The seventh book in
The Coffee Shop Series
I can be many things (barista, karaoke legend, impromptu-actress, whatever), but a famous author I am not.
Which makes it even weirder when a guy named Bastian rushes into my coffee shop and wants me to pretend to be him, a famous romance author hidden under a female pen name.
Except . . . I can’t deny something is charming about his brooding reclusiveness, or maybe that’s just the sexy scent of smoke that follows him everywhere. My obsessive love of GIF's clearly annoys him, but it doesn’t stop him from begging me for help either. This guy is desperate.
When everything goes up in flames, we’re left to deal with the wreckage.
The last thing I want to do is ask for help, particularly from a dynamo like Dahlia. She has so much energy and I’m not sure what to do with it.
But I’m about to lose everything.
While the mountains outside of Pineville burn and my HotShot crew and I frantically try to save the town, my hidden career is about to explode.
And I need that career.
Dahlia is the simplest answer to my problems, even though I don’t like the questions she asks or the answers that come.
Then the fire encroaches on the mountains near town and Dahlia is in danger. I can’t help but rush to save her. Because on the other side of those flames, she’s saving me. In more ways than I could have ever imagined.
And where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
SMOKE AND FIRE is a clean, contemporary romance (but not religious) with a little sizzle and spice and a guaranteed happily-ever-after. It’s the seventh book in the Coffee Shop Series. This book can be read as a standalone, but maximum enjoyment comes from reading the series from the beginning.
Dahlia is a barista at the Frolicking Moose in Pineville. Bastian is a wildland firefighter. They both have issues to deal with. Dahlia is starting over after the end of a relationship. Bastian is taking care of his dad and sister who have medical challenges. He is also the anonymous author of a popular series of romance novels. He needs help and hires Dahlia as his assistant after they meet at the Frolicking Moose. Dahlia and Bastian are attracted to each other from the start but initially have a hard time admitting it. They gradually connect and their relationship blossoms.
I enjoyed Smoke and Fire, the seventh book in the Coffee Shop series. The theme of people helping each other out is a good one, and I like the interaction between Dahlia and Bastian. Their personalities compliment each other. Katie Cross has a good understanding of the challenges people who have to deal with the public face, and this is addressed in a positive way. I like the small town setting also.
I recommend Smoke and Fire. The book can be read as a standalone, but it’s better to read the other books in the series first to have a better understanding of the characters from the earlier books.
This might be my favorite of the series so far. I just loved reading about Dahlia and Bastian. They were really good together and their story was just a really good one! The author did a great job pulling me in and had me rooting for and loving these two. If you like contemporary romance with a sweet HEA, then I’d recommend reading this series.
Smoke and Fire is the seventh book in the Coffee Shop series.
Final Rating: 5 Stars
Smoke and Fire is another great story from Katie Cross. While it is part of the Coffee Shop Girl series, it can be read as a stand alone. Katie writes complex characters and leads them to happiness by creating their most perfectly imperfect perfect match. Dahlia and Bastian spend most of this book in separate settings due to Bastian's job battling fires in the forest, yet they grow to know and respect each other through Dahlia's assistance to Bastian with his side job (which is his true money maker). While I did feel like I was too much in Dahlia's head at times, I liked the characters and plot line. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Can’t get enough of Katie’s books. You don’t want to put them down until the end and then your waiting for the next one. It’s like the characters are right there with you. You care for each one. There’s tears and laughter. You can’t go wrong with any of her books.
I was trying to save reading this until a weekend away but as soon as I started it was so difficult to stop myself. Loved the characters and storyline. Waiting impatiently for the next great read.