by JoAnn Ross

August 2005
ISBN: 1-4165-0164-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

Devastated when a fire claims the life of a fellow fireman, a fireman she was particularly close to, Tess Gannon makes a career change from fire fighter to fire investigator. No longer able to stand the idea of rushing into a burning building, she still has the desire to bring those who start fires to justice.

ATF Special Agent Gage O’Halloran has kept to himself since a particularly brutal case involving an arsonist. But when his former partner arrives at his home to let him know that a man going by the same name of the one he arrested and put away is claiming responsibility for a rash of new fires in Somerset, South Carolina, he rushes to the southern town.

Sparks fly, pun intended, as soon as these two meet; an intriguing combination of lust and disgust that Tess makes no effort to hide. But despite his irritating arrogance, she realizes she needs Gage's help on a new case and agrees that working with him might help them catch the culprit before anyone else is killed. When he mentions he thinks the man responsible for the fire she is currently investigating and the one who killed her fellow firemen may be one and the same, she is even more determined to catch the arsonist.

Gage makes no bones about his attraction for her and warns her that it won’t be long before they are heating up the sheets. While his blunt comments make her equal parts uncomfortable and angry, they also have the desired effect on her libido.

I did not want to put this book down and thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Tess and Gage. Blaze is a terrific blend of suspense and romance, both interweaved stylishly with intrigue and heat; all of which makes this book a stunning debut in this genre.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Jackie.

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