Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Golden Heat by Ju Ephraime : A Review

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Welcome to my stop on the Review Tour of Golden Heat by Ju Ephraime. This is a spicy romance with an intriguing twist of mystery.

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~About the Book~

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Native American


Andy Redfield is a hard-nose real estate developer, trying to settle his father’s estate and locate the treasure that was mentioned in his father’s will. Bernie Harp is a no-nonsense, private investigator, and who specializes in locating lost objects. When Andy hires her to find his dad’s treasure, she anticipates working alone, as was her custom. She communicates this to Andy in no uncertain terms, but Andy was having none of it. If anything, he was more determined than ever to lend his assistance. When finding the treasure becomes more than a routine job, and the presence of a suspicious intruder is discovered, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have difficulty seeing eye-to-eye, Andy and Bernie agree on one thing: They need to capture the intruder and locate his father’s treasure.

Kicking and screaming, Bernie is forced to accept his presence on the job, even though it was distracting as hell. With them rubbing each other the wrong way, before they know it, the friction they generate turns to love’s golden heat, igniting a fire neither expected, and neither could deny. So, when Bernie unexpectedly disappears, Andy realizes she was more precious to him than all the treasures in the world, and he’d give up anything to find her—anything, including the treasure, only is he prepared for what he finds?


Andy Redfield – Alpha male, refuses to accept, even to himself, that women have an allure that has the power to bring men to their knees. Bernie Harp – a strong willed woman who wishes, ardently, that men would stop judging her based on her looks (being too beautiful) and instead give her credit for the intelligent work that she does. She tries to prove that it is not her good looks alone but her talent that should make men respect her.

What happens when both these people meet forms the rest of the story. Andy needs an investigator to find out property his father has hidden. He has searched all expected places and has turned up empty. He requests the help of his friend James, who in turn suggests Bernie. Andy knows since the moment he first lays eyes on her that this was going to be a difficult job because he would have a hard time controlling mingling business with pleasure. Little did he expect that someone with a name like Bernie would be a woman – and such a hot one at that!

The story traverses on the predictable path from then on. The lead characters are both strong willed and refuse to accept the obvious attraction and even though the readers could guess where the story is heading, one cannot simply put the book down once started because of two reasons. It is smaller than the regular book and therefore you justify reading with ‘Just this page and I am done’… which eventually doesn’t happen because at no point in the book is there a gap where you could keep it down and sit in peace. The book is racy from start to finish.

The plot is not very elaborate. Two people who are attracted but refuse to bow down to the obvious pressure and try to act superior while hiding their real intentions. They meet and sparks fly from scene one. What happens to the business that actually brought them together and how they end up is everyone’s guess. There is nothing much to comment on the story except that it is very, very engaging and sometimes so… hot. The reviewer has a tongue in cheek while writing this review because it is one hell of a ride that was very loved!

The book needs some obvious editing and proofreading. And sometimes you wish that the other characters had more scenes allotted to them. Sometimes it does feel like everything revolves around these two leads. But other than that, this book is a perfect afternoon read that would leave you with a grin in place for various reasons. I have not read other books by this author so I could not comment on the usual style. But overall, this is one book you won’t regret picking up!

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~About the Author~

Ju Ephraime began writing professionally at age 19; at that time, she wrote short stories for the local radio station in her home town. She gave up writing to pursue her education and has since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of her schooling, she wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as other literary work. In 2010 she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment. She writes high heat, steamy, romance novels. The first was, State of Ecstasy in the LaCasse series, which was soon followed by, Temptation to Sin, Loving Therèse, #2 in the LaCasse series. Ju has gone on to write several more books, including, The Odor of Violet, on tour this month, Complete Surrender, #3 in the LaCasse series; as well as, a Christmas Novella, Footsteps in the Sand and her award winning paranormal, White Magic Woman, Quarterfinalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, 2013, out of over 10,000 entrants.

Ju lives in Connecticut, where she is very active in her community. She is the administrator of a business school and the president of a non-profit organization that dresses individuals for job interviews.

Visit her blog at or her personal page at where you can sign up for e-mail updates and be the first to hear about new releases.

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  1. Thanks for hosting Golden Heat, Dhivya and I am glad you enjoyed reading it! :)

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