ARC Review: ‘Hot to the Touch’ by Jaci Burton
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Hot to the Touchby Jaci Burton
Series: Brotherhood by Fire #1
Published by Berkley on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Love burns white-hot in this first scorching romance in an all-new trilogy about a family of firefighters from the New York Times bestselling author of the Play-by-Play novels and the Hope series.
Firefighter Jackson Donovan doesn't look back--as a rule. So when his past comes roaring back to life in the form of not-so-damsel-in-distress Becks Benning, the last thing he wants to do is relive old times. No matter how tempting she makes it seem...
Now thanks to his two interfering brothers, Becks is living with them while she looks for a new place and tries to pick up the pieces of her tattoo business that went up in flames. Which means a grown up, smokin' hot Becks is in his house, sharing meals, and digging up old wounds. And despite his better judgement, the more time he spends with this smart, artistic, incredible woman the more he wants her in his bed--and his future.
Becks always had it bad for Jackson. Unfortunately for her, not much has changed--he's still honorable, hard-working, sexy as sin--and closed off. But there's more than one way to get to a man's heart and if Jackson doesn't want to recall old memories, she'll just have to help him make new ones. Because now that she's found Jackson again, she's not letting him go.
Hot to the Touch is the first book to Jaci Burton’s new Brotherhood by Fire trilogy, and this happens to be the first book I read from the author. I’ve meant to read her books sooner, especially her Play-by-Play series. I happen to have a couple of those books already in my bookcase.
Hot to the Touch is an excellent start to Jaci’s new trilogy, and it’s about some very sexy firefighters. The firefighters are brothers, but not by blood. They’ve been with each other for a while since they were homeless on the streets and then they eventually were adopted by a couple. The father who adopted them saved the boys one night from a house fire. The brothers Jackson, Rafe, and Kal all are firefighters and are grown up, and they end up saving Becks in a fire in her tattoo shop. They used to know each other on the streets, and the brothers decide to let Becks stay at their house until she gets back on her feet. Jackson is against it at first and doesn’t remember Becks because he doesn’t like thinking about his past. Jackson has been holding back his past for a while, but it’s Becks that will make him finally reveal what he’s been holding back.
Becks was a hard-working female character who works as a tattoo artist, and she’s very independent. She butts head with Jackson quite a bit in this book. This made the relationship between Becks and Jackson hard at times. Jackson was stubborn and damaged for what happens in his past. Becks was also suffering from what she has gone through, but she grew from her experiences. I adored her character because she didn’t give up. She even helped other kids. I loved getting to know each one of the characters and I can’t wait to read Rafe and Kal’s books and find out who will win over those two firefighters. Jackson was a pain at times in this book, but he finally grew on me at the end.
Overall, this was a delightful book to start off the trilogy. If you are looking for a firefighter romance book, then I would recommend starting this trilogy. This is a Friends to Lovers (somewhat) story also, which is one of my favorite tropes.
Story Rating: 4 stars
Steaminess Rating: 4 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of series, but each follows a new couple.
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes.
Tropes/Elements: Friends to Lovers; Firefighter Romance
Hero: Firefighter; Damaged; Hard-working
Heroine: Tattoo Artist; Independent