- File Size: 1293 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Suspense (May 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y5FBWHS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$17.99|
Save $14.00 (78%)
Price set by seller.
Burn Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
2018 Heart of Denver Romance Writers Aspen Gold Runner-Up, Best Romantic Suspense
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
And I have to say, I loved the firehouse scenes. I’ve had a chance to spend a little time in the occasional firehouse and I have to say, those scenes really felt authentic to me. The camaraderie and family feeling definitely went a long way toward getting me to relax into the story.
I liked Ryan in general. He’s a good guy, likes the Yankees, likes the firehouse dog – what’s not to like? He’s even ambitious, wants to be an arson investigator.
My only issue is Chloe. There’s a lot to like about Chloe. Chloe is fantastic with Max, the firehouse dog. She’s a good friend to her roommate. She’s conscientious about her job. She’s a little anxious, but under the circumstances anyone who wasn’t anxious should probably see a professional.
My issue with Chloe is that she’s too stupid to live.
Chloe is a woman who’s already gone through a round of investigations and not been believed. Trust me, I get it – I do. Why would anyone want to bring that up? And sure, she’s from out west somewhere. People from the west don’t have turnips for brains. I’ve met a few. Many of them are very smart people indeed – even the ones from small towns.
If she’s already gone through a round of investigations with no one willing to believe her, and someone is willing to try to blackmail over said allegations, and she has a friendly relationship with the people investigating the case, would it not make sense to disclose the allegations at a time and place of her choosing? When Chloe can control the narrative, as opposed to (redacted to avoid spoilers)?
That’s not the only instance of stupidity. Her ex threatens her repeatedly, but she decides she doesn’t want to “bother” Ryan – even though a) Ryan is also being harassed, b) she suspects the ex of a lot worse than slapping her, and c) he is friends with people who can help her? I completely understand if she doesn’t believe the police et al will help, because that’s not something they generally prefer to do, but she should at least let someone know when she’s being targeted by someone she suspects of arson.
It goes on and on. And sure, everyone processes trauma differently, but just engaging her brain once could have prevented the painful scene toward the end. (Yes, there’s a happily ever after, but there’s definitely a scary scene before that.)
So while the suspense was great, and Ryan was great, and I definitely believed in their chemistry, I got so frustrated by the end by Chloe’s lack of candlepower that I just can’t give it a higher rating. If you like fire stories, or firefighter stories, you’ll definitely want to give this one a whirl.
First off, the characters Chloe and Ryan have so much chemistry it's a wonder they don't set the pages aflame.
Chloe is a small town girl with a big secret. She's trying to escape her past. Instead, once she meets fireman Ryan, she is forced to confront it.
Ryan is the epitome of how I see real-life firemen: heroes. He's brave, kind, selfless, and hot. But Ryan has a past he'd rather not remember. too.
Someone is blowing up buildings on town, and Chloe is always in the vicinity when they explode. Is she the arsonist, or a victim? Ryan needs to know, because he's falling for her in a big way.
I enjoyed the push and pull of Chloe and Ryan's attraction. It gave the story its needed conflict. I loved how realistic both characters appeared. They had flaws that were believable. The mystery of who was the arsonist remained a mystery until the very end, which is always a good thing.
There was enough action to continue drawing the reader in, and the sex scenes were PG-13, which is a plus to me. I don't need all the scientific names for body parts spelled out like a biology class.
Ms. Altieri knew her firehouse/firemen scenario. She did her homework, making the narrative realistic, yet not so technical that you feared for a test at the end. A perfect combination!
I highly recommend Burn to readers, because it has a suspenseful plot, attractive, human characters, and the writing style pulls you through the story at a pace that doesn't leave you out of breath, or snoring.
All in all, I look forward to more from Dawn Altieri, and you should, too.
The conflicts and the suspense were well done, the characters believable. Ms. Altieri gave us several red herrings as we had to guess "whodunit" and brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. Well done!
I'd issue a warning to those people who might be offended by profanity - I think the use of it was realistic given the characters' occupations, but there will be some readers who might be put off by it.
Top international reviews
This is confident, sweet, witty writing with an edge. I loved it.