Review: Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood

Reviewed by Jaimie

Burning Up is the first book in the Flirting with Fire series by Jennifer Blackwood. This was my first experience with Ms. Blackwood’s work and I am so glad I gave this one a shot! The book was sweet and predictable, but well written and really enjoyable.

Erin Jenkins is an unemployed school teacher who lost her job due to budget cuts. She has returned to her hometown for the first time in ten years and that was definitely not in her life plan. Erin’s mother is thrilled that her daughter is back in town and she is doing her best to convince her to make it permanent. Just when she’s not sure she can cope with being back in town, she runs in to her older brother’s best friend – the guy she’s always carried a torch for. Suddenly the summer starts to look up!

Firefighter Jake Bennett had to grow up fast when he became a single father to his daughter Bailey. The little girl’s mother took off when she was only three months old leaving Jake to raise her alone. He dedicates himself to his daughter and his job, but after running in to Erin and taking her as his date to a wedding, he figures why not have a little fun on the side.

Jake and Erin were a great couple and you can’t help but root for them. Erin deals with things by running away, while Jake is slow and steady, but they had crazy chemistry.

Another plus for this story was the supporting characters. Of course there were Bailey and Jake’s interactions, which were adorable, but both Jake’s and Erin’s extended families were in the book quite a bit and I’m hoping we get to see stories for them!

These books follow a predictable formula but there’s a certain comfort in that. Even though I could predict how it was going to play out I still enjoyed going along for the ride. I will definitely be checking out future books in this series!

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Burning Up
by Jennifer Blackwood
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance

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