Title: Summer Heat
Author: Lisa Worrall
Characters: Mitch Spencer, Kade Willis
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
After a car accident which left him scarred and his best friend dead, Mitch Spencer retreats to his family’s vacation home to heal. He has no idea the turn his life is about to take when there’s a knock at the door.
Kade is good at one thing, and one thing only, theft. The Spencer house was supposed to be empty so now he needs to rethink his game plan. After years of keeping others out, it’s Mother Nature herself who throws an unexpected obstacle in his way; in the shape of Mitch Spencer.
Forced to spend time together when they’re cut off by flash floods, will the two men be able to vanquish their inner demons and find each other? Or will their pasts be too much to overcome?
Falling just under seventy pages, Summer Heat was full of likeable heroes, an interesting plot and plenty of romance to satisfy even the pickiest of readers. I thought Ms. Worrall’s descriptive writing style flowed smoothly throughout the novel and I was quickly hooked on the lives of her characters and watching two men from very different walks of life, find a way to meet in the middle and be together.
Kade is a thief…and a very good one at that. He’s just stolen all of the valuables from the Hendersons, and is on his way to his next target when he gets caught in a summer storm. Unfortunately for Kade, his car gets stuck and now he’s in the middle of nowhere…in the middle of the night and a during a huge rainstorm. When he spots a light in the distance, he immediately walks to it to get shelter from the storm, wondering why the house he’s walking towards is occupied, after all it was to be his next job and it’s residences are supposed to be out of town.
Mitch is hiding away from the world at his parent’s house while recovering from a horrible car accident that took the life of his best friend. He’s just started to settle down for the night, when a knock at the door startles him. Knowing there is a huge summer storm outside, he’s still a little hesitant to open the door, but his visitor is persistent, so against his better judgment, he opens the door. What Mitch is not prepared for is the handsome stranger who has told him that his car is stuck in the road and is in need of shelter from the storm. Knowing he can’t turn the stranger down, he allows the man, Kade, to come in from the storm and take refuge with him.
Neither man is prepared for the immediate attraction and sense of rightness they each feel while they are around each other. While together, they have a quick friendship that develops as well as a naturalness between them that brings each of their guards down. As they fall into each other’s arms and relish in the feeling of having an emotional connection between them… there is a dark cloud overhead. Kade isn’t who he says he is, and he still has a job to do, which is to steal Mitch’s mother’s jewelry.
Summer Heat gave me some much need escapism from my everyday life. I really enjoyed watching Mitch and Kade’s relationship develop into something truly special. The story itself is a fast-paced read with plenty of heated moments between the two heroes that sizzled up my computer screen. I loved the chemistry between them and I thought the plot was original and very interesting. I did wonder how Ms. Worrall was going to somehow give these two men their happy ending, but she did…and she did it in a way that left a smile on my face.
If you are looking for a quick, sexy and fun story then Summer Heat is definitely the book for you. Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi