Burning Up

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Burning Up

Flirting With Fire Book 1

“Burning Up” had the ingredients I usually like in a book: firefighter, childhood friends, brother’s best friend/best friend’s sister, single dad. There were at least the firehouse camaraderie or close-knit community one grew up in to look forward to. Alas, for all the potential this book had, it just didn’t work for me.

I’m not sure which troubled me more, the characters - considering none of them endear themselves to me, not the leading hero/heroine nor the supporting ones - or the info dump scattering all over to process. There is disliking the characters but still loving the story, then there is disliking the characters and they just ruin the whole thing for you. Sadly, for me this book fell on the later.

For someone who seemingly bright and liked by many people, Erin just felt selfish and annoying to me. She left Portland for California sun and some “personal” reason had to do with her family. But I just didn’t get that smothering vibes on the story. I did feel she was annoyed at a lot of people and quick to quarrel with her family. There were also her favorites “I’m only here for the Summer” and “I’ll be leaving soon” that made her sounded like a broken record, yet I still didn’t get what (cause) had her running and her resentment over staying.

On the hero part, Jake was perhaps a tad better than his love interest as in him trying to do the best for his daughter. That saying, this firefighter - a lieutenant at that - was prone to bury his head in the sand to avoid some issue, like refraining from texting back (not dealing with it would solve the problem) or just evade/ignore the person(s) altogether. Me think this was not an attractive trait at all.

Also let’s not forget the hot and cold tango between Jake and Erin. The endless push and pull were just too exhausting to read. In fact, I have no idea what attracted them both to each other, other than lust. I’m not buying their instant attachment went deeper than that (and don’t get me started on Jake’s supposedly close friendship with Erin’s brother, Reece, or the bro-code he staunchly held). In the end, I didn’t have it in me to care whether they ended up together or if the grand gesture was enough to salvage the story. Which was really sad.

This is my first time reading Jennifer Blackwood’s books and it’s so unfortunate to experience this the first time around. I was so excited to start a new series from a new-to-me author that I trudged on reading, even while frowning over a scene to another. Well, I guess the writing style just didn’t click with me. If nothing, there’s a pair of (supporting) characters I found a tad interesting from a couple of scenes here. But I’m not sure, I guess I shall take the wait and see stance for now.

Book Blurb for Burning Up

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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2018 3.00