Love's Secret Fire

Love's Secret Fire

by Rena Koontz


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ISBN-13: 9781732270930
Publisher: Rena Koontz
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: A Heels & Handcuffs Novel , #1
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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Love's Secret Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Books_With_BenefitsAO More than 1 year ago
Rena Koontz debut novel Love’s Secret Fire is a story of instant compel-and-repel. Like Pride and Prejudice’s Darcy and Elizabeth or You’ve Got Mail’s Joe and Kathleen, Adam and Valerie feel attraction to each other, but that won’t get in the way of their fighting at every turn. And Valerie does not have a thing for Cowboys (certainly not!), even if she can’t  stop from trembling every time she gets close enough to smell Adam or admire his muscles. Real-life Romance: While novels frequently create tension and roadblocks for characters–and this novel does, too, with criminals and investigations and undercover work that makes what could have been a smooth courtship into an unavoidable tangle–Koontz does something that I love and which so few romances do… She shows the way that real romance can be unglamorous, very everyday, and still sweet. In one scene, after Valerie has had about a dozen too many because of a personal tragedy, Adam has to care for her in the bathroom, on cold tile, while she gets sick, snores, and drools on his T-shirt. While this doesn’t sound much like a typical romance novel, it sounds a lot like romance to me—at least of the lasting kind. What’s sexier than a couple who cares for each other for better and for worse? So when Valerie wakes up and puts on his over-sized  button-up shirt, its sexy and sweet and not just another badly used cliche.  I simply love that this writer was willing to give us a glimpse of what truly keeps love’s fire burning. .
LCrandall More than 1 year ago
High stakes intrigue, sizzling romance, expertly crafted characters. Rena Koontz’s Love’s Secret Fire delivers it all. The opening paragraphs hooked me as I immediately loved the female protagonist, Valerie Daniels. A sympathetic and spunky character, she asserts herself on the page. It also didn’t take much more than an introduction for me to take to the male main character, Agent Adam Michaels, who oozed personality. Set in a backdrop of an intense urgency to find and stop an arsonist, the story throws Valerie and Adam together for a common cause: hers to uncover the story and his to reveal the arsonist while working undercover. Each is given believable motivation, supported effectively, that sustains their mutual attraction but also their individual imperatives to do what they must do. As an ambitious but ethical broadcast journalist, Valerie is committed to getting her story, while Adam must protect his investigation from the media and stop the fires before people die. The story sprinkles in an interesting group of minor characters who blend nicely and enhance elements of camaraderie and loyalty that add depth and breadth to the book. Koontz is skilled at writing that is technically correct, and with an authoritative voice, she gives her characters authenticity. As the story and the danger escalate and it’s not certain Adam and Valerie can overcome obstacles to their relation, I rooted for them. Love’s Secret Fire offers the detail of a police procedural with the added pleasure of compassionate and sexy characters caught up in romance.
Becky_Lower More than 1 year ago
Love’s Secret Fire, a romantic suspense by Rena Koontz, had me on the edge of my seat from page one. I was convinced I knew who the bad guy was early in the book, but Koontz is much too clever to give up the goods so quickly. She did a great job of misdirection. There were enough twists and turns to rival the best roller coaster. The added touch of country to the story was icing on the cake. Adam’s the kind of man we all wish we knew, and Valerie’s got enough spunk that we don’t even begrudge her getting him instead of us. It’s a true page turner, and one not to be missed.
RTWolfe More than 1 year ago
R.T. Wolfe review of Rena Koontz Love’s Secret Fire Rena Koontz’s Love’s Secret Fire is a page-turning whirlwind of firemen, undercover police officers, journalists, family ties and a myriad of suspects all tied in a string of arsons and a forbidden romance. She writes in a clear and confident voice as she drops hints and clues in this curiously attracting mystery. As a writer, Koontz does a great job with male point of view and dialogue. She leads us through an undercover police operation using Adam Michaels who poses as a fire inspector. He’s a smart, cocky, intuitive cop with a touch of cowboy who would turn any woman’s head. Valerie Daniels is a suspicious, quick-witted journalist who is too busy with her own troubles to be one of those women. They cross paths in a number of random scenes until they find themselves head to head. A smart, witty story of mystery, arson and romance. -R.T. Wolfe, Author of Black Creek Burning, 2012
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