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Make Me Burn

(Turn Up the Heat #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  34 reviews
These sizzling Seattle firefighters are melting hearts...

Reporter Avery Dearborn hasn't had the best day. She was filmed fending off a lovesick dog before being rescued from falling flat on her face by none other than her arch nemesis. Seattle firefighter Brad Battle hasn't changed at all in the five years since she last saw him. He's still handsome, hot, and charming―to e
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Marie Harte returns with a brand new firefighter series. The Turn Up the Heat series kicks off with MAKE ME BURN. It’s a story about developing trust between a reporter named Avery Dearborn and a Seattle firefighter named Brad Battle. The two haven’t been on the best of terms, mostly because Brad happens to charm everyone he knows except for her.

This story is rife with hilarious banter and fun antics. This is one of my favorite things about Marie Harte’s
May 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
I made it 15% before giving this one up. I really didn't like either Brad or Avery, not really sure why, but both of them irritated me from the moment they hit the page. It didn't help that they had a past and didn't like each other, which made it harder for me to want to keep reading. This one just isn't for me. ...more
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Make Me Burn by Marie Harte is the first in her new Turn Up the Heat series, set in Seattle, Washington.

Firefighter Brad Battle comes to reporter Avery Dearborn’s aid at the filming of a piece at the local festival in support of Pets Fur Life, a group that works to find homes for furry friends in need. Their onscreen chemistry inspires her boss to assign them to an ongoing weekly spot. Little do their friends or anyone know that they’ve met before, when Avery was writing harder hitting pieces, a
Michelle the Romance Witch
4.25 star packed with heat and passion. Brad and Avery will make you laugh, cry and scream as they find their way from enemies to the best of lovers in this beginning to a brand new sexy and fantastic series.

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May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
An enemies to lovers romantic comedy with a small town feel. This book contains hot first responders, cute pets, family drama, comedy relief and a love story with a happy ending.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy S
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--MAKE ME BURN is the first instalment in Marie Harte’s contemporary, adult TURN UP THE HEAT erotic, firefighter romance series focusing on a group of first responders in the Seattle Fire Department. This is twenty-eight year old reporter Avery Dearborn, and thirty-two year old firefighter /EMT Brad Battle’s story line.

NOTE: Due to the nature of the story line premise, and one plot point in particular, there may be triggers for more sensitive readers.

Told from several third person pers
Denise H
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Make Me Burn by Marie Harte is the first book in her Turn Up the Heat series. This story is an enemies to lovers in a small town setting with tight-knit friends, cute pets, hunky firefighters, family drama in spades, and a reporter trying to find her niche when her past collides with her present.

Brad and Avery had an interesting dynamic. Both characters had family issues to deal with and personal struggles to balance along with their mutual dislike of each other in the beginning, yet with friend
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Make Me Burn is a steamy beach read. If you are an enemies to lovers trope fan, then this book is for you. Journalist Avery Dearborn and firefighter Brad Battle don’t like each other at first. They don’t trust each other either. Then a chance encounter at a festival throws them together, which leads to working together on a weekly segment for a local fluff newspaper. One thing leads to another and the sexual chemistry cannot be denied.

There’s witty banter galore; the sexy times are steamy. The
I think I liked the secondary friend characters more than the main two H’s.
Overall I enjoyed the storyline and the secondary characters but the two main H’s, Avery and Brad just never pulled me in.
Starts off well but then sort of annoys me with the constant sniping at each other for the first half. The sniping between Avery and Brad, was I think, supposed to be funny and cute due to their chemistry but came across to me at times as meanness. Others will enjoy it but I didn’t.
Both Brad and Avery
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is worth way more than 5*s.
Five years ago Avery wrote an article about Brad Battle and he has hated her ever since. When he helps her with a dog that is getting over amorous and it's all on film her company wants them to work together on some short films to help a local animal shelter.
They should both hate having to work so close together but the chemistry is off the charts.
The book is full of emotion and plenty of drama but also some many funny lines.
They get closer but when his emo
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
received an arc for an honest review. Sexy firefighters who doesn’t love that?! Firefighters and pets needing adoption are swoon worthy combos for sure. Some viral videos of animals acting like excited animals just needing some loves. So much chemistry between the two characters. There was sexual chemistry and lots of hate and anger as well. Both of them need to work some stuff out one has some daddy issues the other has some mommy issues and guilt. It was a great read and I can’t wait to read a ...more
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

Make Me Burn is the first book from Marie Harte's brand new series, Turn Up the Heat. It is an enemies to frenemies to lovers narrative that takes place in a small town near Seattle. The two main characters, lifestyle reporter Avery Dearborn and firefighter Brad Battle, have a history that they need to overcome in order to find their happiness together.

I found the pace of this book to be a bit slow for my tastes, but I enjoyed the commardiare between the firefighters and friendship bet
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Feel-good reporter Avery's favourites include pets, weddings and happy moments in people's lives. Making smiles and fun memories is more of her jam. But her past comes back to haunt her when she is teamed up with Brad Battle. Her hard-core investigative report on his heroism caused her endless grief and sadness and put a wall of distrust between them. Will the antics of a playful pooch and recurring Friday morning televised spot change the animosity they share? Will the charm Brad displays with ...more
Christine D
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet firefighter, enemies to lovers romance written in the classic Marie Harte way.
Fully of steam, laughs and heart.
I think my favorite parts were with Brad's firehouse buddies (excited to read Tex's story) and Avery and Gerty.
I wasn't a huge fan of the family drama, but I suppose you need a touch of drama in some form.
I enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
if you liked the McCauley Bros, the Donnigans and the body shop bad boys, you should definitely
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a cute start to a new series, about firefighters. I will admit it took me a little bit to really get into the book, but it has a lot of funny moments between Avery and the animals. Brad is a really good guy who is reeling after his time in the Marines, childhood, and the death of his best friend. I liked that we got to see Brad's brother fall in love as well. You can tell the characters surrounding the main characters are more like family than friends and that is great to see. I enjoyed ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
I would have loved this book if I read it in the '90s but sadly the over-aggressive locker room talk between the firefighters tinged with slight homophobia and sexism, and an emotionally stunted hero who clearly needs therapy who just seems to work his shit out all on his own isn't really what I want to spend my time reading in 2021. It's a shame because Avery was a fantastic MC whom I loved and her best friend Gerty was the perfect counterbalance (who very clearly deserves her own book). ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
This is the classic enemies to lovers trope. Both Brad and Avery have issues that they have to deal with. Brad especially has a lot of baggage from his past. I like that Avery is kind of a klutzy goof and who doesn't like hot firemen and animals? It was an entertaining read and I look forward to the next one in the series. ...more
Isha Coleman
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Full steam attraction with a hint of heartstopping romance. Make Me Burn brings the sizzle, but falls a little short on the heart. Avery is adorable. Brad is a bit hard to take. By the time your heart decides to give him a chance, he does something that will have you rethinking that choice. Maybe not perfect book boyfriend material, but definitely heartbreaker worthy.
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nothing better than a sexy, hot firefighter and Brad checks all those boxes. Avery is smart, sassy and Brad’s perfect match. That is, once they stop fighting their chemistry and learn to open their hearts. Their journey to self discovery and forgiveness is a fun, passionate emotional roller coaster that I would ride over and over. I am anxiously await to see how the story evolves
Darlene Bunker
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great solid story! Really enjoyed “Make Me Burn”. This is a book I will read again many times. Looking forward to the rest of the “Turn Up The Heart” books in this series. I appreciate it when authors let readers catch up characters from previous books. Would LOVE to catch up with all the MaCauley Brothers, especially Mike & Del, Body Shop Bad Boys, and Veteran Movers!
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Fantastic! This book is everything you could want, a sexy firefighter, a sassy journalist, loyal but somewhat crazy friends and dogs and cats. The story is interesting, exciting and full of heart. The diaglogue is clever, sharp and on point. The characters are vivid, dynamic and are so real that you would want to be a part of their world. I laughted out loud. I had streams of tears. My heart warmed.

You can sense the chemistry between Brad and Avery. Their attraction in spite of themselves is ca
Nancy Kehl
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A LOL, steamy, friends to lovers romance that will have you in tears from laughter, witty banter and chemistry between them. With a little help from their friends will they figure it out...what a hoot!
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining, well-written book. Fun, sexy, snarky, hot, sassy and cute, it held my interest and I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author. ...more
Elaine Swinney
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I got an ARC copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it. Great story with wonderful funny characters. This is fun read and I would encourage everyone to get it. This is well written with great characters. Give it a chance.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marie Harte begins her new series with a bang. Her characters (both MC and the secondary ones) are very well written. The relationship between Avery and Brad is hot, relatable and endearing. Make Me Burn is not only one of her most complete book to date, but to me, it's also one of her best. ...more
Caitlyn Coakley
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't do book reports, but I do like this book. ...more
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book!! I’m an absolute sucker for enemies to lovers. The banter was amazing and the chemistry between Avery and Brad was off the charts.
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Plenty of funny moment in this enemies to lovers story. For all the fun and funny moments, there is some that makes you sad as well. Good start to the new series.
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!! The chemistry between the two 💜💖 I can't wait till August for the next book ...more
Nicole Martin
May 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Disappointed with this book. I miss the days of the McCauley’s and Donnigan’s. This book was all internalized dialogue and not enough between characters.
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Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town

Other books in the series

Turn Up the Heat (3 books)
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  • Hot for You (Turn Up The Heat #3)

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