Kiss of Fire by Lavender Parker, the follow up story of Kiss of Ice, is an excellent read.
This is Antoinette ‘Toni’ St. James (aka “Lovely”) and Sebastian O’Donovan’s (aka “asshole”) story; their words, not mine!
We first meet Toni when she narrowly escapes death in Kiss of Ice. She is the younger sister of Annata St James. Toni is a 25 year old African American ballerina. She is fun, bratty, spoiled and a very nice person. Toni has very strong feelings for O’Donovan and she wants to explore those feelings. She is desperate for O’Donovan to recognize that they could be good together. So she pursues him with everything she has, even to the point of begging him to give their relationship a chance.
O’Donovan is the fire-fighter who rescues Toni. He is Irish and 12 years Toni’s senior, which becomes an issue for O’Donovan. He is grumpy, bad tempered, moody, very blunt and loves to drink. He fights his feelings for Toni because she moves in the wrong circles for him (the rich and entitled) and all he wants is to find a woman who he can go fishing with, have some kids and settle down into marrital bliss! Although he has feelings for Toni, he is just recently divorced from a woman who is a social climber and he does not want to be in another relationship where he has to be around folks he cannot relate to.
Toni and O’Donovan play cat and mouse with each other for a while and the relationship has lots of heat and passion. The language in the story is very colorful, so be warned! In this story Toni does the chasing and O’Donovan does the running and then acts like a jerk and causes Toni heartache.
The story is an emotional roller coaster (as expected) and Toni punishes O’Donovan when he realizes way too late what a mess he has made of their relationship! Then the roles reverse: he does the chasing and she does the running. The story has lots humor and made me laugh. I did however, want to slap both Toni and O’Donovan at different points in the story.
I enjoyed it; it is worth the read! There will be a book 3, which I will look forward to reading also. I recommend this story!
-Reviewed by Marcia