Fanning the Flames

Fanning the Flames

by Victoria Dahl

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A fan favorite from USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Dahl.

Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or
firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment,
librarian Lauren Foster can't help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs
by…shirtless. They've always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting
at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable
desire between them.

Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren's around, but
once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there's no turning back. No matter how
often she says she's all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild
in the best possible way. Maybe she's just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her
to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected….

Originally published in 2014.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488032486
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/26/2017
Series: Jackson Girls' Night Out Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 179,141
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the mountains. Her first novel debuted in 2007, and she’s gone on to write seventeen books and novellas in historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. Victoria's contemporary romance, Talk Me Down, was nominated for both a RWA Rita Award and the National Readers' Choice Award. Since then, her books have been nominated for two more Rita Awards, and she hit the USA Today Bestseller list with the anthology Midnight Kiss.

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Fanning the Flames 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been great. Such an interesting foundation. But that's all it was. It stopped. Nit even mid-book. She realizes she loves him. She thinks she's not good enough for him. The end. Her other books are over $7. I won't be buying them. I don't trust her not to do this again. The secret to offering free books is to show the readers what you can do. To make them want to read and buy your work. I frequently read a free book and then buy everything the author has published. C. L. Beville, Moira Rogers, Cherise Sinclair and Eve Langlais, to name but a few. They know how to write wonderful books. But even better, they know how to end a book. Take a pass.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Fanning the Flames is a short story and a .5 book in the Jackson Girl’s Night Out series. Because it’s such a short story at only 61 pages things heat up quickly between our two main characters, Lauren a 43 year old divorced librarian and Jake a 46 year old widowed Fire Captain. And I was quite alright with that, when a book is short on pages we need to get to the good stuff as quickly as possibly. Fanning the Flames had me laughing out loud and trying to stifle myself so I wouldn’t wake up Matt. If this is the kind of funny Dahl always writes, then I really must bump her other books up on my to be read list. There were quite a few things about this book that normally I wouldn’t have enjoyed. Things like, the third person narration when I enjoy first person or the older ages of our couple, but somehow Dahl pulled it off and I wasn’t bothered by either. In fact I found myself enjoying the third person narration she used. Apparently I am ok with third person but only when it is done well. Lauren was hilarious in how she not only approached things, but how she was constantly in these crazy situations. I want to be like that in my 40′s. I’m currently enjoying my dirty thirties, so I’ll have to come up with something cool sounding for the 40s. I’m not quite sure why, but I felt a connection with Lauren. Jake was hot and I don’t just mean his abs. He didn’t get to do a lot of swoon worthy activities, but those he did were so cute. Fanning the Flames was just a short, cute, low angst, fluffy read, but I enjoyed it. It would have had more stars, but because of the length we didn’t get to know the main characters or a deeper story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was NOT worth the money! 60 some pages and no real character development! I did like the idea of a more mature romance but the two main characters were just silly. Save your $!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good short story to set up new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanders in. "Where is bios?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*both fall out of their portals into the lake, splashing the girl*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, niether do argonians. But I dont drink much. (Sunny bios are res 4)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To result 5 midnights locked out
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SailormanOR More than 1 year ago
very real was great
SadieHunt More than 1 year ago
I love the main character – Lauren the librarian – right from the start. She’s in her 40’s and just coming into her own – realistic and yet with a wry sense of humor about her burgeoning sexuality. I hope I’m just like her! And the sex scenes. WOW! Dahl puts us right in the middle of Lauren and Jake’s first encounter, and we’re burning up! The two of them are both an endearing mix of confident and shy, bold and subtle, adventurous and reticent. This novella is 100% character driven. There’s really no plot to speak of, but with characters this perfect and chemistry this hot, no plot is needed. Verdict: Irresistible. A perfect little romance. 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun reading about adults, middled age I guess, 40 to 50. Still have desires just like younger aged group.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice that she mentions it and then leaves you with no desire to read the book. By the way, when one quotes someone verbally then at the end of the quotation one may say "end quote". In written language One simply does this " blah, blah, blah" The punctuation marks are called quotation marks which we use in the beginning and end of the quote.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED this book. First off, the hero and heroine are over forty--yay! The hero is a widower, and he was able to move on without vilifying his first spouse--double yay! And finally, it's the first in a brand new series--whooo hooo :) I enjoyed the fact that Lauren wasn't sitting around, bemoaning her man-less state or heaping blame on her ex for ruining her life. In fact, she didn't want to get into another relationship anytime soon--but it was because she was enjoying her freedom (son away at college, ex-husband obviously not there anymore), not because she was so bitter about her failed relationship. All she (thought) she was looking for was to get an itch scratched and she didn't mind lusting after a nice looking man in the meantime. But the fact that the man in question was 1) a friend of her ex-husband's and 2) someone she used to do couple-type things with (which meant she hung out with him when he was married to his wife) made her very resistant to even attempting any kind of physical relationship with him.  Plus, she's sure she's way to opinionated, crude, and bossy for a guy who used to be married to someone as sweet and nice as his dead wife. In her opinion, anyway. Jake--a fire captain who likes to jog around shirtless (let's all just pause a moment and picture that, shall we? Sigh.)--has been a widower for four years. He's done some dating--heck, the whole town is eager to get the poor widower matched up to another nice woman--but the whole thing His daughter, who's about to get married, tries to convince him it's time to "get back in the saddle" (and yeah, it's just as awkward a scene for him as you imagine it would be). He still tries to resist the idea, however, until he sees Lauren the librarian in a tight black dress. Then all bets are off.... I loved the interactions between Lauren and Jake, every single one of them, even the really awkward one the first time they get together--that one just made my heart cry. Whether they're discussing the firemen's choice of music (bad and loud--the library and firehouse share a building) or they're having a more intense kind of encounter, their chemistry is undeniable. Not to mention really, really hot. My only complaint is that the ending is very abrupt, and not every issue (like Lauren's ex's response to their relationship) is addressed. However, it's the first in the series, so I'm optimistic that we'll see more of what's in store for these two in the future. I can't wait! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. It was a great read. The characters were real, but if you want twenty something characters that are on the first love of their life, this book may not be for you. Yes, it was short (63 pages), but it was free. I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...laugh and lust...damn I want a jake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
This is a fun quick read about a librarian  whose son has just gone off to college and the Fire Captain next door to her work. My favorite parts of the romance were the lust and the look at a woman who doesn't think she fits traditional "nice" female standards.  I enjoyed the read but a few more chapters would have made it a better read.  A good freebie. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am usually disappointed with short reads like this. This story,however far exceeded my expectations. The author did a great job developing characters and completing a plot in only 63 pages. Very impressive.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Fanning the Flames is a great introduction to Ms. Dahl’s new series, Jackson Girl’s Night Out. Ms Dahl delivered what she is known for; writing small town romance filled with humor, hot scenes and swoon worthy heroes. After years of being divorced, Lauren never expected to have another relationship and after Jake widowed, he never thought he could have feelings for another woman again, but Ms. Dahl had given them another chance at happiness. Their story is short, sweet and down to the point. This prequel was such an enjoyable read. Lauren plays the role of the uptight Librarian but on the contrary she is dying to get out of her uptight shell. And Jake, well,l he’s a fire chief who is well built, well endowed and runs with his shirt off. He is sweet, manly and goes after what he wants in life. Need I say more? These two have known each other and now, they will have the chance to act on their attraction for each other. They made me laugh at the silly situations they are in and the fact that the situations can happen to anyone made me laugh even more. Per Dahl, via her website, this series is set in the same time and place as her original Jackson series. She even mentioned that the characters from that series may make appearances. I wish I knew to look out for them. I enjoyed that series and I would’ve love to see the cameos. I will definitely be on the look out for them in the next installment, Looking for Trouble which will release July 29th, 2014. *ARC provided by publisher
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