Book Review - Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood


Unemployed schoolteacher Erin Jenkins is back in Portland, the town she hasn’t called home for more than a decade. It’s not the way she wants to spend her last days of summer: in between jobs and avoiding her mother’s snooping by escaping to the ice-cream aisle. But when the opportunity arises for her to accompany her brother’s best friend—her lifetime crush—to a wedding, summer gets a whole lot more interesting.

Firefighter and single dad Jake Bennett has built a nice, safe wall around his heart—no romance, no getting burned. That doesn’t mean he’s ruling out a fling. Considering Erin’s visit is temporary, they’re the perfect fit for a scorching no-strings one-night stand. Or two. Or five. Until the worst thing happens: Erin and Jake are feeling more. Damn that four-letter word.

Now their hearts are on the line, and when their smoldering summer comes to a close, it’s going to be harder than ever to put out the fire.


On the surface, the plot to Burning UP seems a little contrived, however the quality of the writing and story is evident immediately.  Jake is instantly able to love.  He's not perfect but he is doing his best as a single dad.  Erin is awkwardly trying to navigate her way through having to move back home for the summer and will be moving as soon as she finds a new teaching job in the new school year.  Jake isn't looking for anything but definitely not looking for something temporary when he has his daughter to consider.  The development of the characters through the story drew me in and I couldn't put the book down until the end.  I recommend this to anyone who loves a great romance where you are rooting for both characters throughout.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Jennifer Blackwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rule Breakers, Drexler University, and Snowpocalypse series. Aside from writing contemporary romance, Blackwood teaches English in Oregon, where she lives with her husband, son, and unruly black Lab puppy. When she isn't writing or teaching, you can find her binge-watching some of her favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural and Gilmore Girls. Visit her author website at, and follow her on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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