Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Review: Feeding the Fire (Rosewood #2) by Andrea Laurence

Feeding the Fire
Rosewood #2


Andrea Laurence


March 16, 2015


Pocket Star


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GR's Summary:

Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series! 

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap. 

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.

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My Thoughts:

Feeding the Fire was a sweet, endearing, and charming small town romance.  It can be read as a standalone.  However, after having read this story, I want to go back and read, Facing the Music.

In Feeding the Fire, we get Pepper Anthony and Grant Chamberlain's story.  Pepper grew up in a working class family, and lived in a run down trailer.  Her mother always warned her to stay away from the Chamberlain boys, because they were the type to use a girl for sex, and then leave her heartbroken.  

In high school, Grant had a huge crush on Pepper, but she would not give him the time of day.  As he got older, he never lost interest in Pepper, and yet she has continued to reject his advances.  They ended up spending one incredible night together, and this only awakened their desire and attraction to one another.  Yet, Pepper continued to turn Grant down.

When the town tornado relief committee organizes a Valentine's Date Night Auction, Grant is roped in to being one of the men being auctioned off.  Pepper buys a ticket to the auction to support her town, but has no plans on making a bid.  She has been saving up to to renovate her new home.  However, things go wrong at the auction, when Grant's grandmother "accidentally" spills ice cold water on Pepper, causing her to jerk up her arm with her bidding paddle in it.  She accidentally bids on a date with Grant, and is very upset to have lost most of her renovation money to the auction.  Grant proposes to help her renovate her home, so that she can get her money's worth.  After an amazing week together, will Grant finally get the relationship that he wants with Pepper?  Or, will a secret destroy their chances at happiness together?

I really enjoyed Feeding the Fire.  I liked the small town setting.  At first, I wasn't a huge fan of Grant's.  He came off as arrogant, use to getting his way, and had cheesy pick up lines.  However, I quickly realized that was all a facade.  When Grant's grandmother gives him advice to just be himself, and act genuine, he makes a transformation.  I fell in love with the genuine and real Grant.  He was sweet, caring, funny, sexy, and adorable.  I'm glad that Grant's grandmother interfered.  She saw the potential for her grandson to be happy, and took the opportunity to make it happen.  Pepper and Grant made a great couple, and I was rooting for them throughout the book!  

My Rating:

I give, Feeding the Fire, by Andrea Laurence 4 Sweet, Humorous, Sexy, Hot Fireman Filled Stars!  If you are looking for a fun and light hearted read, this is a great one!

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About Andrea Laurence:

Andrea is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She has been devouring books since she learned to read at the age of three. An old portable typewriter got her started writing in her room at ten and she’s been writing ever since. Her practical nature led her to pursue a master’s degree and a career that would pay the bills, but the writing bug continued to bite. She started working ferociously in her spare time to become a published author and has become an active member of her local RWA chapter, Heart of Dixie. 

After eight years and eleven completed manuscripts, she finally made the leap and got ‘the call’ from Harlequin Desire on May 31, 2011. From there, she’s never looked back with a long list of writing credits since that day. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. 

A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, Andrea is working on her real-life “happily ever after” with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including two cats, two mutts and a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody’s business.


  1. Thanks for the review. I'm always in for a hot fire fighter and haven't heard about this one going on my TBR

  2. I don't know this one. Gotta love those sexy firefighter pics!


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