Review: Fanning the Flames, by Victoria Dahl



Part of a series? Yes, but the next book will feature new characters.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Pages: 61


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….




I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This book isn’t a novel, it’s a novella of a decent size. It’s a fast read, well-written and sweet. I didn’t blow my mind, didn’t make me fall for the characters and didn’t make me feel like I couldn’t put it down. It was just a nice read.


The characters are more mature in age than I’m used to and it’s an agreeable change, but unfortunately, other than the mention of both characters’ age, mention written repeatedly to the point of making me roll my eyes a couple of times, I couldn’t exactly see it.

Also, the characterization didn’t convince me all that much. Lauren said several times that she’s not a “nice” woman, that she’s not girlfriend material, but then her words and actions later on contradict that affirmation. Since it’s a novella, we can’t see the build up, the evolution. It put me off a little.

The plot itself is pretty straight-forward, easy and without real threat for both characters or any consequences. Is it because this book is a novella and not a full length novel? Maybe, but in the end it bothers me a little bit.

Though, the connection between Jake and Lauren was nice to read about even though I had a hard time believing it fully close to the end. The writing style helps a lot to win me over some since Victoria Dahl seems to be pretty at ease in this genre and this atmosphere.

Is this book on your TBR? Do you like firefighters? What do you think about Jake?





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