Thursday, June 12, 2014

{Review} Burn For Me by Lauren Blakely

She’s the one fire he can’t put out… Jamie Lansing has had it bad for firefighter Smith Grayson for as long as they’ve been friends. Yes, he’s ridiculously charming and she might stare a little too long at his abs, but his dirty-talking, rough-around-the-edges ways aren’t for her. Plus, she knows that as a serial dater, Smith isn’t the type to settle down. But then a terrible, fantastic, mind-blowing mistake leaves her body craving more than one night. Smith Grayson has only ever had eyes for one woman in town—his best friend Jamie. But convincing her a relationship between them will work is next to impossible with her refusing to see beyond his past. But when she asks for a week of no-strings-attached sex to get him out of her system, Smith knows this is his one chance to prove he’s not just the man she needs in her bed, but the man she needs in her life.

My Review:

Nobody loves a good firefighter book quite like I do. the prospect that the guy is not only a firefighter but he has the hots for his best friend who is a chick? I was all jazzed up about this one and couldn't wait to rip right into it.

The two characters Jamie and Smith have been friends for years. They laugh together, they hang out together and they even work together. Jamie manages a successful restaurant/bar and although Smith is a firefighter by night he builds shit by day. You heard me right ladies! Get those fire extinguishers ready because Smith also owns his own construction company. (brief pause so you can put out the fire in your loins) With Smith working to remodel a section of the bar he gets to spend a significant amount of time with Jamie on a daily basis and the spark that's always been between them ignites and yada yada.

Friends to lovers YAY! I love this kind of story where two friends finally realize they have something real and special and decide to go for it. Jamie was a little bit of a boner killer though because she went all hot and cold most of the time. She's a strong girl, independent, works hard, takes zero crap from people and she's known Smith a long time so she has the inside scoop on his dating habits. Which by the way lean towards the Ron Jeremy spectrum. Almost every vagina in town knows Smith Jr so I could understand Jamie's hesitancy in thinking Smith doesn't have it in him to stay with any one woman. She got on my nerves a little bit but I didn't want to bludgeon her A' La Walking Dead style.

Smith. He's a firefighters ladies!!! And... and... and He wears a tool belt and... and... and ALSO he um... you know, he's hot! He's funny and charming and sexy. *vagina speaks up and says "Oh My"* He's the trifecta of male awesome sauce. As if all that weren't enough he also poses for a fireman's calendar and the proceeds go to the local children's burn unit. {Insert dreamy sigh here}. Yes, Smith is a great guy and I loved him. He's been a bit of a tramp but I like that he put Jamie in her place about it saying when he was dating one person, he was all in with that person. I liked Smith's personality and his determination to prove to Jamie that he was serious in wanting to take their friendship to another level.

Two best friends falling in love? YAY! Best book everrrrr. Well... almost. I have to say there something missing in this story for me. True Jamie and Smith heat things up after a hot night in a storage closet wakes them up to their chemistry but I just needed a little bit more story. I felt as if I was told more about how they came to be than experiencing it for myself. Yes I already loved the idea of them but I think because Jamie spent so much time putting Smith off because of his past relationships and not to mention her sisters busted marriage weighing heavy on her mind (Zzz) there wasn't enough time focused on them together. THAT'S what I needed. A little bit more of these two together instead of all the push & pull. I did enjoy..ish this story buuuut I didn't fall in love with it. Smith and Jamie were great but a little bit more time together could have made the difference for me. This was quick read with a great couple that would be a great way to kill a few hours.


"Smith," she said in a low voice, half a warning, half an invitation.
"You're touching my hair," she whispered.
"I know. And I want to touch more of you,"
he said, and his heart beat harder.
"You do?"
"I would love to have my hands all over you."
eARC 14%

~ She wasn't into that kind of rough play, she didn't need to be bitten, or manhandled, or talked to like that. But then, maybe she did, because those orgasms he delivered were the stuff you didn't just write a poem about; those were the kind of O's that made you write an anthemic album that sold millions of copies as everyone screwed and made babies to it. eARC 27%

About The Author:
Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in TROPHY HUSBAND, she thinks life should be filled with hot men, cool clothes, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like this had a lot if potential, especially with a hot firefighter. Sorry it didn't wow you!


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