Audiobook Review: Heat (Underground Encounters, #5). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Heat by Lisa Carlisle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A gargoyle statue that’s more than stone…

Tracy can’t explain why she’s drawn to a mysterious statue in the Goth club where she bartends. Stranger still, she’s been confiding her innermost secrets to it, as it it were an old friend. 

But, when her ex shows up one night, drunk and aggressive, the solid stone statue turns to living, breathing, and scorchingly sexy flesh…

Gargoyle shifter Danton transforms to human form to protect Tracy, the woman he has yearned for. Now, he only has twenty-four hours before a curse returns him to stone. How can convince a woman who didn’t know he existed to spend those precious hours with him?

Heat

Locked in stone!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌏
Character development: 😍😚😉
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Tracy – a bartender at Vamps, a goth nightclub. She seems compelled to be near and talk to one of the gargoyle statues that are in the bar. She is a college student with anxiety and worries about her younger brother who has been struggling in school. When her abusive ex boyfriend nearly attacks her in the club, the gargoyle statue turns into a handsome man who rescues her.

The Hero: Danton – He has been locked inside his stone shell until Tracy needed his protection. The gargoyle shifters are protectors of the human race. He becomes human when someone needs assistance and stays human for twenty four hours before returning to stone, that was the curse put on them by a witch. Though if he finds love, he can break the curse.

The Story: This was a short book at <130 pages and took quickly devolved into smuttiness. I mean Tracy was certainly surprised at the fact that Danton was a supernatural being but she was too quick to take him to her house and then to her bed. I would want to find out much more about the guy before jumping into bed no matter how hot he was, especially after her last experience with a guy.

Also she supposedly had anxiety but the appearance of a naked man out of nowhere didn’t trigger an anxiety attack? It seemed like the gargoyle storyline was just a plot device to get to the smut rather than the actual plot. I like a good story along with my smut, and it did get a bit better as it went along, we found out more about the curse and Danton’s brothers.

This book was told in dual narration via dual narration. It was narrated by Amber Lee Connors and Kieran Flitton, whose voice reminds me a bit of Tom Cruise at times. Both of these narrators do a good job and Amber Lee has a youthful feminine voice which was very pleasing and perfect for Tracy. Though I didn’t like the fact that Danton was French. The accent sounded more Transylvanian than French.

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