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Book Review: Heat Wave by Karina Halle

This is the second book that I've read by Karina Halle and she has impressed me again!  Heat Wave is a thrilling mix of family drama and forbidden love.  Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

Veronica "Ronnie" Locke meets Logan when she's in her early twenties.  She admires everything about him from his looks to his Australian accent to the way he looks at her!  They meet at a political event where Ronnie is bored out of her mind supporting her mother (the deputy mayor of Chicago) and Logan is attending with a friend.  He tells her about how he wants to open a hotel in Hawaii and she tells him about her Mother.  They almost manage to slip away for drinks, but sometimes things don't work out how they should.

Years later, Ronnie's life has taken a turn for the worse.  Her career as a chef is almost ruined, her sister (the perfect daughter) is dead, and to say that Ronnie's Mother is disappointed in her is quite the understatement.  There's only one thing left to do.

Move to Hawaii (Kauaii, to be exact) to become a chef at The Moonwater Inn, the hotel that Logan and his deceased wife (Ronnie's sister) created. Duh!

But Ronnie soon learns that transitioning to life into Hawaii is going to be more tricky than she originally thought.  Sure, the jet lack is bad.  But dealing with her new boss (Logan) is even worse.

Why do I love this book?  Let me count thy ways...


1.  Ronnie


She is pretty feisty towards Logan and I loved it!  At first.  During the first half of this novel you really feel for her, as she copes with moving to the place where her sister's accident took place and learning the excruciating secrets of her sister's life.  Ronnie's been through a lot in her life and I loved how her life changed as she began to love her job at The Moonwater Inn and realize that her coworkers were really her Ohana.

2.  Setting


Hawaii!  I have never been but I certainly hope to visit someday.  I liked the pop culture references to George Clooney and The Descendants being shot there.  Haha.  I loved reading about Ronnie's surfing lessons with Charlie and Logan.  I also liked reading about their different adventures around the island.  You can tell that Karina Halle really knows her stuff about Hawaii!

3.  All of the characters


I loved reading about Ronnie and her roommate Kate, as well as Ronnie and her relationships with the other cooks at The Moonwater Inn.  I loved the camaraderie.  It made me nostalgic for my own hotel job, where I worked as a front desk agent for 2 years.  The friends you make while working 'round the clock are the friends you keep!

Have you read anything by Karina Halle?  If not, try picking Heat Wave up!  It's a great read for any time but I'm especially glad I read it during summer. :)

Take care,
Marian

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