ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Heat Wave by Elyse Springer


32673616Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 31, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Sara Walker’s life is going nowhere fast: she has a job she enjoys but doesn’t love, friends who are too busy to hang out with her, and no boyfriend in sight. Then a phone call on a lonely Friday night changes everything, and suddenly she’s spending her weekends with Laura. Newly single and openly bisexual, Laura makes Sara think decidedly not-straight thoughts.

Laura Murphy, with her red hair, freckles, and killer curves, is any guy’s wet dream. But Laura’s done with guys for now, and it’s Sara who can’t stop dreaming about her. When Sara finally gives in to the curiosity, Laura blows her mind and pushes her further than she’s ever gone before.

But Laura makes it very clear that this is only a rebound fling, and she’s still planning to move to California. She’s more than happy to tie Sara up, but she’s not ready to be tied down. If Sara wants to keep her, she’s going to have to work hard to convince Laura that New York is worth staying for . . . and so is she.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: bisexual


TROPES: friends to lovers, dating my ex’s ex, first love
TAGS: contemporary, adult, romance, queer romance, queer characters, BDSM, coming out, sexual content
WARNINGS: mention of cheating, ableism, bimisia / biphobia


The words “bisexual characters” is a foolproof enticement, and the phrase “bisexual girls falling in love” is a surefire way to make me 1-click pre-order a book. Several months back, I ordered this whole series, but when I saw Heat Wave on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist requesting it for the chance to read about Sara and Laura just a bit sooner.

From the very beginning, I was in love with Sara, as I knew more about her due to her presence in Whiteout and Thaw, but Laura was a bit of an enigma as she’d only made a brief appearance thus far. But from the very start of this book, it was clear both of them are amazing. From looking out for each other when they’re out together, to the flirtation, to helping the other discover new things about themselves, to the really hot sexy, and more. They fit together as friends and lovers right away, giving you the rush of satisfaction you get when a puzzle piece effortlessly clicks into place.

One thing I love about Springer’s novels is that the romances don’t seem to happen in a bubble. Instead every single piece of the plot revolving around the main character and love interest as a couple, they’re allowed to grow in other parts of their lives, interact with other people, and have interests outside of their romantic partner. It was really wonderful to see Sara interacting with her current friends–Nate and Abby, the main characters from the first two books–as well as making new friends, and actually taking the time to show that on page.

As anticipated, the sex scenes were as hot as the current summer whether, and the attention to detail and variation in sexual encounters were exciting to read about.

The one thing that bothered me, personally, was towards the end, when the Big Misunderstanding was happening. Laura finds Sara and Tony together and assumes they were sleeping together, and in this scene, and in a later one, she makes a comment about how Sara would of course go back to a man eventually, so she should’ve expected this. Given the context of the novel, and the fact that they both called it “experimenting” for Sara in the beginning and it was never corrected out loud, these moments were not completely unexpected. It did, however, surprise me enough to pull me out of the scene, and I had to step away for a moment to let it settle. It doesn’t change the fact that I otherwise really enjoyed the novel, but I feel I need to put this out there, explicitly, for any other bisexual people who may read this.

Elyse Springer never fails to provide an enthralling story, and she hit the ball out of the park once again with Heat Wave.





Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, El spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.

She’s always happy to chat with other readers, and you can find her online at:


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