I’m On Fire by Sommer Marsden
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
What better way to exorcise an ex than by burning all his stuff in the kitchen sink using his favorite whisky as fuel? Um…yeah, until your kitchen drapes catch fire.
Turns out they send a handsome fireman with a huge chip on his shoulder to deal with that. The last thing Melissa Valley needs is another complication in her world, but there he is—Jackson Goodman—larger than life, hotter than hell. Coming off a bad six-year marriage and resentful of the fact that he’s attracted to her. Logical much?
Fate has plans, it seems. Like it or not, what Jackson and Mel feel for each other might burn hotter than any fire either of them has ever seen. If they let it.
When things get hot, what could possibly be better than a gorgeous fireman to douse the flames? When Mel returns home from a business trip and discovers she’s been left a goodbye letter from her now ex-boyfriend, she decides it’s time to remove any trace of his existence. Burning the things he left behind sounds like a wonderful idea. What she doesn’t count on is the blazing fire in her apartment that occurs as a consequence. Fortunately, help arrives in the form of Jackson, a firefighter who is as crass as he is luscious. Their attraction is undeniable, but both are coming out of bad relationships. A future together is out of the question. Or is it?
Sommer Marsden’s I’m On Fire is a delicious novella that sizzles. I enjoyed the witty banter between Mel and Jackson, as well as the histories that threaten to keep them apart. They are combination of fire and ice. Just when you think things are going to go smoothly, the past comes between them. Mel is relatable as a woman who has had her heart broken, while Jackson provides the emotional angst of the story. It’s obvious they want each other, but time doesn’t necessarily heal all wounds. It takes a series of unfortunate events to bring them together time and again, until they have no choice but to face what is happening between them.
The dialogue is brilliant, and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, especially when Mel’s best friend decides to play matchmaker. My only complaint would be that I would have enjoyed the story a bit longer, as things are wrapped up rather quickly. However, I did love the story, as well as the characters Ms. Marsden brought to life. The chemistry between Mel and Jackson is electric, and their love scenes are burn-your-fingers hot.
Fans of contemporary romances with a bit of humor, emotion, and complication will absolutely love I’m On Fire. This is the first story I’ve enjoyed by Ms. Marsden but it certainly won’t be the last.