Flirting With Danger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Bliss
Date of Publication: September 9, 2013
Number of pages: approx. 190
Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor
Firefighter Jasmine Mackinnon has always just been one of the guys. So no one’s more shocked than she is to find herself kissing fellow firefighter and all-around sinfully handsome playboy Aaron Parkes after a friend’s wedding. Jasmine knows she can’t risk an emotional connection with a colleague—a potentially dangerous entanglement when fighting fires together—and nothing's more important to her than her job.
Aaron never noticed how beautiful Jasmine was until he saw her out of her firefighter duds, but there’s something about the fiery woman that tempts him. Though he knows pursuing a real relationship is out of the question for a serial dater like him, when their casual flirtation builds into something more serious, it's not just their jobs or their safety on the line. It's their hearts.
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In a bedroom of a sprawling sandstone house in South Australia, Jasmine Mackinnon looked at the reflection of her friend and fellow bridesmaid, who was peering over her shoulder.
Sasha said, “You should wear that smoky eye shadow more often. It makes your eyes look enormous.”
“I get plenty of smoke on my face when I’m on a call-out. I don’t need to add more.”
“No, not when you’re at work, obviously,” Sasha said as she straightened. “But you could make an effort when we go out.”
Jasmine winced. “I do make an effort.”
“Oh, I know. I didn’t mean it like that.” Sasha pulled an apologetic face. “Okay, maybe I did, but I was trying to be helpful. You’re so pretty, but you don’t make the most of what you have. Look, what I mean is that you might find your Mr. Right if you went for a more feminine look.”
Marrying a man she loved, having babies, watching them grow up, staying together forever…that was the fairy tale for most women, her friends included. But how often did it actually happen? The staying together forever bit, anyway.
Not very often, in Jasmine’s experience. She hoped Leanne and Michael, today’s bride and groom, would make it, but it wasn’t a risk she was prepared to take for herself. Not unless she found a man she could trust completely, and they were few and far between.
Sighing, she said, “If I find a man to love me as I am, then great. But I’m not going to pretend to be something I’m not.”
Jasmine studied her reflection as the makeup artist blended blush beneath her cheekbones. Which made her look as if she actually had cheekbones. She’d bet that, given a choice between muscles and makeup on their women, most men would not choose muscles. But messing around with all those brushes and jars—it just wasn’t her style. Any man she allowed into her life would have to want the real her no matter what she did or didn’t slap on her face.
Sasha was on a roll now. “Okay, I can see your point, but first impressions are important, aren’t they? You need to get past the first hurdle before you can really get to know someone. All I’m saying is, you might meet more men if you looked as if you cared what they thought of you. And you could be a bit more encouraging when men do try to talk to you. You could give them a chance. Like that poor man in the pub last week.”
Jasmine swiveled the chair. “What man?”
“The one with the Johnny Depp jaw.”
She screwed up her eyes. “Can’t say I remember him.”
“He came over to talk to us. To you, anyway.”
“Oh! You mean when we were watching the game on the big screen?”
“I didn’t notice his jaw; I was too busy paying attention to the football.”
“Trust me, he was cute. And he tried to start a conversation with you.”
I love a sweet and steamy romance.
Jasmine is a strong minded independent woman who knows what she wants out of life and right now it is most defiantly is not a man. Oddly enough she works as a firefighter. All the guys of the firehouse see her as just another one of the guys, that is until a friend’s wedding when they get a glimpse of her more feminine side. Arron in particular takes notice but doesn't know if the risk of his job and friendship with Jasmine is worth the trouble. Jasmine has no desire to become another one of Arron’s conquests but against her better judgment can't seem to stay away from him.
Now let the chase begin.....
I love the heat and want between these two characters. The story flowed together very well and kept me turning the pages until the end. This was a wonderful weekend read with that HEA you can’t help but wish for yourself. All the characters complemented each other and the story. Claire brought this story to life and made it feel like it was actually something that could really happen. I love when an author can do this. It brings the reader into the book and really makes them feel for the characters as if it was them living the story. Well done Ms. Baxter, I can’t wait to read more!!
Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women's magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages and have been nominated in the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice Awards (Winner, Best Harlequin Romance).
Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.
Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide's beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.
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