I had this book in my library for a long time. I bought it when I started reading Ednah’s YA books (Runes and Guardians series), why I haven’t read it sooner? No idea. There was always another book that got my attention.
She doesn’t want to deal with the past…
Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until the morning she opens her door to a stranger she assumes is a model and asks him to strip to his briefs .
He wants to expose the truth….
Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret. His father started the fire that killed Ashley’s parents. Now someone is leaving him clues that could exonerate his father and they lead to Ashley’s door. Blindsided by the blazing attraction between them and a merciless killer silencing anyone who was there the night of the fire, Ron dare not tell Ashley the truth. Yet the answer he seeks may very well tear them apart.
While a demented arsonist…SLOW BURN(s)…and plots his ultimate revenge.
I have to admit: the first 50ish pages didn’t really sell the book to me. I struggled to get the feeling of the book, but as I am a stubborn person and just hate leaving books half read (even at school I was reading all of them, when they were boring LOL). I stuck with it and I am glad that I did. The book is interested, we have 2 main characters: an artist that had a tragic accident when she was 15 and lost two most important people in her life and a sexy playboy, who’s father was involved in the accident 10 years ago.
Ashley, the main female protagonist is an artist who paints erotic acts (sexy as hell straight away!), who doesn’t remember what happened 10 years ago when her parents tried to purchase property, Calyle Mansion. She wants to buy it and hopefully put the past where it belongs: in the past. But then she meets, Ronald Noble. Sexy, flirtatious rich man, who wants to reveal the truth behind the accident, where as rumours say, his father was responsible for. He is trying to get close to Ashley and make her remember this traumatic event, even if he will have to seduce her. But what they both haven’t thought about are lust and passion they feel straight away.
The characters are well developed, but I have to admit I didn’t like that the bad guys are revealed so early. I was expecting more intrigue there and more gasping moments.
The book is not the best from the author, but I will read the rest of the series as they seem to be interesting.
Strong 4 stars as for me.
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E.B. WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She finished her PhD in chemistry, married the love of her life, and decided to be a stay-at-home mother. She now lives in a picturesque valley in Utah with her husband, five children and two American short-hair cats. When she is not writing, you can find her doing things with her family, reading or travelling, online chatting with fans. She writes both YA fantasy under the pseudonym Ednah Walters and adult romance under E. B. Walters. AWAKENED the first YA fantasy book in The Guardian Legacy series was released in September 2010 with rave reviews and BETRAYED, book 2, will be released in the fall of 2011. SLOW BURN is the first book on the Fitzgerald family. She is currently revising book 2, MINE UNTIL DAWN. You can visit her online at http://www.ednahwalters.com.