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The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers #2) by Gena Showalter [OPINION]

 Hello readers,

The Hotter you burn is the book two in the original heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter and I love it. If I had to chose my favorite book from this series… it would be very difficult! I can’t chose just one, but I have to say that the Hotter You Burn has a special place because it was the first book that I read from this series. 

‘Beck O’ckley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home – her ancestral estate – for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him. 

For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own.’


I’m so into the characters of Strawberry Valley that I would not mind to live there. And Gena is a master when it comes to fun, hot and heart breaking dialogues. I can’t believe how a book made me laugh in a chapter and cry on the other. Beautiful book, absolutely brilliant. 

Beck moved, along his two best friends, Jase and West, to Strawberry Valley to start a new life. Something happened when they were younger and they needed a fresh start now that they are together again. Beck, as were his two friends, was raised in foster homes, being throw from one to another, never knowing what was to be wanted or loved. So now as an adult, other than his two best friends, he promised to never tie himself to another person, let alone a girlfriend. He is known as Beck, One and Done. Woman flock around him and he likes it. He’s young, sexy, beautiful and knows it. His rule is to never spend more than one night with the same woman. He makes it the best night of their lives but nothing more. 

Then there’s Harlow. She grew up in the house Beck and his friends now live in. After her mother died, she lost the house and her only friend (her mother). She is now homeless and living in a tend on the property she once called her own. When she was a teenager, she was the town bully, and everybody never forgot. Now it’s payback time – because no one will hire her. She’s different now but without money, she’s hungry. So she sneaks inside Beck’s house and steals a tart, but surprise because Beck sees her.

There is a connection between them and eventually Beck figures out that she is homeless and vows that she will never go hungry again. He provides her with a safe place to live and offers a job at his company. The spark between them is strong but Harlow knows that if she gives in, one night will be all she will get and that’s not enough for her. So she decides to be his friend.

Like I said, this books made me laugh in one moment and in the other broke my heart with everything that Harlow had to endure. I know she was a very bad girl in her teenager years but she changed and it’s been 10 years! I was. little pissed off by the residents of Strawberry Valley but at the end I mostly forgave them.

The humor, the sexy scenes and the entire story made me realize that this is one of the best series I ever read. And I’m not exaggerating.

Beck and Harlow have the best snark humor and I liked to know their story. I still think that this book is one of the best when it comes to the most beautiful romantic and perfect dialogues. Its the perfect book for a romantic person, like me, But there’s also forgiveness, friendship and strong women. 

These are some of my favorite dialogues:

“All right. How about you, Ken’ Jessie Kay said. “How’d you keep Dane?”

“According to him, I breathed.”

That. That was what Harlow wanted. To be special. Treasured. Beck made her feel that way of course, but only in spurts. And spurts just weren’t good enough. “Clearly, breathing isn’t going to be enough for me.”

“Then allow me to be a voice of reason,”

Kenna said. “Be yourself. Do and say what comes naturally to you, what is right to you and for you. If he isn’t what you need, if he won’t step up to the plate, then he’s not the one for you, and he’s not worth your time and effort. Move on.”

And that’s it! I think I don’t have to say more.


Oh and I laugh a lot with this one:

“Careful. You keel that up, and you’ll find yourself fast on your back, Beck Jr. deep inside you.”

“You mean the Baconator?”

He barked out a laugh. “You’ve named my penis the Baconator?”
“What? I like bacon. 

Well, I’m naming your breasts Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Shortcake. »


I don’t know where Gena is taking the inspiration for these books but I want the same, please!

Then Beck says this…and it’s game over.

“Do you know what I remember about those women? Nothing. And do you know what I’ll always remember about you? 

Absolutely everything.”


And this is why books are the reason why woman are elevating their standards when it comes to men! We deserve this, girls! Well not a man-whore like Beck was but a man that doesn’t have afraid to say things like that and treat us right!

You can start reading this series with this books but my advice is to start from the prequel to understand the story behind some of the characters that appear in this book. Read it, you won’t feel disappointed!

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