Title: Kissing Fire
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Release date: April 15, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Preston Mitchell’s life as an undercover DEA agent has never allowed him to have a normal life. He’s never considered a relationship with a woman until he meets Avery Middleton.
To an outsider, Avery has it all...wealth, family connections and a great job. But things aren’t so great on the inside. She decides to take a chance and make a new start three thousand miles from home and steps right into the arms of hot and sexy Preston.
Unfortunately for both of them, Avery ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and is now running for her life. Fortunately, she has a gorgeous DEA agent protecting her. In the midst of all the chaos, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. But Preston carries more than his share of mental baggage, courtesy of his job. Even so, Avery rocks Preston’s world because she is nothing like anyone he’s ever met and something extraordinary begins to happen between them. But can their love survive in this world, where danger, intrigue and deception lurk on every corner?
Ava needs a change. Her self-esteem is at an all time low, following the end of a relationship and some weight gain that followed. She’s just accepted a job in Seattle and couldn’t be more excited. If only she could have the support of her family. Mainly her mom, who it seems only thinks about herself and not even bothering with Ava anymore. Yep, Seattle is looking very good about now!
Preston also needs a change. He is over putting his life on the line for his job. And don’t even mention trying to have a relationship. He gets his kicks by paying for them. Because no woman in their right mind would have him. He’s tainted, and that will never change. He will have to live with his demons until the day he dies.
Let’s fast forward a few days and we find Ava at her brother’s house. They haven’t seen or talked to each other in a long time and she isn’t even sure she is welcome. She meets Preston for the first time here and is really having a hard time taking her eyes off of him. The thoughts going through her head were hilarious and HOT! She also couldn’t control her mouth to save her life. The thing was, Preston couldn’t even tell her his real name. She couldn’t know the truth about what was really going on or she could be in danger. But bless her heart; she couldn’t stay away from embarrassment!
It doesn’t help that Miles/Preston is also having less that pure thoughts about Ava. Deep down though, he knows she would or could never love a man like him. But that doesn’t matter when a package comes for him in his real name. He’s been made, his cover no longer safe. That also meant that Ava, her brother Justin, and his wife Caroline, weren’t safe either. He had to get her to pack quickly and leave with him with no explanation. But hey, if I had a hot, tattooed and pierced guy telling me I had to leave with him in order to live, I don’t think I’d have a problem with that! He already knew he got her motor purring!
With their escape into the mountains, comes another complication. Falling in love! It wasn’t planned but it happened and Preston decided that he wasn’t going to tell her something pretty important, just so he could keep her with him for a while longer. Well, I guess you could say the shit hit the fan when he came clean. Ava not only left, but she ran away as fast as she could! Missing Preston, Ava makes a new life for herself. Preston is miserable but knows how bad he messed up. He is not going to give up though. He finally found the real thing and Ava taught him that what happened to him was not his fault and he is worth loving. If only he can make her forgive him.
I give this story a 4/5. There were a couple parts in the book that actually embarrassed me. That’s an odd thing for me to say too. I enjoyed the story very much otherwise. I loved how Ava would get tongue tied when she first met Preston and the chemistry between them was off the charts! I also loved how they worked through their issues together while getting to know one another. The cover of the book is what made me want to read it and it didn’t disappoint.
About the author
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.
A.M.: Boss, is that you?
Boss: Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?
A.M.: Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.
Boss: Why ever would I want to do that?
A.M.: Because I quit!
A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.
A.M.: Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?
Hubs: Sure... Having some car trouble?
A.M.: Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.
A.M.: It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer! Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and the upcoming reEmergent) and Dark Waltz.
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