Learning to Love the Heat – Review

Learning to Love the Heat by Everly Lucas
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Learning to Love the Heat

Everly Lucas

Release Date:  January 9, 2018

What she needs most might be what she least expects…

Living without air conditioning in a Philadelphia heat wave has Claire on the brink of a total meltdown. When she escapes her overheated apartment to spend a day at the park, the last thing she expects—or wants—is for a gorgeous guy to chat her up. But his sweet smile and nerdy charm are impossible for even Claire to resist.

Patience and persistence go hand in hand…

For Ben, Claire is the One, but there’s a small snag—she’s terrified of a man’s touch. But now that he’s found her, he’ll never let her go, even if he never gets to hold her.
Another snag? Her obvious attraction to his best friend.

Sometimes it takes fire to wash you clean…

Ben respects Claire’s firm boundaries, but Andy crashes right through them. He’s arrogant, crude, a total jackass…and criminally sexy.
Even if she can fix what’s broken inside her, how will she choose between the delicious slow burn she feels with Ben and the explosive inferno Andy ignites in her?
Can they find their happy ending without three hearts going up in flames?

*This is a STANDALONE novel with a slow burn, a seriously steamy ending, and an unconventional HEA*

Amount of sex 3.5 / 5
How explicit 3.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5 (rounded to a 5/5)

There are so many things I loved about Everly Lucas’ debut novel: Learning to Love the Heat.

1. I could completely relate to Claire’s issues with air conditioning (or the lack of air conditioning). I am a firm believer next to indoor plumbing, air conditioning is Humankind’s best inventions.
2. The love for Dr. Pepper – you either love it or hate it. I am right with Claire that coffee is a poor choice when you can have a delicious Dr. Pepper.
3. Canoli the dog – he is so cute and a great mover of some of the action.
4. Overcoming our own mistakes is hard and admitting to them harder. It shuts us off and prevents us from being able to embrace wonderful things (wink, wink).
5. Sex is something to be enjoyed. Putting limitations on what and who that means as long as it consenting and without harm – why not.
6. Ben & Andy – yum two men that bring very different things to a relationship.

Claire has shut down, not just her ability to stay cool in her apartment, but to all things men-like. Until she meets Ben (I kept thinking Ben from the Bachelor, but with a man bun). He is amazing, kind, thoughtful, and he has air conditioning. Then there’s his hot-blooded friend Andy (whose dog is Canoli). He confuses Claire as she resists the attraction. How can she choose and will she let herself enjoy her sexual self again (besides reading and writing steamy romances)?

I really enjoyed this quick paced book. Lucas did a wonderful job of bringing the heat without letting it implode. A little frustrating, but that was the point – to feel the burn without the release (this is why the lower “amount of sex” score). There is a lot of fantasy and talk, but the act takes a long while – but it did nothing to diminish the appeal of this book.

*<Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Copy>*

After years of rooting for couples and falling for heroes created by other authors, Everly decided to create her own. She now has a crowd of characters hanging out in her head, with no intention of kicking them out.

She lives in Philadelphia with her precious laptop, a cat named Bunny, and a kitten who falls down a lot. Her favorite things include Dr. Pepper, sparkly stuff, blissful silence, and singing while doing the dishes.

Everly can be found on Twitter, like, all the time.

 

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Rating Report
Amount of sex
3.5 / 5
How explicit
3.5 / 5
Story
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

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