Beck O’ckley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.
Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.
For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own.
Whew! This book. The Hotter You Burn, indeed. Full disclosure: I was bit apprehensive starting this book because I wasn’t a big fan of the first book. It was an okay read for me but I struggled connecting with Jase and Brook Lynn. BUT I didn’t have the same problem with this book. From the onset, I was able to relate to its main female character, Harlow. I loved her character.
We all know from the first book that Beck brought the Harlow’s farmhouse. Harlow was the infamous high school bully. Everyone in town hated her, and with good reason. She used to terrorize her school with her brand of mean. She was so mean, she made Regina George look like a cute puppy. Behind that though, Harlow was hiding a deep insecurity caused by her own father.
Fast-forward to years later, Harlow had lost everything. And when I say everything, I meant EVERYTHING. She had no shelter, no food, no job…no family. And worst of all, the town still hates her and no one was kind enough to give her the most menial job. Harlow was homeless and hungry when she entered her old house, wanting to pilfer food from its pantries. After a botch attempt at kidnapping Beck’s pie, Harlow and Beck formed formed a sort of uneasy relationship. They’re not really friends but they’re not really enemies either. One thing is for sure, they are crazy attracted to each other and their chemistry is off the charts.
Problem is they both want different things. Because Harlow suffered losses in her life, she wants stability. She wants a relationship with a guy who is willing to take her and make a life with her. And she wasn’t willing to settle for less. Beck is the exact opposite. He doesn’t want to give anyone much more than one night. As much as he’s attracted to Harlow, he’s afraid of getting seriously involved because of his history.
I loved the push and pull between Beck and Harlow. I ain’t gonna lie, there came a point in the book where Beck frustrated me. He wasn’t giving an inch. And while Harlow was also being stubborn, I understood her reasons for not giving in. I admired her for not settling even though she was clearly attracted to Beck. It was frustrating but because I liked both characters, I didn’t mind it. I was 100% rooting for them to GET IT TOGETHER!! *yes, I am using shouty caps!! Fortunately for me, they were able to get their act together, which made it all worth it in the end.