Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hidden Fire by Jo Davis

Title:  Hidden Fire
Author: Jo Davis
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: Firefighters of Station Five #3
Main Characters: Julian & Grace
Release Date: December 2009
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $6.99
Borders- $5.59
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Julian Salvatore has earned his reputation as a ladies' man, but chasing women is also a way to outrun a terrible secret. Then he meets defense attorney Grace McKenna, a beautiful ice-queen more than willing to give Julian her body, even if he can't seem to melt her heart...

But when a series of murders rocks Nashville, Julian is targeted by the killer. As he comes face to face with demons, he and Grace must race to uncover the terrible truth-or become the next victims...

My Review:
Julian is the playboy of Station Five, but underneath all that sexual bravado is a man with a wounded heart who's simply looking for the perfect girl for him. He thought that he met her when he met Grace (sister to Kat- the heroine of Book #1 in the series,) but Grace didn't want to have anything to do with this player and rebuffed his advances for months. She's a tough-as-nails lawyer who's also been feeling the pull for something more, but she doesn't have any faith that Julian can be there for the long haul. But when Julian is injured just as Grace decides to say yes to a date, she can't resist his allure any longer.

This is a great suspenseful book. Julian and Grace are following on the trail of a serial killer...piecing the clues together brilliantly. The suspense aspect of this book was way higher than it has been in the rest of the series and was written really well. It makes for great reading and a climax at the end which was heart-stopping. I shed more than a few tears with this one.

Julian has a great character arc in this book where he really grows up. He's always been the joker at Station Five, but with that is the fact that he can really be an insensitive jerk sometimes. Throughout the book, he really becomes aware of how his actions have affected those around him and really starts to make concerted repairs to those flaws in his personality. It was wonderful to be able to watch his character grow so much. 

Julian & Grace make a great team and I loved reading their story. They just "fit" perfectly together. Another great book in the series!


Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

*sigh* I should just add the whole series to the wish list, right? Right...

Christi Snow said...

hehe...yes, you really should, Jen! This is a fantastic series...not a bad book in the group! smiles...

Julie said...

Writing this series down in my book planner as we speak!

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Yep...I need to read this whole series! :-) I might need to go to the bookstore when I get back home and see if they have any of these books available...of course I already have about 100+ books on my bookshelf right now that need to be read. :-( Eek. Another great review Christi. The one thing I don't like is the it just mean or does this cover not really go with the first two covers??!! I think it's the mainly blue background.