Up In Flames Kindle Edition
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Juliet is just returning to her home town after an extended vacation in Europe after the breakup of her previous relationship. Supposedly this was so she could get a change of scenery and start to heal, but it's clear pretty much from the outset that she's simply been hiding from things, not really healing from them. She still has a large store of anger that she's never dealt with and only barely even acknowledges, and it constantly bubbles up to the surface at the slightest provocation. Besides learning to trust again, she also has to find a way to really come to terms with her past and leave it behind her for good. It takes her awhile, but she does eventually manage to do so.
Shane has likewise been in denial mode for the last few years since losing his wife in a fire. Not so much because of her death itself but because of the guilt he still carries over what went on between them before it. He switched careers because of it, and has thrown himself into his work, rapidly rising through the ranks to become a captain far earlier than most do. He needs to work through his own issues before he can truly be with Jules, but he seems to do so much easier than she does. Perhaps because it's been longer for him and he has been doing what he can to make amends and be a better person than he was before even if he hasn't dealt directly with the lingering emotional fallout from his marriage.
Jules and Shane are attracted from the start, but resist the attraction because of their individual issues and hangups. It doesn't take long, however, before temptation is getting the best of both of them, helped along by the stress of the threatening notes someone keeps leaving. From there it's a relatively predictable course of coming together, pulling apart, rinse and repeat, though not without a few quirks thrown in along the way. The whole stalking situation is rather sad actually and you just feel sorry for the person leaving the notes more than scared for Jules or Shane. It's a situation that resolves itself more or less, though not without a few tense moments and lots of damaged property.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance that's a bit on the quiet side with liberal humor interspersed with tenser moments. There are plenty of steamy sexy times to heat you up, though if you're looking for edge-of-the-seat excitement and danger you'll have to look elsewhere. 3½ stars, rounded to 4 where needed to a smile-on-the-face enjoyable book.
Juliet hopes to turn her parents rambling farm into a B & B, and her sister Claire has already arranged for a boarder to help pay for the renovations needed. Her boarder is Shane Gaskill. "He's just a man. A strapping hunky, splendid piece of man, that's all . Nothing to get my knickers in a twist about." But then, she finds out he's the new Fire Captain!
Shane is a man trying to forget his past. He states he is a confirmed bachelor, but is immediately intrigued by Juliet. He expected his landlady to be a little old lady who crochets doilies . NOT!
He is angered to find out the man who betrayed Juliet is one of his own firefighters. Juliet and Shane settle in to an easy relationship, he is a former contractor, and happy to help with the work that needs to be done, and Juliet is keeping him fed. If it wasn't the annoyance of Kevin insisting they should renew their relationship, life would be fine.
A series of petty pranks starts annoying Juliet, but alarming Shane. It starts out as anonymous notes left on her car and mailbox. Shane insists on involving the police. The letters become more threatening, and Shane also stars receiving them. Juliet's fear, and Shame's protectiveness escalate their relationship. It all comes to a shocking climax.
This was a very enjoyable read. There is a lot of humor, and a great scene where Juliet finally faces Kevin, and rips him to shreds. The underlying danger adds a great slant to the story. The love scenes? HOT!! A slow build up, but sizzling descriptions.
I would highly recommend this novel, readers who love to read about firefighters will be very satisfied. If you like a little danger with your sizzle, this books for you.
Where others have failed, Rosanna Leo has achieved success delivering an erotic story that is so well-written it captures and holds the reader's interest; and more importantly, all the while not going overboard to the point of being salacious. "Up in Flames" - an erotic tale that not only leaves you breathless, but also pining for more. A must read for those who love to be left hot and bothered.
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