Oooh, now I do love me some silver-fox action. My ninjas know this, and there has been provision of said mature protagonists from them. However, I am always on the lookout for more.
Victoria Dahl, I loved your work before. After reading Fanning the Flames, I shall be pimping your work even more mercilessly than before.
I may still be in my thirties, but I still read characters that are younger than me. Why shouldn’t I read characters that are upwards of my own age? In Lauren and Jake, Victoria has created a wonderfully real and ridiculously hot couple, who just happen to be the other side of 40. They’ve lived their lives and they’ve been the responsible parents, and for differing reasons, they’ve found themselves single, footloose and fancy-free.
I love that Lauren is forward and that she doesn’t sugarcoat things. She has life experience, and isn’t ashamed of it. And Jake, if you want to run shirtless at 46, you go right ahead. I love that he has a good relationship with his adult daughter, and that he isn’t made out to be totally clueless Dad.
The fact that their relationship has grown from a friendship, and that neither is clueless about the other’s past, is refreshing.
Stretch marks and gray hair aside, these two generate some serious heat. Victoria Dahl does the sexytimes VERY, VERY well!
While this is not a very long book, novella-length at 60 pages, Fanning the Flames has done an awesome job of setting up the series, and I didn’t feel as if I missed out on anything. Hey, I got to imagine a hot older fireman running around sans-chemise…I’m cool with that!