Roaring Hot (book review)

Roaring Hot was written by Rachelle Ayala.  This post was organized by Beck Valley Books.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:


Motorcycle racer Teo Alexiou is challenged by his grandmother to come to her birthday party with a real girlfriend. He has plenty of party girls, and he fears getting roped into marriage so he hires an actress to play the part.

The last thing Amy Suzuki wants is to be a kept woman, but her student loans are piling up and acting gigs are nonexistent. She agrees to Teo’s proposal for one summer, limited to public displays of affection.

When Teo and Amy find themselves caught in love’s grip, their new desires war with their fears. Teo wants to renegotiate, but Amy insists she’s only with him because she is paid. She would never lose her heart to a man who uses money to buy affection.

Their game playing explodes when Teo is injured on the track. Teo needs Amy, but how can she be sure of her true feelings when she’s an actress who can portray any emotion on command? Was her role in the reality show skillful acting or true love?

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"Love love love love Teo!!! The chemistry between Amy and Teo was off the charts! Although I kinda dislike Amy at first she redeemed herself towards the end when she (spoiler deleted) that for me is one of the sweetest thing a girl can do for someone she says she doesn't care about. =) But Teo I LOVE HIM!!! Yeah he was a douche at times, but it goes with the territory being a billionaire's son, a hot racer but he treated Amy with respect so for me all is good. =) Highly recommended.”- Say Medina

"Roaring Hot is an incredibly passionate and highly introspective journey that will leave you utterly breathless with astonishment and reeling from the amazing twists and turns along the way. It is a story of breaking free of the invisible chains that we wrap around our hearts in the name of love and peace. This is not for the faint of heart as the topics dealt with are very real and will evoke unwanted feelings from the depths of your soul. Be prepared to truly and honestly feel the struggles and pain of the beautiful characters that you will discover within these pages. They will latch onto your heart and throw you into one wild rollercoaster ride. I dare you to walk away from this exquisite creation and just try to ignore the impact that it will have on your outlook on life from now on."- The Wonderings of One Person

My review:

I was slow to like Roaring Hot.  In the beginning of the book I found Amy a bit dull... and Teo was your average rich ass.  I couldn't find much to like about either of them.  The whole idea of hiring Amy for what started out as a fake reality show just to get her into acting as Teo's girlfriend in front of his grandmother was just too far-fetched to me.  But... by the end of the book... I was in love.  It was almost like I didn't know Amy & Teo at the beginning and made assumptions... exactly like Amy & Teo didn't know each other.  As the book went on Amy & Teo couldn't help but share parts of their personal lives and real selves with each other... and as they opened up I found more about each of them that I liked.  When each of them would internally argue over whether the other was being honest or acting... I struggled to figure out if I really liked them together or not.

I refuse to ruin an ending... but this ending... my heart broke a little bit.  From the moment Teo has his accident I started reading faster wanting to know how it would end.  I still almost can't quite handle the crash to the final page.  It contained a real roller coaster of emotions.  I plan to go back today and reread that part of the book.  I find myself wondering how I would deal if something like this ending ever happened to me.  And (trying really hard to avoid spoilers) I really want to ask the author "So????  Does Teo ever get it back?????"

About the author:

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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