Author: Suzanne Winslow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Where there’s smoke there’s fire…
Third-grade teacher Jenifer Nichols is getting her life back on track. The widowed single mother has worked hard to regain her pride and independence while carrying the guilt of her estranged husband’s death. Her new home in Grand Rapids provides a fresh start for her and her six-year-old son. Jenifer no longer believes in happy endings, but sparks ignite when the handsome firefighter across the street saves her son from a terrible accident.
Career firefighter Matthew Barnes missed the kind of childhood other kids had. Proud of his job protecting others, he longs to have a family, but a childhood accident means he can't have kids of his own. Then, just as sparks are turning into flames with Jenifer, his past suddenly threatens to turn his dreams of a bright future into ashes.
Defining what it means to be a family can be complicated. Jenifer and Matt have both been burned by love before. Taking a second chance will take courage and commitment. But their happily ever after could go up in smoke before it has the chance to catch fire.
A handsome firefighter rescues Jenifer’s son but will falling for him lead to her heart being burned to ash? Widowed single mom Jenifer has been through more heartache than anyone should yet the guilt of her ex-husband’s death still plagues her. Moving and starting over is just what she and her son need. When the sexy man across the street rescues her son from an accident, Jenifer’s heart stops. Firefighter Matthew is not in her plans, but she can’t deny the heat between them. Her head says no but her heart says oh yeah. As she navigates through their new relationship, past hurts rear their ugly heads, on both sides. Both Jenifer and Matt have been crushed by love in the past and she doesn’t know if she can handle another heartbreak. Family is what she craves but does Matt want the same thing? Can Jenifer be there for him when his life comes crashing down?
Burned is a romance that’ll tug at your heartstrings. Love and family are the cornerstones to romance. Suzanne Winslow takes this theme and weaves an emotional romance you’re sure to love. I connected with both Jenifer and Matt right away. They are complex characters who have been battered by past relationships. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. The romance is pretty dramatic but resonated with me. Love, just like life, can get messy and fraught with misunderstandings and unmet expectations. It takes work and commitment to make any relationship successful. The plot moves at an excellent pace with a full cast of characters and a few twists I wasn’t expecting. Burned is a realistic firefighter romance with all the feels. If you love romance, this has to be your next read. If firefighter romance is your reading jam, pick up Burned. Suzanne Winslow has written a gem of a romance and I look forward to reading more from her. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Suzanne Winslow writes the kind of stories she loves to read—contemporary romance with relatable characters, unsung heroes and heroines, and true-to-life stories. Nurses, teachers, firefighters, and Marines top her list of champions. Give her a book about strong, brave characters with hidden vulnerabilities and a secret passion, and she’ll binge read to the end!
Suzanne and her husband call Upstate New York home. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s often planning a road trip, or if it’s summertime, hanging out at the lake. Connecting with readers through Instagram, Facebook, and newsletters is a favorite pastime.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N