My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Turn Up the Heat
is a great, appropriate title for this story. The pot simmers on smoldering embers for an almost intolerable length of time.
Mackenzie Jarvis is a restaurant owner from a farming community in Wyoming. She’s made it through to the final of a TV reality chefs’ show, and falls madly in lust with the show’s slick, attractive, city-girl presenter, Gina Volto. She cannot understand the intensity of her feelings. as she has always considered herself a straight, hunk-loving woman. She also finds it very difficult to control her feelings and not make the physical move on Gina that she is so wanting to make. However, it is public knowledge that Gina has a well-established boyfriend.
As the two women come so close to contact, time and time again, and Gina seems to give positive signs, I was almost screaming at Mackenzie to reach out and touch the object of her desire.
Eventually, of course, it happens: the pot comes to the boil, and keeps bubbling at that temperature for almost the entire remainder of the book. Between the wonderful sex scenes, there is a fair amount of character and plot building, and few good descriptions of the restaurant business and the keeping of horses.
Once the pace picks up, it is relentless. It left me breathless, and quite exhausted.
As far as I remember, this is my first ever venture into F/F erotica, and WHAT an introduction! The sex was extremely arousing. If I were a writer of erotica, which I hope to become someday, I can think of no greater compliment than knowing that a reader has actually pleasured themselves whilst reading my story. Well, Randi Alexander, I can confess to you that your writing had exactly that effect on me. That is a dangerous admission to make, especially when I know that this review could be read by many of my friends, but your writing has given me the courage to admit to that level of arousal. So it must be better than good. What I won’t say, in public, is how far that self-pleasuring went. Oh no! I shall not tell!
What I will say, without spoiling anything, is that there is one particular passage towards the end of the book, where Mackenzie and Gina get it together in the stables, that was so hot that I almost dropped my e-reader. The pages were burning my fingers!
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to all readers who already enjoy F/F erotica, and to all those who enjoy erotica more generally, and even to readers who have yet to venture into this genre. To the latter, I would say that this could be the beginning of a new path for you.