My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Nov09/heatofthestorm.ek.html
Will Charleston has wanted Mackenzie Wade from the moment they met back in high school. Fifteen years later, Will is still relegated to the role of best friend; a role he’s tired of playing. With a single kiss, Mackenzie changes everything. It’s the breakthrough Will’s been waiting for, and this time he’s not taking no for an answer.
Mackenzie has come to rely on Will’s friendship and no amount of lust is going to make her risk their friendship. Her psychic gift has brought more than one relationship to a crashing halt, and though Will swears he’d never leave her, Mackenzie still fears taking that chance. When a storm brings Will to her doorstep, Mackenzie finds she can’t resist the heat between them. A night of passion leads to further complications when Mackenzie experiences a tragic vision of the future. Resolutely guarding her heart, Mackenzie tries to put Will back in the “friend zone.” But Mackenzie is about to learn firsthand just how determined her sexy SEAL can be.
Love, lust, and longing fulfilled come together in the deliciously erotic Heat of the Storm. There is just something so appealing about a man willing to fight for his love. Perhaps that’s why Will is one of, if not my absolute favorite hero of Elle Kennedy’s. Having met Will in the previous Out of Uniform stories, I was anxious for his story, eager to see what kind of hero he would be. I loved discovering that his quiet exterior concealed a deep sensuality. He also grabbed my heart with his absolute certainty of his love for Mackenzie, his willingness to wait for her, and his knowing when he had to say “enough is enough.” Though I wished I could snatch Will up myself, Ms. Kennedy made me understand why Mackenzie was so reticent to fully give her heart to Will. Still, I rooted for the moment when Mackenzie realized she had to take that step, that holding Will at arm’s length was not the right answer to her problems.
Heat of the Storm is the third book in Ms. Kennedy’s fantastic Out of Uniform series. Each story in the series stands on its own, but having read Heat of the Moment and Heat of Passion, I was delighted that I got to revisit my favorite characters from those two books. In the end, all I can say is that I absolutely adored Heat of the Storm. Will and Mackenzie’s romance touched my heart even as their passion stole my breath. Ms. Kennedy never fails to deliver an incredible romance and I finished Heat of the Storm wonderfully satisfied, wanting nothing more than to read another Out of Uniform tale.