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Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)

Author: Richard Castle
Series: Nikki Heat Series, Book Two
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: Sept. 2010
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 388
Buy: The Book Depository

Book Description: Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again in Richard Castle’s thrilling follow-up to his “New York Times” bestseller, “Heat Wave.” When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan. Heat’s murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians. This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.

As with the first book, this next installment in the Nikki Heat series reads very much like a Castle episode. The relationship between the characters is so tangible and easy to relate to. The mystery in this book dragged a bit more than in the first book, but the action and plot twists kept me wanting more.

There were a good handful of moments that had me rolling around in my chair flailing because I was picturing Kate Beckett and Richard Castle.

What I love most about this book (and series, aside from the fact that I love the TV show Castle) is that it’s a quick and entertaining mystery read. It contains plot twists, dramatic scenes and a healthy dose of tantalizing romance. And of course plenty of cop humor. If you’re looking for a good and entertaining mystery to read on a gloomy or snowy day this series has the books for you. With these books it is so easy to fall into the captivating New York homicide scene that is dominated by Nikki Heat and the police in the 20th precinct.

My Rating: ★★★★