Monday, March 16, 2015

Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence

Title:  Feeding the Fire
Series:  Rosewood #2
Author:  Andrea Laurence
Published:  March 16/15 by Pocket Star
Length:  250pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.

My Review:

Laurence has created an intricately crafted, completely original story that held my interest throughout. She combines the upbeat feel of a romance with some very hard hitting events and secrets to create a very fulfilling whole. There were definitely one or two huge ‘wow, I didn’t see that coming’ moments that kept me on my toes. Laurence threw plot twists at me left, right, and centre. This was a uniquely charming novel.

The cast of characters that Laurence developed really carried this story forward well. The shared past between the two main characters wasn’t simply comical, it provided a context and a solid footing for the rest of the tale. Separately they were both strong willed, entertaining individuals who were genuinely good people. Together they were unforgettable. Backed up by this inviting yet controversial cast this story was filled with the type of people that you really want to get to know.

As a whole this was a very inviting, intricate tale that I really enjoyed reading. Laurence has once again captured my attention.

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