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February 13th, 2012

5 of 52

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1)
by Richard Castle

2 of 5 stars
Read in February, 2012

Fortunately, my expectations for this book were not high, so I suffered no sting of disappointed expectations.

It is a book "by" the character played by Nate Fillon on the TV show Castle. I enjoy Fillon, I enjoy the show, so I thought it would be a pleasant diversion to read the tie-in.

The problem is that in the TV show Rick Castle is presented as not only a successful, but a good writer of the genre, and his heroine, Nikki Heat, as being sexy, strong, and compelling. Alas, the book is average at best, bordering on mediocre, and Nikki is self-indulgent, and condescending, bordering on mean.

Next time I'm tempted to pick up a Nikki Heat book, I think I'll just pop in a Castle DVD. I don't like the heroine any better, but I like the surrounding characters MUCH more.