there is certainly a lot of possibility there!

Bethany Amaya is a performer, a singer/actress who is living in Las Vegas, in a pretty crummy neighborhood.  She is working several jobs, one of which is interning for a local newspaper.  She is researching a story on different types of dating when she decides to give speed dating a try.  Damian Santiago is a homicide detective who agrees, reluctantly to join his friend for a night of speed dating.  Let's just say, Jerry is WAY more into it than Damian is and that's clear to pretty much all the women there.  Bethany is the only one who makes an impression on Damian, but even then it's only a vague one.  She came straight from the theater in full makeup and dress for Pretty in Pink.  He thinks she's cute but can't figure out what's going on with her look!  They end up meeting again through Jerry and they hit it off right away, actually things move pretty quickly from there, love at first (or second really) sight and all that...

There are a couple of things that bothered me about this story.  First off, I never really connected fully with Bethany.  I felt that she was likable enough, but there was something missing with her character.  I don't really know what it was.  I guess that happens sometimes for me with female characters.  I did really like Damian, I loved his whole family actually.  I liked that they were just out there and part of that comes from what they do and how they are in the public eye.  The second thing that bothered me and I think that it's partially why I had a hard time connecting with Bethany.  I think that telling us in the prologue that she had this huge secret took away from the story.  I think that, for me, I would rather it be revealed over the course of the story.  I think it would have made the story more intense and the final reveal would have been way better.  For me, that moment was a real let down.  I was expecting her secret to be way bigger because of how it was presented originally.

I feel like I was still left with a lot of questions, mostly about Damian's family.  I am hoping that those will all be answered if she does make this into a series.  If you are looking for a quick read then this one fits the bill, I read it in a matter of hours.  It's a romance so there are some pretty steamy love scenes, and adult language, but nothing vulgar.  I liked the story, I just felt that it needed a little more work to make it a great story instead of just a good one.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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