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Incendiary by Chris Redding – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt



Chris will be awarding a framed picture of the wrought iron bridge mentioned in the book to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.




What if your past comes back to haunt you?


Chelsea James, captain of the Biggin Hill First Aid Squad, has had ten years to mend a broken heart and forget about the man who’d left her hurt and bewildered. Ten years to get her life on track. But fate has other plans.


Fire Inspector Jake Campbell, back in town after a decade, investigates a string of arsons, only to discover they are connected to the same arsons he’d been accused of long ago. Now his past has come back to haunt him, and Chelsea is part of that past.


Together, Chelsea and Jake must join forces to defeat their mutual enemy. Only then can they hope to rekindle the flames of passion. But before they can do that, Chelsea must learn to trust again. Their lives could depend on it.




The electricity of an impending storm raised the hair on Chelsea James’s arms. Barefoot, she stood on the wide front porch and watched the trees blow almost in half.


Her dead sister’s voice played in her mind.


“It’s like nature has to violently clean up,” Morgan would say as they stood in this very spot.


They both loved storms. The power of nature impressed Chelsea. Morgan concentrated on the aftermath. Odd that she never thought of the aftermath of her own actions.


“How so?” Chelsea would ask her older-by-a-few-minutes sister.


Morgan’s eyes would be wide. “Because a storm gives the trees a haircut, gets rid of the ones that are weak. And on top of that, the rain helps the ones that do survive.”


Chelsea would nod.


But this storm didn’t bring with it the same renewal. Somewhere deep inside her, Chelsea knew this storm was different. This storm could bring destruction— or worse—this storm might not bring the wanted rain for those trees that survived.


She sighed. Right now she missed her sister more than anything.


Chelsea’s firehouse pager went off. “Unit 37, you have a fully involved structure fire on Briar Lane.”


As Captain of Biggin Hill First Aid Squad, she had certain duties. But she was also a firefighter and sometimes that took precedence. The shakiness of the dispatcher’s voice told her this fire could be big.


So tonight she’d be a firefighter.




Oooo, I love a good romantic suspense.  I love the tension of the not knowing who the villain is; the who/what/where/how it all weaves back to the hero/heroine and not to mention the heart pounding action that goes along with it.  Throw in firefighters and I’m a true goner.  🙂  That’s what Incendiary has and more.

Chelsea is a woman who I would like to be friends with, hang out with.  She seemed so sad in the beginning of the book.  She had a good life, a job she loved and an adopted son she adored.  She is stubborn to a fault and knows her job.  With both parents and sister gone, all she has left is her brother and her sister’s son.  The sibling dynamic is fantastic in the book.  The arguments, miscommunication, love and dialogue is spot on.  I felt like during their scenes together, it was like my brother and I in the scene.  Yes, we have that type of relationship.

Jake, oh Jake.  Love a Fire investigator.  He knew his job but after ten years he was still feeling the heat about a string of arsons that he was questioned about but never charged.  When the arsons start again, he is their #1 suspect again.  The one person that still believes in his innocence is Chelsea.  Too bad, she won’t speak to him, much less come within 10 feet of him since he came back to town.  I really felt for him.  He came back to try to figure out who the original arsonist was and why the fires had started again.

Let me begin with saying this…there are alot of characters and names to keep up so pay attention.  People aren’t who they seem to be and the twist and turns in the book really kept me on my toes.  I figured out who the villain was about midway through the book but just because I figured it out, it just made the rest of the book that much richer for me.  I got to understand the villain’s why and motivations.  In some suspense books that I have read lately, it seems that the villain’s motivations are written hurriedly and thrown together.  No real thought to it.   Ms. Redding got me to understand but I don’t feel any sympathy for the villain.  I wanted the punishment, which I got.

While this a romantic suspense, the sex in the book is sensual and emotional.  Its not thrown in there just for the sake of sex.  There’s a point, actually a big point.  🙂  Your grandmother could read this book and be fine.    I would highly recommend Incendiary to anyone looking for a romantic suspense that is fast paced, full of twists and turns and a villain that will leave you wanting to slap the crap out of them.







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her one husband, two kids, one dog, and three rabbits. When she isn’t writing she’s chauffeuring her two boys to activities and working per diem in her local hospital.


Website/Blog: http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com


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