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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much fire, not enough romance, April 20, 2011
This review is from: Chasing Fire (Hardcover)
Nora is my favorite romance author, but this one just didn't do anything at all for me.

The heroine, Rowan, was all casual bravado, fierce temper, and super-physical-perfection without having any sympathetic qualities to her at all. Whether she was puffing on a cigar, drinking the entire flight crew under the table, or kicking the crap out of an offensive bar patron (all the while, we are told, smelling like peaches and sunshine rather than stale cigars and tequila), I found her thoroughly annoying rather than strong and capable which I have to believe is what the author was going for.

The hero, Gull, was the usual charming, equality-minded, sexy, deeply caring hero Roberts writes so well.

The subject matter -- fire-jumping -- was obviously researched thoroughly and then used to bludgeon the reader into a coma between romance plot developments. There was some small relief from a romance between Rowan's father and a local woman, but beyond that the firefighting descriptions just took over and obliterated everything else. Add to this unbalanced mix a murder mystery with a bad guy I saw coming from about page 10, and things just weren't working well at all.

Roberts evidently researched fire-jumping to the nth degree and then put everything she ever noted down into the book. But when that subject matter has the reader skipping over entire pages, multiple times, to get back to the boy-meets-girl and who's-the-murderer? storyline (because this is supposed to be a romance novel, right?) something is way out of whack.

I know she can do so much better. Two stars.
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2011 4:32:39 PM PDT
David Gordon says:
I totally agree!!! But don't forget Rowan acting like a selfish and ridiculous teenager when she finds out daddy has a woman (after 10? years of celibacy). I admire Nora's writing (use of natural and believable dialogue, etc.), but this was just bad.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 8:05:00 AM PDT
Frankie says:
Thanks for the review. I used to LOVE Nora and said I'd buy a crayon book written by her, but in the past few years, this review would stand for nearly all of her books. I've decided to wait on buying anything she does until I read reviews. I have to agree that it's incredibly annoying for a writer to research a subject and then write with the mentality of "I researched it; you're going to read about it--ALL of it." To me that's the mark of a bad writer who is unable to come up with a convincing story and use all the research as filler. Don't know what happened to Nora!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 10:54:33 AM PDT
Hilarious how you used the phrase "note it down," since Nora uses that one a lot! :) I didn't dislike the book as much as y'all did. At least the hero was likable this time. In the Search, I just couldn't stand that guy; ditto with Black Hills. So, besides the ridiculous name of "Gull," I liked Chasing Fire's hero.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 11:43:26 PM PDT
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Posted on May 3, 2011 11:51:25 AM PDT
Jodi Jeffers says:
My feelings exactly! I'm fine with Rowan acting like a selfish teenager. At least it relieved the never ending monotony of fire education. I never skip pages. I never even skip words in a book. I did both with this book just to finally get to the conclusion that I knew was coming from, yes, page 10.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 6:47:02 PM PDT
Elly R says:
It wasn't 10 years of celibacy, it was more like 25. Supposedly he never dated since his wife left (Rowan was 5 months old). Doesn't that sound ridiculous? And then he has sex with that Principal without any Viagra... I had hard time believing...)))
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