Tuesday, February 04, 2020


New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton is back with a friends-to-lovers romance sure to melt hearts as one smokin'-hot fireman turns up the heat on love.

Relationships. Firefighter Rafe Donovan avoids them whenever possible. He loves dating women, but he makes sure they know up front that he's in it for fun, great sex and nothing more. 

Fun. As an ER nurse and official caretaker of her disabled grandfather, Carmen Lewis doesn't have time for fun. But Rafe has been there for Carmen--and her grandfather--time and again, and he's clearly interested in her. She knows he's a player, but she's tempted by his charm and incredible body. And maybe a little fun isn't a bad thing, as long as she keeps her heart away from this fiery game she's enjoying with a very hot man.

Love. It doesn't take Rafe long to realize that until now he's only been playing at romance. With Carmen he feels searing passion and heart-tugging emotion for the first time. Now he has to convince Carmen that what they have together is the real deal.

Release Date: February 4, 2020
Berkley Penguin Group
Brotherhood by Fire #2
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

I love a good friends to lovers story, and Jaci Burton is one of my must read authors, so I was excited to dig into this one. 

Let me just say that the hero, Rafe, revved my engine just by breathing. He was yummy! He is completely loyal to his brothers and that just makes me swoon. Also, the brothers are pretty damn yummy, too! 

The heroine, Carmen, was harder for me to like. I appreciated the chemistry and friendship that she and Rafe had, but her standoffish attitude toward anything besides bumping uglies got old. Fast. There was some drama at the end that drove me batty. I don’t know, I just couldn’t totally like her. 
I did, however, think her love and daily care for her grandfather was sweet. 

This book was full chemistry and steam, with a story that pulled me in. The secondary characters were fun and likeable. The dialogue between the brothers was one of my favourite things about the book. The bond they share is deep and unbreakable. 

While I didn’t love this book quite as much as book 1, it was still an enjoyable read that left me anticipating the next installment. But then, Jaci Burton has never let me down in that regard. 

Rating: 3.5 Stars (B+)

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