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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,005 ratings  ·  61 reviews

If it hadn't been for the earthquake, Amber Riggs would never have made love to a perfect stranger. And no doubt about it, fire inspector Dax McCall was perfect. Who else could have taught her the meaning of passion at a time like that?

Still, when Amber ran into him a year later she wasn't sure how he'd react. To her…or their three-month-old baby. She had
Published (first published 2001)
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Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict
Apr 24, 2013 Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict by: Karla
Heartwarming sweet read. Loved Dax McCall & Amber and the whole McCall family. This would have been 5 stars read for me if we could have seen the reunion between Amber and her estranged father and/or had an epilogue.

*Thanks to Karla for the recommendation, totally enjoyed it. You know me too well my friend!! :)
The heroine Amber is looking around a property she is trying to sell when an earthquake hits, lucky for her Fire Inspector Dax, the hero, is also in the building. When the building starts to fall down around them he helps keep her safe and calm while they are trapped. Both of them believe there is no chance of them getting out alive, one thing leads to another and they end up making love. They do manage to get out when they are rescued, Dax tries to see Amber again but Amber, embarrassed by her ...more
Kellie G.
3.5 stars
A very sweet story with a yummy, hunky hero and an adorable baby girl. I would've loved an epilogue.
Amber Riggs is a horrible, horrible person.

I got a good ways through this book and I want to punch myself in the face for putting myself through that. I was hoping she would redeem herself, but 60% of the way through, we hadn't had a single character development aside from pregnancy. And I don't really think that counts.

I won't give a rating to a book I DNF because I'm just not into the story. For me to give 1 star to a book I didn't finish, there has to be something that I absolutely hated and
3 1/2 stars. This was a light, fun read. Dax is a dream worthy hero! I love a hero who is passionate about all of his feelings and expresses himself as such. Amber left a little to be desired, but I accepted her faults.

Over all, I'd recommend this book. It's my first by Ms. Shalvis, but I don't think it'll be my last.
Two-haiku review:

They're trapped together
Have sex after bad earthquake
Meet a year later

Early Shalvis book
Limited by Harlequin
Wish it were longer
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
The first part of this book that focused on both Dax and Amber before they were rescued from the crumbling building were good. We had a very protective Dax, keeping Amber safe and helping to keep her calm even as aftershocks kept bringing more of the building down over their heads.

The second part, well, it needed a bit more character development.

Dax was a wonderfully sweet and sensitive man who really wore his heart on his sleeve and had a very tender side. Amber on the other hand was cold and s
What would you do if you were trapped in a building that was collapsing from a earthquake?? I honestly have no idea. I would be scared out of my mind I know that. Well that is exactly what happened to Amber and Dax. You see Dax is a fire inspector for the local fire department and Amber is a realtor. Two people that you never thought would be getting together. But it seems in most of this genre of book that is how it happens. Any way Dax is sent to look at an abandon building far out of town and ...more
2* means it was okay, and that's what it was: okay. I generally enjoy Jill Shalvis, but this was obviously an early work, short and not well fleshed out. Plus, I hate the whole "secret baby/keep child away from father" thing. Hate it!
Another great read from Jill Shalvis. This was an older title that had recently been republished and I just loved it! It had a lot of the tropes that I just love in romance reads. There was a close proximity relationship, there was a secret baby, and a firefighter! Can’t really go wrong with any of those. Real estate agent Amber and fire inspector Dax find themselves trapped after a strong earthquake. They share a very special moment before rescue which changes their lives drastically. A year la ...more
When an earthquake happens, two strangers find themselves huddled beneath a desk and, faced with the uncertainty of surviving, succumb to some life-affirming passion. When fate brings them back together again, along with the product of their passion, Amber and Dax are forced to confront their issues and deal with the aftershocks of their affair.

This was a good read. There was lots of tension, a bit of heat, and a sexy firefighter. Dax was a great character and I loved his family. Amber had lots
The beginning of this book sucked me in and the stakes that got raised by the third chapter kept me turning the pages. But then things started to fall apart for me and I've figured out why...

The premise of this book is a charming fire inspector, Dax, and an uptight real estate agent, Amber, get trapped in a dilapidated building during an earthquake. During those few hours of near death experiences they give into temptation and have coitus (I've been watching too much Big Bang Theory!). Afterward
Amber and Dax meet during and Earth Quake where they are trapped together under a desk, and have hot 'were probably going to die so lets enjoy this' sex. once they are rescued Amber takes off when Dax is giving his report to the police with every intention of contacting him later. One year and no contact later Amber and Dax run in to each other at the pediatrician where Amber is taking there daughter Taylor to have a check up. Emotions fly as Amber try's to work past her childhood insecurities a ...more
Short and sweet. Slightly cheesy but probably due to the length and having to get everything in the story in such a short story. Loved both characters and especially Amber, I very much get her. Dax being a firefighter is nice too! Secret baby plots usually aren't my thing, but this one worked for me. I would have liked an epilogue to see Amber relaxing and enjoying herself more, but for quick and dirty (and sexy!) this was pretty damn good. Love everything I've read of this author so far!
Andrea Mudd
Really terrible book. I was excited to see Jill Shalvis had a book come out this past summer that I missed. We'll, it must have been a rerelease of an early book. It was awful. Must worse than those new romance authors that you can read for free. Jill Shalvis, I want my money back! The main character was so one sided that she came across as the horribly selfish and the guy came across as a saint. And their names? Amber and Dax? Horrible names.
Kelly Adams
This was a nice read, just a bit slow for me I guess. I like a bit more in my books. I really liked the beginning and how Amber and Dax met, but it kind of lost me after that. The ending seemed too simple, and by that time I kind of wanted to get it over with so I can go on to another book.

I didn't like Amber's father at all from the bits he's mentioned in.

The book wasn't bad, just not my style. 3/5
This is really a 3.5 story that I enjoyed a lot. This is a story about a meeting of two people during an earthquake and what happened on their lives after the quake was over. Sometimes our lives need to be shaken up a little just to show that we are still alive and capable of love.
I always love (in romance novels) how quickly the hero forgives the heroine for hiding her pregnancy and the child. Also, my copy had a different cover, and I don't think I would have picked up the cover that's on this edition. Weird.
Earthquakes are a way of life for those of us who have lived in So. California for years. So I was immediately "at home" with the trauma and upset that such an occurrence could cause. That Dax and Amber found each other in that setting did not surprise me at all. Thus the story was a realistic outgrowth of circumstances that many of us have come to recognize and understand. It was especially interesting to see Amber work through the early "training" she received from her "emotionally unavailable ...more
debby kitsembel
Another great book

I give this book a five. I felt the story line was something I could relate to. something that could really happen in real life.
3.5* This book had a pretty great start, yet for some reason it didn't grab me completely. I wasn't desperate each evening to get reading. I enjoyed the story though but felt the end a little rushed.
A solid book by Jill Shalvis, one of my all time favorite authors. I really liked this cute story about Amber and Dax (plus little Taylor).
D.B. Reynolds
The setup of this book is a little improbable, but I love Jill Shalvis and her characters and writing are always wonderful.
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This is such a "Harlequin Temptation". They really do have a particular flavour to the stories in this line, and I can't say I'm really enthused about the stories in this line.

I read this because I am eagerly awaiting the next addition to Lucky Habor (book #3) and was hoping it would have the same flavour. I really can identify Jill Shalvis in this writing, but that's at war with the Harlequin Temptation flavour. So in the end this felt like it should have been a short story but was stretched ou
It was okay, but something was missing. Epilogue or something would be good.

The part where H/h met and had their fling while stuck under the rubbles during the earthquake was 4-stars. The sex scene was really atmospheric and sexy. Up to when they met again and H realized that he's a father was 3-stars. After that the book became 2-stars - the mutual denial while H/h flirted with each other was dragged out way too long. After he told her he loved her and took her to see his family, there was just no single reason she should continue to distrust him while being totally
Maureen Hubley
Another great book by Jill Shalvis. One of her earlier ones.
Liked very good quick romantic read
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