Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Mini-view: Fanning the Flames - Victoria Dahl

Burning for you 
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….

Fanning the Flames is the novella prequel, or taster if you will, to Dahl's new Girl's Night Out series set in Jackson. As an avid Dahl fan I couldn't resist this little snippet to whet my appetite before the release of the first in the series, Looking for Trouble.

At only 60 pages there's not really all that much to say about Fanning the Flames that isn't going to recap the entire story.

What I liked most about this novella, and what I like most about Dahl, is that even in this short space we get a good introduction to our characters and enough of a teaser to make me chomp at the bit for the full novel released this week.

Lauren and Jake's story contains everything that I love about Dahl; great characters, wonderful chemistry and some of the best steamy scenes going. Lauren is a reserved librarian divorcée who's harbouring some serious lust for her ex-husband's best friend, Jake, who just happens to be a particularly hunky fire captain. Jake, our delightfully shirtless jogger, is widowed and in a case of serious denial regarding his best friend's ex-wife. Jake and Lauren make for a great and interesting couple, being a bit older, more experienced, and over coming their loyalty to their mutual acquaintance their story isn't overly simplistic for the short space it occupies and it's always nice to read about people happily settled in their skin and over the age of 25.

If you've never read any of Dahl's books then this is the ideal taster to introduce you to her fabulous romances, and if you're an established fan then you won't be disappointed.

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