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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Flashpoint


Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 books
Review by Xeranthemum

Zach Thomas risks his life battling flames every day. But since sexy EMT Brooke O'Brian joined the crew, he can't resist playing with fire. Brooke is feisty, a little uptight…and sexy as hell. And as Zach soon discovers, she's definitely hot stuff between the sheets. Still, every firefighter knows that the hotter the blaze, the faster the action's over…

After the whirlwind ride Zach's been taking her on, Brooke is ready to do anything for this man-in and out of bed! But she knows footloose and fancy-free Zach doesn't do commitment. So she plans to build up a five-alarm fire between them. The kind he won't ever want to put out…

Flashpoint is a hot romance with incredible dialogue that brings the characters to life, has you nodding your head in understanding and connection, and embracing the relationships between primary and secondary characters.

The story is told in both Brooke’s and Zach’s POVs and the flow is effortless and smooth. The humor is both real and endearing and it draws you in.

Brooke is a woman bent on tidying up an unexpected duty while simultaneously focusing on her future; how fast she can get away and to where. Her past has dumped her with a commitment phobia except she never saw it as such. That is until she takes a temp job as an EMT and discovers more than a hot guy.

The studly firefighter, Zach, is running too. He hides it incredibly well and while this reader was totally fixated on all the yummy descriptions of his abs, his glistening, sweaty body as he cleaned his rig and the beach scene, I almost forgot to look at him as a person. Brooke gets into his head and heart and the inner man is revealed. What a great contradiction in capability and vulnerability.

The conflict thread throughout is light. I don’t mean it’s not serious because it is, and it’s sad, but it doesn’t drag the story down or mire it in darkness. It is just enough to get a reader to care, to worry and to be happy for the two when they finally work out their issues and survive the chaos wrought by the resolving of said conflict. Oddly enough, I felt bad for the bad guy and sort of wanted Ms. Shalvis to help him too. Just like in life, we can’t have everything and it is better that way.

Ms. Shalvis has a reputation for delivering characters you can relate to with quirky yet sexy personalities that are a joy to read about. Flashpoint does not disappoint. This is the perfect book to wile away an afternoon because the HEA has everything you look for in romance.