By Andrea Laurence
To Be Released: March 16th, 2015
Grant Chamberlain has been chasing after Pepper Anthony since high school, and she has turned him down at every turn. He’s a Chamberlain and she’s been taught from birth to avoid the Chamberlain family at all costs. Tired of running, Pepper had a slip up and ended up in Grant’s bed for one night.
Months later, and thanks to a meddling grandmother, Pepper is forced together with Grant again after a bachelor auction ends in a way she could never have seen coming. The money she’d been saving to renovate her house has now gone to paying for Grant instead, and she expects to get her money’s worth by using him for hard labour. When a relationship starts to form, a reluctant Pepper is still expecting nothing but heartbreak. After discovering a family secret, the relationship really starts to crack, forcing Grant to make an ultimatum that doesn’t end in a way he expected.
Feeding The Fire is my first book from Andrea Laurence. The cover caught my eye and I thought “Oooh. A book about a fireman. I haven’t read one of those for a while.”. After I started reading it, I realised that this was not the first book in the series. You could just tell by how the author was describing two of the secondary characters that they’d already had a book written about them. I didn’t realise that going in (even though it’s mentioned in the description), but it wasn’t a big deal and I was caught up pretty quickly.
I thought this was a really sweet read. I liked Pepper and Grant and thought they made a really cute couple. Grant takes his time trying to convince Pepper he’s not the evil monster her mother has led her to believe, and he really is a sweetheart.
Grant: “This feels like high school to me, but … will you be my girlfriend?”
I really enjoy books where the characters don’t take themselves too seriously all the time and where the characters poke fun at each other. The Chamberlain boys picking on each other was really fun to read.
Blake: “Have you been spending a lot of time gazing lovingly into Pepper’s eyes, Grant?”
Grant: “No. She won’t hold still long enough.”
I loved the bachelor auction. I loved the gossiping old ladies. I hated Norman and I really hope he gets what he deserves. I loved Vince and I hope he also gets what he deserves. I loved the scene with the chocolate cake. And I loved the firefighter who rescued a puppy. Seriously, what more do you need?
Pepper: His full lips curled into his charming smile, with the slightest hint of a dimple visible on his cheek. It reminded her of him looking at her, just like that, from between her trembling thighs.
Feeding The Fire
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