Fan the Flames by Michele Dunaway
Former Navy SEAL turned marine rescue firefighter Brad Silverman is tasked with his toughest mission yet: taking care of his best friend’s wife. The only problem is that Scarlett Harrison has always been the one-the one who got away, the one who held his heart, and the one who has always been off limits…
Now widowed Scarlett returns to her childhood home in St. Louis, determined to get her life back on track. She misses her husband but can’t fight the attraction she feels for sexy fireman Brad. As she spends more time with him, the connection they have had since high school grows stronger. Are they finally ready to overcome their pasts and lose their hearts to each other?
3.5 stars. This was a sweet story of a second chance at love.
From the start I knew this book would be emotional. The first scenes are of Scarlett’s husband’s funeral and a widow with a small child dealing with losing her husband to war. It also included a best friend that felt guilty for not being there to save the husband.
The story picks up when Scarlett and her daughter move back to St. Louis and live in a house that Brad is rehabbing. For me Dunaway’s descriptions of the St. Louis neighborhoods and the parish community was my favorite part of the story. Mainly because I grew up in the area of Tower Grove the book takes place in and am immersed the catholic church/school community that she describes. For me it was really nice to see these elements taken on almost as another character in the book and explain the community welcoming feeling that you get in these small parishes throughout the city.
Overall this was a quick read that had a sweet. slow burn romance and two people moving on and growing together.
A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
“Pulling you close and then afterward pushing you away. I was afraid. But I wouldn’t have made love to you last night if my head weren’t finally on straight. I want to have an us…”
”I want to feel alive again. I want passion. I don’t want to have died too.”
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About the Author
Describing herself as a woman who does way too much and never wants to stop, Michele Dunaway is a best selling author and award-winning high school teacher. In addition to teaching English III, Michele advises the student newspaper and yearbook. She is a JEA Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser and a Missouri High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Proud mother of two daughters, Michele is an avid pet lover who shares her home with far too many rescued cats, who of course completely rule the roost.