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Driven by Fire

(Fire #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Pro-bono lawyer Jenny Parker is the only true innocent in her family. The daughter of a New Orleans crime lord, shes tried for years to make her own way, but family ties always have a way of pulling her back in line. When her younger brother gets involved in human trafficking, Jenny wants to believe him innocent and tries to protect him, even though it means covering for ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Montlake Romance
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Alex is The Romance Fox
The Fire Series, starting with the 1st book, Consumed by Fire, which was a bit of a disappointment....see my review here , continues with the 2nd book, Driven by Fire.

This was even more of a let-down!!!

Whilst I kind of liked the hero, Mathew Ryder, secret superspy/agent for the committee is your typical dark, sexy snarky guy......tracking down the bad guys, this time a gang of dangerous human traffickers - it was the heroine, Jenny Parker, pro bono
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
You might have to suspend the disbelief here a bit. Jenny's family situation is a bit unbelievable but hey, it's fiction.


He was ... mesmerising. He was a tall man, six feet or so, with a kind of lean build that was deceptive in it's strength. She didn't for one moment underestimate just how dangerous he could be.


She had secrets.
He never trusted a woman with secrets ...

This one started off a bit slow for me and I stopped reading it. Eventually got back
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Jenny has tried to move beyond her mobster family ties and has used her law degree to help people but when her father calls her and asks her to help her baby brother out, she can't help but run to his aid. She still believes in her brother's innocence, no matter what hard and cynical Matthew Ryder says. When Ryder, working for The Committee (an organization
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
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3.5 Frustrating Stars!!

Let me start by saying I LOVED Matthew Ryder, hes everything we expect from an Anne Stuart anti-hero. Hes unfeeling, dark, extremely sexy, and definitely dangerous. His job is to eliminate those The Committee deem dangerous, powerful, and on the wrong side of the law. In this case the head of a flesh peddling ring importing young women and children from South America to be sold to the highest bidder and once The
Duchess Nicole
I just can't bring myself to dislike these unlikeable heroes. I can't. I love them all. Ryder says some very hurtful things to Jenny while trying to keep himself emotionally unavailable. Stuart excels at creating a false distance between a couple. Each of them thinks that they are doing their best not to fall for a person that would seriously mess up their life and emotional well being. And she makes it realistic. Then she makes the pages melt with hotness and sexual tension, and all the anger ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Short and sweet ~

Still a happy lady. Another intriguing story with another ultimate prick and fantastic leading lady.

In Driven by Fire , AS introduces you to a leading man by the name of Matthew Ryder. You meet him briefly in Consumed by Fire . Let me take a line from the book that describes him perfectly. He was an ornery son of a bitch with a nasty tongue. But ladies he was sexy as all hell too. Some of the things that rolled off his tongue..

And leading lady Jenny Parker was far from docile.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
It is my 16th book from Mrs. Stuart, and her books are easy to read, mostly entertaining. That said, I think book 1 Consumed by Fire is a better read than this new installment.

Ryder just doesnt have Bishop's edge. ( the MC in book 1)

Jenny character:
I expect an annoying heroine in ASs RS book. Omg. Jenny was not only annoying, but also kept talking loads of bs. I couldnt remember how many times I rolled my eyes over her exchange with Ryder. It was a chore to read her inner monologue.

Jane Stewart
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Too much heroine stupidity. Not fun. Painful to read.

Heroine is repeatedly stupid throughout the book. Hero is stupid in the major climax scene. Its like the author didnt have any good ideas so she had them do stupid things just to have something to write about. I skimmed over some of the mental pondering parts and the sex scenes.

Aside from stupidity, hero Ryder and heroine Jenny argue and insult each other. Thats part of what made the series good. But here, the reason for the insults didnt make
(Reviewed from an e-arc provided by NetGalley)

If you've read any of Stuart's "Ice" series, you know pretty much what to expect here. Ruthless hero, innocent but feisty heroine who steals his heart very much against his will, lots of bad guys doing bad things. There's a particularly sad tinge to this story though, because the heroine loses so much.

The "white sheep" of a family of powerful racketeers, Jenny Parker tries to serve justice and help the helpless as a lawyer. But she finds herself
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you are looking for an Alpha take charge hero, he's not here. Same for the Beta nice guy - no luck here. But Gamma, this guy is here and makes you reevaluate just what you look for in your hero. He lives by his own code and you better not cross him. That could be the last thing you will ever do.

Jenny Parker is a Pro Bono attorney who is doing penitence for her wealthy New Orleans crime family by taking on people and

When a human trafficking operation went wrong, Jenny Parker, the bleeding heart of the Gauthier crime family, put on her cape to save her little brother Billy Gauthier from both the law enforcement and the criminals who would wanted to silence Billy.

Agent Matthew Ryder suspected Jenny had the evidence, but he wasnt sure if she was an implicit member of the crime family or if she was just caught up in a situation that she didnt fully grasp. Either way, in Ryders mind, Jenny was aiding human
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Available as read-now on Netgalley

HOLY SHEEEETTT! The sexual tension between them is just.... Review to come when I've calmed my damn tits!
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I really liked how the two MC's personalities butted heads as they focused on their own agendas. Even though they didn't agree, you can feel the attraction and desire waiting to come forward. The plot sounded really good but lost a little in translation. There were definitely moments where my suspension of disbelief came roaring through with the question of "WHY?"

What really worked for me:
The two main characters in this book were nicely fleshed out and you can see them fit the roles they play.
I have been stalking Netgalley since forever, in anticipation of the release of the second book in the Fire series by Anne Stuart. As usual, once I had this baby safely in my TBR pile, I couldnt focus on any other book, which is a given when it is the newest release by the Queen of Romance herself. I finished this in one sitting, which is rare for me these days. I always tend to take breaks now, the days of reading a book straight in 4 hours a thing of the past as I have grown older. But Driven ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
This couple bickered like the McBickersons of Bicker Lane in Bickersville on the island of Shut The Fuck Up. Also, heroine was so clueless she made me want to slap puppies. Great sex scenes, though, as you expect from Anne Stuart. Thank God h/h didn't talk much during sex.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: stuart, fv
Ryder and Jenny

As much as I love Anne Stuart's antihero, this was a very negative and harsh book. I almost felt sorry for the heroine even is she was beyond naïve. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

Driven by Fire is book two in Anne Stuarts Fire series. It is a spin-off from the Ice series and features several operatives setting up a new branch of the Committee. The previous book, Consumed by Fire, was about the first co-leader of this new branch and now we have the story of the
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jul) Eh, this was only ok. Jenny is a do-gooder lawyer from a notorious gangster family. She gets word that her baby brother - the only family member she still has faith in - is in trouble, relating to a ship full of women and children that were brought to the country by sex traffickers. Believing he's innocent, she goes to the ship to try and help him. She finds him and hides him and allows him to escape, grabbing and hiding his cell phone from the authorities. She is found by Matthew Ryder, a ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another thriller from Anne Stuart. Fans of her Ice series will love this new series. We have our Mercenary hero's who are in a league of their own. Just the fact that they are basically trained weapons just gives me the tingles. I love a man that can handle himself.

I loved how this story is basically a movie in itself. It is one big roller coaster ride. You start off in one destination but jet set in all different directions to solve the mystery. Fans of Suspense novels this one's definitely
Advanced copy received from NetGalley. Writing this review pains me, it physically pains me, but I have to be honest. This book would most definitely have been on the DNF category for me followed by a 1 star review. The only reason I gave it 2 extra stars was because Mathew Ryder failed to disappoint and had all the characteristics we (Committee Addicts) have come to expect from a member of The Committee. He had his signature brand of ruthlessness, assholery and oh so sexy man-beast action. But ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a longtime Anne Stuart fan, and of her bad, bad boy gamma anti-heroes. These kinds of stories are not for everyone, but they sure are for me. Ryder is a cold hearted operative and assassin, and almost irredeemable. Almost. While this is not quite up to par with her 'Ice' series, I'll take what I can get.

Only one niggle with the plotline. Who in their right mind would keep sensitive, damaging info about their criminal activities on their smart phone??? Just sayin...
You know I hate to admit it because I really like this author, but I was a bit bored when reading this one. I didn't really see the connection between Jenny and Parker. Most of the time they hated each other, the only time they seemed to be able to stand each other was when they were having sex. Even the couple of times that Ryder saved Jenny it didn't seem like he was doing it because he cared about her, but because he wanted the info she had.

I didn't find Jenny to be a sympathetic character
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
( 3.5/5 Stars Anne Stuart has been my go to author for romantic suspense for more years than I can remember. Usually I rate them between 4 and 5 stars in my mind. This book didnt quite live up to the usual for me.

Jennifer Parker is a lawyer in New Orleans. She works for the poor and doesnt always get paid. Her father is a crime lord and her brothers are all part of his network. She has washed her hands of all of them, with one of exception. Her younger brother, Billy. When her
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Book two in Anne Stuart's Fires series. I didn't like this one as much as her others. Jenny was a little too stubborn for her own good and she just got annoying after a while. I loved the action and the suspense but character interaction wasn't my favorite. There was a lot of overreacting going on and Ryder at one point feels like he has to do something very bad to Jenny and he feels justified doing but he really didn't need to go that far. He hated himself for doing it, it made him
Taria Reed
I swear my reviews are disappearing!!

While i liked the overall story the heroine made me want to throat punch her. NOBODY can be that damn stupid. You get shot at "nobody is trying to kill me". Your house was BLOWN UP and you just barely made it out. "nope, no one is trying to kill me. they must have been after you." You get beat up and stuffed in a closet and the good guys TELL YOU the woman you were trying to help was in on it "oh no we need to save her, she's been kidnapped". She was told her
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jenny is the white sheep in the family, and even though her father and brothers are all deep in criminal activity, when her youngest brother needs help, shes quick to assist.
She never expected though that this would lead to threats on her own life.
Matthew knows that the key to breaking this last case with human trafficking is the clueless woman who claims to know nothing. But hes not taking no for an answer, and when Jenny is targeted, Matthew has to keep her alive if he wants results.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Driven by Fire. I generally enjoy Stuart's books and this is a very typical Stuart recipe:

Take one possibly evil Hero (who considers killing the Heroine - at least at first), one earnest Heroine who is just desperately trying to do the right thing (especially if it puts her in mortal danger) and marinate both in a dangerous situation. Then boil until both characters agree that they are each others one true love and live (mostly) Happily Ever After.

I liked both Jenny and Ryder. I
This was an uneven read for me. It started strong, although there were a lot of cliches with both main characters - the heart of gold, naive pro bono lawyer heroine, Jenny, who wants nothing to do with her corrupt, criminal family and the jaded Ryder, a trained killer with a tortured past. Ryder really seemed to me to be like every other Stuart hero, although I enjoyed him. Jenny was a harder buy for me because she was just SO naive about so many things - and she's 28 in the book, and the ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this as an advanced copy thru Net Gally,and I thank them .To be honest, the book had to much sex talk for me. Two people with different backgrounds trying to solve a human trafficking situation who fall in love despite family loyalty.
Kathy Miller
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: racy-romance
All three of Anne Stuart's novels are a quick read and entertaining.
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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

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