A malicious serial killer is out for revenge in Paradise. Using fire as his weapon, he strikes at random, and the bodies are piling up.
Criminal profiler Jake McKenzie has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and afraid to trust his instincts. When the police ask for his expertise in identifying the killer, he agrees knowing this is his chance to prove he can still do the job.
Sixteen years ago, fiercely independent Alexis Michaels escaped an abusive uncle and a deadly fire to become one of the country’s top fire and arson investigators. Her uncanny ability to put herself in the arsonist’s place is the skill they need to find this maniac. She reluctantly accepts the assignment and returns home to lead the hunt for the killer, knowing she will have to confront the unpleasant memories.
When Jake discovers that his new partner is the girl who haunted his dreams all these years, he finds himself enthralled, but memories of his dead wife make him doubt his emotions. Alexis has few pleasant memories of Paradise, but Jake is one of them. Undeniably drawn to him, she longs for a deeper relationship but believes he isn’t ready to move on yet.
Until they catch the killer, they must set aside their conflicted emotions and work together. The clock is ticking, and the killer has made it clear: Alexis is next.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
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About the Author
A former high school teacher, Susanne Matthews lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, the inspiration for all her heroes. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping in summer and romantic getaways in winter. Find Susanne Matthews at: mhsusannematthews.ca/, on Facebook, and on Twitter @jandsmatt.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a page-turner. It is by turns sweet, gritty, alarming, and always tension-filled. It is also satisfying and compelling throughout. I love TV profiling and forensic crime dramas, and Ms. Matthews hits on all cylinders there, while adding the bonus of a great romance. As mentioned, there is a very realistic grit and darkness to this story, so if you don’t like that kind of thing, find something else to read. However, if you can handle it, and love a great, well-written tale, this should be just your cup of tea. Very well done. This reviewer received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review, which is given as a professional courtesy and without monetary compensation.
Suspense and romance never cease to make a formidable combination. Add in a criminal mind, an assiduous investigation and lots of action and you've got an excellent story. S. Matthews has created all this in "Fire Angel" with her modern, sharp, straight-to-the point style of writing. The dynamics of the story shifts between two main segments. One is constituted by the investigation to find the arsonist who terrorizes Paradise, where it becomes obvious that the author has done her homework and some serious research about the criminal mind, motivations and about procedural and technical details regarding arson. The second and main segment of the tale is the love story between Jake and Alexis, which is gradually developing as the history of the characters becomes clear. A load of unfinished business simmers between them and the fact that they're not flawless - each having emotional or physical traumas - makes them more human and believable. Their common cause helps bring them closer and deepens their feelings for each other. Things, descriptions, characters features and history are suggested bit by bit rather than revealed all at once. That, along with suspense and a curious tension keeps us glued to the book and has us speculating on several levels. Whether or not your speculations will prove to be correct, "Fire Angel" is more than a good read, it's also a lesson to be learned...
Reunited by Flames. Sixteen years ago, Alexis Michaels escaped her abusive uncle and left the town of Paradise, Ontario behind. She never planned to return, but the local authorities have requested an expert fire investigator, and she’s the best in her field. Jake McKenzie, returning to his role of criminal profiler after losing a leg in Afghanistan, welcomes an independent arson investigator. He’s surprised and pleased to discover it’s Alexis, the girl he admired in high school. Alexis is greeted with a taunting note, assignment of Jake as her partner, and a fourth fire. It’s the most deadly yet, destroying a women and children’s shelter. It’s critical they catch the arsonist before he can strike again. I enjoyed the layer by layer process in which Alexis and Jake share events of their pasts, establish a tentative trust, and collect evidence against the killer. The setting of a semi-isolated small city and resort enhanced this sweet romantic suspense. I’d encourage works by this author for weekend reading.
At first I thought Fire Angel was a typical crime novel, but I was happily surprised with the introduction of Alexis. I found her smart, relatable and even funny. My favorite was when she said, "Who says candy isn't good for you?" referring to the man eye candy aka Jake. Susanne's detailed descriptions make you feel a part of the story. I look forward to reading more of Susanne Matthew's books!