Hello loves and happy Friday! Today I am bringing you a review of Slow Burn by Pamela Clare. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Title: Slow Burn
Author: Pamela Clare
Series: #2 in the Colorado High Country series
Pages: 287 pages (kindle edition)
Rating: 5 Oh My Goodness Yes Stars!
Victoria Woodley is done with men. Fresh off a dating nightmare, she flies from her home in Chicago to Scarlet Springs to take part in her best friend’s wedding. Who picks her up at the airport? Eric Hawke. Of course. She made a fool of herself over him last time she was here. He’s cocky, charming, and sexy as sin. But the fact that she’s attracted to him is all the proof she needs that he’s bad news. She would ignore him if she could. But he’s the best man, and she’s the maid of honor. She can’t just tell him to jump in a lake—especially not when her lips are locked with his.
Eric isn’t looking for a relationship. Between running the firehouse and volunteering for the county’s search and rescue team, he has enough on his plate. He doesn’t need to get tangled up with a woman from the big city, especially one whose idea of roughing it is going without designer coffee. Yet from the moment he looks into Victoria’s big brown eyes, the attraction he feels is too strong to deny. Faster than he can imagine, the spark of desire that has smoldered between them since the first day they met will flare into full-blown passion.
But can Eric convince Victoria to set aside her doubts and trust him with her heart before their time together runs out?
“Firemen are my favorite color”
This statement explains exactly how I feel about this book! From the get go this book had me HOOKED. It starts out with Victoria flying in from Chicago and she meets Eric in the airport coffee shop, Eric not knowing the person he is picking up is a woman. They get a little flirty and then Eric starts talking about this person that he is picking up that has flown out to “ruin” the good thing his best friend has going with Lexi. Little does he know that the person he has been sent to pick up is sitting right across from him. Ahh this was just perfect I loved it! Eric and Victoria get off on the wrong foot and she returns home to Chicago, then a couple months later returns to small town Colorado for Lexi’s wedding. Victoria finds herself in the same situation, Eric picking her up at the airport, except this time she knows he is just an egotistical ass (no matter how hot he is). Victoria has come to Colorado for the week of Lexi’s wedding, and man to they have a week packed full or adventure. Well as the week progresses her and Eric grow closer, and soon they are “together” together even though they both know they only have one week until Victoria returns to Chicago. The rest of the story follows their adventures during the week of the wedding and as their feelings intensify.
So let me start with Victoria, I absolutely loved Vic’s character, she is a strong willed independent woman who just wants to have some fun. However, Victoria has some pretty ugly backstory, which I won’t go into in too much detail, but I will say that she has been seriously wronged by the last man in her life. Despite that, and the fact that she might not completely trust herself she is strong through the book. The other side of Victoria’s personality that I think added the perfect balance to her character, was her complete selflessness. She is such a generous, caring person which is shown by several acts to not only the bride and groom but as well as one of the towns inhabitants, Bear.
So what kind of male character would evenly match Victoria’s character? Eric of course! Eric is a first responder, fire captain and part of the search and rescue team, he saves lives everyday. He cares about all of the people in the town of Scarlet Springs and shows compassion to every person his path crosses. Did I also mention he is smokin’ hot?! Extremely dedicated to his job he can’t think of settling down, or finding a women who understands his crazy schedule…until Victoria.
Slow Burn had everything I look for in a good romance novel, it was steamy hot, there was a incredible storyline, and a happy ending, and some good humor. Sometimes with romance novels I really am just reading until the next steamy scene or just to finish the book, I have no connection to the story or investment with the characters. However, with Eric and Victoria I was invested with their happy ending. There were other elements brought into the story so you didn’t just have to rely on the romance aspect of the story. There was a little bit of mystery, a little bit of gut retching oh my god what’s going to happen, and a little bit of a side story between Bear and Victoria that made me cry. I really just can’t express enough how well written and played out this story was, Pamela Clare did a phenomenal job! I believe I have found one of my new favorite authors. This is the second book in the series and I had not read the first, however, as soon as I finished this one I went straight to Amazon to purchase the first one (Barley Breathing). These books will be an automatic read for me from now on!
Would you recommend this book? Yes, go buy it right now!
Who would you recommend this book to? Anyone who likes a good contemporary romance, people for people who enjoy Jaci Burton, Christina Lauren, or Maya Banks
Have you read this book or the other in the series? What are your thoughts, share them below!
Hope you all enjoyed the review and have a fantastic Friday!