They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have.


Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:
Logan Shephard.
It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.
What does matter is that he’s a grump.
Kind of an asshole, too.
And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.


Heat Wave is a forbidden love affair between the ornery but sexy Aussie hotelier Logan Shepard, and ambitious young chef Veronica who has been sent to work at his hotel by her uppity parents. Set on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, Karina delivers another scorching and emotional story that will get your juices flowing.

Logan was a mystery from the start, we discover that his dream is to run a successful hotel in Hawaii, but in the seven years since Veronica met him at her mother’s charity fundraiser, he has been married and widowed, and is not as happy and carefree as he once was. There are secrets and lies lurking, and Logan is not going to let go of those lightly.

“The other side of desire is fear,” he murmurs, his voice reaching through me like a hot knife. “The other side of fear is desire. What side controls you?”

Veronica has always been attracted to the man she could never have, but working with him in such close proximity has her feeling both guilty and full of longing the more that she spends time with him.

As usual with Karina’s books, I loved being transported to another place, and Kauai as no exception. I read this on a rainy day in London, so it was the perfect read for a winter’s day.

Heat Wave is a standalone contemporary romance told from the heroine’s POV.

ARC gratefully received

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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