Naked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2) by Richard Castle

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2)

An infamous gossip columnist is fatally stabbed in the back. The story circles a Yankees pitcher, a pop star, and an actor's apparently accidental overdose. Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook trade barbs and innuendos while on the trail of a murderer.

Details Naked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2)

TitleNaked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2)
Release DateSep 28th, 2010
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime

Reviews Naked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2)

  • Jayson
    (B+) 78% | GoodNotes: A complex plot, but seeded well enough that revelations and sudden turns don't feel grafted, but sprout organically.
  • Kevin Fanning
    As a fairly straight-forward work of mystery fiction, THREE STARS. People are murdered, clues are discovered, twists and turns, a narrow escape, a revelation, a sudden dead-end, kissy kissy, frantic chase, mystery solved, wait or is it?, ok now yes, mystery solved. Or something like that? I don't know. That's not the part I was paying attention to.BECAUSE as a cultural artifact that is such an engaging, layered and thoughtful piece of fan-fiction...
  • Mojca
    I’m happy to report, this was a huge improvement from the previous book (Heat Wave). While the first one came through as more of an inside joke, riding the tidal wave of the Castle TV show and seemed more like a fanfiction than an actual book written by a “New York Times Bestselling Author”, this one actually read like a book.The writing and style was the first obvious improvement, the characters had (a little) more depth— though still no...
  • K.
    14/7/2016So apparently my reading tastes have changed A LOT in the past five years. Because this was like wading through quicksand, and I could only get through 102 pages before I gave up and abandoned it. Really, this is self-insert fan-fiction of a fictional world. Like, it's supposed to be written by a fictional character. About a fictional version of himself and fictional versions of his friends. I gave very few fucks about the case, and give...
  • Jacob the Bookworm
    "I've been thinking about how ugly gossip is. How it victimizes people, but how as much as we say we hate it, we still feed on it like it was crack.” This book was really good. I mean, it's no literary great, but it's still good. It reads just like an episode of Castle, with the chapters breaks being where the commercial breaks would be. I wouldn't recommend this to people who have either never seen the Castle or dislike it. The characters in t...
  • Porque me apetece
    Como me pasó con el primer libro de la serie Castle, lo he devorado. La verdad es que recomiendo mucho estos libros si sois fans de la serie porque son muy muy parecidos a sus capítulos. Me gustan la intriga que tiene, la cantidad de sospechosos, como están todos relacionados y sobretodo la relación que tienen los protagonistas, es decir, Rook, Nikki, Laury y los Roach.Me encanta porque no he sabido descubrir quien era el asesino hasta el fin...
  • B
    It sounds kind of stupid in this day and age, but this book was written with a kind of sexist mentality. Usually the sex of the (anonymous) author plays only a little into the writing, and rarely detracts from the story, but this whole thing is a bad joke. The story is supposed to be about this awesome female detective, but it undermines that whole idea repeatedly. It makes multiple commentary within the writing of the character being "balsy" as...
  • Shala Howell
    I admit it. I enjoy watching Nathan Fillion. I enjoyed watching Firefly more intensely than Castle, but I’m happy that Castle exists because I believe strongly in this man’s right to have a steady acting job so that I can enjoy a steady diet of his roguish sense of humor.As a mostly regular Castle watcher, I noticed a smudge in the line of reality when those Nikki Heat books that Nathan Fillion’s character writes on the show suddenly starti...
  • Marijan
    kad bih ocjenjivao sam krimić, bila bi to solidna trojka. ali sve reference na omijenu seriju, tongue-in-cheek posveta na kraju i činjenica d ase autor ludo zabavljao pišući, podižu ocjenu za 1
  • Andy Angel
    This was a strange one that I'm still trying to get my head around. The general idea is that the book is written by Richard Castle, who is one of the leads in the tv cop show Castle. In the show Castle is an author who is shadowing a police officer (Kate Becket) to see how she works and to use her for the basis of the cop in his novels (Nikki Heat). Together they solve crimes and eventually become an item.So, this story follows the same format on...
  • Mike
    Detective Nikki is on the trail of a murdered, mud-slinging socialite who has more enemies than New York has panhandlers. Among the suspects are a top notch Yankee pitcher, a rock star and his girlfriend, a gourmet chef, and the like.The writing was great, from the characters to the continuity throughout the story, with her writing friend from the first novel, Rook, back for more quips.
  • Jamie
    Another installment for fans of the ABC TV show "Castle", "Naked Heat" continues the adventures of NYPD detective Nikki Heat (based on the TV show character "Kate Beckett") about 6 months after "Heat Wave". Although my primary complaint about "Heat Wave" (the constant use of Nikki Heat's full name throughout the narrative) is still partly there, this book is superior to its predecessor in several ways.First off, there is more to the 2nd novel. Wh...
  • Nola
    3.5 stars. This is the second in the Detective Nikki Heat series that tie in with the TV series Castle. When ruthless gossip columnist Cassidy Towne is murdered, there's no shortage of suspects. But does her murder have anything to do with the deaths of a limo driver and a concierge? And what do a pop star and a baseball star have to do with any of this, not to mention a coyote and a Texan with a penchant for torturing his victims first? The answ...
  • Hristina Tserovska
    Страхотно заплетен случай, хареса ми много повече от първата книга.
  • Сибин Майналовски
    Значително по-добре от първата. И като превод, и като построяване на сюжета, и като заплитане на интригата. И все пак... сериалът... ех, сериалът... 😍
  • David
    My wife and I are fans of Castle on ABC TV.I bought and read "Heat Wave", the first of the two Richard Castle books, as soon as it was published. Mostly I read ebooks on the Kindle. To say I bought the Castle books hardcover means something, I think.As exciting as these thrillers are, I perked up when I found a professional writing lesson. I'm in week 13 of a 52-week online writing course from Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant. If you skip to C...
  • Jenn
    It's not quite as delightful as the last novel novel, but this new production of "Richard Castle" or whoever is writing for him is still pretty darn fun. If it wasn't attached to a television show, this would be, at best, a mid-level airplane read -- the kind of thing it would be fine to pass two hours with in an enclosed space that offers limited options. The attachment to the TV show "Castle," though, makes it an extension of a world I'm alread...
  • Tim
    This is incredibly lame compared to the tv series of all things. Usually, but not always its the other way around. I commend the tv writers and condem this novel. Very lame. 1 of 10 stars
  • Kirsten
    I wish they would write these with less crap. The stories are fun and I love the show. Why can't the books be as clean as the show?!
  • Ylenia
    Estoy encantada con estos libros de verdad. Yo que soy una persona que me he visto Castle desde la temporada uno hasta la octavo y última, de verdad me siento como si realmente estuviera leyendo esos libros que Castle va escribiendo durante la serie o como si estuviera viendo un capítulo. Para mi gusto la trama de la investigación es buenísima, pero además está esa relación entre Nikki y Jameson que a todo fan de Castle le hace recordar la...
  • Sarah
    This review originally posted here.Here’s the thing: I don’t read mysteries. To me, mysteries usually feel contrived, and I don’t really like to feel as though a writer is holding my head and telling me “ssh, not yet.” Usually, I feel like the narrator or writer is keeping things from me, because the characters are working through the mystery as I am. But that doesn’t mean the author doesn’t know the ending; of course, the writer kn...
  • Fen
    I'm amazed at how good these books have been and really quite curious about the ghostwriter. Whoever is in charge of these things has certainly come up with an excellent way to do tie-in novels to the TV show... by making it the fictional creation of a fictional character. You've got most of the characters from the show present (I do miss Alexis in these books), with only slight alterations to make them different from the "real people" they repre...
  • Jennifer Rayment
    Mini Book Review: I have to read these since I am a huge Castle fan, I just can't help myself. I love the fact that they have a picture of Nathan Fillion on the back cover as the author, makes me giggle. I know they are gimmicky and the writing not the best, but I still really enjoy them. This story was no exception. It's fast paced and filled with fun TV style dialogue. The characters are loosely based on the actual characters on the show which ...
  • Donna
    This is a fast, light read, but Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook just aren't as likable as their TV counterparts. The prose is clunky and too full of distracting jargon that interrupts the flow of the story. The mystery is overcomplicated and tedious, partly because so many of the characters (even minor ones) are cut-and-pasted from Castle episodes. Those types of connections were seriously overdone. A few cute callouts to the show would have been fun...
  • Carrie
    Another enjoyable installment from the fictional author, Richard Castle. I'm not giving it a higher rating because it was too easy to put down in the first half. Also, I realize the fictional character of Rook, although charming, doesn't come across as winsome as Nathan Fillion does as Castle in the TV series. Fillion has a little-boy charm about him that makes the self-centeredness and cluelessness come out all right, even if it earns him an eye...
  • Terence M
    An enjoyable read, pretty much following the theme of book 1, but I think it was a bit convoluted and reasonably predictable. Nothing to get excited about, but I need to refrain from reading/listening to one book by a new author (to me), liking it, and then reading/listening to the next in the series almost immediately. I figure this might be spoiling some future reads for me. A reasonable 3.0 stars.
  • Chichipio
    Giving it 2 stars feels a bit harsh because I enjoyed it, but I admit that 3 is a little generous compared to the ratings I've been giving lately. So, 2.5?Also, no review for this one other than what I said in the comment section. They're like Castle fan-fiction but written by pros, so there aren't any typos or grammar issues and the plot progresses smoothly.Anyone who likes Castle should find these entertaining, but don't expect having your mind...
  • Charlotte Anne Hamilton
    Look is this good writing? Nah not really. But it's fun for anyone who's a fan of Castle. I loved that tv show (though U didn't watch the final series cos I felt it went on too long) but omg it's just so fun to be back in this world. I pretty much just read the dialogue in this but really enjoyed it. Not enough to rate it any higher but yeah. I now wanna rewatch the series ahh
  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    This second book was written with more confidence than the first. The characters are filling out with more dimension and make my enjoyment of the series even more.The mystery and murders were well crafted and interesting and I loved the ending!When is Book 3 coming out?
  • Kitten
    I really wanted to love this book, but if I'm honest, I went in with low expectations. When I first read Heat Wave, my expectations were pretty high. Castle is one of my favourite shows and I could not imagine that the Nikki Heat-series would not meet the standards the TV show set. Sadly, I was wrong. And after I didn't like Heat Wave all that much, I was not motivated to read Naked Heat at all - especially because the teaser sounded terribly bor...