Wednesday, February 26

Book Review: Naked Heat

Title: Naked Heat

Author: Richard Castle

Pages: EBook 270

Summary: 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 superstar 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.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I found this to be a very entertaining and enjoyable read. It's a great choice if you're looking for a quick and mindless read, especially if you're a fan of the television series it's based off of.

It was a bit predictable at times, but I think it was written fairly well. I can't help but picture the cast from Castle television series while reading it, and like the show, it has the same chemistry between the characters. Which I think was what makes the book so enjoyable is that, while at times it's corny and a very cliché type of mystery/thriller, the characters are well written, and interact well together.

There were a few times, I found myself to be gripped by the book, as it was intense at times, and again, although parts of the ending where fairly formula, the book follows a similar crime solving format to the show, I think it was a good read. I'm not normally a big mystery/thriller fan, but this book was fun and well worth reading.

Overall, a great read and a fun companion to the television series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, they are a great choice if you want a quick, fun, mindless read. And if you enjoy the Castle tv series.

What to read next: More Nikki Heat books

Challenges: 100+ Books, 2014 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge


  1. I've only scanned your post because I have, finally, managed to gather copies of these, so I'm looking forward to binge-reading at some point. As you say above, some elements are predictable in the series (of shows, anyway, and I can see where that's likely the case with the books too, as you've found) but I enjoy them enough not to mind. Light, but fun.

    1. I think that's why I enjoy them so much, light but fun. A great escape and already a good base for characters I already enjoy. I hope you enjoy this one!