14 Jul '14

A Nix Review – Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl (4.5 Stars)

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Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl
Published by Harlequin on 2014-07-01
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
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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….

FTC : I requested this book for a fair and honest review.

This is a novella which starts a new series by Victoria Dahl. I always request new books from Ms Dahl as her writing seems to hit the right buttons with me. This one made me so excited for the rest of the series; it was hot, sexy and yet totally heart-warming. It is a very good, easy read…. I have requested the next in the series.

With a mature heroine and a mature, firefighter hero, there was a lot to this book that I was excited about. Jake and Lauren have been edging around each other for a while, their sense of what is right keeping them from acting upon their very apparent attraction. After realising that no one actually cares if they are acting upon it, they each start to tentatively explore the others feelings. I say start tentatively because it heats up very very quickly. The only question that remains is whether this is a one-time deal or something a lot more meaningful.

I loved both of the characters in this one and that helped me enjoy this novella. Lauren is a complete contradiction of strait-laced librarian and sexy, take-what-she-needs lover. Jake is just perfect. A widower who is ready to try to love again, he is completely wonderful to read about as he tries to convince Lauren that what he wants is her, not a replacement for his wife. It’s all so … yummy!

Overall, this was fun as a a read and it’s convinced me to try the rest of the series…need I say more?

 

four-half-stars

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