Title: The Arsonist’s Apprentice, 2nd edition
Series: Some Like It Hot
Author: India Harper
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (62 pages)
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing (October 20th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: For Josh Brooks, fire fighting is in his blood. Unfortunately, for him, Dylan Anderson was working the other side of the fire, having served eight years in prison for arson. The two are thrown together against everyone’s better judgment when Josh’s role in the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit and Dylan’s role as an insurance investigator bring them together to investigate a string of suspicious fires.
Despite Josh’s reservations and the long-held belief that firemen and arsonists shouldn’t mix, he can’t seem to keep out of Dylan’s bed. But just when Josh starts to overcome his preconceptions, he becomes Dylan’s prime suspect. Losing Dylan and his career are the least of Josh’s worries. If he can’t find the real culprit, he’ll be following in Dylan’s footsteps.
Product Link: http://www.lsbooks.com/the-arsonist-s-apprentice-p963.php
Review: After reading the blurb, this book wasn’t quite what I expected it to be. Firey Josh Brooks has gone up the ranks to finally become a fire investigator, on his first assignment he runs into rehabilitated arsonist and ex-prisoner, Dylan Anderson. I really enjoyed Dylan’s character, just the fact he was sent to prison for arson was interesting. He also has an interesting back-story which I’m afraid has been constrained by the word count. Josh, on the other hand, is your average type of fire fighter and he severely lacks in the love life area. I get the impression, too, that he is lonely with probably only one best friend outside of work and a family who don’t talk to him anymore.
The plot seemed to me as if it should have had more suspense than there was, particularly considering the blurb. Then again, that’s probably just me wanting to know as much as I can. In saying that, the conclusion comes extremely quickly in the final pages and with little warning, as if saying ‘I know it’s near the end, let’s get a move on’. I say this because all of a sudden, Dylan down Josh’s throat (not in the good way), Josh catches some shit at work and then a dejected Josh is off drowning his sorrows where he suddenly solves the crime and has the evidence. A majority of the book’s action in the last eight pages!
Honestly, this is a good story to read. I just found myself unsatisfied by the conclusion. To me it felt like it needed to be longer.
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