⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Couple runs hot and cold

A Beautiful Fire (Love at Lincolnfield #4)

One of the more serious and reserved romances I’ve read, I enjoyed the bulk of this book but never moved into love territory. The story is complex and realistic, infusing real life insecurities and doubts with a love that blooms slowly between two somewhat broken individuals. I loved how these two made each other better, but the romance itself is a little cold (and not just because of our heroine’s personality).

The story follows Harper, an uptight doctor with a list of criteria she’s looking for in the perfect partner. She runs past the firehouse in town every day to catch a peek at the hot firefighter who is always around, but she would never consider him as a potential date. When she injures herself on her run, Hot Firefighter (Jakub) comes to her aid. As he takes care of her, going above and beyond the call of duty, she begins to see what a great guy he is – and over time comes to realize she may need to throw out her criteria if he doesn’t fit the bill.

I really liked Jakub – he’s a caring and protective guy, widowed at a young age. He hasn’t fully moved on from his wife’s death but he also sees an opportunity for something good with Harper. She’s a little more difficult to like, and every time I warmed up to her something got in the way. While I enjoyed the book overall, I didn’t love the repeated lack of communication between these two. Every time there was an obstacle thrown in their path, they would stop talking for weeks at a time. I’m not sure how you can be so into someone and still decide you don’t need to even text or call for weeks at a time, so that threw me off a bit. I would definitely check out more of this author’s work in the future though, because perhaps that was just a personality issue with our couple.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

A Beautiful Fire by Colette Dixon. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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