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review 2018-11-13 12:53
Crave the Heat by Marnee Blake
Crave the Heat - Marnee Blake

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Dak Parrish has family issues. That's what he'd jumped at the opportunity to come back to Oregon to fight fires—his father, mother and little brother live on the reservation nearby. While his mother appears not to want to have anything to do with him, his father makes an impromptu visit, blackmailing Dak into helping an arsonist investigator look into suspicious fires...A prickly female investigator that quickly gets under Dak's skin...

Like its predecessor this story also didn't bring much to the table. The characters were bland (although the heroine was slightly too bitchy for my taste), the suspense had its moments, but the final reveal (without much motive behind it, or a worthy resolution) left everything to be desired, the pacing was plodding...

Another puffed-rice-cake equivalent.

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text 2018-11-12 06:28
Tempt the Flames by Marnee Blake
Tempt the Flames - Marnee Blake

Ten years ago, the lives of two families imploded. Two men died in a fire, one was blamed for both deaths and friendships crumbled.

Lance Roberts is back in Redmond, Oregon. First, to get his father's old job and second, to uncover the truth about the death of his and his best friend's father, his father was also blamed for. He doesn't really expect a warm welcome, but he also doesn't expect threats and sabotage...Or falling (again) for his ex-best friend's sister who also happens to be his trainer.

I liked the blurb of this book...But that's pretty much all I liked. Let me put it this way. This book was the reading equivalent of puffed rice cakes. Bland, tasteless and odorless.

The characters were bland, the story was bland, the pacing was poor, the suspense lacked any oomph, the villains were one too many, the romance was lackluster at best (I preferred the angst before they got together)...

It failed to capture my attention and I was bored by the time I got to chapter 4. I admit to only skimming the rest of it, because I kept hoping something would click.

It didn't.

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review 2018-10-14 23:19
Consumed, J R Ward
Consumed - J.R. Ward

I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. I've mixed feelings on this. A fire station filled with broken warriors. one whom is a woman who chose to lose part of a limb instead of dieing in a fire. She turns her talents toward fire investigations. Read this to find out the outcome.

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review 2018-10-12 11:00
Release Week Review! Up in Flames (Flirting with Fire #2) Jennifer Blackwood!



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.



Watch out for flying sparks and cutting snark in this energetic and passionate romance. Sloane and Reece are two strong, stubborn and charismatic characters that demand attention as they work toward a relationship that doesn’t seem likely. The romance starts off real rocky and continues with a passionate and verbal back and forth as Sloane sets up a bit “take your own medicine” to the cocky firefighter. Reece realizes his mistake, but isn’t sure how to fix it, so to protect his heart, he continues with witty repertoire while accepting her little payback. This keeps things exciting and causes quite a few chuckles along the way, but that’s not all that this romance has. Readers also find that they are drawn to these two characters vulnerable sides as the author does a great job of describing the emotional turmoil that Sloane and Reece go through before they ever reach that happily ever after.


The story is fast paced and has quite a few other things going on throughout the story as well as the feisty romance. There is trouble with Reece’s fire Chief and quite a few fires where danger seems to follow Reece and his unit. Readers never get a chance to become bored and they have to know what will happen between the combatants of this romance. The book can be read as a standalone, which is a good thing since I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but I will be remedying that soon as I got to meet those characters and really want to know what happened during their romance.





Author's Book Page - http://jenniferblackwood.com/books/up-in-flames/



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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39864869-up-in-flames



Up in Flames is the 2nd book in the Flirting with Fire series -


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/223327-flirting-with-fire


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B076PM2ZCC/ref=dp_st_1503903486



AVAILABLE in print or ebook at -


Amazon - https://amzn.to/2PPB4dL

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/up-in-flames-jennifer-blackwood/1128555971


or Audio at -

Audio: http://bit.ly/UiFAudio



Jennifer Blackwood 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 toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.



Website - http://www.jenniferblackwood.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8532549.Jennifer_Blackwood


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferBlackwood


Twitter - https://twitter.com/jen_blackwood


InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/jenblackwoodauthor/





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review 2018-10-04 18:40
Release Week Review! Consumed (Firefighters #1) J.R. Ward!



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family's scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.


Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...


By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.


Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.


Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.


Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.


From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm . . .


Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed with family’s scorched legacy and her case, chasing a deadly killer. Premiere fireman Danny McGuire seems to have a death wish and is taking risks like never before.


These two characters are strong, daring and convincing as they draw readers into their story and their story is one heartfelt, courageous, and gritty romance that readers can’t help but become engrossed in. The romance between Anne and Danny is an uphill battle as they strive to overcome several obstacles and hardships that invokes a lot of emotional turmoil but the sparks between is undeniable and keeps pulling them toward that elusive happily ever after.


This story has a steady pace that keeps readers hanging on to every word with thrilling anticipation as relationship woes, thrilling suspense and surprising twists. The story starts off an extreme emotive and thought provoking event that has readers gasping in horror and hoping for the best and readers have to wonder how this couple will be able to move forward in their personal and professional lives. As their journey progresses, readers have to admire their courage and fortitude with every decision and with danger and betrayal closing in there is no way readers can’t stop reading. The characters and the story is so lifelike and the author’s well-chosen words and descriptions ensure that the readers can picture each and every scene and that they can’t remain detached while reading this story. I love J.R. Wards BDB world and I was looking forward to reading this contemporary one and although I find the synopsis a bit misleading, I was quite pleased with it and I can’t wait to read the next story in this sizzling new series.



Add to your shelves at -


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38622279-consumed


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/consumed-by-j-r-ward




Consumed is the 1st book in the Firefighters series -


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/228990-firefighters


S&S - https://www.simonandschuster.com/series/Firefighters-series



Get the prequels free -


The Wedding From Hell P1: The Rehearsal Dinner




The Wedding From Hell P2: The Reception




The Wedding From Hell P3: Exclusive Excerpt of Consumed





AVAILABLE in Hardcover, paperback & ebook at -


S&S Gallery - http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Consumed/J-R-Ward/Firefighters-series/9781501194900


Amazon - https://bit.ly/ConsumedKindle


iBooks - https://bit.ly/ConsumediBooks


B&N - https://bit.ly/ConsumedBN


GPlay - https://bit.ly/ConsumedGooglePlay


Kobo - https://bit.ly/ConsumedKobo


BaM - https://bit.ly/ConsumedBAM


IndieBound - https://bit.ly/2Cs1hw8




J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.


After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

Website - http://www.jrward.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20248.J_R_Ward


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-r-ward


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JRWardBooks/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/JRWard1


InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/jrwardauthor/?hl=en





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