‘Heat’ dishes it out


Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.

Sometimes, your entire life feels like a recipe for drama.

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“Can’t Stand the Heat” by Shelly Ellis, c. 2013, Kensington Dafina, $15, 296 pages.

Oh, you really hate it and you’d like to wipe your plate clean of it all, but that’s never gonna happen. No matter what’s cooking around you, there’s always an extra ingredient to increase the tension: raw emotion, sliced egos, boiling tempers, a teaspoon of tears, a pinch of regret, and two cups of family. It’s a daily dish you wish you didn’t have, and you’re not alone. In the new book, “Can’t Stand the Heat” by Shelly Ellis, drama causes quite a stir.

Embody grace and glamour, always. Be the image of perfection, especially to men. Don’t go after someone your sister called dibs on. Have a second-stringer in the works before you leave a man, and be sure you take everything you can on your way out.

Those were just a few of the Gibbons Family rules, passed down from Grandma Althea, now enforced by Mama Yolanda. All the Gibbons girls followed the rules – except Lauren.

Looking for something lightly romantic but with a touch of spice? Then “Can’t Stand the Heat” should be at the top of the menu.

Like any good book cook, author Shelly Ellis changes up the standard boy-meets-girl recipe by adding in a bit of comedic drama in the form of four gold-digging women who stop at nothing to fleece their men.

As the first novel in a new series, this book is perfect for a vacation, beach, or weekend read and will make you hungry for the next installment. If “Can’t Stand the Heat” sounds tasty to you, then dish it up quick.

Terri Schlichenmeyer never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 books.

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