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A Touch of Flame

(Cowboys of Colorado #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  75 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman returns to the gunslinging outlands of A Touch of Frost with a sizzling new romance where the new town doctor learns there's nothing she likes better than a run-in with the law.

Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse is like no physician Ben Madison has ever met—she's a woman. As the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado, Ben is tasked with
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Berkley
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The fact that E. Ridley Woodhouse, the young doctor that’s come to replace old Dr. Dunlop, is a woman stirs up some gossip, and the town is a little slow accepting a female can be a proper doctor. Fortunately, Dr. Dunlop enlisted the town’s sheriff, Ben Madison to help Ridley in the transition. He’s well respected, and knows everyone in town, even if he’s completely frustrating at times. Like relentlessly trying to find out what exactly the “E.” in E. Ridley Woodhouse stands for, lol. And no, it ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I don't know how historically accurate this story is, but I loved it all the same!

The love story was unexpectedly simple: there's no courting, no angst!

What I found less believable was the fact that they had sex before actually haing fallen in love! It was a reaction to a powerful attraction! Very modern IMHO!

Still the story is lovely and I loved their banter! They say the most surprising things to each other!

Worth reading!
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Despite a charming hero in Ben the Sheriff and a quirky town full of intriguing health issues with a skilled doctor ready to address them all, I found this book pretty slow and uninspiring. The romance, especially the early stages of it, lacked spark, and until Ridley and Ben suddenly decide to kiss half way through the book, I would have been hard pressed to label this book a romance at all.

I think in this book Goodman's predilection for dialogue-heavy writing proved to be a problem for the
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, western
I loved this book. It's not the fastest paced, or the sexiest but it completely worked for me. Our hero is Ben Madison, who is the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado. Taking place in 1898, Ben is the most easy-going, never-to-get-riled hero I've read. That doesn't mean he is stupid or doesn't care, he just likes to observe and play along real nice with the folks, to keep everyone peaceful and happy. He puts the bad guys in jail and truly cares about his townspeople. He check in on ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoy Jo Goodman's wry humour for her characters as well as the way she depicts life in a small town in the wild west. Ben was a character who showed up in the first book in the series and it was interesting to get to know him better. The doctor was a surprise to him and the town but she wormed her way into the fabric of their lives made a place for herself.
The pacing of the book is like her other ones, no heart pounding action, just a bit of mystery, a light touch of
Sep 02, 2018 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Blah, it's always hit and miss with Goodman. I got so bored I forgot it was on my kindle until the library told me they took it back.
This wasn't as good as her last read, a bit too slow but I still enjoyed it. The heroine is a doctor, and the hero is the town good guy.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was bored out of my mind! I had forgotten everything from the first book where Ben's mom Ellie was the villain, but when Phoebe and Remington showed up it all came back to me. And I thought this set of characters was a little incredulous. The book was just awful, I found the villain to be so cliche, it seems there is always a drunken wife beater in westerns and the end of that plot line was predictable and has been done a thousand times. I didn't buy the romance and the idea of a female doctor ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone that reads a particular genre is likely aware how similar novels can become; that familiarity is a big draw in genre fiction because the reader knows what to expect. I read A LOT of historical romances - they're fun, character-driven, and I love the historical setting. What I like about Jo Goodman's western historicals is that they often come across as something unique in a genre that is characterized by specific tropes. Those same tropes are evident in Goodman's novels, but her writing ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved Ben and E. as a couple and there were a lot of funny moments, but a true reflection of how a women's right to speak out against a husband's abuse. Although this can be read as a stand alone, I would read Remington's story just so you can get the background of Ellie (Ben's mom).
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jo Goodman never disappoints. This series is one of my favorites and Ben's story was one of her best. Goodman delivers a romance that is, at times, toe curling and at the same time tackles some issues that arise to this day. You can read it for the fabulous romantic tale or look at those deeper issues.
Not as good as JG's other books. Just meh.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good. I like the atmospheric setting, the concentration on world-building and character development outside the romance plot. Goodman's novels are more subtle than many, and that's something I appreciate.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a very long time since I read a Western romance and Jo Goodman was a new author for me, but I’d heard good things and so...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ben’s sly humor and Ridley’s slow realization of it really made this book. It’s right there from the very first scene and never lets up. The banter never feels forced or overdone but is perfectly appropriate to their characters and oh so dry.

The competence displayed by both of them as they go about their business is another
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much of the romantic tension in Harlequin romances of the 1970s and 80s stems from the fact that readers are allowed access into the minds of only one of their books' two romantic leads. Authors show us what their female protagonists think, feel, and desire, but the thoughts, feelings, and desires of their male leads remain hidden, a mystery. Readers, like the heroine herself, are put into a state of suspense, looking for clues about the hero's goals and motivations but never really certain of ...more
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A Touch of Flame had all of the rapid fire dialogue, lovable characters, and rich details that I’ve come to expect out of Jo Goodman’s wonderful writing. Set in the small community of Frost Falls, Colorado, I adored the unlikely romance between their new female physician and the town’s mischievous sheriff.

Over the past few years, Jo Goodman has become one of my go-to authors for Western historical romances. There’s just SO much to love about her work.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-western
Exactly what I expect from Jo Goodman, which is a good thing.
Barb Lie
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Touch of Flame by Jo Goodman is the 2nd book in her Cowboys of Colorado series. This is a western historical romance that I really enjoyed, especially with the couple being so likable

Dr. Ridley Woodhouse, our heroine, arrives in Frost Falls, Colorado to take over as the new doctor in town. When Ben Madison, our hero and the town Sheriff, meets Ridley at the train station, he is surprised that the new doctor is a woman. Ben is also very aware that the town will not accept Ridley easily, and
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It makes me want to go back and re-read more Jo Goodmans, and I’ve already been on a bit of a glom of hers in the last few months.

Ridley is the new doctor in town and sheriff Ben is helping her get settled and introduced to the townspeople. Their romance was quite gentle and realistic, we watch them become friends through working together in the town of Frost Falls. Ben is liked by everyone and Ridley is a little stiff and has a more difficult time getting to know
Elizabeth H.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews!

4.5 Stars

The title of this book is the perfect description of Ridley and Ben’s romance. It isn’t a fast-paced, heat scorching tale, but rather one that shows how the strongest bonds of friendship can evolve in to a beautiful, heart-felt love.

Like I said, this book is by no means fast-paced, but it draws you in from the get go and keeps you hooked until the very end. Ben, the town’s very easy-going sheriff, takes it upon himself to convince the
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I'll readily admit that I wasn't head over heels for A Touch of Frost and I wasn't sure about Ben as the main character based on his character in the last one.

Color me surprised! Ben is pretty awesome. He's a different sort of hero, a mellow Alpha who is not quite Alpha. He's supportive, intuitive, intelligent, quick with a smile, gentle, affable, and charming. His only flaw is that he makes you work for the meaning of some of the things he says. He plays a little dumb but it works for him. It
Taco Tuesday
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
**I received a free copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.**I read a lot of historical romance novels, but they are usually simple little stories (e.g., the cowboy and the mail-order bride he didn’t actually order are forced into marriage, and then end up falling in love in the last 100 pages. You know the type...). This book was not like that. It’s a much heftier, slow-moving story (clocking in at around 500 pages). The pros: this made for a richer, more ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, first-to-read

I'm not at all sure that I can put my finger on exactly what I found so appealing about this book, but it had to do with the senses of humor of the main characters. Ben, the sheriff, had a dry wit that really appealed to me. I'm sure that most people in his town wouldn't have caught on to half of what he was saying (or the manner in which he went about saying it?). The main female character, Ridley, was one of the exceptions. She is a doctor in a time when women weren't supposed to be much of
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up because this is just too feels-good

Overview: I thought this Western historical romance was very sweet and heartwarming. It's a pretty long romantic progression for two pretty unique souls at a small town in the West. The story itself has a very slow pace, but it's overall very satisfying to read and fulfilling - especially as you meet many other beloved side characters. This is my first book by Goodman, but certainly not my last!

Writing: The story deals with some pretty
Lovey Dovey Books
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A Touch of Flame returns readers to Frost Falls, Colorado where newly elected sheriff Ben Madison is tasked with introducing the new doctor, E. Ridley Woodhouse. When the people of Frost Falls realize their familiar Doc recommended a woman for the job getting them to actually trust her becomes a challenge she hadn't anticipated.

The story is kind of slow in the beginning as it focuses on Ridley trying to establish herself in town despite prejudice and work with a difficult patient. Lily Salt is
Jerry Jares
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Newly elected sheriff Ben Madison has the job of introducing the new doctor to the community of Frost Falls. The only problem is that he's been poleaxed when he meets the new physician -- Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse, a woman.

Ben may be attracted to the new doctor but the community is wary of a woman doctor and avoids her like a new plague. But the good doctor is made of stern stuff and soon starts to prove her worth. Lily Salt, who is the major character in Book 3 (see below), has 4 children and an
Linda Rea
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Ben the newly elected sheriff was assigned to greeting the new doctor at the train station he was extremely surprised to be meeting a woman and what a peculiar woman she was. Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse was a very proper woman who assumed the man who helped her was just that. Ridley knew then that in this little town she was gonna have to prove herself as this was the 1800 and very few women were doctors. Ben didn’t have a problem with that it was trying to make sure she was received well and ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Received ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I have to admit, I was not expecting much going into the book. This is not my usual genre, and the blurb felt lacking, in terms of arousing interest. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how the characters drew me in, and kept me reading till the end. The witty banter between the two lead characters, and the recurrent joke about what the "E" in Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse's name stood for made me smile, and keep
Once Upon
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Ben the newly elected sheriff was assigned to greeting the new doctor at the train station he was extremely surprised to be meeting a woman and what a peculiar woman she was. Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse was a very proper woman who assumed the man who helped her was just that. Ridley knew then that in this little town she was gonna have to prove herself as this was the 1800 and very few women were doctors. Ben didn’t have a problem with that it was trying to make sure she was received well and ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't know this book was a sequel when I picked it up or I wouldn't have read this book first. Perhaps had I read the first book I might have liked this one better.

This story had all the components that I usually enjoy; medicine, late 19th Century western, some romance. Sadly though, as a stand alone novel, it didn't work well for me and I REALLY wanted it to. Gosh, darn! Maybe my disappointment shows in my critical review...

Considering the extreme seriousness of many subjects encountered or
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