Saturday, August 24, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Seeing Red"

Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Forever Yours (August 6, 2013) *reprint*
Series: Firefighter, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Summer Abrams nearly died trying to save her father from a warehouse fire that, in the end, took his life. Consumed by guilt, she never set foot back in the town where her world fell apart. But now, twelve years later, another fire has ripped through that very warehouse, drawing Summer back to Ocean Beach--and to the man who was once her best friend...and is now a wildly sexy fire marshal who ignites her deepest desires.

Walker Montana has spent most of his life keeping people at bay. Summer was the only person he'd ever let in, but she'd broken his heart--and then took off without a word. After all these years, she's back--and she won't leave until they track down the arsonist responsible for this latest fire. Now Walker, who swore he'd never fall for Summer again, discovers he can't resist the scorching heat between them--and suddenly he's wondering if all these hot nights could be become something more lasting...

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Kame's Review:

Joe Walker was a overweight high school kid who had few friends and try to hide from his abusive father.  The only person he trusted in the world was his best friend Summer who lived next door. He friendship was more important that the deep feelings he had for her, until one day it became hard to hold them in; and he ran. Joe ran to one place he felt safe, the warehouse her parents used for their store, the one place Joe and Summer would go to talk. Summer oblivious to Joe’s feelings followed him there. The one place they both felt safe would soon become a place that brought painful memories and the starting point for Summer to run away. 

I like friends to lover’s stories, and I like them even better when one character makes a huge transformation. Joe Walker is no longer the overweight kid he was in high school. Now he is a fire marshal, and due to the rigors of the job has the body many women drool over. What I liked was that Joe had some of the same insecurities from his youth when he and Summer reunited. He didn’t all of a sudden grow confidence with his hot body. Bravo Jill Shalvis for having Joe lament over the demise of his diet over a bag of chips! Summer holds a lot of pain, most emotional tied back to her mother. It was something I could understand and seemed believable given the plot of the book. Her shift in thinking was gradual, which was also credible.  I enjoyed all the secondary characters; and some of them were characters. There were steamy scenes but not the main focus of the book, the plot and characters took center stage.

I am embarrassed to say this is my first Jill Shalvis book (with all the recommendation I have had why have I waited so long), but it won’t be my last. I am glad I picked it up; great writing and unique cast of characters kept me interested and will bring me back.



Kame received an e-copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion. 


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) 

I've only read two of Jill's books myself (and both were within the last year, so you're not alone!). One was an older Blaze release, Room Service; the other was book 1 in her Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible. I enjoyed both, and plan on reading more of her books. Ooh, and a few years back I read her Aussie Rules, almost forgot about that one. :) 

 Perhaps we'll have to pick one in the future and do a double review.... You know, since we both need to play catch up on her backlist! :D

How about you--have you read Jill Shalvis? Do you have a favorite, a book that Kame and I *must* read from her?


Until Next Time,
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Anna@herding cats said...

Aw yay! Glad you enjoyed your first from Shalvis. She's one of my favorites :) Haven't tried this one yet but I devour her Lucky Harbor books the second they release :)

Kame said...

I definitely need to read more Jill Shalvis. Thanks for stopping by Anna!