Slow Burn by Missouri VaunSlow Burn by Missouri Vaun is a contemporary romance that takes place in a small town in North Carolina.

Grayson Reeves, a firefighter, barely survives a California wildfire and has to deal with a devastating loss. She decides to return to her hometown to recuperate, with no plans of going back to California any time soon.

When Faith Owen is offered a chance to stay in Sky Valley by a good friend, she doesn’t refuse. Faith welcomes the change of scenery not only for inspiration for her art, but also to deal with a bad breakup which resulted in loss of confidence.

When Grayson and Faith meet, there’s definitely an attraction between the two of them. However, will this attraction be enough?

Pros And My Favourite Parts

I tend to like small town romances and this one was definitely right up my alley. Not only were the main characters’ interactions with each other interesting, but so were the ones with the supporting cast. Although I liked most of the characters, Gray definitely had my heart for a number of reasons. For instance, the sweet moments she had with a number of people for something as simple as having tea together. Additionally, was the dynamic between Gray and her second cousin, Hailey.

This is the first book by Missouri Vaun that I’ve ever read and I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. I’m pleased to say that I was not disappointed at all.  In fact, I was hooked right at the first chapter and still had my undivided attention throughout the rest. I do have to commend the author for making the writing decisions they (she?) made as I saw a lot of different ways it could’ve gone, however I’m glad with what ended up being on the page.

Grayson and Faith are completely different, yet they complemented each other perfectly. I appreciated the conversations they had regarding their respective jobs or even how they saw a simple thing so contrarily. Moreover, the scenes in which they got together, felt true to their characters.

I enjoyed that there were no major conflicts that felt out of place. There were little to no angst and it was exactly what I needed.

Cons And Heads Up

There were no major cons.  Something that I do want to mention are the hints of jealousy on Faith’s part which could’ve taken a turn for the worse. Thankfully, it came in a few small doses and was nipped in the bud fairly quickly.

The Conclusion

If you want to enjoy a simple, sweet romance with little to no angst, then this book is for you. It was a solid book that can definitely tug at your heartstrings.

Excerpt from Slow Burn by Missouri Vaun

Gray looked up. The wind was picking up. A little tingling sensation had settled in the short hairs at the back of her neck. She tried to spot the crew chief, Vince, through the thickening smoke. Vince had been fighting fires for ten years. He never took chances. If he wasn’t worried, then she wasn’t worried.

The wind was blowing for real now. Like some angry gray ghost chasing them from below. If they got into trouble, the pre-planned escape route was to retrace their path to the safe ground of the gravel road, which meant a steep ascent and then they’d follow the road back down to the dry creek bed.

The wind suddenly increased.

Despite the heat of it, a chill ran down her spine. Gray glanced down the ravine. If flames started to climb behind them, the steep terrain was so dry the entire slope would be blazing in minutes. She rotated again to look for Vince.

Gray heard the roar first, then she saw it. A wall of flames racing up the slope toward their position. It was blowing up! It roared like a jet engine about to take off. Dave must have seen it too because in that same instant he shouted down at them from the road.

“Get out of there— now!” Dave yelled.

Gray and Shane started running up the slope behind the rest of the crew.

“Move!” Vince shouted back at them. “Move faster!”

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ISBN number: 9781636790985

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

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