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Review – Turn It Up by Inez Kelley

Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

Dr. Bastian Talbot and self-proclaimed sex goddess Charlie Pierce heat up the air waves with their flirty banter as radio hosts Dr. Hot and the Honeypot. Off the air, they’re best friends…but Bastian wants to be so much more. He wants Charlie—in bed, and forever.

Problem is, Charlie doesn’t do commitment. Sure, she’s had X-rated fantasies of Bastian, but he was always just a friend—until he impulsively proposes and unleashes the lust they’ve been denying for years. Charlie’s willing to explore where their wild chemistry leads, but she won’t marry him. And he won’t have sex with her until she accepts his proposal, despite her seductive schemes.

What are Dr. Hot and the Honeypot to do? Ask their listeners for advice on how to tame a sex kitten and turn a perfect gentleman into a shameless lover. The Race to Wed or Bed is on…who will turn up on top?
*Blurb from Goodreads*

 

I’ve been a big Inez Kelley fan for awhile now, and when she first started talking about Turn It Up with the sexy doctor and his best friend doing a sex advice radio show… I was all over that.

Charlie has been Honeypot on the radio for as long as she can remember, and loves doing her Sex Talk show with her BFF Bastian. But when Bastian changes the foundation of their friendship, telling her he wants more, she freaks out. When he announces his desire to marry her on-air, she ups the ante by claiming they’ll sleep together before they ever get married. And so the battle of the sexes begin. With Charlie trying to get in Bastian’s pants, and Bastian trying to get a ring on her finger, the hilarity ensues and the two start with the campaign that could make or break them.

I absolutely LOVED all of the sexual innuendos in this book. They come flying from left and right and had me cracking up throughout the entire book. It was a sweet treat having Bastian want to get married and make a real life with Charlie, while she was the one who only wanted to have sex and get it over with.

The role reversal between Charlie and Bastian was so fun to read about, and I do love me a hero who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. I was happy that Bastian stuck to his guns and refused to sleep with Charlie, despite her best attempts to seduce him otherwise. I liked that Charlie was confused and hesitant to jump into something with Bastian because of their long history as friends. It was real and honest.

I did think that Charlie was, at times, a little over the top. Yes she had bad experiences in her past that made her wary of commitment and relationships. At the same time, she took things a little too extreme for me. There were a couple times she really reacted to situations somewhat out of character and had me scratching my head in confusion.

The secondary characters in this one were fabulous! I hope that Kelley will continue on in this series and write more about Bastian’s brother Boo. I’d like to see him struggle with his ongoing addiction problems and finding the love of his life once again. *sigh* I’m such a sucker for rekindled romances!

All in all Kelley writes another romantic knock out with Turn It Up. The characters are hilarious and the one-liners will keep you in stitches throughout the whole book. The plot is quick moving and engaging to the reader, making it an all around fun book to read.

I give Turn It Up a B+

*Inez added a short story to her website with a follow up novella of Boo. LOVED IT! It was a great ending to his story! Read it here*

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By MinnChica

MinnChica can usually be found with her nose in a book (or nook), and can ALWAYS find a few minutes to read: stuck at a red light, sitting in the doctors office, on her lunch break. She's so addicted to reading that her family frequently threatens to host an intervention. Currently MinnChica is devouring every romance book she can get her hands on, especially ones that feature 'friends to lovers' stories. Some of her favorite authors currently are Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Susan Mallery.

5 replies on “Review – Turn It Up by Inez Kelley”

I really liked this one too. Great banter when they are in the radio station. I do agree that sometimes Charlie’s actions or reactions were too over the top. But definitely enjoyed this one!

@Mandi – Did you read the short story with Boo and Maggie and Grace? *melt*

[…] Inez Kelley has been writing for both Carina Press and Samhain since 2009, and her contemporary romance books are amongst some of MinnChica’s favorites. (Really, if you haven’t read Sweet as Sin yet, you NEED to!) She has dabbled in both fantasy and contemporary romance, both sexy and sweet.  Just this past week she has released her 5th Carina Press title, Turn It Up (review can be found here). […]

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