by Andrea Laurence
Published by Pocket Star on March 16, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!
Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.
When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.
Feeding the Fire is a small-town romance that is sweet and heartwarming. Add in a little mystery and some humorous moments and this was a fun read. I really enjoyed Feeding the Fire!
Feeding the Fire is the second book in the Rosewood series but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book, Facing the Music, but after meeting these fun characters I want to read it soon.
What I enjoyed most about Feeding the Fire was the characters Pepper Anthony and Grant Chamberlain. The series is set in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama so they are everyday people that we can all relate to. Pepper works hard as a hairdresser and is focused on renovating her new home. She’s saved all her money for some needed projects so she has no desire of bidding on any the bachelors at the town’s charity auction. Especially not on Grant Chamberlain, the town sexy bad boy. Grant has been pursuing Pepper ever since high school but she has been declining his offers for two reasons: 1 – she doesn’t want to be another notch on his belt and 2 – her mother has raised her to never trust a Chamberlain. The Chamberlains are considered the town’s royalty and with their money and good lucks they get everything they want. Pepper refuses to be used by Grant (or anyone else) and I always admire a strong and independent character. But Grant isn’t just a pretty face. He refuses to be anything like his father (whom most people dislike) and wants to be accepted for himself (and not because of his family). So when Pepper accidentally buys Grant at the auction this is finally his chance to get her to admit there is an attraction between them. At first Pepper is a challenge for him but as they spend time together he discovers she is the only one who truly sees the real Grant. It was fun and exciting to see their relationship go from teasing to steamy chemistry. The town is filled with crazy supporting characters that made me laughing. A surprising twist in the story has me curious and coming back for the next book!
Andrea Laurence created a story that had the right amount of steamy romance, heartwarming moments and exciting drama that made me hate to see this end. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.
Grant and Pepper
Grant was like one of the decadent fudge cakes in the windows of the bakery next door. You want a slice even though you know it’s bad for you. If you finally break down and tell yourself you’ll just take one bite, you find out it’s better than you ever imagined and you moan with the pure pleasure of the experience. You take another, and another, then you find you’ve eaten the whole damn cake. And when it’s over, all you’re left with is a righteous stomachache and pants that are too tight. From now on, temptation be damned – Pepper was on a diet.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 New Release Challenge