Saturday, May 10, 2014

Daniel's Fire by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Title:  Daniel's Fire
Series:  The Quidell Brothers
Author:  Kris Austen Radcliffe
Published:  May 1st 2014 by Six Talons Media
Length:  166pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The blaze that destroyed Daniel Quidell’s firefighting career scarred more than his body. Court cases, therapy, and five pins in his bones later, he’s a divorced single father working himself ragged to provide a good life for his son. But the strain leaves him exhausted—and overwhelmed.

Until Camille Frasier walks into his life.

Beautiful and empathic, Camille soothes Dan’s mind and eases the pains of his body. But she desires more than a gentle hand to help her body to find its fire. And she hopes Dan will give her what she needs.

But some wounds don’t heal correctly. And no matter how much heat Camille offers, Dan feels trapped inside the cold box of his past. Is he strong enough to find his way out?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Wow! What a fetching read. Not only is this story hot as all get-up, but it’s also emotionally charged. This author writes the way her characters think, adding an extra punch to the story. It really pulls you in and doesn’t let go. The intensity is pervasive. Radcliffe’s descriptions are so intricate yet vivid that the entire story becomes extremely visual. Not only do her descriptions add to the story but so does her formatting and font. Radcliffe uses these to draw attention and focus to certain aspects of scenes in a brilliant and understated manner that really packs a punch. I also appreciated the fact that this both fits in brilliantly with the Quidell Brothers series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel.

I love how Radcliffe introduces us to Daniel. It’s done in an approachable and almost comical manner so that you can’t help but love him (and his to-do list. I need one like that). You also feel your heart going out to him within the first 2 pages. Camille is also such a real person. The way that she shows us both the inner workings of her characters’ minds, their true actions, and how they mesh together makes everything seem so much more real, without having the forced aspects you find with partially developed characters. Also, being privy to their thoughts really solidifies their relationship with one another rather than making it seem like a whirlwind weekend that will be over with the book. There is a lasting quality to it.

My overall thoughts on this one? I couldn’t put it down & I didn’t want it to end. This will definitely be a re-read that stays on my shelf for the long haul.

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