Title: Naked Flame
The heat between them burns red hot…until danger turns it white.
Naked Cowboys, Book 6
Burned out from years in the Dallas PD, Charity Vance flees to Saddle Wells for a fresh start, someplace to lie low and decide what to do with the rest of her life.
Hanging out with her old college friend in the local bar, she can’t help but notice the sexy, brooding owner. She also notices he needs a waitress. Charity steps in to help—and steps right into his arms.
After two tours in Afghanistan, Liam Douglas has settled nicely into running his dad’s bar, but trying to keep decent help has been running him ragged. Accepting Charity’s help only adds fuel to their explosive chemistry. Although neither one of them wants a relationship, pretty soon they’re burning up the sheets.
When a drug lord Charity helped put away busts out of jail, Liam’s overprotective streak starts to feel more like the strings she didn’t want. And running seems to be the only option to save the town…and her heart. But leaving Liam is more difficult than she thought…especially when he won’t let her go.
Warning: Contains a sexy, brooding man with a complicated past, a feisty heroine who thinks she’s in charge and sex hot enough to burn up the sheets.
Author: Desiree Holt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Branded by Lust, Beyond Addiction, Nightfall, Savage Lust
Series: Naked Cowboys #6
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: May 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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It has been a while since I have read a Desiree Holt story and I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed her stories. She can pack so much into a short novella. Well rounded characters, exciting story complete with some action, and let’s not forget what she does so very well, the romance. *sigh*
Naked Flame is book six of the Naked Cowboys series. As noted, I haven’t read any Desiree Holt in a while, so I haven’t read any of the first five books of this series. Do not despair, this read quite well as a stand-alone story. Although all the previous characters put in an appearance in this story, I did not feel like I was missing out by not having read the earlier stories. I was like Charity, new girl in town meeting most of these characters for the first time. It wasn’t necessary to know all their story to be friends right away. There is time to get to know them. References were made in friendly conversation, but in the telling of antidotes type of way. Now all that being said, I like these characters and I don’t get to stay in town and hear more antidotes, so I need to find time to go back and read the other books.
Charity and Liam are one sizzling couple! Sparks were flying from the very beginning. Talk about lust at first sight! But, really, these two seemed to be made for each other. I liked the added interaction of all the secondary characters. It reminded me of why I like the small town trope. That sense of family. Or is it just every one being up in your business all the time. Either way, it is fun and entertaining.
I really liked how this ended. Yes there was the happy ever after, but that happy ever after didn’t cure all of Charity and Liam’s issues. They acknowledged they had them and decided they loved each other enough to work on them together. I really liked that.
Naked Flame is what I like to call a bed-time story. It is short – about a hundred pages, but a complete story. I can read it before bed, finish it, and still get a decent night’s sleep – with pleasant and happy dreams. Something I need sometimes.