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Flirting With Danger by Claire Baxter

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In this short number from Baxter (More Than Just Pretend), firefighter Jasmine Mackinnon has always been one of the guys. When forced to shed her tomboy image for a friend’s wedding, she catches the attention of fellow crew member and notorious playboy Aaron Parkes, who sees a side of Jasmine that he finds undeniably beautiful.

There is no question that Aaron is hot stuff, but the fact that romantic relationships are dangerous for firefighters coupled with baggage from her past has Jasmine guarding her heart very closely. She refuses to behave like the type of women Aaron attracts and is concerned she would just be another one of his flings.

Although taking risks is common in their line of work, Jasmine isn’t quite ready to take a risk with her heart. But getting to know Jasmine brings Aaron to the realization that she is the only one he wants. Now he just has to convince her that he is willing to walk through fire to capture her heart.

Baxter deserves credit for creating a strong and independent protagonist in Jasmine who is easy to favor. Unfortunately, though, corny lines such as “others were drawn to him the way paper clips clung to the end of a magnet” and an all too predictable ending sour any potential this story had going.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, October 18, 2013

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