The Book Worm: Review: Blue Flame

Friday, June 22, 2018

Review: Blue Flame

Book Review: Blue Flame, by Jill Shalvis, 4 stars

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Callie Hayes is the hardworking manager of the Blue Flame, Arizona's most remote, relaxing guest ranch. She's given everything to the ranch, body, heart, and soul-three things that go haywire when her sexy employer suddenly shows up. Their intense, stormy past has taught Callie to never mix business with pleasure. But something about Jake is different now . . .
San Diego firefighter Jake Rawlings knows the ranch he inherited from his father is safe in Callie's capable hands. After being injured in a high-profile rescue, Jake decides to recover in solitude at the Blue Flame. He may have left the fires behind, but he hasn't escaped the heat; Callie is just as hot and irresistible as he remembers. Now coming home doesn't seem like the best idea-as the sparks between Jake and Callie threaten to burn out of control . . .

Genre: contemporary romance

Publication date: July 2013 (for the current Kindle edition; the original story is from 2004)

Mature content: yes

Review: Blue Flame is one of Jill Shalvis' older romance novels and part of the Firefighter series (although in can be read as a stand alone).

I can't say the plot is entirely original or unpredictable, but Jake and Callie make a great couple and the hint of suspense adds a nice twist to the story. All the other characters are Ok too (even the crazy ones), although we learn fairly little about some of them. The secondary romance between Tucker and Amy is also very sweet, especially taking into consideration both their troubled pasts.

So, all in all, Blue Flame makes a lovely beach or poolside read and it's safe to say that you will spend a few happy hours in its company.


I do have a major complaint though, in relation to the cover. Blue Flame is a nice romance novel and although there is mature content, it's not overly graphic or out of place. That cover just makes the book look cheap and passes on the wrong message, in my opinion. 

Happy readings, 

the book worm, book blog



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