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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I love the enemies-to-lovers troupe, and the idea that Sloane would “buy” Reece in the Four for Four Auction (a charity auction where firefighters go to the highest bidders and have to do four “honey do” type tasks for them in the next month) and then come up with evil tasks for him to do for her was inspired. The first was by far my favorite–OMG, Peaches. I’ll never hear or see Blake Shelton without thinking of this story again… 😉
Though I loved Sloane (living her best cat lady life…without the actual cats) and Reece individually as characters and of course wanted them to find their HEA, the road on the way there felt unnecessarily aggravating at times with all the two steps forward, nineteen steps back that they tended to do. The cause of their black moment stretched belief a bit but it did have a sweet ending, with the right people making decent reparations for it. There were a lot of LOL moments along the way, too, which kept me reading even when the main characters were making me a little crazy.
It was fun to see Erin and Jake (from book one– Burning Up ) again, and I’ve got high hopes for future series books–Hollywood and the arson investigator, right? And Madison needs an HEA… 😉 If you haven’t read the first book, though, no worries–this one really would do fine as a standalone.
You’re gonna want to read book one, however. Just sayin’…
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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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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