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Set Your Eyes A-Blaze

April 8, 2011

In the mood for a quick ‘n sexy read? Then a Blaze is just what you need! Despite being just under 200 pp., these books spare no details while also introducing you to casts of sassy, sexy, stubborn, cocky, playful, and relateable heroes and heroines. The first Blaze title I ever read was Shiver by Jo Leigh, and let me tell you, since then I have consumed my fair share of these sometimes sweet/sometimes naughty treats!

SYNOPSIS: Carrie is a cynical comic strip artist. Sam is the owner of the “haunted” Crider Inn. Jaded and introverted Carrie doesn’t believe in ghosts or any other spirit mumbo-jumbo, but agrees to spend a week at the inn with her ghost-crazy best friend. While on vacation Carrie meets Sam, who fits into her “vacation fling” category. Sam is undeniably attracted to Carrie, and the two indulge in a week long affair. But after numerous rendezvous and even a few unexplainable phenomena, both Carrie and Sam realize they’re deeper into each other than what they planned.

The most charming thing about Shiver is its cast of secondary characters. They’re both quirky and charismatic, and just as engaging as the main duo. When it comes to geeky ghost hunters, it’s easy to write them as cliche or flat, but the author does a good job of making them cute — in a pocket-protector sort of way.

One thing that I wish had been different is the build-up between Carrie and Sam. The tension between them before they get together is lax and fizzles quickly. Although the story is short and the author probably didn’t want to waste pages on climax, a bit more delayed gratification would have made their encounter that much sweeter.

Oh! Almost forgot to mention the dialogue, which I really enjoyed. The banter between Carrie and Sam was cute, while the conversations between Carrie and her best friend, Erin were true-to-life chats that women readers can totally imagine having with their own bff. It was a change from the dialogue in One Night With His Virgin Mistress, but having an upbeat, contemporary vibe works well in this case.

Overall, I would compare this story to a slice of cake: sweet, quickly devoured and a little bit bad for you. Luckily, this indulgence won’t show up on the scale!

*Click here to read my review and view my star rating on Goodreads.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. dogsear permalink
    April 8, 2011 8:02 PM

    Sh! I put this on my wish list. Don’t tell anyone! Comics, ghosts, nooky–what’s not to like? Plus, I’m a complete sucker for flirtatious banter. Oh, by the way, a lot of the crime fiction I read from the 50s-60s comes in around the 200-page marker, too. (So does the sleaze that Ed Wood, Jr. wrote in the 60s [Killer In Drag, for example]…but let’s not put that in the same category as this!) I love quick reads. Say, a used paperback copy of Shiver is available from Amazon for .01!

    • April 8, 2011 8:23 PM

      $0.01 is quite a steal! Definitely add it to your Amazon queue, because it’s well worth it (at least, I think so). BTW, if you’re looking for a combo of crime fiction AND flirty banter, I suggest checking out books by Linda Howard, who writes really good Romantic Suspense. If you do, definitely start with “Open Season,” which is one of my favorites.

      • dogsear permalink
        April 11, 2011 12:50 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion!

        • dogsear permalink
          August 23, 2011 1:30 PM

          I finally bought Shiver, by the way.

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