This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Forbidden FiresForbidden Fires Published by Carina Press on April 1, 2013
Genres: Contemp Romance, Erotica
Pages: 139
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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A year ago, Detective Delia Robinson and Fire Marshal Colin Butler got up close and personal while working a case. But their sizzling relationship didn’t last. Now there’s a serial arsonist on the loose, and it’s up to Delia and Colin to bring him down—if they can resist their attraction long enough to concentrate on the investigation.

Delia quickly sees the connection between the crime scenes: elements of BDSM. Though she denies it, Colin is stunned by the realization that his former lover is aroused by the idea of bondage play. And suddenly he can’t stop fantasizing about being the one to bind her…

Unsure how Colin would react, Delia never revealed her desire to be dominated in the bedroom. But she’ll finally have the chance to find out when they go deep undercover—as a married couple at a B&B offering classes in domination and submission…

I give this one high marks for the chemistry between these two, especially once they have to start pretending to be a couple who wants to dabble in the D/s lifestyle.  It loses some marks for the simple fact that I can’t believe how close they get to being inappropriate in the workplace – which is a police station – and that they’ve only been apart for just around a year.  For some reason it reads like they’ve been apart so much longer.

Aside from that, I think Griffin does a good job of creating a relationship between two people who want to be together but just can’t figure out why they don’t work.  I also like the fact that Colin lets Delia be a cop and doesn’t get too “man mustn’t let female get in path of danger” (*beat chest here*) on her.

The main reason to read this are the scenes at the B&B, and make sure you have some ice water, or a fan, or both around because those scenes can get H-O-T. Especially the teasing and build up, those had me squirming a bit.  In a good way of course.

I’d label it a satisfying quickie.  You don’t really get to build into it too much, but you still enjoy yourself and have no regrets afterward.