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A woman returns home to deal with a family crisis, only to discover the situation is far worse than she realized. Grappling with hidden secrets, forbidden passions, and a business in peril, she must confront her past to bring peace back to her hometown.The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a broken-hearted girl. NowA woman returns home to deal with a family crisis, only to discover the situation is far worse than she realized. Grappling with hidden secrets, forbidden passions, and a business in peril, she must confront her past to bring peace back to her hometown.The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a broken-hearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.Still there are her beautiful younger sister, Tricia, with her cruel lies. . .Ken, Tricia's handsome husband, who married the wrong sister. . .Jigger, the pimp and ruffian with plans of his own. . .and Cash, proud, mysterious, and complex. It is dangerous for Schyler to even be near him, yet she must dare to confront the past -- if there is to be any peace in Heaven....

Title : Slow Heat in Heaven
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Slow Heat in Heaven Reviews

  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    2018-12-28 09:02

    4.5 STARSAwesome.Wow. Did Sandra Brown really write this?It's so different from her other books. It reminded me of Linda Howard’s After the Night. It's not the same story, not even close. It’s just giving off the same vibe, I guess. And it's equally gripping. It has that melodramatic soap opera feel to it. Family secrets, false accusations, forbidden love, eccentric behavior, ultimate betrayal... I'm usually not crazy about this type of books but this one was juicy and delicious.The heroine is a strong, annoyingly proud and stubborn woman and the hero … Cash, Cash, Cash. Even his name sounds dirty and hot as hell. Long hair, old jeans, boots, hard-working arms and hands. Crude, crass, rough, unapologetic. A hard man, a take-it-or-leave-it man. He might behave like an ass but he is who he is. I loved him.You have no idea how hard it is to find a picture of a man on the internet that would fit the mental image of the hero I have in my head. They all look like mamma’s boys who probably haven't seen a tree in their lives, let alone worked in a logging camp. All oiled up, smooth skin, hairless chests, massively inflated legs and arms, manicured hands…So no pictures, sorry.Speaking of soap operas, want to take a short walk down memory lane?LOLAnyhow, I loved Cash and Schyler’s complicated love-hate slow burn. I loved their stubbornness and pride. Their chemistry is dirty, passionate, rough and explosive. It isn’t cheesy. It’s hot as a whore house on dollar day. Pardon my French.QUICK REVIEW:Enjoyment: 4.5/5Writing style: 5/5Storyline: 4/5 Hero: 4/5Heroine: 4/5Secondary characters: 5/5 Hotness/steam: 4/5 Romance: 4/5 Angst: 3.5/5Darkness level: 2/5Humor: 2/5Depth of the book: 5/5POV: multiple, third personTriggers: (view spoiler)[sex scenes with ow, cheating between secondary characters, mild violence, women abuse, animal abuse, death(hide spoiler)]The only thing that pissed me off was when (view spoiler)[ the heroine shot the pit bulls. Not cool. Normally I would have DNF'd it but since this was written in the '80s, I'm turning a blind eye. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mo
    2018-12-31 08:59

    I had to edit my review as all my pictures had disappeared. I asked for the update not to be added to my feed, so apologies if this "old" review shows up on your feed.Decided to read this one after reading Geri’s review. It was written over 25 years ago but I had a hankering for something like this. It was back in the day when men were Real Men, wore jeans and boots, had hairy chests and stubbled jaws, they smoked, they fucked, they drank, they didn’t care what folks thought of them… but now and again one of them could be brought to their knees by a beautiful woman. First time reading this author. I think her writing style/genre might have changed a bit over the years – will check some of her other books out. This was not even available on Kindle in my neck of the woods but I wanted to read it so bad that I got the paperback, an OLD paperback edition. If her swift calculations were correct, Cash Boudreaux was approaching forty, so he should have known better to say something so flippant about an seriously ill man. His manners hadn’t improved with maturity. He was as coarse, as rude, as undisciplined as he’d been in his youth. His mother had exercised absolutely no control over him whatsoever. She had let him run wild. He was constantly into mischief that had ceased to be cute by the time he reached junior high school, where he fast became the scourge of the public school system. Heaven, Louisiana had never spawned such a hell-raiser as Cash Boudreaux."I’m never kind to a woman."His walk, all his movements were masculine…. His lips closed around the filtered tip. He struck a match on the doorjamb, then cupped his hands around the flame while he lit the cigarette."Just what I thought," he said roughly."You put on all those ladylike airs but you’re just like a firecracker on the Fourth of July, ready to ignite, ready to explode." … He jerked her forward and rubbed against her. "Feel that? I’ve got just the match to light your fuse."She slapped him hard.His eyes narrowed dangerously."What’s the matter, not used to ---""Filth, Mr. Boudreaux. No I’m not used to filth. "What a Bitch the sister is – hope she gets her come-uppance!Not sure some of the words used in the book would go down too well in this day and age … but I am sure there are still prejudices like that in plenty of corners of the world."Stop," she moaned."You want this as much as I do.""No.""Yes," he flicked her earlobe with his tongue."How long has it been since you got fucked real good?"/b>Smooth fucking talker is our Cash.And what about Daddy …… and Daddy's prejudices aren't much better - now we can see that the apple didn't fall far from the tree."He's a queer …In my day if one of those crossed our paths, we'd beat the hell out of him.""You want to talk about it, I suppose?""About what? Fucking you?""Sure, why not? Let’s talk about it.""Alright."She drew a deep breath to show him how bored she was with the subject."It was a mistake to go to bed with you. I regret it. It happened. I wish it hadn’t but it did. I take full responsibility for my actions, but I intend to forget the whole thing. I expect you to as well.""You do?""Yes, I do."His whiskey flavored breath was as balmy as the night air when he laughed into her stormy face. He leaned forward, aligning his body against hers."Not bloody likely. Do you know what it means to a poor white trash bastard kid like me to make Miss Schyler Crandall come?"Then again, he might have some words of wisdom for her …"Be careful that your benevolence doesn't work against you, Schyler …Vast experience has taught me that folks dearly love to bite the hand that feeds them. It gives them a perverse satisfaction that's just plain human nature. You can't change that … Make sure nobody mistakes your love and charity for weakness. Folks claim they admire saints. But fact is they despise them. They gloat in seeing them stumble and fall flat on their asses"Jigger Flynn … Cash, I don't know what to make of you …"I warned you that I was never kind to women. Don't expect me to be an different with you."My God, what she had just done was unthinkable. Yet, it had happened. She wasn't sorry, only deeply disturbed, because while he'd been holding her she'd been inundated with him. She had forgotten her problems. She had forgotten everything including Belle Terre.<"You cannot trust him. Do, and we’re doomed. He’ll do anything, say anything to bring us down. Don’t doubt that for a single instant."And to be honest, I seriously did not know who was the Bad Guy(?) – was on tenderhooks towards the end of the book but of course, I got my HEA.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-01-12 13:44

    Fantastic!! It was crude, full of deceit, and overly dramatic, I loved it!! I think it's officially my second favorite Sandra Brown book, ever!!! Lol. And that cover??!!!

  • Didi
    2019-01-01 10:59

    10++++STARS!PERFECTION. SHEER PERFECTION!I can't stress how much I LOVED THIS! It was the BEST SB book I've read to date, the best! It reminded me of After The night, by Linda Howard, a book I consider one of the best I've ever read. Don't ask me why this book made me think of that book, maybe it was the atmosphere, the return of a character meant to finish something, the beauty of the surroundings...not sure, but in my mind I saw similarities. I loved everything here, EVERY. SINGLE. THING. Schyler, whose name I kept pronouncing phonetically not how it was meant to be, S-k-y-l-e-r. She was a wonderful character who couldn't help falling for the rough and complicated Cash Boudreaux. I loved Schyler, I admired her strength, patience, resolve and kindness. Tricia...seriously, this woman was a shrewd and vindictive snake! I hope she suffers endlessly. Ken Howell, what a weak and pathetic excuse for a man. Cash Boudreaux...I loved him, loved him, loved him. He wasn't perfect. Far from it. He could be an arrogant asshole who used perversity as a defense mechanism. If it wasn't for the intense empathy I felt for him, I wouldn't have come to love him as much as I did. The pain and heartache from always knowing you didn't belong, weren't meant to belong was excruciating. I think he suffered so much and endured more than his share. His feelings were always hidden behind animosity and cruelty, but I felt him, and believed him to be the man meant for Schyler. His characterization was incredibly sexy and unpolished, I can't say enough about him except that I LOVED him! And can SB write a sexy time scene?! Filled with sensuality and raw emotion, these are some of the best and most beautifully written sex scenes I've read.Up until this point, I've read more recent stuff by SB, but this was the best so far. It was filled with stereotypes, racism, class divisions and some pretty backwards thinking folks, I tell you! But it was accurate and I wouldn't be surprised to find people like that still walking around. But it gave this book authenticity and a thick and believable plot. I can't recommend this enough, it's going onto my favorites pile, loved it!

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-01-03 15:11

    This one will be short and sweet. Another freaking great book by Sandra Brown. I just love her books!! But I think you all already know that right. :)I have to say in this one the suspense and romance rolls were reversed. Well in my opinion anyways. There was a bit of mystery and suspense but it wasn't that on the edge of your seat stuff. It was good, don't get me wrong, but the romance and sex (Cash style) was FABULOUS! Cash Boudreaux....I loved Mr. Cash Boudreaux. He was a dirty talking son of a bitch but you will end up loving every single inch of him. Schyler Crandall couldn't be more different and that is what made everything so fucking HOT and AMAZING between these two. SB threw quite the cast of side characters at you too. You have the BITCH of a sister Tricia, the asshole brother-in-law Ken, crass but lovable Cotton (Daddy), crazy ass Jigger who made my skin crawl and a few others.The suspense was there and SB throws twists and turns at you but I did piece some things together and had an idea of how things were going to end. This is another highly recommend read from me if your a Sandra Brown fan!!

  • Geri Reads
    2018-12-25 10:51

    I think this book was way ahead of its time. I've read this way back, and I mean way back and it's safe to say, Cash Bordreaux popped my bad boy cherry. This was written way back when the word 'Fuck" wasn't used in romance and heroes are supposed to be good and kind. Cash was none of those things. He says fuck a lot and man-whored his way into my heart. Romance readers nowadays wouldn't bat an eyelash at Cash's behavior nowadays but back then, many readers were scandalized. I just loved it.The story wasn't all that but I find the characters fascinating, all of them and it's nice to read books that really breaks the mold. Another wonderful reread for me! ♥

  • Ingela
    2019-01-08 16:43

    Written June 29, 20154.2 Stars - A solid good heart wrenching family drama with heat and steam.... - Nearly 30 years but still worth your timeI finished the audiobook of this quite old SB novel from 1988 yesterday. It was 15:30 really great romances hours superbly well narrated by Dick Hill (in that traditional nice theatrical style). I liked and enjoyed. Slow Heat in Heaven is bit dark contemporary southern family-story with heat. Hot sweaty heat. Oh yeah, this hero and heroine steamed with emotions, strong feelings and did an classic enemy to lovers journey in those dark and dangerous Southern Louisiana woods. Recommended if you, as me, are a bit nostalgic and once again want to visit the 80:s. Nothing really surprising or new under the sun but an addictive listening-yearning audiobook edition. ~ Applause to Mr Hill! ********************************************************* Schyler Crandall is back in Heaven, Louisiana, her beloved hometown she left six years ago when her younger sister, Tricia and Ken Howell, now her sisters husband - back then Schylers fiancé, betrayed her. Schyler and Tricia are two adopted daughters of the most powerful man in town, Cotton Crandall. Now an old sick man in hospital after a serious heart stroke....they are all again together in the old grand mansion —Belle Terre— as our strong heroine Schyler loves. ‘Before she did, Cash Boudreaux raised his hand to her neck and brushed away a mosquito that was looking for a sumptuous spot to have dinner. The backs of Cash’s fingers were rough, but their touch was delicate as they whisked across her exposed throat and down her chest. He looked for her reaction with frank interest. His gaze was sexual. He knew exactly what he was doing. He had brazenly committed the unpardonable. Cash Boudreaux had touched Schyler Crandall… and was daring her to complain about it.’There in those steaming hot south woods is also Cash Boudreaux, the mysterious wet dream for the local females with all his anger, angst and hard nagging words. Cash is the former poor boy who in years has yearned for the blond beautiful girl in the "big" house. — But here is also Jigger, the nasty dangerous 'pimp' with those evil fighting dogs which scares, and actually treats, Schyler and here safety.. ...“Family crisis has brought her home from her London life to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.”*********************************************************“I’m not going to place Belle Terre above everything else. It’s not what I want most. I knew what I wanted most when I saw you asleep under that tree.”Well, well here I got another...Sandra Brown is, in my experience this past six months, a good guarantee for well-made (steamy enough) romantic thriller novels. It is usually kind of black and white, good or very evil characters, but thankfully always understandable human characters. There are often something in the story, or the plot, that point to social injustices and that some misfortunate people lives under miserable and very sad circumstances. I like that aspect (but cries with them...)I have a weak heart for testosterone-filled (in this book from the 80:s still even smoking) traditional manly heroes. You know them; Horny sexy men with chest-hair and often a blunt language. Luckily is the female main character usually a strong, successful, intelligent woman. ~ ...That's what I usually get in those SB novels and so also in Slow Heat in Heaven. I'm once again pleased and look forward to my next SB reading (or listening) experience.*********************************************************I LIKE - even slightly outdated stories by Ms Brown

  • MelissaB
    2018-12-25 15:48

    The story was like an 80's southern soap opera, full of interesting characters and crazy drama. My main issues were that the romance wasn't believable, they barely seemed to like each other beyond screwing before some random I Love You's at the end. Also, there really wasn't a character to root for, they all did some pretty nasty stuff. The hero, Cash, was a sexy Cajun but he also was a man-whore who came off pretty harsh during parts and it was hard to see him liking the heroine for more than sex and her home. I needed a little more tenderness shown to her from him. The heroine was ok but came off as snobby and making snap judgements too much. She killed two dogs for basically no reason, it was a cruel and stupid thing to do. The dogs were fighting dogs and one had attacked her but what she did was not a solution and it was hard to forgive. She came off as judgmental and quick to think the worst of Cash no matter what, even though he was a hard worker and figured out who was stealing from them, she treated him like crap for no reason. Her sister and her BIL were left to run roughshod over too many things with no consequences, Schyler just forgave everything.I listened to this on audio and I think that might have made some of the sexist and racist language harder to deal with, I think that stuff is harder to hear than read. I liked the hero's Cajun accent on audio.Overall, an interesting drama-filled southern story but the romance wasn't believable and most of the characters were not likable. But the hero was kind of sexy.

  • Kathleen
    2019-01-01 16:06

    A dynastic, dark melodrama. Yikes. With a sis like Trish, who needs hatchet killers? Lizzy Borden might be an improvement. Written in 1988, it's dated (Cash is a chauvinist, fought in Vietnam, smokes cigarettes. Language includes the racist N word and homophobic slurs -- but not by the lead couple). I may have enjoyed this more 25 years ago, but cannot recall reading it.Some folks love this story, but ugh. I began to hate it. Too unpleasant. Depressing. I didn't laugh. Not even a smile. Just lots of unsavory characters doing lots of unsavory things. I like some of SB's books -- especially Lethal -- but with a book this long, I needed more light moments and upbeat characters to balance the dark. After reading 450+ pages of mistrust and misery, I get one or two optimistic, loving pages at the end?Beware, vague spoilers follow, but the big plot surprises are secret. About three rape scenes (m/f, and m/m, and gang rape) and plenty of sex, yet not one single love scene?? Sex, yes. Lovemaking? No loving tenderness between Cash and Schyler (Skyler) until nearly the last page. And I did not care to voyeuristically sit in on slutty Rhoda, first with Cash, then with Dale, then with Cash, then... My favorite character is Cash, but that's not saying much. He's a mean one, and sleeps around like a slut, but does right by others, in his own way. I sympathize with him. I liked his healing abilities, too. He clearly loved Schyler, even though he wouldn't admit it. I sometimes liked Schyler, but she bugged me, killing those poor creatures, letting Ken kiss her a few times and feel her up, and never trusting Cash. Right up until the end, never believing in him. After all he did for her? The scene when Cash showed her that ___ was robbing the company?? She said what? Did that? But I liked how she treated Gayla, and how she handled Mrs. Graves. She definitely had guts. SETTING: The Louisiana setting is vividly described -- a plantation home called Belle Terre (yup, like Tara, and Schyler is Scarlet, trying to save the farm), located just outside a corrupt town (the sheriff) with the unlikely name of Heaven. Sandra Brown pens strong descriptions of the forest, the bayou, the huge rattlesnake, the malevolent and ugly Jigger Flynn, and the horrible pit bull fight.SECONDARY CHARACTERS: Sister Trish is purely psycho. The sweetest moment in the book involved Gayla and Jimmy Don. I also liked seeing Jigger get his comeuppance. That was sweet. Old patriarchal Cotton bugged me, the way he treated Cash. What an idiot, to make such a promise to his coldhearted wife, Macy. How unfair to keep his promise at the expense of the living, long after Macy died.SUSPENSE: Someone was in cahoots with the (view spoiler)[banker. Who is "the person" in the passenger seat? Who is he conniving with on the phone? (hide spoiler)] Duh. It was obvious. Also, why didn't anyone suspect that ___ killed ___? It seems obvious. The timing is a dead give-away, right? There is clear motive. This is a small town, but the investigation was immediately closed for lack of suspects. Wanted a slightly different ending. It was okay, but abrupt. Needed an epilogue.CONTENTS: Racial slurs (the N word), explicit sex (about nine scenes, different couples), swearing, religious profanity, vicious dog fight scene, rape, gang rape.

  • S.M. West
    2019-01-12 10:09

    5 'Belle Terre' STARSI really enjoy SB's stories. They're engrossing, with a cast of interesting and diverse characters, several story lines that in some way or another manage to intertwine and always a good mystery to solve. I have to say this one is my favourite, so far. Like Heaven, Louisiana, on the banks of the Bayou, where this story takes place, this tale is dark, languid and captivating. I listened to this novel and the voice of Dick Hill was wonderfully alluring with his variety of accents from Cash Boudreaux's Cajun drawl to Schuyler Crandall's proper southern lilt to Mark's Boston twang. I loved every minute and while I know Cash was an arrogant, skirt chaser who could be one mean bastard, I adored him! Every scene with him was priceless!I also couldn't help myself from smiling each and every time I heard one of those innocuously simple phrases revolving around Heaven, like "I can't wait to get out of Heaven" or "Take me to Heaven." The double entendres were divine and just added to the depth and temptation of this tale.I highly recommend this book for all SB fans, or readers who love a rich, compelling tale with a real good mystery and sensuality!

  • Donnelle
    2018-12-31 13:59

    This book has been reviewed umpteen times, so adding mine to the mix seems a little redundant, but I felt like I could share some information that might make the decision of whether or not to read this book easier for others. I wanted to read this years ago, but after reading reviews chock-full of less than positive things to say about the "hero," I postponed actually doing so until very recently. I'm glad that I finally read it, because both the book and Cash weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. The plot isn't anything groundbreaking, and if you've read a romance or two, you can pretty much predict what's going to happen. The heroine isn't particularly special, in my view - she had moments where she was strong, and others when she could've used more of a backbone. She and Cash do have quite a bit of chemistry and sexual tension, though, which is more than enough to hold the reader's interest. What sets this book apart (and made me give it 3 stars, though 3.5 is probably more accurate) is that Sandra Brown took a real chance in creating a lead male character who does and says things that are not what one would expect from a typical romance novel hero. This also tends to be what makes some people really despise this book. Prior to reading it, I wish I had known more about Cash's behavior, because I was imagining pretty terrible stuff, and while he's not as bad as I feared, there is a good reason that a lot of people seem to hate him. I normally steer clear of including spoilers in my reviews. In this case, though, I feel like they're kind of necessary. So, in the interest of providing potential readers with more Cash-related information (the kinds of things I would've liked to know before reading the book), the following will have spoilers aplenty, so proceed with caution. :) Spoiler Space . . . . . . . . . . First, I thought I'd tackle the infamous "I should've raped you when I had the chance line." It's not entirely out of place in the context of the conversation in which this line is uttered, but that doesn't make it an appropriate thing to say. The sentiment could've expressed much better, and in such a way that it wouldn't have completely turned off a relatively large contingent of readers. I understand that Cash has a lot of rough edges, and he does and says what he wants, but I think this line was a bit too over the top, even for him, and I don't quite understand why Brown wrote the line the way she did. That being said, though I didn't like the line and wish it would have been reworded, at the end of the day, it wasn't such a big deal. The heroine didn't even react to it (which she absolutely should have), and the moment passed very quickly. It was just. . . Cash being Cash, and as this line signifies, he is something of an acquired taste. And now, for the other women. Cash is typical of a large amount of other romance heroes in that he begins the book having the reputation of sleeping with many, many women. He is also in the midst of an affair with a married woman, with whom he continues to have sex even after he and the heroine have slept together. It is important to note a couple of things here: first, it is clear that the affair is a matter of both Cash and the woman using each other for sex, and absolutely nothing more. Secondly, when he sleeps with her after he and Schyler have hooked up, it is after he and Schyler have fought, and she's said some things that hurt him (though he didn't let her know that). Also, he and Schyler were not together in the relationship-sense. So, in his desire to escape his feelings, after the fights (then hooking up with Schyler and fighting again), he goes to the other woman a couple of times. He doesn't end things with this other woman until the book is more than 3/4 of the way over. Then, too, there is an incident with another woman (one close to Schyler) near the end of the book, but in that instance, nothing really happens, as he is just putting on an act in order to get some information from her. Still, it was less than pleasant to read. Now, I *hate* infidelity and cheating of any kind in books (and everywhere else), and I definitely didn't like reading about it here. That said, again, Cash and Schyler weren't actually in an acknowledged relationship until the end of the book. And it was made quite clear that with the other woman, it was just sex. On the other hand, he had real feelings for Schyler (and he'd had those feelings for quite some time), and it is that emotion and heat that makes his time with Schyler infinitely more significant. Still, the hero sleeping with someone else is not my cup of tea, and I know that that holds true for others, as well. It could've been much worse than it was, though, and reading about his dissatisfaction with his encounters with the other woman helped to make it a little more tolerable. Even though he says and does some relatively hateful things, Cash isn't a bad guy. He's full of hurt, anger, resentment, and bitterness, and it is those things that guide and influence his behavior. It is also those things, and the readers knowledge of them, that makes him more understandable, and makes the reader root for him to find some peace and happiness. The scenes with Cash and Schyler have a lot of heat and are very steamy, and the reader knows that each has feelings for the other. That isn't openly communicated until the end, and while it was poignant, the scene almost seemed too short and over too soon. The book has flaws - lots of them. Cash is hot and alpha (almost to a fault), and full of angst. He is not a "hero" for everyone, but given his past and his issues, he is still someone to whom a lot of readers will respond positively. So, if you're in the mood for a relatively predictable story with lots of heat and passion, and a far-from-perfect hero, you should give this one a try.

  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    2018-12-21 10:44

    03/10/2013 -- RereadOverall Rating = 5 StarsBook Cover / Book Blurb = 4 / 5 = 3.5 StarsWriter’s Voice = 3 StarsCharacter Development = 3 StarsStory Appreciation = 3.5 StarsWorth the Chili = 5 Stars [$4.74 Amazon – $4.99 on B&N]Okay -- really 3.5 Stars, but I won't change my rating because this book still stands out in my mind. I originally read it when first released in 1988 and it was a break out book. First time I'd read the word "fuck" in a mainstream book by a mainstream author. Cash is the very definition of a "bad boy". I read so much and expect so much more now, but still a very good read. I'm in a very different place with my reading preferences than I was in 1988. A whole lifetime ago...Happy Reading!============================================Okay, you know some books stay with you forever. This is one of those books for me. Sandra Brown surprised the hell out of me when I first read this way back when first published. I had read all her books and had followed her up from the serial romances. She really stepped out with this book, stepped back to safer territory and never stepped out again.Some of her later books don't hold my interest, i.e. Rainwater. I think this book was very gutsy. Her characters were vulger, but for a reason - they were in character. I really liked this book and now have a Nook and can't find an eBook version. So, Sandra, if you read this, would love to know why some of your books you've published as eBooks and others not. I'd love to review this for you.

  • Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
    2019-01-03 13:12

    Another Brown favorite of mine with two reviews - one at AudioGals and another at Speaking of AudiobooksNarrated by Dick HillAfter a few spectacular fails with Brown’s earlier releases, I picked up Slow Heat in Heaven with more than a little trepidation. I found I couldn’t resist the descriptions I was hearing of Cash Boudreaux, an edgy, disdainful, and highly sexual hero who holds society’s rules in disregard. Published in 1988, Brown scandalized romance readers with this raw, scary tale that is similar to a modern Southern gothic tale. Although Cash’s behavior was the big talk at the time, both Cash and heroine Schyler Crandell’s behavior caused eyebrows to lift.Schyler returns to Louisiana after a six-year absence when her father’s life is threatened by a heart attack. The home where she grew up has a name, Belle Terre – it’s the modern version of a Southern plantation. The money behind the family’s wealth is from logging rather than cotton and with Schyler’s father in the hospital, there is only one person who knows how to keep the logging business afloat – Cash.Schyler is not a heroine I could refer to as “warm” and, at times, I had to remind myself that I did actually “like” her character despite her knee-jerk reactive dialogue and occasional foolish actions. But the more important character here is the outrageous Cash. Read the rest of the review at AudioGals. audiobook review written for Speaking of Audiobooks 6/17/10:Narrated by Dick HillI really enjoyed this one but that statement carries this disclaimer – it’s best to read Slow Heat in Heaven (originally published in 1988) as general fiction rather than romance. In today’s romance community, the lead male character is unlikely to make the grade as a romance hero and the heroine’s actions may disqualify her as a romance lead as well. Although there is a sensuous love story within, I viewed Slow Heat in Heaven more as a sultry contemporary Southern tale of a wealthy family on the verge of losing it all. Numerous conflicts both within the family and among other secondary characters abound as well as just plain misery. But regardless of what one thinks of the content, this is a superb audio presentation. Dick Hill’s performance is one I’ll long remember, especially his portrayal of Cash – complete with a strong, convincing Cajun accent. I actually accepted Cash in audio much more readily than in print. The numerous Louisiana accents of the multiple characters are easily distinguishable providing the ability to recognize a character by voice alone. As the storyline shifts and gains traction, appropriate emotion and purpose ring true in each character’s voice. Dick Hill gains new respect from me with this narration.

  • Zeek
    2018-12-26 10:48

    Re-read this one not long ago so I can get a review up on one of my all time favs.Written the age of big hair and big drama, Slow Heat In Heaven takes place in the bayou. Full of sultry heat and family secrets, it’s still a book you can sink into and forget life for a little awhile with. When picking it up recently, I thought I’d just nose through it to refresh my memory, but I completely engaged once again- from the first sentence.Schyler Crandall, the bell of the parish, and the adopted daughter of the most powerful man in Heaven, Louisiana has returned. Cotton Crandall is on his death bed, as is his life’s work, and Schyler is determined to not let either happen.Soon after arrival she decides to restart the once successful logging family empire her gambler brother-in-law ran into the ground, but a series of devastating accidents is about to shut it all down once again. who's behind them and why? Well that secret is as mysterious as the individual whom the sleazy bank manager is working with behind the scenes to destroy the Crandalls.Her viperish younger sister whose lies cut deeper than Schyler could imagine is a possibility. And then there’s proud, ex-military, Cash Boudreaux who knows way more about the Crandalls than he should.Schyler’s drawn to him though she knows him to be the same bad boy who raised hell in Heaven, La all her life. Still, he’s the only one she can trust to set things right- even though trust is probably the last thing she should place in him- because he’s got the biggest secret of them all.It’s steamy. It’s over-wrought. But it aint boring. I still love this book.

  • Lisa Kay
    2018-12-24 08:59

    Not everyone's idea of a hero, but man did this book make my pulse pound.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-01-17 15:45

    The first half was pretty good. But by the end it was not to my taste.The major life choices for two of the main characters were questionable, illogical, or not smart. Their reasons were: deathbed promises to others who died. Those promises were harmful or stupid and should not have been kept.The heroine Schyler did several stupid things. Here’s one of them. Someone has been stealing from the company. Cash has someone go through the books to discover who it is. He then tells Schyler who it is and shows her the documents. Instead of being ecstatic at the knowledge, which I would have been, Schyler fires Cash saying he was not authorized to do that - he did not have her permission to go through the books.There are several mean and nasty characters with schemes, secrets, and spies. Some of them reminded me of the scheming smiling villain twisting his mustache. Schyler is trying to save the company and the family home. Villains sabotage. I’m ok with stories having bad guys. Most stories need them, but here there was nobody good to balance it out. Also a bad guy who redeems himself or changes would have been a nice addition.As to romance, Cash wanted her but did not treat her well. After sex he was remote. There were some brief sex scenes, but the narrator ruined them. WRONG NARRATOR FOR THIS BOOK:Dick Hill is a good narrator for crime fiction and other genres, but please keep him away from romance and sex. His interpretation of the hero was repulsive - not sexy. His voice sounded like an overweight lecherous old man. No character had any sex appeal. He read most of the characters with a sarcastic or jeering tone. He used too much sarcasm for the dialogue between Cash and Schyler. Also at times Schyler sounded like a whiny little girl. I would have used a softer and different tone for some of their conversation.Several times the narrator sniffed for different characters. I do not believe the author wrote “sniff” in the text. It didn’t feel right.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 15 hrs and 39 mins. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words, but not often used. Sexual language: moderate to strong, but not often used. Number of sex scenes: about 9, includes three rape scenes, mostly referred to with not much detail. Setting: current day mostly in the small town of Heaven, Louisiana. Book copyright: 1988. Genre: romantic suspense.

  • Cassandra Dexter Colby
    2019-01-03 17:08

    Entretenida, amor y lujo del bueno. Da lo que promete y lo cuenta bien.

  • Caro
    2019-01-14 11:54

    Con protas como Cash, cualquier otro se queda corto. Leí esta novela hace añares y todavía funciona para mí. Siempre regreso a ella, a releer algunas escenas. La química entre los protagonistas es alucinante.

  • -y.a
    2019-01-08 13:50

    It took me a while to nail this book down. The heroine is the worse MC in all Brown’s books I have read. A judgemental, TSTL. ignorant bitch. Most of the characters in there filled me with revulsion. Seriously.

  • Anne OK
    2018-12-20 10:56

    Loved this one from the fab Sandra Brown when I first read it back in the 80s and am so excited to be able to download SHiH now, along with other SB favs to my Kindle and cherish them forever.

  • Nikki ღ Navareus
    2019-01-06 13:02

    ***THREE STARS***This story was a great little mystery, with all the characters having their own selfish agendas. It was impossible to guess what would happen next as the story played out and all the selfish, manipulative, back stabbing characters showed their true colors.I love asshole heroes, and Cash was Asshole Perfection. And Smokin' HOT too. The only issue I had with this story was Schyler completely rubbed me the wrong way in this story. From her heartlessly murdering dogs, to her judgmental bitchiness towards Cash through the whole story, I just never warmed up to her. This story would have been a solid 4 Stars for me if Schyler had been a little more likable in it. That being said, rest of the story was fantastic! (view spoiler)[Thank you, Sweet Anna for another awesome recommend!!!(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Courtnie
    2019-01-14 11:42

    Here's a quote:Schyler pushed him away and wiped his kiss off her mouth. Her breasts rose and fell with indignation, and to her mortification, arousal. "I should have shot you when I had the chance.”He gave her a slow, lazy smile. “And I should have raped you when I had my chance. ’Night, Miss Schyler.” He turned his back on her and sauntered off into the darkness."This book is outrageously dated. I'm not sure what number this book falls on in terms of Sandra Brown's big back list, but it's most definitely an early one - written sometime in the eighties.Beyond stomaching the racist and sexist underlying ideals of the deep south, and the jack-leg of a hero and the annoyingly forgiving and patient heroine, and the mention of sex (whether violent, non-consensual, or just plain disturbing)in nearly every chapter, yes, beyond all that, it's boring and it drags. So many of the aforementioned items are used to titillate to distract you from the fact that the story is barely moving along. So, I pretty much hated it. (view spoiler)[I've never been so happy for poorly plotted explosion, ever. My only regret is that I wish more people would have blown up with it in the end. Like everyone. (hide spoiler)]The only interesting thing about this book is that I could see all the early hallmarks of the Sandra Brown that I've come to love. Layered characters, layered plots, layered secrets and lots of action right up until the end. Oh, and where SB's more recent books are thrillers with a side of romance, this book heavily leans towards romance.

  • Robin
    2018-12-19 09:03

    Schyler Crandall left home six years ago when she found out her sister was pregnant with her fiance's baby. But when her father has a massive heart attack, she returns home to Belle Terre to find her family's business, Crandall Logging, on the edge of bankruptcy with a huge loan payment coming due. In order to save the business, Schyler must put her trust into Cash Boudreaux, a man who grew up on Belle Terre property but was never part of the family.I think I waited about 20 years too long to read this book. What I might have liked in the late 80's or 90's doesn't appeal to me now. The heroine is somewhat likeable but has too many TSTL moments. She also has way too many blind spots when it comes to her family. Cash is alpha to the extreme. He broods, he drinks, and he has sex with every woman in the county. I didn't like that he was seeing other women when he was with Schyler. That was a big turn off.There were far too many villains in this book. It got very hard to find someone to root for. But, I can still say that the story was still very readable and I wanted to see how it ended. I would call this book a stepping stone for Sandra Brown. My rating: 2.5 Stars.

  • Jamie
    2019-01-05 15:51

    Read this one years ago in paperback! At some point I have to go through all these SB books and try to remember which ones I read already. I went through a big Sandra Brown faze a good while back. She's a queen in the rom suspense genre!

  • Alexa Ayana
    2018-12-28 16:51

    kutulis reviewnya kelak saat aku baca utk ke 12x nya. buku antihero murni terbaik pertamaku, dan ingat ini ditulis 25 tahun lalu sebelum anti hero jadi mainstream di mayoritas novel masa kini.

  • Yolanda
    2019-01-05 13:46

    MARAVILLOSO, me ha encantado!!!!

  • Oana
    2019-01-11 09:01

    One of my adolescence obsessive reads. I regret nothing :D

  • Glen
    2018-12-27 17:03

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.Turgid Southern Gothic. The adopted daughter of an old Louisiana family comes back to the old manor, finding her relatives, her old Cajun crush, and a bunch of secrets.Okay for an afternoon reading, if you like this sort of thing.

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-01-02 11:45

    This is not an easy book to rate, because there were times I loved it and times I wanted to throw it in the wall (figuratively speaking since it's an audiobook!). The heroine, Schyler, returns to her hometown Heaven, because her father had a heart attack. She belongs to one of the most prominent families in the area, because of her father's successful lumberjack business. Her sister and brother in law (to whom Schyler was once engaged) are now running the business, which doesn't seem to be going very well lately. Schyler decides to try and save the business, but to do that she needs the help of the one man her employees are willing to trust: Cash Boudreau. Cash is the bastard son of Monique, wild and untamed -and sexy as hell- as the bayou he lives in. And of course their chemistry is sizzling hot, despite their different social statuses and backgrounds.Well Cash was Sexy and some of the love scenes were very hot, but the overall feel of the book was that of a Danielle Steel novel, rather than a pure romance. Also Cash's behavior was questionable sometimes, making him less than a perfect hero. But my main problems with the book were two: 1. I didn't like the narrator at all (so people with paperback copies, skip that part). He made Cash sound like a 60 year old mountaineer with little to no contact with the civilized world, rather than a sexy young man. I really, really hated his narration where Cash was concerned, which unfortunately was a lot. I couldn't get a sexy image out of his freaking accent and he ruined Cash for me:(2. I didn't feel the love between Cash and Schyler. There certainly was a lot of lust and passion between them, but Cash didn't leave much ground for intimacy and closeness in another level. He was cold, deliberately mean and completely disrespectful to his treatment towards the heroine, and though that was in accordance with his character, it left me wondering where or how his feelings for her, went from lust to love. I could better believe heroine's crush for Cash, but I also have to believe she had a soft spot of domineering men, by the way she accepted his not so kind treatment of her. Be warned, that I've had more or less, the same issues with Linda Howard's After the Night, which most readers have loved, and which IMO is quite similar with this one. It also takes place in the wider New Orleans area, the hero and heroine belong to different social backgrounds (though the roles were reversed in that one) and the lust/passion between the hero and heroine are sizzling hot, plus there's plenty of mystery & intrigue in the back side. So, people who've read and loved that book, should definitely ignore my review and go grab this one as well.

  • Megan
    2018-12-21 08:54

    You know when they say it's so bad that it's good? This is that book. The "hero" is an asshole. He's got a major freeway on his shoulder and for most of the book, is quite cruel. The "heroine" often acts stupid and immature, sees herself a martyr, and is overall a drama queen. Think Rhett and Scarlett in Gone With The Wind, less the epic scale and depth of its characters, particularly Tara, then pump it full of steroids to seem like it has scale and depth. A major character in this story IS the Tara-esque Belle Terre that heroine acknowledges holds her soul and is a major driver of characters' actions and motivations.I would rate this somewhere between 2.5 to 4, so I put 3-stars. The story is "ok" to "liked it"; it's atypical Sandra Brown in not being a rom suspense, not quite romance novel, but shows its date via somewhat abusive hero's characterization.What makes it a 4-star is Dick Hill's narration. In a word: awesome. His "voice" actually made me want to know the rest of the story, despite how awful I found the characters to be and how they failed to elicit my sympathy. Really, I didn't care about any of these people, least of all what happens to them, but Dick Hill's narration kept the earbuds glued to my outer ear canal.You have to listen to decide for yourself.