ARC Review: A Lick of Flame by Cathryn Fox

Posted September 20, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: A Lick of Flame by Cathryn Fox
A Lick of Flame

3 Stars


Released: September 18, 2012
Published by Samhain Publishing
Narrator: Cathryn Fox
Pages: 105
Format: ARC



After reading the first book in this series, I went into this one expecting one thing…quick, sexy, fun.  And for the most part that is exactly what A LICK OF FLAME was.  But I also like to have a little bit of a romantic connection and that aspect of this story wasn’t as developed as I would’ve liked.

Madison Kelly was a cop until she was almost killed in the line of duty.  Sean Adams, local firefighter and her lifelong crush, was the one to rescue her that fateful night.  From then on she’s been recovering, working security and dealing with the fact she now has a huge scar down the side of her face.  Constant reminder that she almost died and constant reminder that she’s a survivor.  But on the bad days, constant reminder that she has no business lusting after a man as perfect as Sean.

With the whole Boys of Beachville calendar thing going on, she’s been hired as Sean’s bodyguard/security since he has a crazy/stalkerish fan who has gotten a bit creepy.

This whole setup worked wonderfully for me until things went from 0 to 120.  One minute Madison is simply his security detail and saying how they’ve never really even talked (even as teenagers) then he sees her at the local bar says a few sweet nothings in her ear and takes her to the rooftop to have sex.  Not that I have anything against hot rooftop sex against the railing, absolutely not, but I thought something was missing to convince me that these two should actually be talking about sex and more importantly relationships after we’ve determined they’ve only said a few words to each other their whole lives.

The author also adds in the element of suspense (just a dash) with the stalker that goes after Sean and Madison but it was pretty obvious who it was.  I almost wished that it would’ve been someone else at the end of the day to have a surprise twist.

But in the end, I enjoyed this story.  It was fun and sexy and I can’t wait for the next!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Cathryn Fox

I've been reading romance novels for as long as I can remember. I just never thought I'd be writing them. In fact, I graduated from university with a business degree and started working in the Finance Department of Environment Canada...shiver. A few years into my career, my hubby, who's a meteorologist, got posted up north, population 800. I quit my job and went with him. At first all the spare time was great, then I got bored so I started to read. Day and night. When I ran out of books to read I decided to try writing one. After all, how hard could it be. Ha!! Well, you guessed it. It was hard!

Many years later I discovered Romance Writers of America and have learned a great deal since joining my local chapter. My journey to publication hasn't been smooth sailing, but with the support and guidance from the wonderful writers at RWAC, it's been a lot easier. And a lot more fun!

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Thanks for the review – this sounds like a good series