Burning Up (Flirting with Fire #1)

BURNING UP                                                   JENNIFER BLACKWOOD

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.


Erin Jenkins returns home to Portland for the summer after being laid off for the upcoming year of her teaching job in San Francisco. Now home helping her sister take care of their mother who is recovering from surgery, she is still working out all of the family dynamics and why she has this need to leave. She also runs into firefighter and her brother’s friend, Jake Bennett. When they meet at the bakery over her taking his bagel, Jake cannot get over that this is the same person who chased him and her brother around years ago. Now she is a beautiful woman and he is working on still trying to figure out his twelve-year-old daughter. Not wanting to start anything he ends up asking her to a wedding to stop his mother and sisters’ from setting him up. This begins an on again off again meeting and stopping while either one tries to figure out the other one. He finally gets over his idea of her being his best friend’s sister and she decides to tell him that she always had a crush on him in high school and so for a while, things are good until she gets a job offer at her old school. Now wanting to leave, but also think she may have found the right person Erin must decide what to do and who to do it with. This story has funny moments that make up for a few times that it drags, and the characters are all very good. Overall a very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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