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Jane is newly divorced, has an empty nest and is need for some fun in her boring life. Ryan has decided his restaurant is going to survive on it's own, and puts his spurs away. No longer the "man for hire" he's moving forward in his life. Although it seems he's caring for others way more than he is caring about his. In walks Jane, one last chance for him to wear his spurs, but those don't even get a dance. Jane & Ryan hit it off the way we all wish our "first dates" hit it off. They decide mutually to have a fun weekend together. In San Antonio. On the Riverwalk. Hearts fly.
Not typically one to read a book in third person POV, this was surprisingly smooth in text. I found that it read more like a first person/dual POV and therefore giving a sense of self and realism as I turned each page.
Truly, I got lost in this book. It was one of those stories where as soon as I started reading, the world around me just melted away and all that I pictured was the words unfolding into a beautiful second-chance love story where a woman who thought she had nothing left to give the world around her finds she's more than she ever imagined...to the right man.
"She's not even in your league."
And if taken at face value, Jane Keegan is in a league all her own.
"Confidence radiated from the woman in the mirror. After years of feeling not quite good enough, it was a rush to know she was not only good enough but was also wanted by a sexy-as-sin man who was willing to wait all night for her."
Now, I can't discount Ryan Zeigler either...that man is exactly what every woman would want in a man. Forget the past, and the entire reason they met in the first place...Ryan is genuinely amazing and despite the age gap, he's mature and knows exactly what he wants.
"I want you, and I want to be tied down to you. God, that sounds sexy. I want to make this work." He tipped his forehead to hers. "Will you try?"
Huge kudos to Appet for her beautiful style and ability to make a book I was worried about reading (because third-person POV is dreadful) into a story that I will recommend to my friends. I look forward to reading more from her.
Ryan Zeigler is hot, mature, a successful businessman, and one of the most caring, family-loving men to come across many women’s path. With his Spanish background, he offers a charming mix of San Antonio to Jane’s palette, and her activities. The chemistry between him and Jane is sparking with electricity…and self-doubt. The sex scenes leave that doubt in the dirt 99% of the time to produce consensual, empowering scenes that feel intimate and personal rather than run of the mill. This partnership is made to last and its shown through each intentional, confidence-building move that Ryan makes.
Jane, on the whole, is a woman who has seen better days in her personal life and her personal approach to life. She needs revitalising and to be shown how to enjoy life again. I love that Ryan is the man to electrify her into the woman she should be, but I hate that very often alcohol is behind her decisions. Often, she is very passive in the face of a fork in the road, and this smacks both of a lack of confidence, and of an old-fashioned approach to relationships.
Of course, family and Jane’s pesky self-doubt as the older, divorced woman, puts a spanner in the works for the couple, which they must overcome long-distance. A tricky obstacle. This was where the book was lacking for me. The magical date scenes, the beauty of place and atmosphere in the getting-to-meet-you scenes were wonderful, truly immersive. The obstacles the couple must overcome are more run of the mill – predictable – and take a long time. The book could have been a good third shorter and still covered the ground it aimed to, while making the plot much more succinct and enjoyable. For me, the book wandered too much after the first major obstacle and became more of a tick the boxes approach to traditional romance: marriage, kids, family life, working life, and the white picket fence. I suspect much of my reluctance here is due to my experiences and age. I’m not an almost thirty woman looking to settle down and I’m not looking for that traditional passive, inexperienced female and super-experienced male sex king, relationship. That’s not my ideal and doesn’t chime with my values.
For many others, Fire and Midnight will tick the boxes of their dream man and their dream life. Certainly, the locations of San Antonio and its River Walk are almost Venice-like in the beauty of the picture which is painted, and the loving relationship which is begun under its roofs. This place and lifestyle is what I fell in love with, and I’m sure many other readers will swoon at the chance to experience the lifestyle painted in the rivers, gondolas and eateries, all with splashes of Spanish charm.
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