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Light My Fire [Kindle Edition]

Jane Graves
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Defense attorney Ethan Millner is paid handsomely for his ability to charm a jury while ruthlessly slashing the prosecution. He’s living life in the fast lane, until he’s slapped with a reckless-driving charge and sentenced to forty hours of community service on a crime-watch patrol. Now he’s under the thumb of the chairperson of the city’s crime-watch council–a beautiful but no-nonsense woman determined to make him pay his debt to society.


Sandy DeMarco is familiar with Ethan’s cutthroat character in the courtroom, as well as his notorious bad-boy reputation with women. Still, when the quiet of Sandy’s neighborhood is shattered by a brutal murder and an employee of hers becomes the prime suspect, Sandy knows the accused’s only hope is the man who will win at any cost. Working alongside Sandy, Ethan begins to feel sparks of attraction that ignite into love–even as a killer burns to silence those who threaten to uncover his secrets. . . .

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From Publishers Weekly

Hidden motives lurk in a homey Texas neighborhood in Graves's deft novel of romantic suspense. Sentenced to 40 hours of community service after a DUI, slick defense attorney Ethan Millner is assigned to a neighborhood crime watch conducted by florist Sandy DeMarco. With her sympathetic heart and old-fashioned values, Sandy represents everything the cold and competitive Ethan claims to despise. Yet her warmth attracts him as much as his charged intensity does her. On patrol one night, the two discover the body of a savagely murdered woman. When a troubled young man Sandy employs is arrested for the murder and then abandoned by his only relative, Sandy persuades the reluctant Ethan to defend the teen pro bono. His investigation exposes the victim's tawdry past, but every new suspect he finds has a solid alibi; meanwhile, Sandy's home is the target of an arson attack that the couple barely escape alive. Graves (Flirting with Disaster, etc.) is a solid storyteller with a confident, convincing voice. Though the mystery is unremarkable and the idea that opposites attract is far from new, most fans of romantic suspense will find this an appealing read.
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About the Author

JANE GRAVES received a B.A. in professional writing in 1978, but several years passed before she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist. Now the author of nine contemporary romance novels, she is a three-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award, the industry’s highest honor, as well as a winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a four-time winner of the Aspen Gold, and a three-time winner of the Texas Gold. Her first book from Ballantine, I Got You, Babe, has been optioned by an independent film production company.

Jane lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-two years and is the proud mother of a daughter pursuing her college degree. You can visit Jane’s website at, or write to her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345458419
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid. - ** Grade: A- ** December 22, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jane Graves delivers a splendid story. LIGHT MY FIRE is a neat little package, shaped cleanly into tight form. In the end, the reader realizes the author has taken the time to plan her story. In other words, there are no loose-ends -- everything is solid and closed.

Ethan Millner is a brilliant, expensive, defense attorney and very successful at his job. He gets his clients exactly what they WANT - whether they deserve it or not! Yes, Ethan Millner is very successful, but Ethan Millner is miserable . . . ethics . . . principles . . . and all that!

Sandy DeMarco is closing in on forty and when Sandy DeMarco turns sideways, she does not disappear! NO, Sandy DeMarco has many wholesome womanly curves. The owner of a small flower shop; Sandy DeMarco lives her life looking for the good in all people. The woman is blessed. She truly likes people and people truly like her. Sandy DeMarco is a lovely, wholesome person.

Adversely, a court order forces Ethan Millner and Sandy DeMarco to spend a few LONG hours together. LONG hours? Well to wholesome Sandy DeMarco, life is half-full; to cynical Ethan Millner, life is half-empty! When a brutal murder in Sandy's quiet neighborhood forces her to ask Ethan for help, well suddenly all those opposing, dissimilar views are sidetracked . . . rapidly!

Jane Graves writes a good suspense romance, it is an impressive story. Well planned, well written, and well . . . entertaining. And isn't that why we read?

Grade: A-
MaryGrace Meloche.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay, just missing something.... June 23, 2006
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I wanted to like this book more, but it was just "ok". Some of the banter between the two main characters was clever and I had hopes, but I was disappointed overall. Despite what other reviewers have said, I do not think the characters were well drawn or fleshed out in the least. The characters were not described in enough detail to form a mental picture of them. There were little or no "personal peeks" into their lives, some idiosyncrasies that help define their character, or demonstration of their emotional state. Reading the book was alot like reading a resume, dry, factual, no personality.

I thought the plot might save the day. It didn't. The ending was....messy? under-developed? lacking realism? It just had no teeth. I think the author is worth looking into later on, once she has some more experience under her belt perhaps?, but the book is a miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light My Fire--Sizzles November 16, 2004
By Judy
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Light My Fire by Jane Graves is a sensational story of opposites attracting.

Ethan Millner has lived life on the edge, he uses his talents and charm in and out of the courtroom. When he has a brush with the law, his talents don't get him out of trouble. Instead his sentence is to do community service on the local crime watch. Ethan's supervisor is none other then the sister of one of his adversaries the DeMarco's.

Sandy DeMarco is a kind and giving person. She has raised her younger brothers and now runs a successful florist shop. Sandy agrees to supervise Ethan but she didn't plan on the intense attraction with the one man her brothers cannot stand.

When a brutal murder happens during one of their patrols and Sandy's employee is accused. She turns to Ethan for help.

As Sandy and Ethan work to solve the murder, they realize they both have been searching for each other all along. Sandy and Ethan bring out the best in each other. They at first fight the attraction but when they give in all bets are off.

This book is fun, sexy, and emotional from beginning to end. I loved the Demarco family from book one. Can't wait for the next book from Jane Graves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read December 15, 2013
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This book was a good read. I wish Sandy's family would have been involved more, I would have loved to see Ethan get grilled by the family. Maybe that'll come in the next book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Hot August 9, 2013
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I've read all of Jane Graves books. And each one is just as good as the next. You will fall in love with the entire family. Sandy and Ethan maybe a somewhat unconventional couple, one that you really can't see how they could be attracted to one another but near the end you will want them to get together. Even with the nutty family doing everything in their power to keep them apart.

If you read this first you will want to download all the other books. I know I couldn't get through them fast enough. I would love to hear more from this family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Sweet and fast reading! December 31, 2012
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Now that I've read 4 of her books, I am not sure which I like the most. The DeMarco series is awesome! All stories full of suspense, twists and romance altogether. I would definitely recommend this book (and the whole DeMarco series) and will look forward other titles from the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book! June 14, 2009
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I don't know why I liked that book so much. It was just another romance, but something was really special about Sandy and Ethan relationships. Jane Graves become my favorite author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder-Mystery Romance with LOTS of Twists and Turns
Cutthroat defense attorney meets community activists in this romantic, legal thriller.

Kudos to Ms Jane Graves for giving us a very well written tale. Read more
Published on January 3, 2005 by TooManyHobbies
4.0 out of 5 stars a four and half star
I've been known to read a book solely because the title grabbed my attention by firing my curiosity or my imagination. Read more
Published on December 26, 2004 by Debbie Jett
4.0 out of 5 stars An author with talent.
Ethan Millner is a highly paid, ruthless defense attorney. In fact, he is the best money can buy. He can charm a jury at the same time he slashes the prosecution. Read more
Published on November 9, 2004 by Detra Fitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Light My Fire
Thanks to a judge's ironic sense of justice, hot shot defense attorney Ethan Millner is forced into extensive community service with the woman who is most likely to take issue with... Read more
Published on November 8, 2004 by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling relationship and clever solutions
Criminal defense attorney Ethan Millner, despised by every cop in Tolosa, Texas, because he defends scum and gets them off, is starting to despise himself. Read more
Published on November 4, 2004 by booksforabuck
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging legal thriller romance
In Tolosa, Texas attorney Ethan Miller detests his father, who always insists money is the bottom line of their firm. Read more
Published on October 27, 2004 by Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Graves is a nine-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's Rita Award, the industry's highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Jane lives in the Dallas area with her husband and a very sweet kitty who kindly keeps her lap warm while she writes.

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