Slow Burn by Pamela Clare

Slow Burn by Pamela ClareSlow Burn Series: Colorado High Country #2
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Amazon Publishing, Pamela Clare on September 20th 2016
Pages: 241
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Victoria Woodley is done with men. Fresh off a dating nightmare, she flies from her home in Chicago to Scarlet Springs to take part in her best friend’s wedding. Who picks her up at the airport? Eric Hawke. Of course. She made a fool of herself over him last time she was here. He’s cocky, charming, and sexy as sin. But the fact that she’s attracted to him is all the proof she needs that he’s bad news. She would ignore him if she could. But he’s the best man, and she’s the maid of honor. She can’t just tell him to jump in a lake—especially not when her lips are locked with his.

Eric isn’t looking for a relationship. Between running the firehouse and volunteering for the county’s search and rescue team, he has enough on his plate. He doesn’t need to get tangled up with a woman from the big city, especially one whose idea of roughing it is going without designer coffee. Yet from the moment he looks into Victoria’s big brown eyes, the attraction he feels is too strong to deny. Faster than he can imagine, the spark of desire that has smoldered between them since the first day they met will flare into full-blown passion.

But can Eric convince Victoria to set aside her doubts and trust him with her heart before their time together runs out?

The country boy turned fire chief and the city girl have nothing in common, but their connection is undeniable and made deeper when their closest friends get married. But Pamela Clare thankfully makes this more than just a bridesmaid and best man hookup, as Victoria Woodley’s and Eric Hawke’s relationship progresses quickly beyond friendship through a series of events and activities that the bridal party cooks up for the week.

A huge part of ‘Slow Burn’ reads like an extended tourist brochure and I’m constantly caught out with envy over what these fictional characters do for fun—water-rafting, wake-boarding, climbing just to begin with—as part of the run up to Lexi’s and Austin’s wedding. Secondary characters flit in and out of these and the snippets we’re given of their lives made me eager for their own stories to be told. Above all, I was thrilled to see some of Clare’s I-team characters make their own cameos as they reminded me just how much I’ve missed them.

But with Victoria and Hawke, the angst is thankfully low and their devotion to each other evident as they ride through the swells and rapids of the backcountry and their own growing passion. Even with their issues—Hawke is perceived to be a bit of a playboy and Vic understandably wary of men after her last dating disaster—Clare does make a very good case for Vic and Hawke together, bringing their differences to a manageable scale with a sugary sweet epilogue that cements their HEA.

And if this hadn’t made me a hardcore fan of Colorado High Country series, I don’t know what else will.