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4.89  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  37 reviews
“I didn’t find it weird. It wasn’t like kissing a sister or something. I realized that when you were video calling the other night I wasn’t thinking about you like I would do a sister.”
“You know why that it?” She stepped towards him. “Because I’m not your sister. Funny that, isn’t it?”

He’s been saving her all her life, but can she save her heart from him?

Rayah Maynard’s lo
Published September 2019
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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here we have Rayah and Jonny....watching Rayah hold the ember for Jonny since book 1 has generated quite the build up and it didn't disappoint...that slow smolder has burned just right until it flashed alight. Seeing their comfort with and respect of one another and the kids made you feel good. Jonny was cute and shy flirting with Rayah. They had a tenderness and care for one another that existed before there were any romantic feelings and that was great. Add to that all the creepy mystery of th ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smoldered is a sexy, mysterious, fast paced, 5 star read all the way through!

Jonny falls for Rayah slowly, and then all at once, but he's holding onto this secret not realizing Rayah has been in love with him forever.

As a single dad he has a responsibility to guard his children's hearts, and what if his love story with Rayah has a short shelf life? Rayah doesn't want for Jonny's children to be hurt when he realizes he's done sleeping with his friend?

A stunningly fun, sexy, mysterious romp throug
Robin Sweeney
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to be completely honest. I waited several days before I wrote this because I need to fully digest what I just read! This book is by far my favorite in the Severton Series, I fell so in love with Jonny for the simple fact that he's raising 3 kids alone, but is smart enough to accept help. Rayah is his biggest helper, she watches the children as often as she can, partly because she loves kids and partly because she's been in love with Jonny since they were kids. But she won't act on it, not ...more
J Williams
Firefighter single dad, a sassy teacher, friends-to-lovers plus the suspense of an arsonist on the loose in Severton make Smoldered my new favorite of the series.

Jonny is a hardworking, loving father who heavily relies on his best friend to make his family work. Rayah has been in love with her best friend forever but is reluctant to make a move that might destroy their friendship. They soon find out that best friends just might make the best lovers.

This is a very emotional (and steamy!) story ab
Payton Box
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had so many good parts. I loved the romance, the friendship, and even the dabs of mystery and suspense that came with with it. Jonny and Rayah's friendship was something special even before any romantic entanglements, but Annie Dyer wrote their transition to romance partners perfectly. I felt like the transition was written so natural it almost felt like the book wasnt fiction. I loved this book and cannot wait till we get to see them in future books!
Lauren Hutchinson
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need more than 5 stars for this story. I absolutely loved this book and at the same time I'm disappointed that I have read it and can't read it for the first time again. It had me hooked from page 1 right till the end. Then I was disappointed it ended. I can't wait to read more in this series. The characters are absolutely amazing especially Sadie Grace. I found myself laughing out loud at different times. I don't have adequate words to describe how amazing this book really is.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When was the last time you were captivated by a book? Well let me tell you I was just held captive by this book. I couldn’t put it down. This is my first book by this author and I can already tell you it won’t be my last. I’ve been informed that this is the third book in this series. Let me assure you this is a standalone. However, I will be going back to read the first two books in this series because I need to find out more about the other characters I fell in love with while reading this stor ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Severton Search and Rescue Series
Annie Dyer
“Chaos was around five foot six, with silky, shiny fair hair and blue eyes that had caused more than one man to drown.
It also possessed the authoritative tone of an army sergeant and, on a bad day, needed no weapons to command every living thing in the surrounding area.
Chaos had a name; one that Jonny Graham knew well.”
Rayah and Jonny have know each other forever. As the younger sister of Jonny’s best mate he pulled Rayah from scrapes and inte
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
This is such a lovely story with great characters and a love of friends and family that has no bounds and banter but with no judgement!

A sexy sassy teacher and a widowed father of 3 adorable children who is also a firefighter, and a long history of friendship between the two!

Rayah and Jonny grew up together, Rayah’s brother is Jonny’s best friend and she has been rescued by Jonny more than once in her lifetime. But, for years she has wanted Jonny to notice her aa a woman! She helps look after h
Melonie Fatchet
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s hotter than ever in Severton! Smoldered is a romance reader’s dream book, because it is chocked full of magic, mystery and red-hot passion. The series also keeps getting better as the darker story that lurks behind our main characters unfolds just a bit more. The characters will have you fanning yourself and laughing out loud. Then, it is all mixed with moments that make your heart melt and your mouth hurt from smiling. The Maynard clan’s little sister and the towns hottest fireman star in ...more
Carmel Breffit
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smoldered is book 3 in the severton search and rescue series and looks at the relationship of friends Rayah and Jonny.

Jonny is a firefighter and also a single dad to 3 children who's mum unfortunately died in a car accident, he knows to accept help from those around him especially Rayah who is a teacher at the local primary school.

Jonny's children are his number one priority and with a little persuasion he starts to think showing relationships round them would be positive influence for them.

Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jonny, Jonny, Jonny, I had no idea you would be such a dirty talker. I’m so glad I was wrong. We’ve seen Rayah in love with Jonny secretly since book 1. It was wonderful for Jonny to finally see her, really see her as something other than his best friend’s sister. Rayah has always been there helping out with the kids. This wonderful love hiding in plain sight right under his nose. What’s not to love about Jonny? He’s a sexy, single dad fireman. You’ll want to be Rayah when you grow up. This book ...more
Leisa Ann
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A spark starts a flame...Johny finally notices Rayah as more than a friend and it doesn’t take long for that fire to burn hot! Johny is a single dad to 3 great kids and I loved the interactions between he and his kids. Rayan has been like a second mother to the kids and I loved her love for them. Rayah has had feelings for Johny for quite sometime but was willing to push that aside to help Johny get back out into the dating world...luckily Johny realized what he had right in front of him. Isn’t ...more
Sarah Lehman
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved being back in Severton and there were so many feels with this story. I was hooked from the beginning and could not stop reading! Jonny & Rayah have known each other since they were children so there were so many things in their pasts that they went through together, especially since Jonny's best friend is Rayah's brother Alex. Jonny has rescued Rayah more than once and even knowing all the scrapes she got into when they were kids he trusted her to take care of his 3 children. This is ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friends-to-lovers is one of my absolute fave tropes and Annie Dyer did not disappoint with Smoldered. Jonny and Rayah have been friends forever and forever is just about as long as Rayah has been in love with, Jonny, her brother's best friend. Smoldered is book 3 in the Severton Search and Rescue Series and Annie Dyer gave me everything I have grown to love with this series - endearing characters, smart funny writing, heat (The chemistry between Jonny and Rayah is combustible) and real/raw emoti ...more
Crystal Nelson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read. I am getting more invested in the characters from this series as the books go on. Jonny is a great dad to his littles. Rayah is a great strong female lead. I really enjoy how there is a secondary story that is flowing through the books connecting them even more than just the family ties. I am really invested in it now.
Jennifer Rev
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good! Really great story, you feel like you know everyone right off the batt. Sexy, Hot and left me wanting more! Love this author)
Kathleen Matthys
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored Rayah and Jonny's story. Love the bit of angst. I'm a sucker for a single dad story and Jonny did not disappoint. Definitely want to read the other Severton Series books!
Nathalie Alie
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I loved the romance between Rayah and Jonny. I can’t wait for the next book from the town of Severton.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with Rayah and Jonny! This series is amazing and this book is fantastic! Jonny is definitely a member of the harem!!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friends to lovers romance, mysterious goings on in Severton, Smoldered has it all! From the first line to the very end I was completely hooked! Jonny & Rayah have been friends for years. He is her brothers best friend. When they were kids Jonny was always saving Rayah from getting into scraps. They were just meant to be together even when she was setting him up on dates with other people! The kids are amazing Sadie Grace is full of mischief, but Charlie just melts my heart! Ending was perfec ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smoldered is the perfect title for this slow burn romance between Rayah, the spitfire Maynard little sister and cousin, and Johnny, the hot firefighter and single dad of three. We've been watching these two from the sidelines since Sleighed, book 1 in the Serverton Search and Rescue series. Friends for most of their life, Rayah has always been in the mix and usually finds herself in a spot trouble and Jonny comes to her rescue. He's always seen her as his best mates little sister and one of the ...more
Debra Phiri
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wow, Annie Dyer surely knows how to tell a tale! I adore this series with its heat, fun, tragedy and small town love!

Rayah Maynard has known Jonny forever and has had a thing for him for quite a bit of that time. She hasn’t said anything because they are all such good friends, her brother and cousins and Jonny. But one night a thought passes through Jonny’s mind and he doesn’t just consider Rayah a friend only anymore. Rayah is happy to be friends with benefits but as time will have it, sometim
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was full of action, lust, love and laughter. It’s the story of Rayah , Jonny and his three children. She’s a constant in their lives and he has always been her savior, but he doesn’t see her as a woman until someone pointed it out. She had been lusting after him for years, but he never noticed. However, they somehow get together and after a series of events they realize they love each other and can’t live without the other. She also realizes she loves his kids so much and wants them al ...more
Ginelle Blanch
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these characters and this town...I love Jonny and his children. The author really does a great job with the kids, she writes them well. Jonny is a great dad and single father. He isn't afraid of accepting help. He's a great caregiver/protector.

Rayah is a determined free spirit, tough and sassy but also very caring and compassionate. She and Jonny have been friends since they were just small children.

It was excellent watching the relationship realized. But, the story isn't all sunshine.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rayah has been in love with Jonny for a very long time but he is her friend. He is a widower with three children that she helps him raise and he looks at her like a sister...until he finally doesn't. This was a beautiful story and I loved seeing Ray get her happy ending. The thread of evil that began in Sleighed continues through this story and provides some very tense situations. I look forward to the next in this series.
Sarah Wilson
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jonny and Rayah have been in each other’s lives forever, but moving from friends to lovers affects not only their relationship, but everyone around them as well. Annie Dyer’s characters always have depth and complexity, and this book is no exception - both adults and children are skilfully drawn, and while I was expecting Sadie to be the scene stealer, it was actually Charlie who resonated most. Add in an ongoing mystery and plenty of humour, and this is another winner in the Severton series.
Susana Soto
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book took a hold of me from the beginning, and it never let me go until the end. I devoured this book in one night; this book didn't have anything I didn't love... I had been waiting for this book for a while, and it was worth the wait. I love the characters (Jonny & Rayah). I love the story, I love all the 🔥talking of Jonny... I love everything about this book. Annie Dyer, I really hope this is not the last book from Severton!
V Meade
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rayah and Jonny's story was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Jonny has been saving Rayah's life since she was a little girl, but he never looked at her as more than a friend. Rayah has been in love with Jonny for years. She loves his kids and wants to help raise them. When Rayah once again finds herself in trouble will Jonny be able to save her? Will their love burn hotter than the fires Jonny battles?

Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: small-town, suspense, arc
Annie Dyer has done it again. Smoldered is book 3 in the Severton Search & Rescue series (all can be read as a stand-alone, but what's the fun in that).

Smoldered has a little bit of everything - friends to lovers, single-dad who puts his children first,
fearless heroine who loves hard, and just the right amount of small-town mystery to keep you hooked.

I loved Jonny and Rayah's story. This was a fun, sexy and fast-paced read.
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