Review: Putting Out Old Flames by Allyson Charles

Putting Out Old Flames 
A Pineville Romance #1
Allyson Charles 
Lyrical Shine
August 16th

Having an old boyfriend move into your town? Bad. Having to work side-by-side with him? It's time to pull out the wine.

Jane Willoughby has had years to get over her highschool love, and the awful way he dumped her. But then Chance McGovern shows up as Pineville, Michigan's new assistant fire chief, and her new co-chair for the fireman's charity ball. Forced to work together, Jane can't help but notice the boy she once loved has grown into one fine man. But bulging muscles and sweet smiles no longer sway her. Not even the cute little boy Chance brings with him can make her forget that this fireman once burned her.

Chance couldn't be happier to run into his old flame - until her smart mouth makes it known she hasn't forgiven, or forgotten, his teenaged screw-up. Coming off a bad marriage to one angry woman, he doesn't want to have to deal with another. But he can't ignore the sparks that still fly between them. Fighting with a woman has never been such fun.

But old hurts linger. And when Jane finds out Chance just might have a hidden agenda, all bets are off. Can Jane and Chance move on from their past, or will their relationship go down in flames?

It's always fun to try new authors. I love small town romances, but I'm not always a fan of second-chance romance. Some are done well, others spend to much time going over the past and lose some of the present story.  

I'm happy to say that Allyson Charles did a great job of blending the past and present together. Right away you get why Jane is pissed, of course now that she's grown she really needed to see it from Chances perceptive. Yes he was wrong, but it was understandable.

I totally understand why Chance felt overwhelmed but I think he handled their break up very badly. He need to learn to be more honest. Karma got him in the end. I know that sounds like he died, but since he has a story we know he did. 

The star of the story is Chances son. He is so cute you can't help but like him. 

I'm so glad I gave Putting Out Old Flames. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next story in the series. 

If you've read Putting Out Old Flames I'd love to know what you thought of it. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! 


  1. Thanks for the review! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my work.

    Allyson Charles

    1. You are so welcome. I very much enjoyed it and can't wait for more from you!


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