Review: Turn It Up by Inez Kelley

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Turn It Up by Inez Kelley

4 Stars

I loved the originality of this love story. The fact that Bastian and Charlie have been best friends for years when we meet them was quite refreshing. I really enjoyed when they would talk about stories from their past – the funny ones and the heartbreaking ones – that included each other. I adored Bastian! I wanted to marry him from page one! He had such a good, kind heart.

Another thing I really loved was the relationship between Bastian and Caz, aka Boo. Which by the way, is the best nickname ever for someone named Casper. Casper’s story was another heart-tugging one, with his musical genius abilities and drug abuse past. The secret he’s keeping is heartbreaking. (Inez actually wrote a short story for him that takes place after Turn It Up! It’s free on her site, go HERE to download it!)

“Talk is foreplay.” That’s one of Charlie’s favorite sentences. Well, this book was total foreplay! Inez Kelley sure wanted to torture us. There were times when I would just growl at Bastian, “Oh, just do it already!” Haha! But it was worth the wait. :)

There was so much I loved about Turn It Up. The characters, the sexual tension, the relationships, the banter…it all made for a heartfelt love story. There’s no doubt I’ve turned into a life long Inez Kelley fan, and I look forward to reading many more of her stories.

Book Info

Turn It Up by Inez Kelley
Series: Turn It Up #1
Published by Carina Press
Pub Date: August 31st 2011
Pages: 242
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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?

About Inez Kelley

INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. Although you can never take the hillbilly out of the girl, her knight in shining armor transplanted her to the Midwest. She has a Distinguished Honors degree in Creative Advertising that lead to several unique job opportunities.

Her first book, Jinxed, was a CAPA nominee in 2009 and won 2nd place in the Romance Writer’s Ink “More Than Magic” contest for Best First Book and Best Romantic Comedy in 2010. Her second book, Myla by Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, finaled in the 2011 EPIC awards. The spicy contemporary, Turn It Up was nominated for a 2011 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. The deliciously dark Sweet as Sin was named #1 2011 English Contemporary Romance from French review site BLUE MOON and a ‘Desert Island Keeper’ by All About Romance.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Review: Turn It Up by Inez Kelley”

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    Sashana Jeffery

    It’s refreshing to see a review for an adult contemporary. I feel like YA and PNR sometimes get all of the limelight. I’m really looking forward to reading this one. 

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    Daphne Trumps

    thanks for the review, jess.  i have actually never heard of the author, but i just downloaded it!  love the plot line…probably my favorite love stories are the ones where they’ve known each other forever but one has a thing for the other…can’t wait to get into it.

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    This sounds scintillating! I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Woo that cover is ON FIYAH. I do love me a good contemporary romance, especially one that involves lots of tension! =)

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