Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review: Heat (The Stark Affair, Book 1) by Skylar Cross

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 4014 KB
Print Length: 126 pages
Publication Date: October 21, 2014

About the Book:

Book 1 of the 4-book series The Stark Affair by Skylar Cross

Colton Stark is filthy rich. A billionaire playboy who drives fast and plays hard, he enjoys an endless stream of party girls at the South Beach nightclub he owns.

But behind his chiseled face and tall muscular frame, Colton Stark is a man with a dirty secret. Not only is he on Miami-Dade Police Department's list of suspected narcotics traffickers, his devotion to the mysterious Talon Group is leading him to a fateful and permanent decision.

Tough girl cop Sofia grew up on the mean streets of Miami, unafraid to kick anyone's ass. When asked to investigate Colton, she doesn't even consider it a challenge.

Until she comes face-to-face with his penetrating blue eyes.

After a steamy meeting, Sofia finds herself playing a dangerous but sexy game with her own principles.


My books are the raw, unfiltered vision of a slightly schizophrenic, sex-obsessed, vodka-swilling "living contradiction" with profanity issues. They are often unrealistic (translation: FUN) depictions of what life would be like if erotic romance fantasies came true, so sometimes... gasp!... things happen that aren't "realistic". (You know, kind of like how dull boring everyday life is realistic. Seriously, do you want to read about that?) If you are offended by the excessive use of dirty words, crass descriptions, or crude stream-of-consciousness writing laced with potty-mouthed expressions and graphic descriptions of non-traditional carnal delight, then you need to RUN from my writing right now! Don't say you weren't warned. (Oh, and you'd better be over 18! Don't even think about buying my books if you aren't.)

Approximate length: 16,000 words (a novella)

My Review:

Colton Stark is the CEO of Stark Worldwide. He's on the radar of the Organized Crime Section (OCS) for drug trafficking - his company is running drugs from Columbia - whether he knows it's happening or not. It seems he's also embezzling from his own company.

LaTashia Washington is the head of OCS and she puts Sofia on a secret "personal" mission to find out what it is exactly that Colton Stark is up to. Sofia, a self professed "tom boy bitch cop with a short fuse and profanity issues" is sent undercover to extract whatever information she can from him.

What Sofia doesn't expect is a man that makes her panties wet from just looking at his photos. When she comes face-to-face with him in his club, aptly named Heat, his affect on her is 10-fold. How can this man be a thief and a criminal?

This is the first part of a four book series. Just as you being to settle into the story it's over and time to grab the second part. There is considerable world building that includes Sofia's sexuality, a meeting with her brother, and an out of place visit to her former-cop father. There is some character development but it's pretty limited in Heat. I expect that is will continue in the next part of the series.

Sofia's character is hard and not at all feminine, that is until she meets Colton in person. Colton appears to be nothing more than a billionaire playboy but you get the sense that it's just his facade. He's smart and has something up his sleeve.  

The novella is a short, fast-paced glimpse into the world of the Stark Affair series.  I found it to be an okay story.  With all of the world and character building came a lot of disjointed sections and plot shifts that were abrupt and didn't seem to flow.  

I did enjoy Heat - I've read it twice - it just wasn't a stellar read for me.
There is profanity aplenty and sexual themes.  18+ only!!

My Rating:


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