Afire

Grace Jameson
Afire
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Publisher
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Release Date
February 2011
ISBN
1610341287
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Western Romance

SUMMARY
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Successful rancher Cal Carson has been in love with his friend's daughter, Jenny, since he met her two years ago. He knows she's interested in him, but with one loss after another behind him, he's not willing to risk his heart again. He's sure Jenny is the one loss he wouldn't survive.

Young and sexy therapeutic riding teacher Jenny Busch has tried everything she can think of to make Cal see her as a woman. She knows he's interested, but he's kept her at arm's-length for years. She wants him--in every way--and she's running out of ideas.

When a forest fire forces Jenny's family to evacuate, Cal offers Jenny and her horses haven at his ranch. He doesn't know how he will resist her when she tempts him at every turn. Will he trust Jenny with his heart or break hers? An unexpected guest at the ranch forces Cal to see the future he could have with Jenny, but is he too late?

Book Review by Rebecca
Mar 21, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
186 people found the following review helpful
AFIRE is full of emotionally charged interactions between well-developed characters. Ms Jameson tells a unique love story of a man and woman drawn together and yet separated not only in age but also by the hero's inability to trust. The rich secondary characters add texture to the story and are integral to the storyline. Though a spiraling of threads unravels towards the end, the love story is at the heart of this book.

Successful rancher Cal Carson has loved his friend's daughter, Jenny Busch, a much younger therapeutic horseback riding teacher, since he met her two years ago. But with so much loss behind him, he's afraid to trust again. Cal tries so stay unattached but finds himself drawn to her, all too aware Jenny has tried everything she can to make him see her as a woman. She knows he's interested, but he's kept her at arm's-length for years until now.

It's truly a fire that brings them together. When a forest fire forces Jenny's family to evacuate their farm, Cal offers to shelter Jenny's horses on his ranch and is pleased when Jenny comes to stay with him. They both give in to their feelings for each other, falling into an easy rhythm until a misunderstanding causes Cal to pull away and hurt Jenny in his attempt to protect his own heart.

From the first misunderstanding until the end, the story begins to wind itself out of control. Cal needed to step up and claim his woman - he was too soft as a romance hero and I couldn't help just wanting Jenny to walk away and find a more deserving man.

The continuous miscommunication between the hero and heroine is frustrating, and their inability to trust one another made me want to scream. Though this may have been the author's intention, it was overplayed. Between her injury, his accident, her date, the new boy… there's just too much.

AFIRE has so many threads, so many pieces that a simple love story with warm characters became complicated and lost in the midst of these other storylines. This book needed a stronger focus, which could've easily happened by taking out some threads while deepening others.
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