Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: Naked Heat by Richard Castle

Title: Naked Heat
Series: Nikki Heat
Author: Richard Castle
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 140139616X
ISBN-13: 9781401396169

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.

My rating:

I’m happy to report, this was a huge improvement from the previous book (Heat Wave). While the first one came through as more of an inside joke, riding the tidal wave of the Castle TV show and seemed more like a fanfiction than an actual book written by a “New York Times Bestselling Author”, this one actually read like a book.

The writing and style was the first obvious improvement, the characters had (a little) more depth— though still not enough for my liking, the pacing was good, and so was the plot, and the villain was a little more difficult to spot.

I’m so glad I decided to read this right after Heat Wave, because it improved my notion of “Richard Castle” as an actual writer in a big way.
Also, the fact Rook wasn’t such an idiot was a major plus, though I still have some reservations regarding Nikki Heat.
Now I can go back to the TV show (which is still better than the books, even for a big Caskett shipper like me) and wait for the next book in this series.


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