{Review} Face the Flames by Jo Davis


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{Review} Face the Flames by Jo DavisFace the Flames by Jo Davis
Series: Sugarland Blue #6
Publisher: Berkley Sensation on March 7, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult), Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Pages: 320

Our Rating

4 Stars

A near-fatal accident left firefighter/paramedic Clay Montana with devastating injuries. Now, after a year-long recovery, Clay is focused on one thing: getting his body back to form, so he can return to the job he loves. And then a chance meeting with a fiery redhead changes his life...

Detective Melissa Ryan may be the new cop on the block, but she's no stranger to Sugarland. It's where she lived with her violent, criminal uncle—a man she needs to see behind bars. But when she meets Clay at a crime scene, the down-but-far-from-out firefighter makes her rethink her priorities.

Getting close to Clay is intoxicating, but Melissa must keep her wits about her if she's to protect them from a man with deadly intentions…

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Face the Flames by Jo Davis

The Hook: Clay Montana is desperate to prove himself worthy of returning to the firehouse, now that he’s almost completely healed from the near-fatal accident that left him in a coma for a short while.  He almost feels like his old self; now he just has to get everyone else to see it.  And when he meets a sexy, red-headed cop at a crime scene, he’s more than ready to get back in the saddle.  But crime in Sugarland is always at work, and the cop he’s falling for is a target for danger…

The Verdict:  I originally got hooked on Jo Davis’s Firefighters of Station Five series, and when it ran out, I grabbed everything I could find in her Sugarland Blue series.  But it’s been a while, and I honestly thought the series was over — until this book jumped off the screen at me on NetGalley.  I was planning on re-reading the previous books so I could finally review them (and have it be fresh in my mind), but I just couldn’t pass up the chance to get the next book when I had the chance.  I still remember reading about the accident that nearly killed Clay, and since the firefighter series ended, I figured we’d never really find out much more.  Needless to say, I was so excited to realize that the rest of his tale is a romance with one of Sugarland’s finest!

Clay was a bit of a womanizer before his accident, and that’s the only part of his old life he doesn’t really want back.  So when a fiesty redhead catches his eye, he’s interested in more than a convenient and quick fling.  Their initial meeting was kind of sweet, with Melissa looking out for him but letting him keep just a bit of his pride.  But their second run-in was awesome, with a few flirty barbs thrown around as she arrested someone just on the other side of his fence.  Even though they’d just met, there was some witty chemistry going on.

Melissa’s fairly new to the force, but Sugarland isn’t new to her at all.  A pretty tragic loss during her childhood left her in the custody of a criminally minded uncle in Sugarland, but another relative soon whisked her away for a much better upbringing.  Now that she’s back, her uncle knows she’s wearing a badge, and she knows he’s up to his usual crimes, so it’s just a matter of time before things blow up between them.

As with all the books in these two series, there’s danger around every corner, and it’s really kind of crazy how many times our favorite characters escape certain death.  But all that drama and adrenaline certainly fosters a fast-developing romance, and with these two, it felt more like meant-to-be than insta-love.  They were falling in love and heating up the bedroom in no time at all — between hospital visits, that is.

The one thing that didn’t really work for me, though, was all the supposed-to-be-sexy talk.  I say supposed-to-be because these two really didn’t know each other that well, and it almost felt like they were trying way too hard to keep things turned on and up.  I actually found myself skipping a few of the “love scenes” because the dialogue was just so over the top.

Still, Face the Flames was a quick, fast-paced, rollercoaster of a read, and it just adds another piece to an already great series!

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
4 star rating
Style & Editing
4 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating

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