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3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,307 Ratings  ·  78 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
Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Temptation #845, 219 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Harlequin Books (first published 2001)
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Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
Apr 24, 2013 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and 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!! :)
Dax McCall is a fire inspector and stops to check out one of his properties. Meanwhile, Amber Riggs is a Real Estate agent checking out the property for a potential client. Both are stranded in the building as an earthquake traps them inside. One year later they meet again...

One of those secret baby themes but it is one I don't mind and I quite enjoyed the story. Got a little sugary sweet at times but not too much to ruin the story.
Aug 07, 2011 RLA rated it really liked it
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
I wanted to read something that was light, easy and romantic, so when I came across a Jill Shalvis book I couldn't help myself. This was the perfect escapist read and it ticked all the right boxes for a romance/Harlequin book.

The male protagonist, Dax, was irresistible: gorgeous, decent guy with principles, loving dad, and willing to do whatever necessary to conquer our heroine. I mean where else would you find such a guy, but in romance novels. I don't care much for bad guys, and Dax sure isn't
Oct 03, 2013 Lyndi rated it did not like it
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
Kellie G.
Apr 26, 2013 Kellie G. rated it liked it
3.5 stars
A very sweet story with a yummy, hunky hero and an adorable baby girl. I would've loved an epilogue.
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.
May 17, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it
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
Andrea Mudd
Oct 14, 2014 Andrea Mudd rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 23, 2014 Laci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Feb 07, 2015 Tammie rated it it was amazing
Yep, I gave 5-Stars to a Harlequin Temptation. It's a Jill Shalvis book, so don't even question it! This book has sat on my shelf since its release. Why? I never grow tired of the way Dax breaks through Amber's defenses. I'm consumed by this book every time I pick it up!
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!
Jul 30, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2015 SweetSue rated it really liked it
Very sweet story. Dax was very sure of himself and very patient with Amber. The scene where he sees the baby for the first time was well done. I usually don't like secret baby stories, but this one made more sense than usual - they did not know each other at all and she had a pretty nasty father role-model to get past. In contrast,I loved how his family was nosy and intrusive in a loving, non-annoying way (Except for the one conversation where his mother gets her feelings hurt. That seemed dumb ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Nakeesha rated it it was ok
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
Jan 15, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
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
Karla Brandenburg
Apr 14, 2015 Karla Brandenburg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Jill Shalvis has the uncanny ability to dig deep into the emotions of damaged characters and take you along for the ride. Aftershock was an emotional roller coaster, from the beginning where the characters face their mortality to the aftermath, when they realize they've stumbled onto something much bigger than a moment of impulse. As always, Ms. Shalvis delivers a heart-wrenching, soul-baring, emotion-jerking story that leaves you yearning for "the perfect man" who can see past the damaged facad ...more
Caught in a building that crashes during an earthquake, Amber Riggs and Dax McCall survive. In the passion of the moment, they celebrate being alive. Dax tries to find her, but Amber has fled. Her father's opinions of women and their so called bad behavior have marked her life. Dax and Amber accidentally meet at a doctors office. He is there with his pregnant sister and sees Amber with a baby. His 3 month old baby girl, Taylor. Trust is a major issue of Amber, her mother left and her father has ...more
Kelly Adams
Aug 31, 2014 Kelly Adams rated it liked it
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
Dawn Pressel
Jun 29, 2016 Dawn Pressel rated it liked it
I struggle with the rating I gave. loved Dax and my gosh the baby scenes were adorable so I thought a solid 4 but I don't like Amber at all so a good 2, however it was a good story do a 4....therefore a compromise and ended with my 3 star rating if could have been more but Amber ruined it
Jul 06, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
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.
Jul 16, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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.
Sep 03, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2014 debby kitsembel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 06, 2015 Deb rated it liked it
Another book read while "working." The usual cliche of major catastrophe = sex = baby= chance encounter = love.

Had some cute moments.
Nov 04, 2014 daffystjob rated it liked it
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.
It was fun getting to read and early work from Jill Shalvis and to see how far her writing has come. It was a sweet story with fun characters even though it always makes me a little uncomfortable when a story has a mom who hides a baby from the father. Other then that it was a nice light read.
Aug 30, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
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).
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