The Heat by Heather Killough-Walden (Deja Vu Review)

Lily St. Claire is a simple Southern girl who has no idea what she is in for when she decides to move back to her home town in Louisiana after a decade of being away. But between the two very different alpha werewolves who instantly begin fighting to claim her as their mate and the serial killer who has her in his sights, she’s about to find out.

Would you believe me if I told you I’m not exactly sure how many times I’ve read this book? The sad thing is that I’ve read it several times and this is the first time that I’ve reviewed it. Sure, I’ve rated it so people know that I liked it, but this is the first time that I’ve actually sat down and put into words why I liked it. For that I owe not only Heather Killough-Walden an apology, but also potential readers as well. Like I said, that’s what my Deja Vu Review posts are all about. I’m trying to rectify that lapse in reviews. The fact that I get to go back and read some of my favorites is just an added bonus. *sigh*

The Heat is the first book in Heather Killough-Walden’s Big Bad Wolf Series and an introduction that got me hooked. As I read further into the series, I realized that even though I fell in love with the characters, it didn’t end up being my favorite. That happens to me a lot in series though so it’s no reflection on the book at all. It’s just the nature of the beast. First books lay a lot of ground work. Even though there isn’t a tremendous amount of that in The Heat, it’s still there.

Readers need to know that this book is definitely not for everyone. The alpha males in this book are very ‘alpha’ and at times borderline abusive. If you’re not a reader who is used to that strong sense of ownership and protection that comes from a book centered around that mind set, you might as well not pick this one up. There is a lot of violence and abuse that happens in this story. It brings out the strength and determination in Lily and it shows readers exactly how strong the bond is between an alpha and his chosen mate. It’s raw, powerful and intense. If you can get past all that, it’s also funny, romantic and an easy, quick read. It’s a great introduction to the world that Heather has created.

If you continue reading the series and following these alphas you’ll discover something else about Heather’s writing and story lines. She’s extremely good and making you change your mind about characters that you thought that you were supposed to hate. It doesn’t happen right away. There are still aspects of the character that you don’t quite trust, but eventually you unexpectedly find yourself changing your attitude. It really took me by surprise the first time it happened, but now I’ve come to expect it. The beauty of it is, you never know exactly where your loyalty is going to lie next. I think that’s what I like so much about this series and others that Heather has written. They are never predictable or cut and dry. I’m also sure that’s why I like to go back and re-read them. It helps me remember why I thought I should hate the characters in the first place.

If you haven’t read The Big Bad Wolf Series and you like a hot, alpha male story line, you should check them out. There are 4 books in the series. The Heat, The Strip, The Spell and The Hunt.


A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it’s dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there’s an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This was a book that took me a little while to get into. It wasn’t the book’s fault, honest. It was actually a book that I liked. About half-way through, I realized that A Perfect Storm is the 4th book in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series. Once I realized that, I looked at the book from entirely different perspective. I really need to start paying more attention, but honestly, once I got into the story, it really didn’t matter that I was missing some of the back story. There was just enough there that I got up to speed fairly quickly and eventually fell in love with the characters.

The age difference between Arizona and Spencer did bother me a little at first. Once the reader realizes what kind of life Arizona has had, age becomes relative. It might have also bugged me a little because it obviously bothered Spencer. He spent most of the book trying to talk himself out of a relationship with Arizona. His goal was to prove to her that she could trust her feelings and prime her for a real relationship.

Arizona’s strength in the face of everything she had been through was a big part of the story. Spencer’s respect and trust in her (and sometimes his lack of trust) was all part of the journey in A Perfect Storm. It was sometimes frustrating and obvious, but the inevitable outcome made it worth it.

Now that I’ve finished A Perfect Storm, I will be going back to read the first 3 books in the series. You get to know some of the other characters in this one, but it made me want to get to know them better. I’m sure I’ll be coming back to this one then and might even have a whole new perspective to share. I’ll be sure to keep you posted. 😉