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Up in Flames

(Flirting with Fire #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  754 ratings  ·  226 reviews
It takes one little spark for enemies to ignite into lovers in a searing-hot novel by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackwood.

Sloane Garcia has butted heads with Reece Jenkins ever since he was a colossal jerk of epic proportions on a night she’d rather forget. So what if he’s overconfident, ultramasculine, and hard muscled? When she finds out he’s on the auction b
Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Normally I love the push/pull of a enemies to lovers trope but I have to like the people I'm supposed to root for. I had a hard time doing that here. Sloane started off as a really strong character who knew her own mind and her worth only to end up giving in so easily that it felt like she was replaced by a completely different character. Reese on the other hand, stayed frustratingly the same. I wanted to see a bigger change in him, maybe take a more dominate role in their relationship but he se ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Up in Flames was an entertaining read with a great enemies to lovers romance between two people learning to love again after past romances gone bad.

After Reece Jenkins was an epic jerk during one of her weaker moments, Sloane Garcia avoids him at all costs as the two can’t be in the same room without fighting. When Reece ends up on the auction block at the annual firefighter's charity event, Sloane decides to bid on him and give him due comeuppance. Forced to grant any four wishes Sloan
Omg so good. I loved the smut. I loved Sloane and Reece together. They had amazing chemistry and even though there was some drama - it was a good audio book.

Sloane, aka smurfette, has had a crush on Reece for like ever. She’s her best friends older brother and after one drunken night where he said something rather stupid - she’s hated him. Like love hate because pretty sure she was already liking the idea of having hate sex with him.

Then there’s Reece who has dated all of the other nurses that
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Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet revenge….

Sloane and Reece made their own brand of fireworks in this entertaining frenemies to lover story. Their story may not be new – he was a jerk and she hasn’t forgiven him – but the way it all played out made their romance uniquely their own…

Reece, a firefighter, and Sloane, a nurse, couldn’t help but cross paths professionally even as she avoided him and vice versa. Their banter was snarky and snippy but the heat seemed more from hurt then anger. It definitely hid desire on both sid
Aug 16, 2018 added it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley

DNF. I didnt like this book at all. “Its me, not you”
The MCs knew each other from their childhood.
I didnt like MCs: the heroine was boring, she had low self-esteem. The hero was a man-ho. I was a prick to our heroine a year ago: “i would not have sex with you although you would be the last woman on earth” . What an asshole! He did like the
“Giggles”....oh my!!! I giggled so many times throughout Up in Flames.....

Sloane and Reece’s banter was priceless!!!! The history that the two had played a HUGE part in how they were with each other.....Reece....SMH!!!!

As the story progressed, you (the reader) were front row reading how these two came to see each other differently.

And I must say.....I will never look at a Roomba the same way again!!!

Reviewed by: Dana D.
Bette Hansen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very enjoyable. It's a lighthearted and fun enemies to lovers story that just made me smile. Reece and Sloane have history. They had one incredible night together then Reece turned into a major jerk. Sloane's never forgiven him and now he's at her mercy after she "buys" him at a charity auction. He has to fulfill four wishes for her and it's fun to watch her make him squirm. Will they be the same when this is all over?

This is a great read filled with lots of snark, humor
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Up in Flames is book two in this new series by Jennifer Blackwood and it was a great read. Our main characters Sloane and Reece are practically oil and water. One night a year ago they had an incident that set their relationship on a whole new course. They went from friendly acquaintances to enemies. Unfortunately for Reece a bad call at work and a pissed off boss equal a bad combination and unexpected consequences. That combination lands him in an auction for charity that ultimately puts him at
Lady Heather
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

3- Stars

I LOVE the attraction to the best friends older brother trope because of the history and the experiences they often share while growing up together, and I was looking forward to reading Sloane and Reese's story.
I really enjoyed their secondary characters in the previous book and was looking forward to finding out what happened between the two of them to cause so much tension.

Unfortunately, I just didn't connect with their characters in this story.
Sloane i
Again? Yes. Again. It was the cover that drew me in.
Five stars for that Thinker of a firefighter...but I digress.

My first Jennifer Blackwood story. I liked her writing style, pace, and the getting-to-know-you convos and humor in the first half of the book. I say this because the "auction" trope has never been a fave of mine, especially when the participant is being forced to participate. I'm looking at you chief! Again...that cover drew me ;)

Still, I do lurve me some second chance frenemies to l
Sloane and Reece have been in conflict since he rejected her one night a year ago. Her wrath leads her to bid on him at the firefighter auction - he will have to complete 4 tasks of her choosing, and she plans to make him pay for the past. The punishment gets off to a good (and somewhat comical) start, but the more time they spend together, the more it is apparent that the tension between them is not just bad feelings - it's desire.

I'm giving this an average rating because it is an average roman
Somehow I feel as though I need this caveat, as always, before I begin this review. My expectations, when it comes to romantic fiction are tuned differently when when I read general fiction; better put, the very classification of the genre shapes what I naturally want to read of my protagonists, so their traits are looked at not just in terms of their social contributions (good soldier/cop/firefighter), or their generosities to their families, or how often they mow the lawn for their blind neigh ...more
Romance Readers Retreat
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Flirting With Fire series and although I haven’t read book #1 (yet) I was assured that this one could be read as a standalone.
This is also the first book that I’ve read by Jennifer Blackwood.

I found the story to be a bit of a slow burner. We meet the characters, which are well developed and are immediately thrown into the midst of the tension that exists between Sloane and Reece. The fact that they have friends in common means avoiding each other is tricky.

The rel
Erica Paré
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I liked this book better than the first one. The banter between Reece and Sloane was great. Blackwood definitely showcased on the chemistry between them by putting their love hate relationship on display. I know that Sloane was portrayed as a strong female character but I think that deep down she was a bit on the sensitive side when it came to Reece. She took anything he said at face value and didnt look at the meaning behind some things. Reece seems to be a great friend, brot ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author. (netgalley) .2.5 stars I wasn't crazy about this book. There was so much back and forth with Reece and Sloane that it got tiring. These were two adults that acted as children, I get animosity and I get fighting attraction but it was the whole book and I honestly had to make myself finish the book. I liked this author with her part in "Tap That" with RC Boldt and it was hilarious, loved that book but this one and the one before it was not great at all, I think it ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Giggles”....oh my!!! I giggled so many times throughout Up in Flames.....

Sloane and Reece’s banter was priceless!!!! The history that the two had played a HUGE part in how they were with each other.....Reece....SMH!!!!

As the story progressed, you (the reader) were front row reading how these two came to see each other differently.

And I must say.....I will never look at a Roomba the same way again!!!
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it

I DNF at 40% I LOVED the first book in this series, But this one, man it was push and pull push and pull until I quit, I couldn't do it. The characters pissed me off to much to look at how good the witting was or that it was one of favourite tropes.
Up in Flames is book 2 in the Flirting with fire duology but they can be read as Standalone but i would say to read book 1 before going into book 2 because you get to see all the characters from book 1 in this book..

It was a really good book.. It was funny, sassy characters, fast read, strong friendships, a strong family feel too, a bit sad at parts of the book and this book makes you want to keep reading until you finish the book..

The strong friendship between Reece, Jake and Cole you get to s
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Full review to come.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series, and I enjoyed it more than book 1!

Reece Jenkins is a top notch firefighter, and the older brother of the heroine, Erin, from book 1. He had a horrible breakup with his high school sweetheart about 10 years before, and he's never gotten serious with anyone else since then. It's always one and done for him. He has no one to worry about in his life but his family, and his team at work (which includes his lifelong best friend, Jake, the hero from book 1), and
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
[I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review]

Up in Flames by Jennifer Blackwood is the second book in the Flirting with Fire series but can me read as a standalone. I am new to this series and thoroughly enjoyed !

Reece Jenkins is almost the complete package, muscles ✔ tattoos ✔ firefighter ✔ volunteer ✔ his problem is that he's given up on love. After having his heartbroken by the girl he thought was the one he decides to stick with one night stands and no strings attached. Sloa
patrick Lorelli
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-fireman
The second book in the series but you don’t need to read the first one. In that one Reece Jenkins a firefighter and has known Sloane Garcia for a long time. Took her home because she was drunk. What he said that night instead of just saying no to her come on is still pissing off Sloane months later. This always comes out when the two of them are together, because she is his sister’s best friend. Now everyone around them is getting tired of their verbal banter when she goes to the fireman’s aucti ...more
Linda Quick
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I was literally laughing out loud and smiling while reading. This is witty and smart and allows us int Reece and Sloane's world, where they are stuck in the annoying hate antics more common to siblings. And, with Reece's best friend and sister a couple and Sloane his sister's best friend, there is no getting away from each other.

Things come to a head when Sloane bids on Reece at the bachelor auction. It's supposed to be four chores in four weeks, however, Sloane has every inten

This book was so much better than the previous story in the series! I loved the animosity between Sloane and Reese, it made the transition to love just that much sweeter for me! Reese totally had it coming to him with what he said to Sloa
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Reece and Sloane had all the elements to really make the story work: friends who had an attraction to one another, a messy past involving a rebuffed advance and great chemistry.

They also had a plot that was believable and an author I really enjoy.

So, why 3 stars? I'm going to be honest and say I really don't have that answer. I never connected with them or their story. I've thought about it, and other than the idea that he's dated (not totally positively) all of the nurses Sloane works with, th
2OCC Reviews
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marie
Boy, where to start? The cover for Up in Flames is hot. The troupe of sibling best friend to older brother was intriguing. Sloan was a hot mess, but with some redeeming qualities. Reese was annoying older brother that was a hot firefighter. You would think this would add up to a great read, but, yeah no, it was just OK.

Both Sloan and Reese came off as aggravating at one time or another, which could a good thing; it’s just that it wasn’t. The push and pull of the story was frustrating, just when
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although this was my first read by this author I have to say I loved it up to the point when Sloane did something very stupid ((view spoiler) ...more
Reece Jenkins had always crushed on his sisters best friend Sloane Garcia, but he had never pursued anything and one fateful night he ended up hurting Sloane trying to do the right thing and Sloane has yet to forgive him. There is a part of Reece that enjoys getting Sloane riled up but there are times that he doesn't want to be around her waspish tongue. When Reece is on the auction block for a fundraiser, the last person he expects to bid on him is Sloane. Now Sloane has Reece for the next four ...more
Book Him Danno
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars out of 5
Jennifer Blackwood tries hard to create sexual tension between Sloane and Reece though snide remarks but instead it comes off childish and a little immature. The story isn't any special and the many times I flipped though the pages because the story didn't seem to be moving forward.

The princess dog was a nice touch and brought some fun moments to the story.

All in all it is a typical romance with two people who act more like children in adult form.

The side story about who is
Cat Kelley
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read some other comments by other reviewers and have to say, to each his own. This book is a rom-com and has lived up to expectations. It is intended to be a HEA feel good story and it was. I had no expectations with regard to the story that weren't met. We had an educated, smart nurse and a tough, handsome, big-hearted firefighter. Outwardly, they rubbed each other the wrong way but inside they were attracted. Through circumstances they were brought together and found their HEA. The end re ...more
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Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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Twitter: @jen_blackwood

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