Published by Avon Impulse on June 26, 2016
Series: Wildwood #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Lane Gallagher wants Delilah Moore - bad.
He's imagined the sexy brunette in his bed more times than he can count.
She's everything he's ever wanted, but the only problem is…
She's his brother's ex.
For years, the stoic sheriff's deputy has fantasized about the sweet, bubbly dance teacher who stirs his deepest desires. But Lane's too loyal to ever move in on forbidden territory and he knows that while he can look, he definitely can't touch. Fighting his attraction to Delilah is nearly impossible, but the infuriating-and incredibly sexy-woman seems determined to drive him crazy.
And she's bringing him to his knees. One smoldering kiss at a time.
Smolder is the second book in the Wildwood series by Karen Erickson. (P.S. Karen Erickson is author Monica Murphy’s alter ego) Smolder is an adult contemporary romance. Each of the books in the series focuses on a different couple, and I am assuming they can be read as a standalone, but I am going to tell you right now, I do not recommend that. I think this series needs to be read in order, and here is why. (it is also something that I love about the series.) While each of the books does focus on a different romance, there is an overarching plot line of an arsonist in the city. In each of the books we come a little closer to discovering who the arsonist is, so I think readers will benefit from reading the Wildwood books in order. I know I am interested in following not only the romances, but also the arson story line. I loved Ignite and Smolder and I am already itching for the next book.
Smolder is Lane and Delilah’s story. I really liked Lane, even though he can completely frustrate me at times. He just so darn stubborn. I could tell that from the first book where he was just a side character, and it very apparent throughout his story as well. He is so hell bent on not becoming his dad that he has completely closed himself off. Which means that this is a one step forward, two steps back kind of dance between Lane and Delilah. It ends up being a very satisfying slow burn romance. Delilah is delightful and just as I predicted in my review of Ignite, Lane is one heck of a brooding hero.
I am also still really enjoying the Arson story line, and Smolder brings along a new character on the Arson front. I hope there are many, many more books in this series. I just can’t get enough of them.
Bottom line: if you like Contemporary romance with great chemistry and a healthy side of heart, and you love the idea of a series long arson plot- the Wildwood series is a great one for you. Check it out. I really enjoyed it.
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