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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345458419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345458414
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.janegraves.com, or write to her at jane@janegraves.com.

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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on December 22, 2004
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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 By Judy on November 16, 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry R. Mays on 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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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. He is living high until he is sentenced to do forty hours of community service due to reckless driving.

The judge asks Sandy DeMarco to take charge of Ethan. Sandy comes from a family of cops. Her brothers have told her several stories about Ethan, but Sandy still tells the judge she'll do it. (Sandy believes in looking for the good in people.) Forewarned is forearmed, so she plans to keep the charmer at arms length. Sandy runs a florist shop during the day. At night she is the neighborhood crime watch. The first night they are together on a routine watch patrol ends up with a brutal murder and Sandy's employee, Josh, is the prime suspect. With Josh's background, Sandy knows that he could be put to death for a crime he did not commit unless Josh gets the best lawyer in the area.

Ethan, drawn by his attraction to Sandy, agrees to help. They soon learn that the victim had a secret life. As they continue to investigate, the killer sets his sights on Sandy. Ethan could end up getting himself killed to protect Sandy.

**** Sandy's character is a bit too naive for me to find believable, but otherwise she is a pillar of strength. The plot is sound and the story feels smooth as silk. Author Jane Graves did a wonderful job in showing Ethan's dawning guilt at the beginning of the book, as well as, the slow changes in his character there after. It is always a delight for me to see talent in an author and in this story Jane Graves proves that she has major writing talent! Wonderful romantic suspense novel. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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