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 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.
Okay! This one's going to need a little background. If you're a Castle fan, you know what I mean. If not, let me explain. Naked Heat is written by fictitious character Richard Castle from the TV series Castle. In the TV series, Castle is a best-selling mystery writer that rides-along with a police detective, Kate Beckett, and helps solve cases. The back story actually factors into my review. If I play into this story, then Naked Heat should have been written by a highly talented and successful author. Hmmm? Not so sure about that. Because I am a fan of the show, I did enjoy the book. It reads like an episode of the series. I feel like I knew the characters and was already invested in them. Castle fans will recognize Rick and Kate in Jameson and Nikki. The mystery story line was imaginative, creative and entertaining - twists and turns right to the end! Some of the events early on the story however, were already used in the TV series, so, in the beginning, it was like watching a re-run. Once I got into it though, the story picked up and I was hooked. So, all in all, a good, entertaining, suspenseful story.