*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
Fanning The Flames — Victoria Dahl
This is a short story. Short. Very short. But oh so good. It’s a prequel in her Jackson: Girl’s Night Out! series set before Looking For Trouble. If you read that book, you’ll know who the characters are in this one.
Lauren Foster is a librarian in her town and a divorcée with a son in college and is finally getting the urge to live life. No empty nest syndrome for this momma. The only problem is that Lauren is starting to feel her age. Dating and hooking up is apparently WAY different in your forties than it is in your twenties (according to Lauren).
Jake Davis is a widower and the town’s fire captain. His grown daughter Annabelle is engaged to be married to one of the men at his station and he’s having a bit of a hard time dealing with it. Kind of. Mostly he’s having a hard time with people telling him that it’s time to “get back into the saddle” and to start dating. He’ll do that when he’s ready, thank you. And not when his daughter suggests it.
Both Jake and Lauren see each other quite often. It’s rather inevitable because the firehouse and the library are in the same big building. They also grew up together in the same town. Jake is best friends with Lauren’s ex-husband and Lauren was friendly with his late wife and went to Annabelle’s birthday parties. They aren’t strangers.
Increasingly it has gotten to be difficult for Lauren to keep her eyes off of Jake. Especially when he goes for his runs. Shirtless. In the August heat. Yeah, baby. I would probably have a hard time keeping my eyes off of him too.
When Sophie (from Looking For Trouble) convinces Lauren to go out with her for a girls night on the town, everything changes. Jake gets a glimpse of Lauren in her Little Black Dress and kind of basically loses his mind.
The entire book was hilarious and hot. Even though it was short, it had everything I look for in my regular length romances. If I had read this one before I read Looking For Trouble (which is what you should do…) then I would have definitely wanted to read LFT. I loved it.
Lauren was a woman who knew who she was and what she wanted in life…and wasn’t afraid to ask for it or go after it. She was sassy and bold and herself. Jake was the guy who when you see him, you just know that he’s got it going on. He gives off an air of “I know what I’m doing” and also knew what he wanted from life. They were perfect for each other, in my opinion.
I wish that their story had been longer, but now I need to go re-read Looking For Trouble because of reasons. I wonder if Annabelle’s story will be next in the series. Hmm. *fingers crossed*
I completely recommend this one. If you’re looking for a short, but hot read that you can finish easily in one afternoon… then this is a book for you.
10/10 would recommend.