Burning For Autumn by Freya Barker
Series: On Call #1
Also in this series: Covering Ollie
Published by Self-published on January 8, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Available on KU at posting: Yes
When Autumn McCoy accepted a temporary work contract in Durango, she thought it would be a safe way to add some spark to her existence. She may be getting more than she bargained for when she finds herself the target of impending danger. The outspoken forty-two-year-old isn’t prepared for that spark to ignite flames threatening to engulf every aspect of her life.
Buried under the weight of responsibilities, all interim Chief of Police, Keith Blackfoot, wants is to get back to good old-fashioned detecting. He gets his chance when an encounter with a feisty redhead seems to incite a wave of arson cases. Although a visit from friend and firefighter, Roman “Chief” Proudfit, provides some direction, he’s left to battle an invisible menace fueling fires that could leave his town—and his heart—in ashes.
This is a full length novel with almost 80,000 words.
My first Freya Barker book and it won’t be my last!
I love Goodreads. When I’m in a reading rut, browsing through my GR feed or my groups to see what my friends have been reading can net me some book-slump busting gold. I found Burning For Autumn on the Subscription Addiction Group and I’m so glad someone mentioned it because I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Part of one of Author Susan Stoker’s Operation Alpha World, this is a quick but good read. Keith, the beleaguered interim police chief of Durango, Colorado, is alpha to his bones, which worked for me in a big way. He loves being a detective, but the chief? Not so much. Too bad the mayor has no plans of finding someone else.
When Keith meets Autumn, there is a whole lotta insta-lust going on with a huge helping of insta-annoyed added to it. Keith did not make a great first impression at all. Thank goodness being an alpha-idiot is a forgivable offense in romancelandia.
Autumn is only on a temporary contract in the burn unit of the local hospital. Her job of overseeing medical trials for burn patients intrigued me. I did find myself wondering how such a seemingly small town had a burn unit, but I didn’t dwell on it.
I really liked Autumn but, after weaving together the bits and pieces of her history, I missed knowing what the root cause of what led her to her chosen profession. I’m trying not to give too much away, but I will say I wanted a play-by-play, not just a casual mention. In fact, more depth for both major characters would have been appreciated.
With an arsonist who is escalating with each fire stalking the town, Keith had his work cut out for him. I did peg the bad guy as soon as he was introduced but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story itself all that much.
The chemistry was smoking, the story flowed well, and I enjoyed getting to know all the characters. I’m definitely going to take a look at Ms. Barker’s back list and soon.
4 Smoky and Suspenseful Stars.
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