Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2) by Richard Castle


GoodReads Summary

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. But 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 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 the 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 Review

I started this book on 11/12/2011 and finished it 1/17/2012. Some of that was due to the holiday crazies, but I have to say a lot of it was not being able to get engaged with the story.

I try to read the Castle book’s based on the premise, that Rick Castle, my hero from the TV show, writes these books. This way I don’t make the assumption that the characters Rook and Nikki, are Rick and Kate.  So I hold Castle responsible for their content.

Having read the first two books, it is hard for me to comprehend that the man who wrote “the wind gathered up her hair,” is the same author who is writing the Nikki Heat novels. Clearly a story about a woman who is mostly based on a man’s imagination, Nikki does no justice to Kate. Oddly, Jameson does little justice to Rick.
Okay, that is the negative part, however, I do give the author credit for developing a better plot line for Naked Heat than for the first novel, Heat Wave. The story was more complex and had an ending that was satisfactory.
I already purchased the third novel, so I’ll see where that takes me.
Castle, you have improved, but for one so smitten with Kate and so intrigued by crime, your stories still fall short.  You need to up your game.

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