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Turnin Up the Heat: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols Week Hosted by Kate

Hello there! The wonderful Katelyn at Tales of Books and Bands is geniusly hosting Jennifer Echols Week! Magan and I are huge Echols fans, and we have been since before we started writing our blog. She is so so skilled at chemistry, tension, those delectable sexy moments, and creating fantastically addicting stories.

To celebrate Katelyn’s event, I decided to re-read Forget You this past weekend. It’s one of my top Echols books (Going Too Far holds my heart still); main character Zoey is dealing with problems at home with her dad marrying a very young woman he impregnanted and her mom not taking it well. Things get undeniably worse when she is in a car accident and can’t remember a thing about right before the accident or during. All she knows is Doug Fox, who outwardly despises her, is suddenly not letting her out of his sight and thinking they have a “thing”. Cute boy, a mystery, and a girl with a lot on her plate. Sounds fun, right?

This book was practically sizzling in my hands. The love/hate relationship, the unknowns, and the attraction between Doug and Zoey made this a total page-turner.

So today I’m dissecting the heat. Because how hot is hot? I guess we’ll find out with help from some of my favorite “boyfriends”.


Imagine the Florida Panhandle at the end of summer. It’s warm and steamy with lots of beach parties, topless boys, and a gorgeous ocean to cool off. (Three of my favorite things.) Plus Zoey, our main character, has some of her shoreline practically in her own backyard. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

survey says:

Rather Be Reading Turnin Up the Heat Zac Efron Rating

What does this mean? Pretty close to sizzling perfection. (Look at those eyes! Wait. Must focus on book.)

main character.

Not only is Zoey pretty and super fit (she’s captain of the swim team!) but she’s really good at taking care of people. Even when they screw her over. Even though she spends most of the book trying to figure out just what happened the day of the accident and working through all the changes in her family, you have to admire her for her dedication.

survey says:

Rather Be Reading Turnin Up the Heat Ryan Gosling Rating

What does this mean? Hey girl, I’m seriously intrigued even if you act kind of crazy in this book. P.S. You are H-O-T.

the boy.

Doug Fox is part Asian, has great hair, long eyelashes, a swimmer’s bod, and a great musical laugh. (According to Zoey.) He can be sort of bratty though and has a little temper but that fiery spirit makes him oh-so delicious because he’s kind of unattainable. And he keeps you on your toes. Did I mention he’s a great kisser and has gorgeous green eyes? And a killer bod? (He also has a job even if it kind of sucks because he works with his not-so nice dad. Oh — he also likes to read!)

survey says:

 Rather Be Reading Turnin Up the Heat Jeremy Jordan Rating

What does this mean? I know, I know. A lot of people have no idea who Jeremy Jordan is (Broadway star) but if any of you caught SMASH you would know he is so fitting for Doug. Brooding and sort of mysterious and kind of a bad boy (a.k.a. seriously misunderstood)? That is the kind of oh-my-gosh I can’t breathe sort of scorching leading man I love.

the chemistry:

Doug Fox is the kind of guy you want stuck with you in small spaces like the back of a police car or on a school bus. (Seriously.) I feel like he just looks at you and you feel tingly and your clothes kind of start falling of. I’m not kidding! Zoey tries so hard to remain resistant of his charms (and his eyes) but it’s really really hard + the slow burn of their tension-filled relationship (laced with all this mystery) practically sets the book on fire.

survey says:

Rather Be Reading Turnin Up the Heat Channing Tatum Rating

What does this mean? Look at that smolder. Channing Tatum, Magic Mike, THOSE ABS — Zoey and Doug’s chemistry is obvious off-the-charts blazing. If that’s not reason to pick up this book, I don’t know what is.

Are you done fanning yourself yet?

Then I think it’s about time you made Forget You yours. Heatwave and all.

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July 21, 2013 - 1:27 am

Alexa Y. - I might be a wee bit obsessed with your ratings system(s) in this post. You picked some VERY hot boys indeed! On the other hand, I’m pretty excited to read FORGET YOU soon because it does sound like the kind of book I’d truly enjoy. I think that the combination of good characters + sparks + an awesome setting is always a good thing 🙂

July 15, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - You win all the awards. xo

July 14, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Easily the best rating system I’ve seen. I haven’t read much of Jennifer Echols (only her boys next door which I didn’t love) but I know her more serious stuff is supposed to be very different so she is definitely someone I need to read.

July 11, 2013 - 12:32 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Forget You-too dramatic-give me The Boys Next Door or Major Crush but I *really* like the pictures here. Isn’t Jeremy Jordan filming The Last 5 Years with Anna Kendrick (answer: yes) Will I be seeing that opening weekend? (Answer: YES!)

July 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Katelyn - This post is made out of absolutely PURE AWESOMENESS! I love all the hotties you used to rate this book; I mean come on you have Channing and Zac in the same vicinity. My heart could hardly handle it! Forget You happens to be my absolute favorite of hers and I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said. The characters, the setting, the steamy romance…it is all so deserving of hot heads on popsicle sticks 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:40 pm

tabithasbookblog - I love the rating system!! And I love Forget You – it’s actually my favorite Jennifer Echols book. (:

July 10, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - BAHAHA OMG! This is the best post ever, you guys! Look at all the handsome!! *drools*

July 10, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Daphne - i love me some Jennifer Echols & i haven’t read this one yet, but I’m on top of that, Rose!

July 10, 2013 - 11:38 am


LOVE IT! *wipes up drool*

July 10, 2013 - 11:25 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - This is the the best rating system ever. EVER. You should win an award. 😀

July 10, 2013 - 9:46 am

Cassie - Lets get real, Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling on popsicle sticks? Did you make real life versions of these? Cuz i want them; stat!

ANYWAY! I’m done drooling, anything that gets 5 Channing’s is WORTH IT FOR ME!!! And this post is so great, LOVE IT!!

And makes me super happy that FORGET YOU is my next beach read! WOOHOOOOOO!! <3

July 10, 2013 - 8:31 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - OMG I absolutely love this post! The rating system? Genius. (Although – why isn’t Joshua Jackson on here?!) Your review makes me want to buy the book ASAP.. in fact I’m pretty sure I will since I’ve been meaning to read another Jennifer Echols book anyway 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:23 am

I still haven’t read Forget You but definitely will soon. 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 5:36 am

VeganYANerds - Jennifer deserves for it to be her week, every week! Going Too Far is defo my fave of hers too (SO GOOD!) and now I want to re-read it.

Love your ratings!

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