Stephen is an adrenaline junkie. And then he meets Julia and her sexy curves. He’s on fire with the need for her, a Texas-sized blaze that jumps from one to five alarms the moment their lips touch. . .
Marcus lost everything–his wife, his family, his business. Then nearly his life fighting fires. But out of the ashes he found something that never stopped burning. And this time he won’t let go. . .
Childhood friends Talia and Dylan have been putting out fires as long as they’ve been in denial about their feelings. But one night everything changes, a fire’s lit, and it’s too hot to ever go out. . .
When I saw Lynn LaFleur’s Smokin’ Hot was up for review, I grabbed it quick! Why, you might ask? Well, let’s take a look, shall we:
Friends to Lovers story (Spark): Check
Marriage in Jeopardy (Smolder): Check
Small Town Romance: Check
All it needed was an ugly duckling story or a beauty and the beast story and you’d have all the tropes I love in one book.
Happily I can report I really liked this book. It was a collection of three novellas (Singe, Spark, Smolder) all centered around the Volunteer Fire Department in Lanville, Texas. They were voted the Hottest Fire Department in Texas, too. The stories were short, yet satisfying, the sex was hot, and the firemen hotter (hubba hubba), and the characters engaging and interesting. I had never read anything by Ms. LaFleur before, and I could tell there were other stories already told about these firefighters, but I never felt I was missing something by not reading all the stories in order.
My one complaint, and it’s kind of minor in the grand scheme of things, was some parts of the sex scenes carried over from one story to the next. For example, there were mannerisms the guys all did in the bedroom which wouldn’t happen in real life. And no, I’m not talking about Tab A fitting in Slot B. I’m talking about specific instructions they give and the gestures they make are an obvious result of one author creating all the scenes. I wish that had been caught during edits. It’s really more of an author’s writing tic than a conscious decision. All authors have them, but usually they show up across several books. In this case, Ms. LaFleur had them all show up in different stories within the same book.
Like I said up above, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, entertaining read, and I’ll be on the lookout for the next book in the series to see what everyone’s up to.
Lynda the Guppy
aka A Fire Fish Who Loves Firemen
aka The Fish With Sticks
Rating: 3 Stars