Burning Up

Burning Up

by Jennifer Blackwood


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ISBN-13: 9781503901414
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Series: Flirting With Fire Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 870,171
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Blackwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rule Breakers, Drexler University, and Snowpocalypse series. Aside from writing contemporary romance, Blackwood teaches English in Oregon, where she lives with her husband, son, and unruly black Lab puppy. When she isn’t writing or teaching, you can find her binge-watching some of her favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural and Gilmore Girls. Visit her author website at www.jenniferblackwood.com, and follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferBlackwood and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jen_blackwood.

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Burning Up 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Lisa-Lou 11 months ago
Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood is the first book in her brand new Flirting With Fire series. Told in dual POV between the prodigal daughter returning home to Portland for the summer and her brothers' best friend, firefighter and father of a twelve year old, Jake. Erin has crushed on Jake Bennett for what feels like forever, and the ten years she was gone have done nothing but make him even better looking and more attractive. But will this even work? He doesn't want to get involved in anything serious and cause problems with his daughter and Erin is leaving as soon as she can find another job back in San Fransisco. But is Portland really that bad? Does Erin really have to run off again to not be heard from for another ten years? Jake refuses to bring his love life around his daughter - anyone he sees knows off the bat that it's not serious and not permanent. So when Erin comes home looking sexy and delicious he knows he should stay away. One, it's his best friends little sister. Two, she isn't staying around. But the heart wants what the heart wants and his heart (and libido) want Erin! Well-paced, well-written and humorous and sexy this was a wonderful read. Enjoy!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Reunited ... and wow, it felt SO good! Sweet, sexy and irresistible would be the perfect way to describe firefighter Jake. He's a fun dad, a nice guy and sexy as all get out. I liked him a lot ... and Erin irritated me on occasion, but overall I liked them together. Fast paced, lots of humor laced in and an entertaining read all the way around. Firefighter and single dad Jake Bennett found out long ago that he wasn't cut out for relationships. If he can have the fun without he pain, he'll take it any day of the week, but no more setting himself up for heartache! The stress of finding a "plus one" to his sister's wedding before his mother sets him up with someone is on ... but his luck is changing when his best friend's sister happens to be in town and just the person he needs to take along! Erin Jenkins has crushed on Jake all of her life, but his life went on without a problem while she pined away. She's returning home to Portland for the summer just to help her mom out while she recovers from some surgery, but getting into a fake relationship that leads to more with Jake, might be just the kind of distraction she needs while she's in town! When real feelings start to flare and endanger her ability to leave when shes' ready, she not so sure she's ready for that!
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by this author that I have read and because it checked everything that I like in a book, it won't be my last! I won this book in a Goodreads contest and in return I promised an honest review. Burning Up is the first installment in the Flirting with Fire Series, it's the story of Jake and Erin. Each book is a stand alone romance and they do not have to be read in order. It has no angst, little drama, told in the 3rd person, dual POV and the humor is off the charts with the wit throughout the book. You will fall in love with all the wonderful characters and the HEA does sneaks up on ya. From the first word it grabbed my attention and I just could not put this book down. Got To Be The Best Book I've Read This Year!!! I recommend this 5 star book to all who enjoys a multi-genre book.
belllla More than 1 year ago
A really cute story about falling for your best friend sister. Erin is back in her hometown for the summer and her family after all these years. A town that she was desperately trying to escape. Jake is her brother best friend and a high school secret crush. Both are now grown up, both very hot and with an explosive attraction between. At first, the bro code and the thought of his daughter are keeping him away from Erin, but she keeps popping in his mind and she can't stop thinking of him, in the end, they start summer fling that evolves in something deep. Buth Erin has a chance to return home, will love be enough? I loved the story, it is super cute with great characters, funny with a lot of hot sizzling makeout session and in the end great love story. It was great to see how had Erin changed her mind about her hometown and her feelings toward it. I am curious to see if there will be a story about her brother and best friend. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
Burning Up is the start of a series about firemen and the women they fall for. What's not to enjoy!?! Gorgeous, hunky firemen...yeah, thought you would catch on quick! He is her older brother's best friend. He is a single dad. He is a fireman. He is her every high school fantasy. He is...Jake Bennett. But Jake Bennett doesn't do relationships, or he didn't!?! This sweet story is about coming home and finding yourself. Now if only her friends and family could get their acts straight! I look forward to more Flirting With Fire.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Burning Up is the start to a new series, and what a start it is! I loved Jake and Erin's story. She's had a crush on him forever--he was her brother's best friend growing up--but he shut her down years ago. As soon as she had the chance, Erin left town and has barely looked back since...until her mother's health takes a turn for the worse. Newly out of a job, she plans to spend the summer finding a new one as far away from her hometown as she can and avoiding her mother's meddling at all costs. For years Jake's life has revolved around two things--his daughter Bailey and his job as a firefighter. He doesn't need the complications that dating would bring, but still jumps at the chance to take Erin as his plus one to a family wedding, if only to prevent a maternal set-up with her neighbor the cat lady. It's not like a relationship with Erin could go anywhere--her brother Reece is his coworker now, and anyway, she's leaving before the summer's over. It's just a friendly date, right? Riiiight. ;) I loved the two of them together, even if they took turns making me crazy. Jake's hesitancy to get involved with his friend's sister and to start something with someone who's got one foot out of town already was understandable--mixed with his undeniable attraction to Erin, though, it made him go hot and cold constantly. Erin spent the summer wishing she were somewhere else (literally, at one point--I loved the scenes at the town wishing fountain!), except when she was with Jake...and with her friends, and her family, and...gah! couldn't she just see how right her hometown was for her? (Not living with her mom, though. That's never the right choice when you're almost 30.) Watching Jake and Erin grow closer and let go of their fears was a lot of fun, and I'm anxious to get glimpses of where their relationship is going in future books. Burning Up is only my second book my Ms. Blackwood but definitely not my last--I can't wait to find out what's going on with Sloan (Erin's BFF) and Reece. Fingers crossed that book 2 is theirs! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion. So, something happened while reading this book that has never happened to me before. I liked the book but didn't like the couple....so weird right?! I didn't even think this was possible while reading a romance. How can you enjoy a book but not like the couple?! That's exactly what happened though. First time for everything I suppose. First off, I don't think these two are a good match. I didn't feel the chemistry between them. I think they are on different paths in life and just not a good fit. Erin doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know what she wants. Jake is the complete opposite. He has his daughter, his career, his friends, etc. He just needs his other half to share his life with. Erin doesn't know where she wants to live, she doesn't know how she feels about her family, she second guesses every decision she makes etc. Erin just isn't ready for the life Jake is living. They also gave up too easily when things got hard. I think if this is true love and the person you are truly meant for....it wouldn't be that easy to let it walk away. I did really like the town and the secondary characters in the story. It was so much fun seeing Jake's sisters running around and interacting with Bailey. The families on both sides were just awesome. I'd take either one of them honestly. I also loved the small town vibes this town had. Every time they mentioned the bakery, I could almost smell the baked goods through the pages. Also, the story was really well written. I was impressed that an author could make me smell baked goods from printed pages lol. I did enjoy the story overall but just couldn't get into the couple. Luckily, this is a series and I will definitely be continuing on with it. I cannot wait to see whose story is up next.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars -fun and spicy but predictable 3.5 stars--BURNING UP is the first instalment in Jennifer Blackwood’s contemporary, adult FLIRTING WITH FIRE romance series. This is middle-school teacher Erin Jenkins, and fire fighter/ single dad Jake Bennett’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jake and Erin) BURNING UP follows the building relationship between middle-school teacher Erin Jenkins, and fire fighter/ single dad Jake Bennett. Erin Jenkins is home for the summer holidays having lost her teaching position in California to attrition and a lack of school board funding. Hoping to find something quick, Erin heads home to Portland in an effort to reconnect with family and friends, never thinking about the potential of falling in love. Enter her brother’s best friend and fellow fire fighter Jake Bennett. An offer of Jake’s plus-one for his sister’s wedding slowly begins to blur the lines between friendship and more. What ensues is the building romance and love between Jake and Erin, and the potential fall-out as Erin’s time in Portland comes to an end. Erin Jenkins has no plans to stay in her hometown of Portland Oregon. Her life and friends are back in California but her heart will soon belong to a man whose just as lost as our story line heroine. Jake Bennett has been a single father for close to thirteen years, and has never crossed the line by bringing home a woman or fallen in love. Reconnecting with his best friend’s sister found our hero losing his heart to a reluctant Erin Jenkins. Erin has lusted after Jake Bennett for most of her life but Jake was off limits in more ways than one. With her time in Portland coming to an end Erin hopes to find a new teaching position far from her family and the man with whom she has fallen in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text although the palpable sexual energy is more or less absent between our leading couple. We are introduced to Jake’s fellow fire fighters: Erin’s brother Reese Jenkins, and rookie Cole ‘Hollywood’ Gibson; Erin’s sister Andie and their eccentric mother; as well as Jake’s daughter Bailey, and Erin’s best friends Madison and Sloan. BURNING UP is a sweet story that introduces the players in the author’s FLIRTING WITH FIRE series. The best friend’s little sister conflict was limited-more of a worry than anything else. There are some funny moments in the hotel at Jake’s sister’s wedding including a family of raccoons who have taken up residence in our heroine’s room. The premise is fun and spicy but predictable; the romance is captivating and emotional; the characters are sassy and energetic.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A new, steamy hot romance series that the first book features a firefighter who is a single dad is just my kind of series. Of course, there is history, there is family meddling, but the steamy hot romance is what won me over. While Jake’s heart is guarded due to his daughter’s mother running out on him when she was just a baby. Then he runs into his best friends little sister, who is so off limits but his heart has other plans. The instant chemistry between Jake and Erin was perfect. The hints at the flirting that may have happen during high school was fun. I love that there was a history between them and they didn’t hide from it. If anything they embraced it, respected it, and pulled the good from it to make their current relationship ever better. The secondary characters give the reader a glimpse of potential future storylines and there were a few hints of who may hook-up with whom. I am excited to read more of Jennifer Blackwood’s book and hopefully catch up with Erin and Jake while learning more about the rest of the Flirting with Fire Family.
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
In theory, this should’ve worked for me – childhood crush on her brother’s best friend, “fake dating” and forced proximity – but, unfortunately, something just felt missing. “That morning, I’d just been accepted into an elite training for a hotshot crew. And then Maisey dropped the bomb. So I threw out my one wish to the universe.” “What did you wish for?” she asked. The muscle in his jaw feathered as he stared at the fountain. “I hoped I’d be good enough for my kid.” Erin swallowed hard. She realized that this was prob- ably the day that Jake had turned from a bad boy into a good man. And she felt slightly guilty because the rst thing she’d wish for—if she did believe in wishes—would not be something so altruistic. Maybe she’d save that for the third or fourth penny. “I never looked back. She’s always come first.” Erin took off for college in California without telling her family – and now, after a Master’s degree and several years as a middle school science teacher, she’s back for the summer, jobless and already ready to leave again. Jake is a fighter fighter, and one of Erin’s brother’s best friends. He’s a single dad to Bailey, who’s twelve, and has pretty much built his world around being everything for her, since her mother abandoned them both when Bailey was a few days old. When they have a funny meet cute at a bagel shop, sparks fly, and Jake impulsively asks her to be his plus-one to his sister’s wedding. Both agree nothing can happen between them, though – Erin’s got one foot out the door to go back to California, and Jake doesn’t want to break Bailey’s (or his) heart with someone who won’t stay – or can it? There’s very little angst or drama in this book, and there’s some pretty funny moments (the bagel incident, for one, or raccoons infesting Erin’s hotel room so that she has to room with Jake), but it also felt like a deeper connection between Erin and Jake was missing. He continually ran so hot and cold on having a relationship with her that by the end of the book I was half rooting for her to dump his butt and head back to California. I especially didn’t like that part of Jake’s resistance to dating Erin was that he somehow thought he needed her brother’s permission. After the whole book of them going back and forth about whether they should be dating at all, I found the ending abrupt, and I wasn’t completely sold on Erin’s reasoning, or that she wasn’t staying simply because of Jake. Part of this was because I felt like there was a lot of things with Erin’s family left up in the air. Her family relationships were contentious, to say the least. She doesn’t get along with her firefighter older brother who’s been in a grouchy mood since his longterm girlfriend dumped him. She doesn’t get along with her younger sister, who mysteriously dropped out of college. She doesn’t get along with her mom – and this part, at least, I understood, since her mom was completely overbearing. I did find it hilarious that though her mom is famous for her gourmet PB&J food truck in downtown Portland, Erin prefers Jif to her homemade peanut butter. It’s Erin’s entire response to life in a nutshell – go for the expected easy thing rather than deal with her family or anything hard. At the end of the book, while Erin had taken steps to repair those relationships, I wasn’t left feeling confident that she’d be able to manage that. I understand this is the start of a series, so I’m guessing the next books will be about her siblings, but I wish we
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
When Erin Jenkins returns to her home town to help out her mom for the summer, the last thing she expects is to run into her long time crush, Jake Bennett. And when Jake makes a spur of the moment decision to invite Erin to his sisters wedding, the plan is to catch up with an old friend, nothing more. But the more time he spends with Erin, the harder it is for him to deny his attraction to her. Despite his vow to stay as far away from Erin and the Jenkins house as he can until she returns to CA in the fall, he can't seem to keep his mind on anything BUT her. And with his daughter away at camp for three weeks, he has no distractions to take his mind off her. As Jake and Erin spend more time together, both of them begin to realize that her leaving in the fall will break them both, but her life and career as a teacher are all back in California. Burning up is full of hot, steamy scenes, but the best part of the book for me is the growth and development of a relationship built on years of friendship and shared history. Jake is tender, sweet, and sexy as hell. And good lord, I can't wait for more of these sexy fire fighters!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Back in Portland much to her dismay, newly unemployed school teacher Erin is home for the summer, job hunting and helping out her ever meddling nut job of a mother. The family comes complete with a brooding teen age sister who refused her college scholarship and a jack hat bossy older brother who is a firefighter. Mom owns a food truck and the two girls are pitching in working while Mom recoups from minor surgery. Erin is job hunting every minute, determined to return to her life in California, she fled Portland 10 years ago and never looked back. Now meet Jake, best friend of her older brother, a long term growing up crush, single dad firefighter, whose life revolves around his job and caring for his now 13 year old daughter. When the two meet by accident at the local bake shop, Erin finds herself owing Jake one, and agrees to accompany him to his sisters wedding, spending the weekend with his entire family 3 hours away. They're attracted to each other but there's slow and then there's slow. As luck (or not) would have it, they have to share a room. When faced with being alone with Erin, Jake freaks and high tails it from anywhere near her, makes excuses and even when things heat up, the guy flips the deep freeze switch in a nanosecond. Frankly, I got tired of Jake quickly, I don't care how hot he was and all of his much ado about nothing, he got old quick. Erin is trying to get the hell out of town, even thought the attraction to Jake is overpowering, the reasons why she left and bubbling over. Mom's back working her food truck and trying to work her daughters love life and the family non function was just not fun. Sullen 19 year old who's a little biotch, the brother and I was over it. Erin was hellbent on getting back to Cali and when she finally caved and applied to a few jobs in the area because of Jake, she gets an offer she finds hard to turn down. So, what would Erin do? How do you make that choice? Do you stay in the place you couldn't wait to get the hell out of 10 years ago, back to the security of the familiar. Stay for the man who is all over the map, the totally screwed up family that was absolutely no help or support. Yeah tough choice right? Far too little, far too late. She made hers. Read the book to find out. **arc from NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) We meet Erin who returns home to Portland to assist her mother since she had an operation. Erin dreads being home, she left at the age of 18 after feeling suffocated from her mom, she loves her family she does but her mom has no boundaries, so she is counting the days to return to her home of sunny San Fran, unfortunately she was laid off as a teacher so now she is on the job hunt. She ends up running into her crush Jake, who also happens to be her brothers best friend, and she thought she no longer had that crush but boy was she wrong. Jake is interested in Erin, but he tries to remember the Bro Code and also he has a daughter that he does not want to hurt by bringing someone to their lives to just leave again..But plans change..Enjoy!
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This was the first in a new firefighters series by the author. I love firefighters, and I love the author, so I was sold. But, the heroine wasn't my favorite, and I had a hard time connecting with her. The hero also came across so wishy-washy sometimes that I struggled with him as well. 3.5 Stars. Erin Jenkins is a middle school science teacher, without a classroom. Budget cuts have cut her job, and she's searching for a new one in San Francisco, where she has been living. She's back in Portland for an extended period, for the first time in 10 years. She ran from there at 18 to attend Stanford, and to get away from her nosy, but well meaning, loving family. Her mom had surgery, and needs help, along with needing assistance at the family business, a food truck with their secret recipe homemade peanut butter as the star ingredient. Her younger sister has dropped out of college, and can't decide what she wants to do, and is living at home. Her older brother, Reese, is a firefighter, and still lives in town as well. She is feeling at loose ends, and is trying not to feel resentful about being home again, staying in her mother's house. She's constantly looking for new job postings and is applying and interviewing. She is determined to end up back in California, and put Oregon in her rear view mirror once again. Jake Bennett is a firefighter, and he is Reese's best friend since childhood. They all grew up together, but Jake and Reese were 4 years older than Erin, so they never really had much interaction once high school hit for the boys. He's also a single dad to a 12-year-old daughter, and he's adjusting to her constantly changing attitudes, hormones, and temper. He needs a date for his sister's wedding, and when he runs into Erin in the local bakery, he decides she'd be the perfect one. But he doesn't expect all these feelings to come at him out of nowhere. What was supposed to be a perfectly easy, stress-free wedding date is turning into more than he bargained for. Jake and Erin's chemistry was electric, and I enjoyed watching them try to fight it. Jake doesn't want to break the bro code he has always had with Reese. Erin doesn't want to get involved, knowing she plans to leave town when summer is over. They both don't want to hurt Jake's daughter either, as he's crossed that bridge before and swore to himself to never let her get hurt that way again. They both give in of course, but incrementally, and Jake came off as quite wishy-washy, and a bit of a jerk for leaving Erin hanging without explanation more than once. Meanwhile, Erin wanted to leave Portland with a single-minded determination that bordered on annoying. It's like she wouldn't even consider the idea that she could be happy there, and she fought hard against anything that might keep her there, which bothered me quite a bit. Her relationship with her mom and sister seemed to suffer as a result as well. I liked both characters, and I liked them as a couple, but they just kept fighting it so hard, and I didn't like that. Also, some of their decisions truly drove me batty. I really felt like Erin needed to do a bit more groveling than she did, though I love Jake's heart for not making her do it. I also really enjoyed Reese's response to the situation. He was very adult about the whole thing, and how he handled the conversation, both with Erin, and with Jake, made me like him a lot. I'm really looking forward to his story. I enjoyed this one but I didn't love it.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This was good overall, but it didn’t match the synopsis in my opinion. I’m giving this 3.5 out of 5 stars. This review is for an ARC, and reflects my honest opinion. Despite a slower start, I did like this one. Jake was amazing (yay for single dad romances), and I liked Erin quite a bit too. I got a little annoyed with her sometimes though. I was expecting more of a fling given the synopsis, but this was more of a slow burn romance (honestly more friendship than anything) until it wasn’t…and that was towards the end of the book. I liked Hollywood a lot, and I’m pretty sure he’ll get a book of his own in this series. Reece was kind of meh for me. I liked Bailey. One highlight of this book was that there were some pretty funny parts; I found myself laughing quite a bit. If you enjoy shows like Chicago Fire (but with less drama), you’d probably like this book. The firefighting wasn’t a huge aspect, but it was nice to see Jake on the job. This was dual POV, and I liked seeing both sides. The voices were unique enough that it worked. It was a solid book, but I might have liked it more if I wasn’t expecting something else based on the synopsis.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“I need you, Erin. To the point where you take up every bit of available space in my head. “ “I will make every moment with you count” Burning Up is the first book in an exciting new series from author Jennifer Blackwood. Following the story of Erin and Jake, Burning Up in a sweet swoon worthy romance that will make you feel good and leave you with a smile on your face. It is a story about coming home and returning to your roots. A story of living the life you’re meant to live and taking a chance on love. I loved the family dynamic in this book and loved how everyone was in on everyone else’s business. I thought Erin’s mom was a riot. She wanted nothing more than her daughter to be happy and couldn’t wait to gossip to whomever would listen. I loved her family despite all of their craziness. And Jake….he had his reservations about becoming involved with someone. He tried really hard to fight the pull between him and Erin. But, the pull between the two of them was too hot to be ignored. Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. It was fun and flirty with just the right amount of steam and heart. I think this series is off to a really great start and look forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! As I've come to expect from a Jennifer Blackwood book the story is filled with humor, witty banter, and a nice slow build romance. Jake Bennett is a single dad and a firefighter (had me hooked right here!) who is happy with his life and isn't looking for anything permanent with a woman. A little summer fun though? That would be nice. Erin Jenkins is just back in Portland for a short time. It's been ten years since she's been home and she's out of there as soon as she finds another teaching job in California. That doesn't mean she can't have a little distraction with Jake while she's stuck there. Sounds like the perfect plan for both of them. Until it isn't just fun anymore... Fun, flirty and sexy that's the best way to describe this humor filled story. I definitely recommend it.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book!!! Erin and her family are quirky and fun, while Jake is swoon-worthy. What could be hotter than a sexy fireman that's also a single dad to a daughter? Yummmmmmmm.... yes, please. Add in Erin's job quest and humorous circumstance she finds herself in and you've got a great combination. I don't think I'll ever look at a hotel room tv the same again......I think I'll always wonder if it's entertainment or the enemy... If you enjoy contemporary romance with a bit of humor, you will love this book. This is the perfect beach read. The author is on my must read authors' list and should probably be on yours as well.
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
Did someone say hot single Dad who is a firefighter? Yes please! Jake Bennett is a great dad to his young daughter, loves his family, and his city. When his best friends younger sister comes home for the summer, he is reminded of the bro code. He isn't allowed to be attracted to the sexy teacher, but that doesn't stop him. Erin doesn't want to be home with her meddlesome family. She lost her job and is frantically trying to find a new one so she can leave at the end of summer. That is until she meets her high school crush. Erin and Jake always got along, and had fun together growing up. Now that they are grown up, their feelings, and attraction, are much more heated. This is a hilarious and hot story of finding your heart's desire and taking a chance. The banter was fun, the story was sweet and the passion was fiery! I really enjoyed this charming, heartwarming and steamy romance.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This story centers around Erin Jenkins and Jake Bennett. Erin has ben living in California for the past 10 years. She left her home in Portland, to go to college and didn’t return because she felt her family was overbearing. Jake is a single Dad, a firefighter and Erin’s brother’s best friend. When Erin is laid off , she returns home for the summer, hoping to get a job back in California by the time school starts. When she sees Jake again, the attraction is instantaneous. She always had a crush on him , but Jake had promised her brother never to get involved with Erin. The story at times was humorous. It was also a reminder that families are complex and sometimes the pressures put on the children ,even as adults, can be stifling. As a whole, it was sweet, at times predictable story , and one to be read for the enjoyment of the moment. It was more of a 3.5 star story. I received this copy from Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Erin Jenkins escaped Portland, Oregon when she was eighteen and was loving her life as a teacher in California until being in her probationary period and budget cuts left her jobless in the Summer holidays. Now her mother has had surgery and needs Erin to run their peanut butter food truck while she's out of commission. Back in her childhood home, complete with squabbling siblings Erin feels like she's dying inside. Then a meeting at Barrry's Bakery with her brother's BFF Jake Bennett brings back memories of her schoolgirl crush. Jake is no longer the bad boy he was at school, not with a twelve year old daughter to take care of as a single dad. These days his life is his job as a firefighter and being the best dad he knows how to be. When he runs into BFF Reece's little sister Erin he can't believe how cute she's become but he doesn't have time for a woman in his life, does he? This is a bit like Shannon Stacey but with slapstick. This is the third book I've read by Jennifer Blackwood and I've got to say slapstick seems to be her thang. This time it consists of a hotel TV permanently stuck on acorn channel and a broken remote control. Eye roll. I didn't find it amusing. Also, this was yet another book where the guy changed absolutely nothing and the girl turned out to be a loser, a child and incapable of knowing her own mind. Yawn. I'd like to say I want to read Reece and Erin's friend Sloane's story but I'm afraid that Reece will turn out to be a saint and Sloane an immature girl afraid of something silly, oh and that there would be slapstick! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.