Monday, September 7, 2009


Title: Combustion
Author: Denise A. Agnew
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-550-3
Genre: {M/F} Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Autumn MacAllister returns home to spend some time recovering from a knee injury, before getting back to the her job of smoke jumping. What she doesn’t realize is her life is about to change for the better….or worse? Now that she has gotten a place to live, and a job with the newspaper, she wants to get on with her life. When she finds out who it is attending her after an accident, none other than Jack Dillon. She is overwhelmed with his constant attention, and the fantasies he presents to her.

Firefighter Jack Dillon loves his job and only wants to continue to protect and serve his town. He goes about doing his duty, fighting fires and caring for the injured, to offset suppressed emotions he wants to completely forget. When he rescues Autumn from a car accident, he finally recognizes her from school and immediately, the feelings he had for her from before comes back in full force. His determination to protect her was never a question for him, and she felt the same way he did when it came to defending their honor.

After reading Combustion, I was overwhelmed by the memory of September 11th, and had to commiserate with the characters because of the loss of my parent at that same time. While I was reading this story, my mind kept wondering back to the fire that took the lives of Jack and Autumn’s parents, and why things turned out the way it did for them. This is an action packed story with fire being the main attraction, and the sex was just as combustible as the fires being fought. It was very interesting how the plot unfolded for me, and had me really thinking about the motives of the arsonist.

Denise A. Agnew has done a wonderful job of telling this story of the dangers that can happen to firefighters during a fire, and of what happened after September 11th. With so much emotional baggage from the past between them, I am surprised that Jack and Autumn were able to bond at all. The ending is action packed, and cleared up a lot of different questions I had. I loved every moment of reading this book and look forward to reading other books from Ms. Agnew.

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