Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Point of Ignition by Erin Dutton

Publisher:              Bold Strokes Books

Kate Chambers had planned on spending her entire career as a firefighter.  It’s the family business and she enjoyed the adrenalin rush from going into the fires.  An injury changed her career plans however and she will spend the rest of her life as an arson investigator.  Her first case involves a sports bar downtown that appears to be an obvious case of arson, until she meets the owner Alexi Clark.  Alexi has battled alcoholism most of her life, but, with the help of her friends Ron and Danielle Volk, she finally had her life under control and the focus of that life was the bar the three of them started together.  Alexi is furious when she realizes she is the prime suspect in burning the bar and that becomes more complicated when she feels an attraction for Kate.  Kate knows she is breaking every rule by becoming involved with Alexi, but she can’t resist her and that makes her more than determined to prove that someone else was responsible for the crime.  Alexi is going to experience a betrayal that threatens to wreck her life and Katie is probably the only person who can save her from that.

Point of Ignition is Dutton’s fifth novel and returns to the world of firefighting that she explored in Fully Involved.  This is a pretty predictable romance with no surprises or suspense, but it delivers on the components that most romance fans seem to want.  Dutton’s writing can be uneven, depending on her books, ranging from average to very well done.  This book is a little better than average, but not as good as some of her others.   

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