Aug 16, 2011

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Review: Turn It Up by Inez Kelley

Contemporary Romance
August 1 2011
234 pages
Carina Press
Received from NetGalley

Yummy Man – Bastian Talbot
Kick Ass Chick – Charlie Pierce

From 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?


SO CUTE!  Turn It Up by Inez Kelley was so cute, if you enjoy reading contemporary romance books, you have to check this one out.  No, scratch that.  If you enjoy reading hot contemporary romance books, you have to check this one out

Turn it Up is about two best friends.  He, Bastian, realises that he was in love with his best friend over a year ago and is sick and tired of trying to keep it a secret from her.  She, Charlie, is clueless about his feelings and sort of freaks out when she hears how he loves her.  But she is willing to admit that she wants him.  He tells her he won’t sleep with her until she says yes to marrying him.  She claims she can get him into bed before she says yes.  So the game is on – and it is so fun to witness!  What adds to the fun is that these two host a sex-talk radio show together and they have made their little competition live!  That is where “Bed or Wed” comes from.

I truly enjoyed Bastian.  I found him to be romantic and smart and overall just a great character to read.  And funny.  He’s dealing with some pretty heavy personal issues, but he’s done mourning what was lost and he’s looking forward to moving on.  And he really wants that to happen with Charlie.  You can really tell how much Bastian loves Charlie and how much he is willing to cherish her for the rest of his life.  So sweet.

Charlie was also wonderful.  She is gorgeous and smart and witty, but thanks to an unstable childhood, she struggles with feelings of being unworthy of anything stable.  She strongly believes that all men only ever want her for her body – and she believes that’s all she can offer them.  When Bastian admits to loving her, she’s confused and quite hurt.  She immediately lumps him in the same box as all the other men she’s known and starts mourning the loss of her best friend.  It is really hard for her to see that Bastian is more than that, and the struggle she goes through I think is one that many go through.  That feeling of “am I really worthy of real love?” and the question “does it really exist?”

I just loved the scenes where we were tagging along with Bastian (Dr. Hot) and Charlie (Honeypot) while they were recording their radio show.  Their banter was so funny and smooth, you felt as though you were actually listening.  And I think theirs is a show I would actually want to listen to!  The dialogue in these scenes was perfect.

One of the best things about this book was that there was no strange and sudden plot twist thrown in near the end just for the hell of it.  I am finding lately that more and more contemporary romance authors do that.  Why? I dunno.  It just frustrates me as a reader.  Often, I just want to witness two people fall in love without having to deal with an unplanned pregnancy or a long lost mother coming out of the woodwork saying how the couple can never be because they are actually second cousins thrice removed.  *shiver* This book was great in how there was slight conflict, but nothing too damaging.  Most of the conflict came from Charlie and her inability to accept that someone may just want her for her.  Was it a bit much sometimes?  Yes it was.  Did it totally hurt the story or the character for me?  Absolutely not.  Charlie’s an endearing character, even if she was a little crazy sometimes.

If you like a strong yet adorable story with dialogue that will make you laugh out loud, this is definitely a book for you.  Mostly though, this book is about the characters and how they go from being just friends to being a perfect match.    They are strong, lovable and impeccably written.  But what else should I have expected?  When it comes to wonderful contemporary romance stories with compelling and outright lovable characters, you can’t get much better than Inez.  Fans will not want to miss this one.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’I hate it when you make sense.’

‘I know.  Totally blows my image as the messed-up asshole, doesn’t it?’”


“’Are you coming?’  Firmer than before, Jennifer’s voice snapped through the opened doorway.

‘Not if you keep interrupting!’  Bastian shot back before dropping his head onto the pillow.  ‘Sorry Jen.  Getting up.’

The nurse sniggered.  ‘I can see that.  Let go of her ass and move yours, Dr. T.’”

  1. Hehe…great review Julie! I love the quotes that you chose! smiles…

  2. Christi – The second quote had me laughing for quite a while. *g*

  3. Great review Julie. The only think I’ve read by Inez Kelley was the novella I received in a giveaway but I know that I really have to check out more of her work! She is an awesome contemporary author and always has some sexy love scenes. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book and I will have to look into it when I can check out more of her work. 😀

  4. I have never read anything by Inez Kelley *hides in shame* but after your wonderful review I think this book would be perfect as my first read by her, adding it to my always growing TBR 😉

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