FIRE IN THE WIND
Publisher: YouDon’tOwnMe Books
Published Date: March 2013
Source: Received for an honest review from publisher
Book Description (from Amazon)
Jace was dead. Jace, whose love she had carried in her heart for ten long years. Vanessa had finally fulfilled her promise to come to him, but too late. Now she could never explain, never find the forgiveness she had yearned for all these years—never again experience the overwhelming love they had shared.
Jace’s look-alike cousin Jake was willing to act as stand-in for her dead love, and the fire he ignited in her might burn all her life…but what was in it for Jake? He wasn’t pretending to forgive her for the fatal hurt she’d caused his cousin. Did he really want her? Or did he only want revenge?
Fire in the Wind by Alexandra Sellers was originally written as a Harlequin Superromance, but has been re-edited and released as an Author’s Cut. Vanessa is a much put-upon American who designs clothing. She has come to Vancouver and is tempted by Jake’s offer to stay and design there instead. Vanessa should be highly skeptical of Jake, but instead she simply goes along with him. It was quite obvious who he was to anyone with a pair of eyes. Her inability to see through him all but destroys her character.
Jake, for his part, is understandably upset with Vanessa, especially since he has no idea what prompted her actions years before. It is easy to understand his desire for revenge. It is less easy to accept his ugly behavior when he involves both the media and the law in his revenge game.
This book has so many wonderful touches of Canadian culture. Mentions of John A. Macdonald and Terry Fox were quite special (made all the sweeter by the fact that Terry Fox is a personal hero for me). They were teaching moments in the book and such a great way to add a truly Canadian touch. This is one of Sellers’ really strong points as an author. Tidbits about labor law, fashion differences between Americans and Canadians, the “young” Vancouver, and media outlets really gave Fire in the Wind an excellent sense of place.
Unfortunately, this book had a hard time recovering from Vanessa’s utter stupidity. It made it harder to forgive her and harder to imagine Jake with her.
Heat Rating: Hot
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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