Series: Jackson: Girls' Night Out,
Published by Harlequin on 01 July 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Police or Firemen, Short Story / Novella
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Place(s) Traveled To: Jackson, Wyoming
First Line(s): Firefighters. The bane of her existence.
Victoria Dahl is an author that many romance fans I know have been telling me that I should read and while I’ve purchased a few of her books I just hadn’t gotten around to one of her stories. Then I was wandering through the BPL eLibrary catalog and stumbled on her novella, Fanning the Flames, which is a prequel to a new series by her. Fanning the Flames is the sort of book I’m drawn to as it has one of my favorite tropes, friends to lovers and the hot model on the cover didn’t hurt either. This story is your classic tale of librarian and the hot fireman next door and it was a quick read but it lacked something for me. Lauren and Jake have known each other for years, he is her ex-husbands best friend and she was also good friends with Jake’s late wife. While there is an attraction between each they both put on various mental blocks for why they can’t be together.
Until one night that changes.
Fanning the Flames is a quick read and I read it shortly after I downloaded it and in the end it left me a little frustrated as it just felt so unfinished. This is the danger that many a novella falls into because there just isn’t enough time to develop the characters or the world. I didn’t really buy the romance between Lauren and Jake and Lauren often rubbed me the wrong way. I did like Jake but we just didn’t get to know him enough to form any deep connection with him or Lauren. Then of course there was that pointless conflict that managed to find its way into this story. And we all know how much I like those. With a novella the addition of this pointless conflict just takes away from the limited number of pages to tell this story and so it makes it a little less real.
While I didn’t love Fanning the Flames I did like Dahl’s writing and do plan on checking out some of her other books. If you are a fan of Victoria Dahl then be sure to let me know which book of hers I should check out next!