Author: Karen Erickson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: ARC via Avon
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Synopsis: Lane Gallagher wants Delilah Moore - bad.
He's imagined the sexy brunette in his bed more times than he can count.
She's everything he's ever wanted, but the only problem is…
She's his brother's ex.
For years, the stoic sheriff's deputy has fantasized about the sweet, bubbly dance teacher who stirs his deepest desires. But Lane's too loyal to ever move in on forbidden territory and he knows that while he can look, he definitely can't touch. Fighting his attraction to Delilah is nearly impossible, but the infuriating-and incredibly sexy-woman seems determined to drive him crazy.
And she's bringing him to his knees. One smoldering kiss at a time.
Karen Erickson is an author I’ve always wanted to read, but haven’t had the chance. When the opportunity came to participate in the Smolder blog tour, I couldn’t say no. Smolder is the second book in the Wildwood series and if you haven’t read the first, Ignite, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Smolder. I will say this, there is a running story involving an arsonist and won’t say anything else because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone.
We have really good character development. Delilah Moore is a dance instructor and owns her own studio. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and she has her eyes set on Deputy Sheriff Officer, Lane Gallagher. And what I can say about Lane? He’s your typical guy who is loves his job and is always worried about the safety of those in Wildwood. You’ll love seeing the fireworks that go off when Delilah and Lane are together. We have a few secondary characters that a play a role. I personally loved Lane’s mother and I also really liked Lane’s sister and Delilah’s best friend Wren.
What I liked about Smolder is the character development! I enjoyed getting to know our main characters and finding out their flaws and fears. I also really liked that there was no drama or misunderstandings that are often found in romances. None of this will they resolve whatever small conflict they have. I really did like getting to know the reasons why Lane doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with Delilah. Some readers might be put off due to Delilah’s involvement with Lane’s brother in high school. I, for one, don’t like these types of stories because it just seems gross to me. That being said, trust me on this one-if you don’t like this type of plot, pick this one up! You’ll definitely understand why these two work and belong together.
What I didn’t like about Smolder was the length of the book and I really do think it could have been longer. And the running story involving the arsonist could have been played out a little more. It almost felt as if, it was there to create an inconvenient moment when Lane and Delilah were together. I would like to go into a little more detail regarding the arsonist, but if I do, I’ll spoil things.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick sweet romance to read on the go, I recommend Karen Erickson’s Smolder. I can’t read to read Torch and see if anything gets wrapped up.
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