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Into the Fire

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,160 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
A year ago Jamie learned that her beloved cousin, Nate, had been killed. Beaten to death in what police suspect was a drug deal gone wrong, he was found by his childhood friend Dillon Gaynor. Dillon had always been the baddest of the bad boys, leading Nate astray, and Jamie knows he has the answers to her questions about Nate's death. He's not about to volunteer any inform ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 17th 2012 by Mira Books (first published 2003)
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Jan 02, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-stuart
Jamie Kincaid is the quintessential good girl. She does everything that's asked of her and what's she's supposed to do. Her life is moving along swimmingly until her young, adolescent eyes lock onto Dillon Gaynor. He's as bad as she is good and he knows it. He's brooding, tough and as Alpha as they come. Like any bad boy he's Kryptonite to the good girl and Jamie can't stay away. One night after her date stood her up, her cousin Nate invites her out with him and Dillon. She tags along, thinking ...more
This one is a hard one to rate: on one hand, I love Anne Stuart's writing. On the other, her gamma heroes are, for me, hard to like, and her heroines sometimes come out as being more victims of the hero than as objects of affection. This is very true of this story.

Jamie Kincaid has just undertaken a long drive from Rhode Island to Wisconsin to find out, at the behest of her adopted mother, what exactly happened to result in the death of her cousin Nate. Unfortunately, the answers lie directly wi
Tammy Walton Grant
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Aug 06, 2011 Caity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
read the synopsis. go ahead. do it.

it all sounds fantastic rightt??

a murder mystery...
...a bad boy and a good girl clashing in an eerie setting...
veryyy interesting premise for a thriller/romance

so you can see why i was excited to give it a shot, yes? (YES!)

but then i discovered that Anne Stuart -the lovely author- seems to have some unfulfilled fantasies involving rape.
and that REALLLLY worries me.

Ahhhh, another book for my keeper shelf. Anne Stuart is quickly becoming one of my favorite Authors. I loved this book, and so far I think that it's a little different from some of the other ones that I've read. Dillon (H) isn't her typical anti-hero, I don't think he's "anti" at all just misunderstood. He was heading down the wrong road as a teenager but nobody seemed to notice that he had turned his life around. He also has a good heart, he cares for people he just doesn't want to show it.

Jan 23, 2008 Calilibrarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Why did I like this book? Because the main male character is a bad boy and I guess I like bad boys that are good in spite of themselves. I like the reluctant hero...remember Elizabeth Peter's Vicky Bliss Series? I ADORED her anti-hero John-if that is his real name--Smythe. Anyway, this hero is nothing like the David Spade-like (to me, anyway) John, but has the same tendency to be brusque and well, rude. He was horny as hell and the sex, let me tell ya was HOT. But that is neither here nor there
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️

4 Misunderstood Hero Stars!!

Anne Stuart's books are not for everybody. Her hero's are dark and gritty, very anti-Hero but...... as with all her hero's, there is more there than meets the eye.

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I Loved Dillon and tolerated the heroine Jamie in this book. Her heroines are usually a bit stronger but Jamie choose to live with blinders her whole life, made snap judgements, and deemed Dillon aka Killer the bad seed (which he is) and her cousin Nate his misguided friend...she is about to find out tha
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
2.5 stars.

Oh, where do I start with this one? Well, as one reviewer so succinctly put it, this book was "pretty rapey." Of course it was. Why would I have expected anything different?

"There was rape and there was rape." That's how the MC, Jamie, rationalizes her first penetrative sexual encounter with Dillon, the "love" interest. I'm not sure she really believes that, whatever it means, since romance novel heroines are pretty good at ignoring rape of any kind. And she does go on to have lots mor
Alex is The Romance Fox
Good romantic suspense with some twists and turns with likeable characters.

Enjoyed it but not one of my best from my favourite author.
A. Bookzilla.
Jan 28, 2014 A. Bookzilla. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God, this heroine was entirely TSTL but I loved this book to bits because of Dillon!

And Nate.

No, no. Hear me out. I think I really liked him because I DID NOT SEE IT COMING and it seemed so obvious in the end and I actually felt for him a lot! I think she did a great job at making him charm the reader just as much as he charmed most characters in this book. From the very beginning you get the feeling Nate is the true villain in this story, but he's dead so how much harm can he really do? S
Jane Stewart
Sep 16, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Angela Wade
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Definitely not for everyone. But I did like it. Not many authors can take such a hero as Dillon Gaynor and make you fall in love with him.
Apr 23, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I chose this as one of my erotic reading choices and as I was super busy this week it took me a little longer to read it than usual. I loved the male character, Dillon. He is the most explored character and fascinating character in the book.

The heroine, Jamie left a lot to be desired. The character is twenty-eight and yet she seems to have the comprehension and thought processes of a twelve-year old. Granted she was stunted by an incident that occurred when she was sixteen, however while this d
Anita Bianchi
May 14, 2013 Anita Bianchi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ormai lo sapete che io adoro questa scrittrice e ogni tanto sento il bisogno di rileggere alcuni dei suoi romanzi. Questo è sicuramente uno dei miei preferiti. E' uno dei suoi libri più cupi (assieme a "Buio" (Nightfall) e "Moonrise"), con un atmosfera di sconfitta e di mancanza di speranza che permea tutto il romanzo (non spaventatevi, trattandosi della magnifica Anne non può che esserci l'happy-end!!!!). Jamie e Dillon hanno subito tanto, troppo, dalla vita ed entrambi cercano di andare avanti ...more
The setup for this is a little preposterous, but Into the Fire still succeeds in being a sexy, atmospheric romantic suspense. I liked the angst and longing between the two leads. Jamie and Dillon are a bit f***ed up emotionally but that makes them a good fit: they are both by haunted by the past.

The preposterousness comes into play mainly with the villain and how he was able to move around. (view spoiler)
Where to begin with this one? Every time I read an Anne Stuart book I'm blown away, and this one was no different. I physically couldn't put it down.

The plot is actually relatively simple after you finish reading it and look back, but it's the way it unfolds, the way small things are revealed to you, and the way you get to understand the characters piece by piece, and then wham! something happens that kicks you in the gut. And before you know it, you are totally sucked in and can't put it down u
Another classic tale of Anne Stuart and her infamous antihero boys.
She introduced Dillon Gaynor as a rebel, jackass, ex-convict, drug-junkie and womanizer since he was a little whelp. Something so bad you had your curiosity and lusts killing you. I don't know what kind of pheromone oozing out on the pores of those Bad guys that little girls want to smooch themselves up to them and to hell with caution and their brains. It's a formula to keep us wetting our panties and lay our selves to their fee
Teresa Medeiros
Oct 26, 2012 Teresa Medeiros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody does the modern gothic better than Anne Stuart and INTO THE FIRE is no exception. There are only a handful of authors who have me running into a bookstore to buy their new books and Anne has been one of them from way back. I literally read INTO THE FIRE in one sitting on a plane and I was afraid I was going to be next infamous case of spontaneous combustion. That's how hot Dillon and Jamie's relationship was. I loved their backstory and I'm so glad that Ms. Stuart isn't afraid to be polit ...more
Shallowreader VaVeros
This book was messed up, violent and horrid.I absolutely loved it! Definetely not romantic in traditional sense. The male protagonist was an ex-crim mechanic whose behaviour towards the female protagonist was borderline abusive (and we are talking the standing on the wrong side of the border) yet the thrill of this book! And the suspense is palpable. And as romance/obsessive behaviour goes you can see the attraction and unhealthy relationship growing.

May I re-iterate - messed up but good!
Jun 28, 2009 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Into the Fire was definitely a page-turner but not a favourite of mine. There wasn't much action until the end, and even then it wasn't much. I kind of enjoyed the budding romance between Jamie and Dillon but Nate's ghost put a damper on things and overall, this was a low-end kind of book. I won't be reading any more Anne Stuart books. 2.5/5 stars.
The hero crept up and stole my heart in this one. He's not smooth, and he's hard to read, but his history and subsequent reunion with the heroine showed a quiet & dark devotion that grew on me.
Dec 19, 2009 Ann-diam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book has a nice mystery/suspense element to it. Dillon and his past are the heart of this book. I loved the chracters and the plot kept you guessing.
Jan 30, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I looved this book! The hero was to die for! I recommend it to anyone who love's to read about really bad boys!!!
Dec 27, 2013 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trigger-warning
Pretty rapey.
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5
The mystery was weak
This book was flawed in so many ways, but I've got a special penchant for Anne Stuarts heroes.
Lynn Aoude
This is my first book written by Anne Stuart. To be honest, I expected much more of a best selling author. The story goes as follows: Jamie's cousin Nate is beaten to death in Dillon's (his best friend) garage. 3 months after his death, Jamie goes to confront Dillon to get some answers about her cousin's death after all of her mother's nagging. While the storyline has some potential, the book is a compilation of cliches:
-- Jaimie was raped when she was 16 and stays away from men
-- Jaimie is stil
I think 2.5 - 3 stars... Well this is the second book I've read by this author and I just don't know how I feel about her?? The book was well written in the sense it definitely had me curious and wanting to finish so I would know how everything tied together. But the heroin (Jamie) drove me a little crazy... She was so hot & cold she still hadn't made up her damn mind about her feelings on the 2nd to last page of the book!! I found the hero (Dillion) similar and he never told her he loved he ...more
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus
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