Hot to the Touch by Jaci Burton

A trio of hot sexy firefighter brothers living and working together sounds like the perfect recipe for a steamy romance in Hot to the Touch by Jaci Burton.

Love burns white-hot in this first scorching romance in an all-new trilogy about a family of firefighters from the New York Times bestselling author of the Play-by-Play novels and the Hope series.

Firefighter Jackson Donovan doesn’t look back—as a rule. So when his past comes roaring back to life in the form of not-so-damsel-in-distress Becks Benning, the last thing he wants to do is relive old times. No matter how tempting she makes it seem…

Now thanks to his two interfering brothers, Becks is living with them while she looks for a new place and tries to pick up the pieces of her tattoo business that went up in flames. Which means a grown up, smokin’ hot Becks is in his house, sharing meals, and digging up old wounds. And despite his better judgement, the more time he spends with this smart, artistic, incredible woman the more he wants her in his bed—and his future.

Becks always had it bad for Jackson. Unfortunately for her, not much has changed—he’s still honorable, hard-working, sexy as sin—and closed off. But there’s more than one way to get to a man’s heart and if Jackson doesn’t want to recall old memories, she’ll just have to help him make new ones. Because now that she’s found Jackson again, she’s not letting him go.

I think I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. It had a lot of great potential, with the trio of firefighter brothers, their homeless origins, and reconnecting with one of their former homeless kid friends years later.

The book certainly had some good moments and the steamy sex scenes delivered. But overall, the book was more about Jackson getting over his past and overcoming some seriously misplaced guilt than it was about a relationship between him and Becks. While it wasn’t a bad story, it wasn’t what I’d hope to get out of a firefighter romance. Because the romance itself definitely took a backseat to Jackson’s story arc. If anything, the romance seemed to happen almost too easily and the book lacked the growing sexual/relationship tension that makes reading romance so deliciously captivating.

I don’t doubt this book will find the right audience; it just wasn’t for me. If you prefer your romance to focus more on the individual characters and their inner demons, this one may just be the right fit. Hot to the Touch is in stores now.

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