Tuesday 9 October 2018


Up in Flames
Flirting with Fire #2
By Jennifer Blackwood
 Releasing October 9, 2018
Montlake Romance
Standalone Contemporary Romance

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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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In Up in Flames (Flirting with Fire #2) by Jennifer Blackwood, there's plenty of chemistry between Sloane Garcia and Reece Jenkins, but for some reason, they're always sniping at each other. However, when Sloane bids on Reece at a charity function and wins, she needs to think of four things for him to do that could knock his ego down a peg or two. Too bad Reece isn't that easy to embarrass. Yet, the more time they spend together, the more Sloane finds herself falling for Reece. Will these two get their happy ever after or will one of them end up ruining the best thing that's ever happened to them -- a relationship with someone they love?

I always look forward to reading a book by Ms. Blackwood and I've got to say that this second book of her Flirting with Fire series was a fun, charming, fast-paced enemy to lovers trope encompassing read where the heroine is the best friend of the hero's sister. The way this story started was a little exciting because of what happens to Reece, but it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time in this story where this story really takes off, as Sloane and Reece have always had an interesting relationship with the way they constantly butt heads. Except things between them are the worst they've ever been and have been for the past year. What happened last year that's caused Sloane to dislike Reece as much as he does?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and the fires the hero and his team have to deal with that lead to an arson investigation. Yet, there was also some playful banter between the hero and heroine that had me enjoying their growing relationship. Moreover, the heroine is sassy, resilient, courageous, hard-working and I liked how much of a challenge these two provided each other. Why shouldn't the heroine be a little annoyed at the hero, especially with things that happened between them in the past? Why did the hero have to be so cruel? While the hero, he's confident; cocky; hard-working; loves to help people, which is proven by all he does for his younger sister; and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over once he realized how much he wanted her. Yet, I couldn't help but feel sorry for him when it came to the way his boss treats him, considering how hard he works and that he would do anything for those on his team. 

Overall, Ms. Blackwood has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between Sloane and Reece was powerful; the romance was wonderful and full of heat once they finally moved their relationship from platonic to physical intimacy; and the ending had me worried for this couple's happy ever after because of what happens, but had me liking that Sloane did everything possible to make things right because these two are good together and good for each other. However, there's one thing that didn't get resolved in this book and that's the arson investigation, which I'm really looking forward to in the next book. I would recommend Up in Flames by Jennifer Blackwood, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the sister's best friend trope or books by authors Jennifer Bernard, Erin Nicholas, Kimberly Kincaid and Shannon Stacey.

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Author Bio

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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