Heated by Niobia Bryant
Hot Holtsville Series, Book 1
Dafina Books
African American Contemporary
ISBN: 0-7582-1460-X
Reviewed by Nikita Steele



Will love conquer all?


Bianca King, a successful veterinarian residing in Atlanta, vowed to never return to her hometown of Holtsville, South Carolina. Yet, after fifteen years she is returning to her homestead following a frantic call from her estranged father.  Upon her arrival, Bianca learns that her father is on the verge of losing the family ranch. His second wife, who is three years Bianca senior, is spending his money like there is no tomorrow and to Bianca’s despair her father has become an alcoholic.  If that wasn’t enough, adjacent rancher Kahron Strong is putting pressure on her father to sell the Kings ranch to him.


Kahron Strong is looking to expand his business and he needs the Kings ranch to do it.  It doesn’t matter how much Kahron offers, old man King refuses to sell.  Now, his daughter is back in town reinforcing her father’s refusal by trying to rebuild the ranch to its once blazing glory. 


Kahron and Bianca soon realize the intense attraction between them and no matter how hard they try to fight it, the raising desire can not be denied.  If that wasn’t enough, major sabotage is occurring all over the Kings ranch, threats are being made against Bianca’s life and all circumstantial evidence points towards Kahron.  Will Kahron be able to prove his innocence and nab the real perpetrator before all hope is lost? 


Heated – what a deserving title for this book, it has everything a reader could ask for and so much more.  From start to finish, Heated was a wicked sensational read, it was so heated that it burned my panties off!  The passion that flared between Kahron and Bianca was scorching hot and presented in a tasteful, mildly erotic manner.  Author Niobia Bryant has done a magnificent job of crafting an action-packed hot romance that readers will quickly lose themselves in, eagerly flipping the pages to solve the mystery behind the destruction of the Kings ranch.  I was totally engaged within the splendid plot – suspenseful, spellbinding and explosive, I absolutely loved Heated.  I can’t wait to see what Ms. Bryant has in store with her next installment in the exciting Hot Holtsville series.



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