Heat of the Storm by Elle Kennedy

Heat of the Storm by Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

Give a SEAL an inch, and he’ll take your heart.

An Out of Uniform story.

Lieutenant Will Charleston has waited fifteen long years to show up as anything other than a one-pixel blip on Mackenzie Wade’s romantic radar. If a powerful storm is what he needs to send her into his arms, he’ll take it. Once the hot sex is over, though, she seems determined to kick him right back into the friend zone.

Not this time. This time, he’s going to teach her the meaning of tenacious.

Mackenzie has always had feelings for Will, feelings she fights with all her strength. He’s her best friend, her safety net. The one man who’s not scared of her accursed psychic gift. No doubt he drives her wild in bed, but their night of passion was more than a mistake. It generated a tragic vision of the future, one that leaves her more confused—and afraid—than ever.

Problem is, Will knows her too well. Plus he’s a SEAL to the bone. And they don’t like to lose…

Warning: This title contains a Navy SEAL who knows exactly what he wants—ridiculously hot and dirty sex with the woman he’s been fantasizing about for years. Stormy sex and graphic language await you.

Mackenzie Wade and Will Charleston have been best friends for fifteens years. For navy SEAL Will, it has become much more than friendship, but Mac has been hurt before and doesn’t want to lose her best friend by taking a chance. Can Will use The Heat of the Storm to convince her that what they have is so much more and that he will not disappoint her as others have done? Can Mac return to being just friends with Will, once they share a night of perfect passion?

Elle Kennedy has crafted a beautiful love story, with a strong woman and a caring hero. As I read, I could understand Mac’s dilemma: to take a chance and perhaps lose Will’s friendship, when that has been the one constant in her life, or to play it safe and keep him at arms length. Toss in the psychic visions that turned her former lover away from her, and you can see all the insecurity Mac has inside. I loved the way she was able to inject humor into the plot in such subtle ways, and I was delighted by the way Will chose to continue to pursue his goal. Elle Kennedy has given these characters depth and dimension far beyond my expectations. And the supporting cast is one I hope to see in future stories from Ms. Kennedy, as the interaction between them all is so true to life.

I expected an enjoyable read from this, but I find myself telling friends “you have GOT to read this book”. If you want a book that is filled with passion, love and hot bedroom action, Heat of the Storm delivers on all counts. Can Mac face her fears and give Will the chance he wants? You’ll just have to read this book and find the answers.

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