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Ignite on Contact by Jaci Burton
Series: Brotherhood by Fire #2
Published by Berkley on January 28, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Relationships. Firefighter Rafe Donovan avoids them whenever possible. He loves dating women, but he makes sure they know up front that he's in it for fun, great sex and nothing more.
Fun. As an ER nurse and official caretaker of her disabled grandfather, Carmen Lewis doesn't have time for fun. But Rafe has been there for Carmen--and her grandfather--time and again, and he's clearly interested in her. She knows he's a player, but she's tempted by his charm and incredible body. And maybe a little fun isn't a bad thing, as long as she keeps her heart away from this fiery game she's enjoying with a very hot man.
Love. It doesn't take Rafe long to realize that until now he's only been playing at romance. With Carmen he feels searing passion and heart-tugging emotion for the first time. Now he has to convince Carmen that what they have together is the real deal.
The Brotherhood by Fire is well named as a series about “brothers” who are firefighters. I have enjoyed this author in the past and couldn’t resist this series. For the most part, the story focuses on the “romance” with only a few details about the careers and other aspects of their lives. The brothers have their moments supporting and encouraging each other. I always enjoy books with a strong circle of family and friends.
Rafe, like the rest of the brothers, never has any trouble finding women. Usually the brothers don’t date or have long-term relationships, they just get together with a women. They may see each other a few times (for sex) but then they move on for various reasons. He is a nice guy who helps his neighbor, his parents and the community center kids. He just hasn’t ever been serious about a woman.
He sees his neighbor, Carmen and how hard she works as a nurse and taking care of her grandfather and would like to date her. He knows her divorce was bad and he will have to take things slow with her. They quickly find each other easy in conversations and a hot attraction.
Carmen hasn’t taken time for herself or to trust a guy. Rafe is nice and attractive, why shouldn’t she have some fun? It doesn’t have to turn into a full-blown relationship. He’s always kind and respectful and sexy.
It seems to be a theme in this series, and maybe many romance books, that people don’t really date to get to know each other and have fun activities with a possibility of becoming more. They get together for sex, until one or both wants more, then it continues or they break up. So it feels sometimes like they get to know each other through sex, rather than spending time together. The sex just seems to happen pretty quickly. It almost seems like once a woman agrees to go out with a guy, she’s agreeing to have sex with him.
In Ignite on Contact, Rafe and Carmen do also spend time with each other and their friends. Thankfully, it is not all sex scenes and they do talk to each other about their ideas, plans and troubles. Particularly, it is great to see them support each other emotionally over difficulties they have. Rafe isn’t about to lose her once they are together. His patience and kindness and competence at household chores is the sexiest thing ever.
Berkley Romance is generously allowing me to giveaway a print copy of the book. US only.
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