Hot weather and hot sex steam up these three action-filled, suspenseful stories. Leigh's entry is especially heavy on the sex, and animal lovers should beware
-- there isn't a happy ending for one character.
In "Tropical Heat," by Adair, all Dr. Beth Goodall wanted was an adventure. But she ends up kidnapped by a warlord, then rescued by Sam Pelton, who she thinks is a rather stoic teacher. Boy, is she in for a surprise!
Leigh's "Atlantic Heat" finds Emerson Delaney kidnapped in retaliation against her admiral godfather. She is soon in the care of Navy SEAL Mason March, a man she's lusted after for more than two years.
Being paired with hunky police detective Seth King for the two-day survival scavenger hunt in the Grand Canyon puts a damper on the event for ADA Elena Martinez. The real damper, though, is a dead criminal's father, who's out for revenge in Gerard's "Desert Heat." (St. Martin's, Jul., 352 pp., $7.99)