Tuesday 8 May 2018


Burning Up
Flirting with Fire #1
By Jennifer Blackwood
 Releasing May 8, 2018
Montlake Romance
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

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USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackwood fans the flames of desire in her smoking-hot series about firefighters and the women who want them…

Unemployed schoolteacher Erin Jenkins is back in Portland, the town she hasn’t called home for more than a decade. It’s not the way she wants to spend her last days of summer: in between jobs and avoiding her mother’s snooping by escaping to the ice-cream aisle. But when the opportunity arises for her to accompany her brother’s best friend—her lifetime crush—to a wedding, summer gets a whole lot more interesting.

Firefighter and single dad Jake Bennett has built a nice, safe wall around his heart—no romance, no getting burned. That doesn’t mean he’s ruling out a fling. Considering Erin’s visit is temporary, they’re the perfect fit for a scorching no-strings one-night stand. Or two. Or five. Until the worst thing happens: Erin and Jake are feeling more. Damn that four-letter word.

Now their hearts are on the line, and when their smoldering summer comes to a close, it’s going to be harder than ever to put out the fire.

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In Burning Up (Flirting with Fire #1) by Jennifer Blackwood, Erin Jenkins is desperate to find another teaching position, but with not many available at the moment she worries she'll never get back to living miles and miles from her family. However, being home for the summer isn't all bad once her brother's best friend, Jake Bennett, asks her to accompany him to her sister's wedding. Will Jake be able to convince Erin to stay in Portland or will she break his heart?

Ms. Blackwood is such a talented author, so I was absolutely looking forward to this first book of her Flirting with Fire series and I've got to say that she does not disappoint. Right from the beginning, this story had me hooked, as being home with her family isn't easy for Erin. There's only so much she can handle from them, which is understandable because her sister is constantly whining about anything and everything and expecting Erin to do something about it. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that made this story a total page turner, as there's lot of chemistry between these two, but with him being her brother's best friend they both know they're off-limits to each other. Will Erin and Jake be able to resist each other?

Both the main characters are enthralling due to their back stories, the way they meet and I liked every interaction between them, as each time they're together it gets harder and harder to keep things platonic. How long will it take to give into their feelings? The way Jake and Erin met had me smiling, as Jake should be a little annoyed with the heroine, and yet, he takes what she does amicably. Moreover, the heroine is resilient when it comes to getting her career back on track and I liked that she didn't give up on finding a job, even when things get a little disheartening. She's also brave in coming home and having to deal with everything she does including her mother's persistence in getting her to give Jake a chance. 

While the hero, it's understandable that he's cautious when it comes to giving a woman a chance because of the fact that the mother of his child left him. Can he finally move forward with someone new, knowing that Erin is more than likely to leave if she gets a job? Furthermore, the hero is confident, a good father and I liked that he gave into his feelings for the heroine, as they're really good together. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was the close relationship he shared with his family. They worry about him and I found his mom an absolute delight. She's just as bad with wanting Jake settled as Erin's mom is in wanting her settled in a good relationship and home for good. Will their mothers get their way?

Overall, Ms. Blackwood has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance was hot; and the ending had me hoping for the best for this couple and I'm glad I got my wish since I liked how things worked out for these two, especially with the heroine having a big decision to make. I would recommend Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood, if you enjoy the brother's best friend trope or books by authors Kate Meader, Shannon Stacey, Stefanie London and Erin Nicholas.

Author Bio

Jennifer is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her kiddo, you can find her binge-watching episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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