Reading Challenge 2023
Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment, librarian Lauren Foster can't help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs by…shirtless. They've always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable desire between them.
Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren's around, but once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there's no turning back. No matter how often she says she's all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild in the best possible way. Maybe she's just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected….
I used to love her books but got behind on so many. I'm started to get caught up and started with her Jackson: Girls Night Out series. Fanning the Flame is a novella so it's a quick read. Since they already know each other it works in this story. For me, you either have to know each other or be a paranormal to work with such a short page count.
This is a sweet romance about two people that felt the romance part of their lives is over. Each for their own reason. Jake because his one love passed and Lauren because she really isn't looking for a long-time partnership. So a quick bout of fun should work for these two, right? Life is never that easy.
Jake finally figures out that it's okay to move on and in doing so falls in love with Lauren. It takes him a bit to admit it to himself and after a push from his daughter, he finally told Lauren of his feelings. Boy that didn't go well. We can't be ready for the same thing at the same time.
Lauren's marriage wasn't the best and now that her son is away at college she is free to enjoy life. Sadly she's not really great at getting out there and doing that. Once she does she falls for a man that can really steal her heart and because of that, she pushes him away. Past mistakes and feelings are hard to forget.
It might take them a bit to figure out what they want from each other and how they will work their lives out but finally, they do, and it's perfect. This is an enjoyable introduction to this series and it will leave you wanting more.
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