Defense attorney Ethan Milner is well-paid for his ability to charm a jury while ruthlessly slashing the prosecution. He’s living life in the fast lane until he’s slapped with a reckless driving charge and sentenced to 40 hours of community service on a crime watch patrol. Now he’s under the thumb of the chairman of the city’s crime watch council – a no-nonsense woman determined to make him pay his debt to society.
Sandy DeMarco is familiar with Ethan’s professional character, as well as his notorious “bad boy” reputation with women. Still, when her quiet neighborhood is shaken by a brutal murder and an employee of hers becomes the prime suspect, she knows the accused’s only hope is the man who will win at any cost. Working alongside Sandy, Ethan feels the spark of attraction that ignites into love – even as a killer burns to silence them both.
Titles in the DeMarco Family series include — I Got You Babe – Wild At Heart – Flirting With Disaster – Light My Fire
Title: Light My Fire
Series: The DeMarco Family #4
Author: Jane Graves
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 14, 2019 (original 2004)
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I’ve enjoyed The DeMarco Family series, a series that holds up very well as a re-issue under a new publisher. But I’ve enjoyed Sandy’s story in LIGHT MY FIRE the most of all for a very simple reason. Aside from being a compelling, enjoyable romantic suspense it also shows us just how judgmental we all are even when we are completely unaware of it. Ethan is well known to the DeMarco family for, perhaps, not the best reasons. And they all have set him in the place of being an arrogant jerk who gets criminals released without paying one bit for their crimes. They see the surface of Ethan. Because of the demons that drive Ethan Sandy will have the chance to see the man beneath the surface – a man who is so very different than his reputation. And perhaps Ethan can see himself through another’s eyes and make the changes that need to be made in his professional life and his personal life to keep that man at his core out and on the surface forever.
LIGHT MY FIRE is full of banter, steam, danger, and puzzles to solve. Watching Sandy and Ethan work through not only their own troubles but help an innocent young man was an enjoyable, satisfying experience. I will always suggest reading a series from the beginning for the best reading experience, yet if you can’t do that then this one can stand on its own as a very good Romantic Suspense, strong on the Romance side.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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