230 pp. // Contemp. Romance // Carina Press // August 2011
SUMMARY: Charlie and Bastian, aka Honeypot and Dr. Hot, are sex-pert radio hosts whose show covers any and everything under the sun regarding relationships and sex. Off-air, Charlie is a bombshell who’s open and upfront with her sexuality, while Bastian is a good-boy doctor. The two have been friends for years and Bastian has been secretly in love with Charlie for almost just as long.
When Bastian finally admits his feelings to Charlie, Charlie’s intrigued by the thought of sex with Bastian but she refuses to commit to more for fear of losing her best friend to a doomed relationship. Bastian is desperate to show Charlie that they can be great together and proposes a bet: can he get Charlie to agree to marriage before she can seduce him to bed? It’s a battle of willpower as they both try to get the other to crumble first, and in this case, all’s fair in love and sex.
Turn It Up was a fun take on the “friends to lovers” storyline. The sex show radio host career was unique and played well into setting the scene of Charlie and Bastian’s relationship. In fact, the best part about the story is the on-air banter between Dr. Hot and Honeypot. Their chemistry is almost tangible, it’s that potent, which makes for many “LOL” moments while reading. As far as their off-air personality, Bastian is a tried and true good-guy while Charlie is the one with relationship-phobia. While I usually enjoy plots where the hero chases the heroine, Charlie’s reasons for rejecting the idea of a relationship with Bastian quickly became obnoxious and unmerited. I get that she didn’t want to ruin her friendship, but after a while all her reasons sounded like excuses. Bastian’s sweet nature made up for Charlie’s flaky personality, though (hint: their perfect date!).
Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable romp with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and scorching teasers. Definitely the type of story that will have you sneaking in pages during downtime and in between work breaks.