Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Burning for You by Michele Dunaway

Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks (4/7/2015)
Series: Man of the Month, book
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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Rating: ★1/2

The last thing Taylor Krebs wants is a man. Her crazy, possessive ex-boyfriend has caused her enough drama to last a lifetime. Putting drama and men behind her she focuses on her fledgling photography business. That is, until gorgeous fireman Joe Marinootherwise known as Mr. September on the Sexy Public Servants Charity Calendarwalks into her life. Joe wants Taylor to photograph burn victims pro bono for a book he’s spearheading for the Burn Recovery Support Group...and he’ll do everything in his power to persuade her to take on his cause.
Taylor soon finds out that she isn’t immune to Joe’s persuasive charmsboth professionally and personallyand soon they are burning up the sheets. But will Joe’s secrets and Taylor’s need for quiet stability tear them apart? Or will this Man of the Month also end up being Taylor’s love for all days?

{ review } . 

I love cute stories.

I love struggling lead characters -- those who struggle with personal things, emotional things, familial things... I love when the characters feel real.

Taylor and Joe feel real.

Taylor is a woman who's trying to make a go of it in the photography world, and was given the opportunity to shoot a calendar -- and while shooting this calendar, she got a little bit flustered by Mr. September, a man named Joe Marino, who in (and out) of his turnouts was on fire.

Joe enjoys riling Taylor up -- and Taylor's easy to rile up. There flirtatious ways were cute and went with the flow. While Taylor wasn't 100% confident in her abilities, she agrees to doing Joe's burn shoot. 

What I love the most about Taylor is that while her photography career is new and uncertain, she does the volunteer style shoots -- the ones like Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and Joe's Burn shoot. These are the ones, including others like Flashes of Hope, that mean the most to people. They are such wonderful causes. When doing Joe's shoot, she meets an elementary aged girl who's burns are on her face -- she has burns that she can't hide from, that she has to share with the world every single time she steps out of her house, but the joy and happiness she exudes is just so wonderful. 

It's rather endearing to me, too, that Joe and all his flirtatious ways is terrified of mentioning his own scars. He keeps them hidden and doesn't speak of them. The front he puts on to the public is one of a strong-headed male, but truly, he has as many insecurities as the next person -- and I love that Taylor was the one to help him see himself as whole.

This was a cute read. If given the choice to see more of Taylor and Joe, I'd certainly say, "Sign my up!"

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