HOT TO THE TOUCH by Jaci Burton

Brotherhood by Fire #1
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Length: 336 pages
Format: eARC provided by NetGalley
Publisher: Berkley

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About the Book
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.

My Review

★★★★✩

This story was so sweet! It's been a long while since I've read anything from Jaci Burton, but this first book in a whole new series was a great re-introduction. Hot to the Touch was most definitely Jackson and Becks' story, but I loved how much time was spent on the family. I got to know a bit about everyone, encouraging me to want to learn even more about them. These characters knew their fair share of pain and neglect. Growing up on the streets, they were the lucky ones who found a new lease on life. Jackson and his brothers almost died in a fire and were rescued by a firefighter in more ways than one. Not only did he save their lives that night, he and his wife ended up adopting all three of them. They weren't brothers by blood, but brothers all the same. I loved their bond and how nothing could ever cut their connection. This family was 100% solid.

This book was super easy, sexy and cute. It had very little drama, unless you count Jackson's determination NOT to confront his past and how defensive he got when he was cornered. Low on angst, this couple was all about each other and those that they cared about. I'm in love with Becks and her attitude toward life. She gives back, appreciating how lucky she was. She pays it forward, grateful for every break she's ever had. And she's compassionate, the perfect foil to Jackson's self-recrimination. Depending on how you look at it, their relationship developed extremely fast or extremely slow. What was supposed to be casual was anything but, and I loved how Becks challenged Jackson for more. This is a read for anyone who likes their romance hot and light.

About the Author
Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at www.jaciburton.com for excerpts, book information and contests.

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