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Burning Love -- Jana Richards

Burning Love

After causing three cooking fires in her apartment, Iris Jensen finds herself evicted and homeless. She lands on Riley Benson's doorstep, looking to rent a room in the beautiful old home he's restoring. It's only for six weeks until Iris leaves Portland, Oregon for her new job on a cruise ship. Firefighter Riley knows firsthand what a bad tenant she can be. But he needs money to finish the work on the house he loves. And something about Iris pulls at his heart…

Meanwhile, in Heaven, two angels watch over the young lovers. Angelica and Hildegard work in Heaven's Relationship Division, where angels match mortals with their soul mates. The angels believe so strongly in Iris and Riley’s love that they break Heaven's rules to help them. Can the angels convince them their love will last a lifetime?

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Burning Love intrigued me almost immediately. Riley, the handsome firefighter, and Iris the somewhat absent minded fire starter seemed an unlikely match. But like Hildegard, I soon saw the value of the situation for both parties. This story is light-hearted fun despite a dastardly bad guy who threatens the security of the vulnerable and the elderly. Unexpected heroes pop in and out as necessary to save the day and the main characters, including the interfering angels, are likable and sweet. If you want a pleasant little story to warm your heart, Burning Love will fill the bill quite nicely.

Dana Dean, Got Romance Reviews

There are many conflicts in this story. Riley and Iris try to avoid their growing attraction to each other as they find they have many similar interests. The two pets, a cat and a dog, have to learn to co-inhabit the house in peace. Angelica needs to prove her reliability and responsibility to Hildegard to keep her position in the Relationship Division . And, of course, every good story has to have a villain.

Finding out how Iris and Riley solve them and how they achieve their happily ever after romance made this an interesting, sometimes funny book.

Seriously Reviewed

Author Jana Richards throws a fun monkey wrench into this well-written romantic tale. Her two angels working in Heaven's matchmaking department--the repressed Hildegard and the hysterically flaky, Angelica--watch the story unfold and do their best to bring Riley and Iris together. But some of their interferences only cause more problems ...The journey to love for Riley and Iris is sweet, sincere, authentic, and enjoyable. These two lovers in Burning Love leave the reader sighing with contentment. The two trouble-making cupids leave one wondering where they might turn up next.

Ivy, Long and Short Reviews

This story was a lot of fun to read! Angelica’s talent for putting her foot in it was amusing, and I liked seeing Hildegard’s gradual softening towards Angelica. Riley’s need for love and companionship warred with his desire to avoid being hurt, while Iris’ sense of adventure competed with her wish for a home and family. I felt the characters were well-developed and believable, and the settings and situations were realistic, even though part of the story was set in Heaven. This was a delightful book, and one that is easy to recommend.

Mary, Bitten by Books Reviews

I really enjoyed this fun and humorous story. I was curious to see if Riley would allow Iris and her cat to live with him and his dog. I knew that it would be an odd pairing if it happened, but I was hoping that Riley would consider it no matter how strange the situation was. All along I wondered what would ultimately come of Iris and I couldn’t wait to see if Riley allowed her to move in. If he did, would she still leave for her new cruise ship job in a few weeks? I’m new to Ms. Richard’s work and I’d love to read more from her to get to know her and her writing much better.

Diana Coyle for Night Owl Reviews

excerpt

Riley looked into her beautiful blue eyes and her smiling face and did the only thing he was capable of doing at the moment.

He kissed her.

Maybe later, he told himself, when sanity returned, he’d think of a hundred reasons why pulling Iris into his arms, holding her snug against his body, and plundering her soft, sweet mouth was not a good idea. But for now, right now, as she wound her arms around his neck and made tiny sounds of excitement deep in her throat, it felt exactly right.

Heaven. Having Iris in his corner made him believe everything was possible.

He stepped backward toward the stairs, pulling Iris with him, intent on taking her upstairs to his room. He suddenly tripped, nearly losing his balance. He glanced behind him and saw the object he’d stumbled over. A set of luggage sat next to the stairs, still bearing tags from the retailer.

“What the hell is this?”

Iris kissed his neck. “I’m sorry. I should have taken them up to my room.”

Iris had bought new luggage for her trip. Her plans hadn’t changed.

She’s leaving me.

The thought acted as effectively as a bucket of cold water tossed over his head. What was he doing? She was leaving in three weeks and didn’t plan to return. The calendar in the kitchen reminded him of that every day. Why start something that would only lead to heartache?

He’d already lost too many people in his life.

And Riley instinctively knew that if he let himself get close to Iris, let himself love her, a part of him would not survive when she left.