Title: Keep Away From the Heat
Author: Amelia James
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Published: March 29, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Dash Ryder and Simone Leveque had been high school sweethearts torn apart by an apparent betrayal. Thirteen years later, he is superintendent of a county’s wildfire crew and she has just been hired as the manager of Emergency Management Services for said county, and is his new boss.
This is an erotic romance with a second chance at romance trope. I had difficulty with the story primarily because I did not find the heroine very likeable. She is shown as a seemingly strong woman who has some self-doubt. However, the scenes where she portrayed the weakness felt contrived. Her need to argue or bicker with the hero was fairly constant and though the why of it was explained in the story, it did not lead me to find her any more appealing. And the emotional outbursts lead mostly to bouts of angry sex, over and over, again.
I had more sympathy for the hero but was not much of a fan in regards to his part in a “big misunderstanding.” However, this may simply be a quirk of mine and other readers who don’t mind this device may be more content.
The author does a good job in writing the action-packed scenes with wildfire and other emergency situations. She also manages to tie together loose ends and explain motivation of her main characters well. And frankly, the last bit of the book was satisfyingly romantic. In the end, it was an ok read.
Reviewed by Lil
It’s been thirteen years since Dash Ryder got his heart sent to an early grave when his high school sweetheart betrayed him in the worst possible way.
Now, years later, he’s certain that he’s over it, that he’s moved on…until fate decides to throw him a curveball and reunites him with the woman who tore his heart out, Simone Leveque.
But there’s nothing romantic about their reunion—at all. She’s his new boss, and it’s all business, nothing more.
Unfortunately, fate can’t be fought as lies are exposed, and once the inferno of reckless passion consumes you…there’s no way you can keep away from the heat.
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