Audiobook Review: The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers #2) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)

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The Original Heartbreakers #2
Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)
Contemporary Romance
Recorded Books
11 hours and 40 minutes
Audible Romance Package


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…

Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own


Their is just some special about The Original Heartbreakers series. I don’t know what it is that keeps me swooning and come back for more. Maybe it’s the small-town feel, the people who all have their own issues, pasts, and hatreds, or maybe it’s just Ms. Showalter’s amazing storytelling skills.

I was pulled in from start to finish and I couldn’t stop listening to the audio book narrated by Savannah Richards.

We are treated to Beck who is friends with Jase and West. They all moved to Strawberry Valley to start fresh, except Beck hasn’t changed his ways. He’s a player, a ladies man, and known as, One and Done. Then we have Harlow who grew up in the home that Beck and his friends now own. She’s lost a lot. Her mother, her home, and no one will give her a job all because of how she acted as a teenager; she was the town bully. She’s different, changed, but no one will give her a chances. No one has forgotten and so they give her a hard time, every chance they get.

The chemistry between Beck and Harlow is scorching. They have sparks from the start, but Harlow knows his reputation and will not be a one night stand and so she will settle for friendship. This book was fantastic. I was laughing out loud one moment and having my heart break the next. I just love the characters, the snarky humor, and those sexy scenes made me sigh with delight. This book is full of snark, steam, and lots of heart.

Narration: Ms. Richards is a wonderful narrator. She captured me. The voices are all distinctive and come across clear, crisp, and well defined. The small-town feels like a small town with it’s own unique people making a living in and around it. Everything from the setting to the characters felt genuine and passionate. I’m loving the audio books for The Original Heartbreakers series and I plan to continue the series in this formate.

Rated: 4 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

10 comments on “Audiobook Review: The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers #2) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)

  1. Nice when they can make each character’s voice distinct.
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    • Yes it is.

  2. You know I love her Lords of the Underworld series but I’ve never tried a contemporary by her and I’n asking myself WHY LOL
    Thanks for the fab review Angela

    • It seams like a lot of authors who write PNR and writing CR now too. I’ve been very happy with her Original Heartbreakers series. I still love and prefer PNR reads, but I’m glad I’m giving other genres a try. I hope you enjoy!

  3. You talked me into it 🙂 I kept debating if I should start the series sometime soon, now I need to haha thanks!!

    • I have enjoyed the series and each couple we meet. The audios bring something special to the series and I’m glad I listened to the books.

  4. Loved Harlow and Beck’s story. The back and forth between them and the internal struggle Beck had were done so well. I love this series too. I still have to go back and read Jessie Kay’s story which I think is book 3. Maybe I will do that after my current read!

    • Yep, book 3 is Jessie Kay’s story. I’m sure you will like it. Jessie Kay is no longer the party girl, but she still is struggling. It’s great. I agree Beck and Harlow where wonderful. I’m just waiting for the latest release to come out in Audio, so I can listen.

  5. Awesome review angela!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

    • Thank you, Kathy. Glad you enjoyed my review and have added to your TBR ^_^. Have a great day!