cover image Ignite on Contact

Ignite on Contact

Jaci Burton. Berkley, $16 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-440-00137-9

The red-hot second installment of Burton’s Brotherhood by Fire series (after Hot to the Touch) delivers an irresistible couple with vastly different ideas about love. Fort Lauderdale ER nurse Carmen Lewis refuses to date, claiming long hours at work, a grandfather who relies on her for care, and the still-smarting disastrous end to her first marriage, as excuses—despite how frequently she fantasizes about her next-door neighbor Hottie McFireman, aka Rafe Donovan. Rafe has always taken a no-strings-attached approach to his past relationships, but there’s something about Carmen that makes him want a happily ever after, and he’s determined to convince Carmen to take a chance on him. Burton skillfully ratchets up the sexual tension as the pair grow closer, only to throw a believable obstacle in their path that could send their budding romance off the rails forever. Spicy love scenes and charming supporting characters—especially Carmen’s wisecracking bestie, Tess, and Rafe’s brothers, fellow firefighters Jackson and Kal—add sparkle. Burton will delight existing fans and win herself even more with this sweet, sexy romance. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, The Whalen Agency. (Feb.)