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- File Size : 1896 KB
- Publication Date : August 28, 2019
- Publisher : Blushing Books Publications (August 28, 2019)
- ASIN : B07X33XB3Q
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 193 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,491 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story has a very large cast of characters to keep up with, and this is a continuing saga and needs to be read in written order. The strong ties and friendship within the fire department carry over into their personal lives. They are still dealing with an arsonist who has escalated, but something is off, the messages are coming in different, do they have a copycat? Warnings are sent, especially regarding several of the ladies who work with the fire department, as well as, Sierra, who is a reporter, and her brother is with the fire department.
The story will pick up with another relationship, that between Gwen and Jensen. It will include their dating, entering a D/s relationship, and some surprises that each has. Jensen Keetes is now the new fire chief after the death of their chief when a building collapsed on him. Gwendolyn Carlson has worked as a paramedic with Hill City Fire Department and has crushed on Jensen for years---this will be their story.
“There is no reason for this to be so hard. He wants you, you want him. Quit pussyfooting around it and go for it already. The conversation the two of you had this morning should have been enough to crush any remaining doubts.”
Once Jensen and Gwen start their relationship, it snowballs, including him taking her in hand, and introducing her to his parents. He will take her out on romantic adventures, but still, keeps a protective eye on her when they are working. You can’t help but feel the chemistry between these two.
“This isn’t a normal relationship. You’re different, we are different, and neither one of us is taking this lightly. This isn’t some carefree fling. There’s a lot at stake here. I’m your boss, and you’re one of the best medics in Hill City. I put a lot of thought into how this would work before I ever started entertaining the idea of us as a couple.”
The story includes several fires, unexplained and frightening incidences that take place at those scenes. But not only are they dealing with an arsonist, but it appears a copycat, and things seem to escalate. Warnings of protecting the woman are sent in messages, each of the woman’s homes must be secured, and even with the help of the police department, everything is uncertain, and danger exists.
The story has several tense, life and death moments, kidnapping, and danger. It will have some exhibition, voyeurism, discipline, and explicit sex scenes. It is a mystery, suspense tale that has more stories to come. While it does not leave you on a cliffhanger, it leaves you craving the third book in the series.
I liked the blurb when I first read it, so even though the author was new to me I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately the execution of what could have been a decent story was sorely disappointing.
Right from the start the whole set-up, the relationships between the different characters, the names, the dialogues and everything was just a mess. It seemed like the author herself couldn't be bothered to learn the names of her own characters or follow their conversations throghout the book. The constant referral to a character as 'the other man' or the 'other woman' made my skin crawl every time.
The narrative was uncomprehensible from the start without any introduction of characters or any useful references at all. It felt like I just dropped right in the middle of a story everyone else but me, the reader, was privy to.
And for the love of God, if you decide to use words of endearment from a different language please make sure you actually know that language or at least ask someone who does!
I'm a fan of BDSM elements in a story but this book was very much lacking in this respect too.
If all that wouldn't be enough, there were those awfully irritating grammatical errors, yuck!
This book definitely needs a lot of work, it's confusing and annoying, unfortunately unreadable in its current form.
I don't think I'll read this author again.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
This book needs a lot of work before it becomes a book that anyone should be reading. The story itself, the plot, would be fine if the sentences, paragraphs, narrative, and dialogue all worked together towards the same end.
Characters show up unannounced and there's nothing in the narrative to even tell us who they are, let alone their full names or what their function in the story is. I am 75% through this book and I am still scratching my head, especially when two people are speaking in one paragraph and there's only one set of quotation marks. The author flip flops between calling people by their first names and their last. She refers to Jensen in two different ways between two pages, but never explains that "Keetes" is also "Jensen" is also "Chief". There's nothing that gives a reader insight into Gwen's character or the relationship with her former Dom or even Jensen, who I think is trying to become her current Dominant. As hesitant as he is, especially with talking the talk and not walking the walk, he acts more like a sub than a Dom.
I will not be finishing this book. It needs a hard edit by someone who understands word usage and the D/s dynamic.