I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Jackson: Girl's Night Out #0.5
Published by Harlequin HQN on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Burning for you...
Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment, librarian Lauren Foster can't help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs by…shirtless. They've always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable desire between them.
Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren's around, but once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there's no turning back. No matter how often she says she's all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild in the best possible way. Maybe she's just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected….
My review of Fanning the Flames was originally posted on the Naughty Ninjas website.
Thanks to the ladies for allowing me to repost the review here.
Oooh, now I do love me some silver-fox action. My ninjas know this, and there has been provision of said mature protagonists from them. However, I am always on the lookout for more.
Victoria Dahl, I loved your work before. After reading Fanning the Flames, I shall be pimping your work even more mercilessly than before.
Here are my thoughts on Fanning the Flames:
I may still be in my thirties, but I still read characters that are younger than me. Why shouldn’t I read characters that are upwards of my own age? In Lauren and Jake, Victoria has created a wonderfully real and ridiculously hot couple, who just happen to be the other side of 40. They’ve lived their lives and they’ve been the responsible parents, and for differing reasons, they’ve found themselves single, footloose and fancy-free.
I love that Lauren is forward and that she doesn’t sugarcoat things. She has life experience, and isn’t ashamed of it. And Jake, if you want to run shirtless at 46, you go right ahead. I love that he has a good relationship with his adult daughter, and that he isn’t made out to be totally clueless Dad.
The fact that their relationship has grown from a friendship, and that neither is clueless about the other’s past, is refreshing.
Stretch marks and gray hair aside, these two generate some serious heat. Victoria Dahl does the sexytimes VERY, VERY well!
While this is not a very long book, novella-length at 60 pages, Fanning the Flames has done an awesome job of setting up the series, and I didn’t feel as if I missed out on anything. Hey, I got to imagine a hot older fireman running around sans-chemise…I’m cool with that!