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Burning Up

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,657 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Though it's been years since the infamous Macy O'James stepped foot in Sugarville, Washington, everyone remembers what she supposedly did. The tiny town is still buzzing about her crime and lack of punishment.

Now back to lend her family a hand, Macy vows to hold her head high—especially at her high school reunion. But forget about the hottest man in Sugarville escorting
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Harlequin
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Lynsey A
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
After several not so entertaining books from Susan Andersen I really enjoyed this book. There was humor, heartache and some hot luvin in this book.

Macy O'James heads back to her small hometown of Sugarville to help her cousin Janna who is recovering from an accident. She was the bad girl (who of course, wasn't really as bad as the town painted her) who left town and who many people hated. She comes back to town with her armor on after making a success of herself in music videos in LA. However,
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The books I have read by Susan Andersen in the past have always been like a cup of luke-warm tea. Good, but it could be better.

So I was surprised that I could not put down Burning Up. It had some great features: a girl with a bad reputation, a small town, a fireman, a close and supportive family, interesting living situations, sass, a little mystery, and a kid. I love all of those things in a romance, and wowzers with so many I was happy as a clam. But you probably know that those themes alone d
This book has one huge problem: There's a totally hot, adorable Irish rock star and he's thrown away on a short, secondary romance. We don't even get to look forward to him having his own book! It's a tragic waste, I tell ya.

Okay, with that out of my system, I enjoyed this. The plot and character aren't very original (there's quite a few Susan Elizabeth Phillips plot echoes) but Andersen puts her own spin on things, so I didn't mind. I'm grading this up a bit just because it worked so much bette
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: airy light (small town) romance fans
Macy is a woman who's made her mark on Hollywood - yet when she returns to the small town she went to high school in to help her cousin she reverts to an over-the-top (hoochie mama) costume wearing wild girl. Except she is NOT a wild party girl, she seems to just keep that persona up in public - a logic I never could figure out or follow!

Enter Gabe - the fire chief and a man who likes things nice and quiet. He had a rocky childhood (raised by party girl mom who dumped him into state system when
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-lit, 5-stars, m-f
Firemen are so sexy! But are gorgeous Irish rock stars! How could you do this to me, Susan Andersen? Put two completely sexy guys in one book? Hell, make it three! Our resident cop wasn't half bad either!

I loved this book. I've loved Susan Andersen's writing ever since I read Bending the Rules. Everything she writes is just so funny that it pulls me in from the get-go.

I loved Gabe and Macy--they were so smokingly electric, cute, funny, and sexy together! I thought that the character de
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This is a feel good book.

I liked Macy a lot. She was no-nonsense girl who didn't cry, who worked hard, who had few, but very good, friends. The only thing is that she's on the defensive from her whole home town. And what she does? Since they consider her a w*hore and a no-good, she gives them exactly that! With outrageous outfits, her colourful wigs, her sassy mouth. But with her family she's the opposite: loving, sweet talking, helping, self-sacrifying, girl-next-door nice!

Obviously, Gabe doesn
♡Karlyn P♡
2.5 stars max. The whole high school drama bullshit was over the top silly, the hero was an ass until close to the end, and the dialogue often read like they were snotty 12 year olds not full grown adults. Overall, the story was too much of a stretch in so many places. I did like the secondary romance, what little there was. I thought the sex scenes were well done, it is something this author excels at writing. I should have passed on reading this one, but I've enjoyed so many other books by thi ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5* It would have been 4* because the book is light and fun, and I enjoyed the characters. But the story is just too common: Misunderstood small-town girl blows back into town years later determined to flaunt her big-city success and not let the pain of earlier rejection show. She, of course, pairs off with the straight-laced good guy in town, who does his best to resist his attraction. Rachel Gibson, Susan Donovan, Toni Blake, etc. have all done this story several times.

But hey, overall it's
~* 4.5 Stars *~
Fast, Fun, and Five Alarm

Macy O'James has made a name for herself starring in music videos in L.A. Now she's returning to the small town of Sugarville, a place where the name she made was far less flattering back when she was in high school. Tormented by the "in" crowd, her reputation was shattered when her high school crush turned out to be a lying bag of bollocks and told everyone she was easy after she put a halt to his advances. As if being labeled the school slut wasn't bad e
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I start this review by saying that Susan Anderson has hardly ever disappointed me. I went into reading this book a little upset because I really wanted the third book in her Sisterhood Diaries Series to have been her next venture after Bending the Rules. Yet, as soon as I got myself situated in my bed all snug and comfy and opened to the first page I changed my mind considerably and now am very grateful that she chose to read this book because it was a story worth telling.

You are introduced to
Oct 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Who doesn't love their man a little dirty, in a white tee and with just a little hint of his rock hard abs on display?

She's the girl everyone loves to hate and the good folks in the small town of Sugarville sure know how to hold a grudge because it's been 10 years since Macy O'James fled (read practically run out of town) with the ink barely dry on her high school dipolma.

Watch out Surgarville cuz Macy O'James is back in town and her new motto when she blows back into town is: "If you can't beat
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
First off - I really, really liked the character of Macy. Sometimes it's the hero who is more the standout of the two and sometimes it's the heroine and in Burning Up, I found it to be the heroine. The book can be a tougher sell if the heroine is the stand out and I have issues with her, but in the case of Burning Up it was all good since Macy was great.

Macy O'James had come back to the small town of Sugarville to help out her cousin who had suffered a broken leg (gee - what a coincidence) in a
Madia M
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

I wanted to smack them both so hard and so bad.
They had chemistry but classical malfunctioning in the communication department. Macy was immature and deliberately provoking and Gabe was a judgemental AH. Both have their reasons but doesn’t mean I had to like it.

I quite liked Jack and Grace connecting and wanted to watch that love story unfold.

This gave me ain’t she sweet vibes from SEP but that was done better IMO.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a "Person with a past comes back to old home town" story. This time, it's the heroine. Like the girl in the "Easy A" movie, the heroine doesn't exactly deserve the rep she's got, a reputation she's never been able to shake. But she's come back now to help out her family--her cousin (who's more like a sister, since her aunt & uncle mostly raised her) has been in a car wreck and needs a chauffeur for her son, and some help for herself. Heroine brings her "bad girl" costumes, but she's here ...more
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
For a lot of this book I had a hard time connecting to Macy or Gabe. I thought Gabe was a jerk for most of the book and he thought he was everybody's daddy. Macy was coming off to immature with all these crazy outfits. She also tended to fly off the handle to quickly. Now admittedly it was all cleaned up in the end, but I had to make myself continue to even get to that point. One too many high school cliches almost did me in.

Now don't get me wrong. I am a huge SA fan and she is a go to author f
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-fun
Short Review:

I actually read Burning up a couple of weeks ago but have not had the chance to write my review.

This was my very first book by Susan Andersen and it definitely will not be my last.

I quickly fell in love with Gabriel and Macy. Macy reminds me a lot of myself. She doesn't care what people think about her and when she wants something she gets it. She loves to speak her mind and is not afraid to tell it like it is. Gabriel was such a sweet guy and hard working. He doesn't like to play
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh, they've done her wrong. Town bad girl Macy O'James has returned to Sugarville and these people are so not sweet. Still paying for past transgressions, Macy comes to town to take care of some family business and give the people what they want: a Hollywood vamp.
Town fire chief, Gabe Donovan, is impressed and scared to death by this woman with 1000 costumes. As much as he hates his attraction, he can't seem to help it. Soon he decides to give in to the pleasure of the real Macy. But being the
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-during-2010
I liked both characters - I enjoyed it - epecially after reading several mediocre books lately.

She's So Good at Being Bad

Though it’s been years since the infamous Macy O’James stepped foot in Sugarville, Washington, everyone remembers what she supposedly did. The tiny town is still buzzing about her crime and lack of punishment.

Now back to lend her family a hand, Macy vows to hold her head high—especially at her high school reunion. But forget about the hottest man in Sugarville escorting her.
Macy O'James is back in Sugarville, Washington for her high school reunion and to help her cousin. Nice easy read. Though it had a "mystery/suspense" element I would not classify it as such. ...more
Jo Reads Romance

Engaging and exciting contemporary romance
4 stars

I love Susan Andersen and have been eagerly awaiting this book. This book doesn't fit into any series (unless it's the start of a new one - edit: it's not) so it can be read completely on its own without worrying that you've missed something.

I wasn't sure that I'd like wild child Macy but I ended up really identifying with her, rooting for her and also wishing that I was as strong as she was. Gabe was the best type of hero - strong and sexy an
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
They say you can't go home again, but in Burning Up, the town's bad girl is back.

The minute she graduated high school Macy O'James set off to make a name for herself. Tired of being called tramp, loose, and drunk driver by the people of her hometown, Macy leaving eventually gains her fame as a video vixen. But after an accident injures a family member she goes home to play nursemaid. Deciding that fighting people's beliefs will never change their minds, she instead embraces her wild child side a
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, kindle
In Susan Andersen’s Burning Up we meet Macy O’James. Macy is a bad girl – at least that’s the reputation she’s had since her days in high school in Sugarland, Washington. She’s come back to the town that she eagerly fled to help take care of her family. Her cousin Janna was in a car accident that left her ailing and making it difficult to take care of her young son. But Macy isn’t going home hat in hand. She’s made a name for herself in Los Angeles for staring in some racy music videos for her f ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Ahh, it's a cliche but what red blooded woman doesn't feel a twinge of heat when they imagine a fire fighter putting out their flame? Or is that just me? ;)
For me, romance novels have to have strong characters and Macy O'James is immediately engaging. Almost a pariah in her hometown, she nevertheless returns to help her cousin who is recovering from an injury. Macy is not willing to be cowed by the small minded people she went to school with and plays up to their expectations with her exaggerate
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I actually believe when you first meet someone is when you know right away if there's chemistry or not. Normally, I love the way a couple making lots of sparks from the first meeting but rubbing each other the wrong way and arguing alot. But the hero in this book just rubbed me the wrong way. For 230 pages of the book, the hero is condemning the heroine based on rumors about her. He actually had witness situations where the heroine acts contrary to the rumors, but does he give her the benefit of ...more
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had several books to choose from on my Nook, while sitting at the airport, and decided to give this one a shot. To be honest, I was a little put off by the first chapter because I thought, "Oh, I've read something like this before." But, I decided to stick it out. I was very pleasantly surprised! I usually find that when I am on a plane, I will read for a while then do something else, but this book really pulled me in! I liked the dynamics between Gabe & Macy. It was such a fun cat & mouse gam ...more
Jun 13, 2013 marked it as dnf-did-not-finish
I tried, I really tried but I couldn’t it make it to page 100. I”m surprised I made it that far. I’m beginning to notice certain elements that I’m not crazy about in romance novels. Stories about firefighters may now be added to the list, but it probably wasn’t that element that pushed me over the edge.

I think it’s important that characters find each other attractive, because that makes the romance believable. But blatant descriptions with words like “ass” and “Booty” are boring. I’d rather see
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: margaret ethridge, michelle kelley
Ahh! Very very cute, fun read! Of course, it followed the traditional romance novel plot of hooking two complete strangers up who don't particularly like each other at first. The part I really liked about this one is there was no anxious in between about each character wondering about their own feelings and wondering about the other persons feelings. And there was no big secret, or one character being adamantly against the hook up while the second one antagonizes the first for the entire novel.

Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elibrary-books
This was a fun read - even though the main character had some real pain, she doesn't let herself get crippled by it (well, a bit, but just enough to have something to work out by the end). The hero is believable and appealing. The two characters were convincing together - from their sparring, to their first fumbling attempts to communicate honestly with each other, to the fight near the end of the book. They seemed like adults and I enjoyed their story. ...more
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