When Beck Steele was met in the first book of the Into the Fire series, I saw him as an irresistible flirt. In his own story, I also discovered that he is very capable when it comes to firefighting, and he takes his responsibilities seriously. Yet when it comes to women and dating, his main thoughts are having a good time and making certain his lover is satisfied when they part. But when the sometimes rather disagreeable new dispatcher came to work at the station, the life of this carefree man begins to gradually change without him even noticing. J.H. Croix makes the emotional moments in SLOW BURN believable, while any sexual escapades are off-the-charts steamy.
Since Maisie Rogers is the dispatcher for Willow Brook Fire and Rescue, she talks with a variety of locals in the quaint Alaskan town. While she enjoys her career choice, there is one person in the area who can annoy her just by speaking, and he unluckily works with her. Though Beck Steele may be temptingly hot, he has a reputation for dating lots of women, and Maisie does not plan on being one of them. But for some reason, the woman who answers the emergency calls has Beck feeling different about her than the other females whom he encounters, and her refusal to do more than kiss him only makes his determination to win her over even greater.
J.H. Croix knows how to make her romances engaging from the start, where emotions are constantly sincere and the characters have honest reactions. I am always deeply affected when I read a book by this author, as her characters are so true-to-life and make me care about their welfare. Beck does all he can to keep others safe when it pertains to his work, and I admired his professionalism. In his personal life, he is always upfront when with a woman. But being around Maisie leaves him confused and not in control of his responses. She is also conflicted about her feelings for him, and I enjoyed watching these two come to terms with how they really felt for one another. Often when they are together, the couple experience passionate sex that is better than any fantasy either could imagine. SLOW BURN takes Beck and Maisie through a series of highs and lows, where candid feelings are expressed and hopes just might come true.
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Series: Into the Fire – Book 2
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Releases: October 29, 2017
Author website: http://jhcroixauthor.com/
Rating: 5 Stars