Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck
Book Two of the Private Pleasures series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle copy
Summary (from Goodreads):
He’ll show this good girl the thrill of being bad…
Good girl Melody Merritt is ready to be bad. Fresh out of an unsatisfying ten-year engagement to the town golden boy, she’s determined to make up for lost time. And who better to burn her sterling reputation to the ground than Bluelick’s sinfully sexy new fire chief whose wicked gaze promises complete and utter domination? Yes, please.
Corrupting the prim and proper Little Miss Bluelick is the most action Josh Bradley’s seen since he transferred from Cincinnati to fast-track his career. He won’t let anything or anyone—not even the delectable Melody Merritt—trap him in this Kentucky-fried Mayberry, but when their searing chemistry yields an unexpected result, he realizes he’s started a blaze that's completely beyond his control…
What I Liked:
I'm on a roll with these backlist reads! I think I'm in some sort of ARC reading slump, and so I've been rereading my favorite books and also knocking out some unread backlist novels that I purchased years ago. Including a slew of Entangled Brazen novels. I love Samanthe Beck's books, and I knew I would enjoy this one. The first book, Private Practice, is one of my all-time favorite Brazen novels.
This novel focuses on Melody, who we meet in book one as a secondary character, and Josh Bradly, the new fire chief of Bluelick. Melody is newly un-engaged thanks to her fiance coming out as gay, and she has her sights set on Josh. Their connection is instant and chemistry is raging hot, but that's not the only fire in town. Someone is starting fires and it isn't random.
Samanthe Beck's books are always super hot, with great buildup of tension and very sexually compatible characters. Beck proves that it is entirely possible to have an alpha male without him being an alphahole. Fire chief Josh Bradley is a young, tasty alpha male with a commanding air about him, and he is used to giving orders and being obeyed. Melody, on the other hand, is used to being with a kind man who recently came out as gay. She is ready for someone to light her fire (hehe), and take control. See? It works.
Josh is one of my favorite romance heroes. He is alpha and commanding, but neither of those traits are bad traits. He is a natural leader and he's very good at it. He's also very dedicated to his job and excellent at what he does. Have I mentioned how much I love a guy in uniform? Doesn't have to be military. Fire chief works. Josh is a pretty selfless guy, and I have a lot of respect for him. He's commanding in the fire station, commanding in the bedroom, and he's a stand-up, good guy.
Melody is the town's sweetheart, and she deserves the title. She's also a good person, a wholesome small-town girl, and she's a good match for Josh. I liked her steadfastness.
I already talked about how hot this book is, but the romance of the book is also sweet. These two are very good for each other and I could clearly see them falling for each other. Their relationship is somewhat drama-free, even with the gay ex-fiance being a thing. Once Josh found out about that, it wasn't an issue. There is another trope that was introduced late in this book that I usually hate, but I actually liked it in this book.
The ending was very sweet! I liked the compromise, and realizations. It felt like a very fitting ending for Josh and Melody. I need to read book three to see if Josh and Melody show up in that one!
What I Did Not Like:
I mentioned that there is a particular trope that shows up late in the book that I don't usually like. It's not too bad in this book, but just know that it does create a little bit of drama, but not too much. It isn't so bad. But the trope isn't for everyone (it usually is something I hate).
Would I Recommend It:
If you like steamy adult contemporary romance novels, try this book, or any of Beck's books. Her Compromise Me series is really good, and this series (I loooove book one of this series so much). Beck writes very very hot romance - you are warned!
4 stars. Now to read book three, which I don't think I have! Ginny is one of Melody's best friends and I am looking forward to reading her story.
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