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Monday, May 31, 2010

Burning Love by Jana Richards

Burning Love by Jana Richards
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (114 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Ivy

After causing three cooking fires in her apartment, Iris Jensen finds herself evicted. She lands on Riley Benson's doorstep, looking to rent a room in the beautiful old home he's restoring. It's only for six weeks until Iris leaves Portland, Oregon for her new job on a cruise ship. Firefighter Riley knows firsthand what a bad tenant she can be. But he needs money to finish the work on the house he loves. And something about Iris pulls at his heart…

Meanwhile, in Heaven, two angels watch over the young lovers. Angelica and Hildegard work in Heaven's Relationship Division, where angels match mortals with their soul mates. The angels believe so strongly in Iris and Riley’s love that they break Heaven's rules to help them. Can the angels convince them they belong together forever before time runs out?

When Riley Benson meets Iris, he's not sure she's not a crazy arsonist. This fireman shows he has a heart of gold when he lets the accused fire-starter into his home after she's turned out of hers. Burning Love is an enchanting story about love at first sight and the influence of two cupid-playing angels in Heaven.

I was intrigued by the plot of this story: A clumsy girl with a wandering heart and habit of causing accidental fires can't seem to make any place feel like home until she finds the man of her dreams. The only problem is the man of her dreams is as insecure as she is. With Iris working as a travel agent, I found her dilemma of whether or not to take a job on a cruise ship totally believable. Who wouldn't want to travel abroad by sea to experience the world? But how much would one sacrifice for true love? While Iris struggles to find the courage to accept she's falling for Riley, Riley must face the fact that he needs a sincere, romantic woman in his life to help him stay grounded and find ways to trust. His bumbling attempts to sweep Iris off her feet are charming, but his reluctance to believe in her is frustrating.

Author Jana Richards throws a fun monkey wrench into this well-written romantic tale. Her two angels working in Heaven's matchmaking department--the repressed Hildegard and the hysterically flaky, Angelica--watch the story unfold and do their best to bring Riley and Iris together. But some of their interferences only cause more problems. Although I found the chapters with angels, Hildegard and Angelica, disconcerting at first, their personalities and chemistry grew on me so much that I wasn't happy to close the book. I wanted more angelic intervention stories.

The journey to love for Riley and Iris is sweet, sincere, authentic, and enjoyable. These two lovers in Burning Love leave the reader sighing with contentment. The two trouble-making cupids leave one wondering where they might turn up next.

Very pleasant read.