Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl #AfternoonDelight #Review

Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl #AfternoonDelight #ReviewFanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl

Series: #.5 Jackson: Girls Night Out
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin on July 1, 2014
Pages: 61
Format: eBook
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four-stars  

Okay, all you people who insisted that I just had to jump on this series because it was spunky, hot and fun, I finally got around to it. Y’all were right. I was so pleasantly surprised that this was an autumn romance. I loved the mature widowed firefighter hero and the divorced librarian heroine that were the close friends of their previous spouses living in a small town. Just so much goodness to grab hold. This one got to the point quick as it’s a shorter prequel novella. That being said, it didn’t skimp on the development though I admit that it ended abruptly.

The story opens with middle-aged Lauren Foster coming to an epiphany that she is tired of life passing her by now that her son has gone off to college and her ex-husband has moved on. She wants a fling so she takes a fellow librarian up on her offer of a girls’ night out to meet guys.

Widower, Jake Davis, comes to the same conclusion about his own life with the help of his grown daughter and her fiancé’. He loved his wife, but he really needs to move on and he knows just the woman he wants to make a try with.

Jake and Lauren know they have some sizzle between them, but there is also a lot of past and circumstances that make them realize that this gamble might go up in flames and leave them worse off than before. Lauren is particularly hesitant knowing that her sexual appetites, strong ways and less than sweet inclinations are the opposite of Jake’s deceased wife who was like a saint. Jake sees Lauren’s assertive, confident wild side and revels in it. Will something that feels good prove lasting?

I enjoyed the opening pages as these two lonely, uncertain people circle each other warily. They endure a disastrous first attempt and then have a frank conversation and an even more honest night of passion. There wasn’t a lot of page time to this story, but I was impressed with how much I was able to learn about and connect with both these characters and their situations. My only niggle was that it ended quickly. There was a strong indication of where things were leading, but I really wanted to be reassured with the words. Suffice to say, I’ve filled in with my imagination to compensate.

The next book is Sophie’s and I am so curious to learn all about her and read her romance after being introduced to her in this book.

All in all, it was a really good read and I recommend it to Contemporary Romance fans who like sizzling hot mature lovers, firefighter heroes, small towns and librarians who hide a lot of fire under their prim clothes.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • This sounds great. I haven’t read her contemporaries, but I have tried one of her historical’s and really enjoyed it. And I haven’t read too many mature romances, and have been looking to spread my wings in that scenario…so I just might grab this one on my next library run. Thanks for the great review.

    • Ah, glad I could be a help! As I get older, I love it when the characters are still hot and romantic- and my age. I didn’t know she wrote HR so I’ll have to check them out.

  • I’ve been seeing her everywhere lately and yall really make me want to give her a read. Spunky, hot and fun sounds pretty darn good.

    • This was just the kick off to the series so it was fast, but yeah, it was spunky and hot. I’ve seen it everywhere, plus had like three people telling me ‘you just have to read these I know you’ll like them’. 😉 Anything for friends, right?

  • RO

    Someone else did a review of Victoria Dahl earlier this week and I love, love, love her work. I’ve read her historical and contemporary books and they are ALL good. She has the witty conversation between her characters down pat. Great review! Hugs…

    • Thanks, Ro! I’ve stayed in Jackson Hole, Wy a few times and a few of my friends were like ‘hey, this series and the series before is in that place you love and her writings awesome so you really have to try it’. I finally did and I plan on reading more. I’ll have to check out her HR.

  • Why haven’t I heard of this one?!!! I have a thing for firefighter heroes, mature lovers, small towns and good novellas! I’m so reading this! Thanks, Sophia!

    • Haha! You sound like me. I always say that I live under a rock. Have a good time with this one, Grace!

  • It looks great, I just bought it after reading your review 🙂 And hey, awesome librarian in here, it seems !

    • Oh yes! She’s a sassy, wild librarian. Enjoy, Iza!

  • Yes, this looks like something I would really like! I like that they are older-you don’t see a lot of those-at least I don’t. Thanks!

    • I don’t see a lot of mature characters in romances either so I was pleasantly surprised.