Title: Up in Flames
Series: Flirting with Fire #2
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2018
It takes one little spark for enemies to ignite into lovers in a searing-hot novel by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackwood.
Sloane Garcia has butted heads with Reece Jenkins ever since he was a colossal jerk of epic proportions on a night she’d rather forget. So what if he’s overconfident, ultramasculine, and hard muscled? When she finds out he’s on the auction block at the annual firefighter’s charity event, she decides to give this cocky firefighter a dose of his own medicine. Now that she’s won the hunk, he’s on call—to do whatever Sloane wants.
Sure, Reece and Sloane had a rocky start, but he had his reasons. None of that matters now that he’s the bachelor at her beck and call, tasked with granting her four wishes in four weeks. He runs into burning buildings for a living, but nothing will be as tough as dousing the flames Sloane ignites in him. What started out as just a game might end up with Reece losing the one thing he swore he’d never give up: his heart.
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This was a fun book to read. Second in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. This was my first book by the author. It's full of fast paced witty banter and grown ups still figuring themselves out!
Sloan and Reece have butted heads for years. What seemingly started out as the annoying brother to sister's best friend relationship grew into a mutual loathing. But fate steps in to turn the two from enemies to something else entirely. Along the way, both grow as people and take the reader on a fun journey.
Reece starts out as every stereotype of a book firefighter...hot, muscled, cocky, outspoken, loyal, horny, and not looking for a relationship. He's also the brother of Sloane's best friend. So they've known each other for a long time. Sloane is a great nurse, with blue dyed hair, funky sense of style, bad track record with men, and has thought Reece is hot for too many years. Their story arc was fun to watch...a bit like watching a “Gilmore Girls” episode; full of witty banter and innuendos and missed connections
Sloane has wanted Reece for years, and after throwing herself at him in the past and getting turned down, she tries to be over it. But she drunkenly misunderstood being turned down. So she doesn't know it, but the wanting goes both ways, it's just their words and actions stopping their relationship. The years of banter and mistrust, but their desire for each other ends up overpowering those factors. And Reece keeps the hunky firefighter stereotype alive and well with his prowess and mastery with Sloane.
It took me a bit to get sucked into the book. The premise was great. The dialogue was witty and characters fun. But it seemed to take awhile to set up their backstory. Once it got going, it was fantastic. Though the whole time I just wanted to bash Reece's Chief and wonder why he was in charge. (Management, I mean really!)
I loved how the author created a great book family for Reece and Sloane. Since this is book two, I'm interested in going back to book one to get to know Reece's sister; as well as looking forward to future books about the rest of the hunky men at his fire station! This may not have been my favorite book ever, but it was an entertaining read.
“You didn't actually kill my brother and then hide his body, did you? Because that might be a breach of the friendship code.”
“You deserve to be worshipped.”
“Seriously, look what you do to me. How is it one minute you can be so sweet, and the next I want to throttle you?”
“Oh, she liked that smile. It promised hair-pulling, panting, using-the-Lord's-name-in-vain things.”
“She liked this. That he alreadly knew her drink of choice. In some ways, there was no guesswork.”
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 4/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5
Up in Flames is a decent Firefighting novel. The book has romance, love / hate relationship and heat. This is the second book in the ‘Flirting with Fire’ series.
Sloane has held a grudge for a while now, ever since her BFF’s brother turned her down in the harshest of ways. Mortified she didn’t want anything to do with him, when he comes into her ER to seek treatment she does not show him a great bedside manner. Sloane find a way to put Reece through a little revenge hell, what she didn’t expect was this little stunt to bring them closer.
I did enjoy the story line and found humour in all the ways Sloane was torturing Reece but I felt that the lead up to anything actually happening took 50% of the book. The slow burn between these 2 characters turned up to inferno very quickly leaving me wishing they were doing this the entire book.
After reading the first book in the ‘Flirting with Fire’ series I can see a pattern with the slower starts and then all the real action beginning half way through the book. I personally enjoyed the plot of this book and the enemies to lover’s story line, there was an ongoing storyline behind the scenes that will spill over into the next book of the series, which I am hoping is Hollywood’s story.
Writing Style: 3/5
Jennifer Blackwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance series The Rule Breakers, Snowpocalypse, and Flirting with Fire. Jennifer writes funny and warm novels, as well as sizzlingly sexy romances. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out at coffee shops and in the planner aisle of Michaels.
Jennifer lives in Oregon with her son, a husband who reminds her that happily ever afters do happen in real life, and an adorable (but poorly behaved) black Lab. For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.JenniferBlackwood.com, or follow her on Twitter (@Jen_Blackwood) and Facebook (@AuthorJenniferBlackwood)
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