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Series: Barringer's Pass

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: Up in Flames by Starr Ambrose

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Up in Flames by Starr AmbroseUp in Flames by Starr Ambrose
Series: Barringer's Pass,
Published by Pocket Books on 08 July 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars
Also by this author: Lie to Me, Thieves Like Us

Place(s) Traveled to:  Barringer’s Pass, Colorado

First Line(s): A spider crossed the white tablecloth, nimbly scooting over Sophie’s left hand.

Barringer’s Pass Series Order
Book 1: Silver Sparks
Book 2: Gold Fire
Book 2.5: Wild for the Girl
Book 3: Up in Flames

Up in Flames is my first book by author Starr Ambrose and it hit me at just the right time as I devoured it in a single sitting. I really liked the two main characters, Sophie and Zane and my heart broke of their past miscommunications which kept them apart for ten years. Both characters are dealing with issues, Sophie has been sheltered most of her life and Zane has been at the receiving end of a towns prejudices because of his last name. People in the small town of Barringer’s Pass just don’t want to look past the name at the man that Zane has become and just how different he is from his dad and brother.

In some ways, Up in Flames, can be classified as a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as both main characters and even many of the secondary ones are filled with both. Sophie is very proud of her bookish accomplishments and places more value in a degrees of higher education than in actual life accomplishments so it stings when she has trouble finding work. Zane, through necessity, has developed a very thick wall around him and is more apt to judge someone by what he thinks they might do than waiting to see what they will do. As you can imagine these conflicting personalities lead to some sparks between the two main characters.

Mixed in with the romance storyline is this murder mystery when a body is found buried at Zane’s business and the town is quick to place the blame on him. Sophie, for all her flaws and apparent dislike of Zane, is the only one who can see past the obvious and champions his innocence. Which then makes her a target as she keeps sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong. Her investigation also helps to bring her out of her shell a bit and reveal this fiesty charter that is filled with spunk and determination. It was fun watching Sophie grow and to learn to appreciate people for what they’ve accomplished and not just because of a piece of paper they might hold.

Up in Flames was a fast paced story with believable twists and turns and a plot that will keep most readers guessing who the killer is until near the reveal. The journey that Sophie and Zane must travel before they reach there HEA is also realistically done and its one that will give a reader that wonderful heart-achy feeling. This was my first Starr Ambrose book but if her others are half as interesting then I think I might enjoy them as well. If you like a good romantic suspense storyline then I think that you might want to check this one out.

four-stars
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