Driving Heat (Nikki Heat #7) by Richard Castle (Mystery)

Driving HeatRichard Castle, New York Times mega-bestselling mystery writer and star of ABC’s hit primetime show Castle is back. In the seventh novel of his popular Nikki Heat series, the NYPD’s top homicide detective has been promoted to captain just in time to face a thrilling case with a very personal twist. Captain Heat’s fiancé, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jameson Rook, is deep in an investigation. Professionally for Heat, Rook’s meddling in the case compromises her new job. Privately, it becomes an early test of their engagement when Rook becomes a distraction at best, and an obstacle at worst, as their parallel lives not only cross, but collide.

Stars: 3/5

I’m still not entirely sure I like this book series. I love Castle, the television show, and every time I read one of these books I envision it as the Nikki Heat books that they talk about on the show, but they never feel like something the Richard Castle from the show would write and I just can’t. These books seem like fluff pieces compared to the “bestsellers” they are made out to be on the show. I enjoy the books, but I’d like them to focus a little more on the crime and a little less on Nikki Heat’s and Jameson Rook’s relationship. The show has a good way of giving both the attention they deserve while the books seem to focus more on the romance. This was an interesting version since the crime involved Rook and it made Nikki come to terms with herself on her relationship with Rook, there was still a little too much focus on the romance, but it was more evenly distributed. I keep buying and reading the books, but mostly because I keep hoping they’ll get better.

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