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Set the Dark on Fire

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In a southern California town ablaze with sordid secrets, a free-spirited biologist and a straitlaced sheriff join forces to investigate a suspicious killing—and find themselves getting a little too close to the flames…

Shay Phillips knows her way around Dark Canyon. She’s handy with a gun and can track a wild animal with the best of them. It’s humans who usually give her
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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Miss Kim
I liked my first novel by Ms. Sorenson. There is a decent murder mystery with enough suspects to keep you guessing, sexual tension to keep you fanning your face, and a to-die-for hero, Luke. In my mind he was The Rock (specifically from the movie “Walking Tall”). The heroine was sassy, smart, sexy, and not TSTL--the perfect combination for my heroine.

The book bogged a bit, in my opinion with a secondary romance with the heroine 17 year old brother. It was done very well, but I was starting to t
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Readdiction
I was a little surprised at the end when I realized that everything in StDoF had only occurred in four days; the mystery is solved, the bad guys captured, and of course, the h/h fall in love.

I'm usually sceptical about the chance of a real HEA if its founded on lust (no matter how hot) but I was mostly sold on Luke's and Shay's HEA. Why? Mainly because they both overcame their initial impressions of each other to actually understand the other person, and when they did, it was evident that they
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Sonia Cristina
Mar 29, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-books, 2015
Este foi o primeiro livro que li de Jill Sorenson e estou impressionada com a qualidade da sua escrita que torna a leitura compulsiva. A forma como descreveu os seus personagens e a pequena e pobre cidade de Tenaja Falls, onde os habitantes escondem muitos segredos, por vezes sórdidos, prendeu-me o interesse desde o início, mais para saber sobre os personagens do que propriamente do mistério da morte (e subsequentes acontecimentos) de uma das suas habitantes.

Shay não é a típica recatada jovem qu
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Jane Stewart
Jan 06, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic-mystery
3.5 stars. Pretty good, but I didn’t enjoy the relationship. He hurt her and denied his feelings. She pretended indifference.

STORY BRIEF:
As a detective in Las Vegas Luke made enemies of powerful casino groups. He decided to leave Las Vegas and took a temporary job as a sheriff in Southern California. A woman was killed by a mountain lion, and then someone moved her body to another location. Shay is a field research biologist working in the nearby State Preserve. She’s an expert on mountain lions
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Katie(babs)
Sep 05, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
Shay Philips is awakened in the early morning hours after a night of heavy drinking after celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with some friends. The new interim sheriff for Tenaja Falls is the one to rudely interrupt her sleep. Sheriff Luke Menza has a crime on his hands and because the victim in question was mauled by a lion, Shay comes recommended because she is a lion expert with the Department of Game and Fish. Shay maybe hung over and look like something the cat dragged in, but she takes ...more
Mojca
After the wonderful surprise that was Crash into Me, this book was a huge disappointment. The pacing was slow, the plot boring, and the supposed chemistry between the two leads nonexistent. I didn’t like neither of them, Luke was a jerk, Shay was rather silly and too warped for my taste (for example, she dressed like a tramp and then resented people [Luke:] for thinking she was one).

I found myself skimming through it at times, especially during the redundant Dylan (Shay’s younger brother) POV. I
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Sobia
Sep 01, 2009 Sobia rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who are wither bored or out of otehr reading materials
Recommended to Sobia by: Rt magazine
Seemed more like a contemporary Romance then romantic suspense.
and the hero is sort of a jerk for a while. Most of the book really.

and there are teens having sex in this book...and said sex is fully described (à la typical romance novel sex scenes) Not bad mind you, and obviously a reality... I just hadn't come across that in a romance novel before, so I figured I'd mention it.

I didn't hate it, but there wasn't anything that really grabbed my attention either... so... meh is pretty much my on
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Jennifer
Mar 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Excellent romantic suspense. I enjoy that Sorenson makes the reader do some of the work--her characters are not easy and they fail at things (even the big things that really matter). It's not so much that the reader has to work to like them, more that the reader has to see them as people rather than characters.

The ultimate reason for the killing was a surprise, but I think that's due some to a less tightly crafted suspense plot than successful red herrings.
Emma
Apr 29, 2010 Emma rated it liked it
3 1/2 actually. The book was good but definitely needed more pages. Some loose ends concerning secondary characters. The main plot was very good though. I can't wait to read Mz Sorenson's next book.
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บอกตามตรงนะคะวา ถาเราไมไดอานเรือง Crash into me กอนเลมนี เราคงจะชอบเลมนีมากกวานี แตเพราะ CIM ทำใหแมกซตังมาตรฐานสำหรับงานของจิลเอาไวคอนขางสูง เลมนีอาจจะไมสามารถขึนไปถึงจุดทีแมกซคาดหวังไวได แตกไมไดเสียหาย หรือเลวรายอะไรเลย อันทีจริงถือวา สนุกกวาหนังสืออีกหลายเลมทีไดอานดวยซำ

เชย ฟิลลิปเปนเจาหนาทีของกรมปาไมทีถูกปลุกขึนในเชาตรูวันนึงโดยนายอำเภอคนใหมอยางลุค เมซา เพือเรียกใหเธอไปดูศพทีคาดวา ตกเปนเหยือการทำรายของสิงโต แตรองรอยทีไดพบมันกลับสนับสนุนวา มีบางอยางมากกวานัน

เชนเดียวกับเรือง CIM ทีพลอตในสวนสืบส
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Erin
Sep 05, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
Nnnooott my favorite. Yes, those extra letters are necessary to communicate my feelings about this book. I see that Sorenson (whose "first book" I believe I misidentified in another review, sorry) has a pattern of main couple, then secondary couple being a couple of teenage (or at least younger) misfits. This is not a bad pattern, but in this book the secondary couple was a lot more interesting than the main. Angel and Dylan are teenagers with HORMONES and FEELINGS and NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME SO F ...more
Carrie
Mar 13, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it
Well-done romantic suspense with the emphasis on romantic. The suspense plot was good, but took a back seat to the character development and the romantic relationships. (That's not a problem, just an FYI.) Ms. Sorenson handled the transitions between the four major characters well, and the book read smoothly. I didn't quite buy into the speed at which the relationship between the adult protagonists progressed (pretty much the entire book takes place over four days), but I can suspend disbelief f ...more
Jennifer Harper
Feb 21, 2016 Jennifer Harper rated it liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable, quick read with a sexy hero and the typical feisty heroine. The mystery was a little too pat but this book is all about the romance and Sorensen writes that well and there's plenty of sexual tension in both the main plot and the subplot. Definitely going to see what else Sorenson has up her sleeve. Not literature by any stretch but a decent, satisfying romance.
Jessica
Jan 03, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: mine
It was okay. The romance was a litte rushed and unbelievable, but I did like the earlier feelings of lust, confusion and conflicting emotions between the central characters. The sub-romance really didn't do it for me, and I can't decide whether or not I like how it dealed with the ideas of rape, consent and being a tease. It often felt like Dylan was getting unneccessarily angry with Angel just because she wouldn't have sex with him, even though she'd never exactly told him that they could or wo ...more
Neha Oberoi
Mar 05, 2014 Neha Oberoi rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
The quick paced action and the couple trying to stave off their attraction built a lot of heat and tension in the book. Moreover, Dylan's side story was amusing and carried its own piece of angst and tension.

Las
Jan 11, 2013 Las rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want more romances with characters who are wild-life experts. They just do something for me.

The "I love you"s happened a little too quickly, but overall this couple worked for me. While I often feel there's something off with her suspense plots, Jill Sorenson is very good at writing characters that feel completely human, like friends or relatives you love with all your heart but still want to shake every once in a while. The plotting in this book was stronger than the others I've read by this
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Val
Jul 09, 2012 Val rated it liked it
Shay Phillips is handy with a gun and can track a wild animal with the best of them. As an expert on mountain lions, Shay is skeptical when a local prostitute turns up mauled without a drop of blood near the body. Now, together with the town’s newly arrived sheriff, Luke Meza—a Las Vegas city boy—Shay must navigate a dangerous valley filled with angry ex-lovers, unfaithful spouses, and poisonous snakes in a desperate search for the killer.

I enjoyed this book and it's a fast read. I do like the
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Cheri Morningstar
Romantic mystery

Good story, nice characters but would have liked a bit more eroticism, but that's just me. Jill's books are always interesting. Look forward to the next story.
Jen
Jan 04, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Ms Sorenson sure knows how to work in UST like a pro. Hard to believe this took place in the timespan of four days—felt a bit like aeons, the way it whirlwinded.
Norma
Well-written romantic suspense. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't like the H. I don't like "I want you but I don't want to admit it" storylines, so I took a star off for that.

The suspense plot was good and character development was also good.
Julia
Mar 20, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
It's amazing what you can accomplish in four days... this romance unfolded in action-packed, rapid succession. While the mystery was a bit far-fetched, the characters were well drawn and interesting. An entertaining read.
Trina
Jun 04, 2011 Trina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I Love It! Reminds me of Linda Howard's style of writing. I have finally found another author I enjoy reading almost as much as Linda Howard.
Janet
Apr 18, 2011 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: humourous, hawt
Sorenson creates families out of people who are drawn together through circumstances. Always readable and just the right level of scary for me.
Sara
Jun 26, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Not a great romance, but the story was great. Cougars, mysterious deaths, abandonment issues, danger and intrigue on the rez make for a good read.
Glenda Bettin
Jul 30, 2012 Glenda Bettin rated it it was amazing
This one so far is my fav, loved the chemistry between Shay & Luke, this book is a must read.
EnigmaSky
Aug 16, 2015 EnigmaSky rated it liked it
A great summer romance novel.
Tracy's Place
Sep 24, 2009 Tracy's Place rated it really liked it
4.25 out of 5
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Aug 22, 2016
Rachel Martin
Rachel Martin rated it it was amazing
Aug 14, 2016
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Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen novels, including the Aftershock series with HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her husband and daughters.

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