Darington Knight has known a lot of loss in her twenty-six years. She can deal, so she resents it when the commander of her Montana smoke jumper unit sends her on a firefighter exchange program in Australia after her unit suffers a double tragedy. Hooking up with a sexy firefighter her first night Down Under improves Dare’s mood considerably until she realizes her hook up is now her station commander and he has a rule book as thick as her arm.

Lachlan Ryker did not make senior station officer as a Melbourne Metropolitan firefighter by the time he was thirty by acting impulsively, but when he meets the sexy, brash American in his favorite pub, his by-the-book, measured approach to life gets kicked to the curb. He and Dare ignite one night of smoldering passion he can’t forget. But before he can call for a second date, Dare strolls into his station newly assigned to him for three months. Lock knows he has to keep his hands to himself. He never breaks the rules. Dare, however, never heard a rule she didn’t want to shatter.

Titles in the Hot Aussie Knights series include:  Hot Mess by Amy AndrewsBurning Both Ends by Sinclair Jayne Long Hot Summer by Victoria Purman – Burning Love by Trish Morey

This title is also Book 2 in the Smoky Mountain Knights series.

Title:  Burning Both Ends
Series:  Hot Aussie Knights #2, Smoky Mountain Knights #2
Author:  Sinclair Jayne
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 29, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Burning Both Ends is a sizzling romance where both the heroine and the hero bring in much of their conflict from their pasts.  Going to Australia as part of an exchange program with the firefighters wasn’t exactly Dare’s choice in the matter.  She’d been pretty much told she was going and that was it.  Add into that situation the stress of her grandfather’s recent death – and there is a lot of emotional turmoil facing Dare as she arrives for her firefighter grandfather’s funeral and wake at the local bar.  Lock had also lost his friend and mentor at the senior Knight’s death, and nothing about being at this reunion of friends, family and firefighters was comfortable for him right up until she walked in the bar.  It was her eyes that got to him first, vulnerable sadness that was quickly covered with determination, that super body, maybe – but in truth it was the attitude, the total sass that was hot, sensuous and beguiling all at once that had him doing what he knew he shouldn’t.  Both had issues in their past, their present could easily be a hot, sexy, momentary fling until their future became more important – the stay with me forever kind of important.

I enjoyed my time with Dare and Lock in Burning Both Ends which is the second story in two series, Hot Aussie Knights and Smoky Mountain Knights.  There is a lot of emotion going on in this story.  Some of it I completely understood, yet there were times when I really wanted them each to move beyond what was and reach out for what could be.  There are aspects of this story that I cannot talk about for they fall under major spoilers.  So, I’ll say I wish there had been another type of resolution, bringing them together.  I think they deserved better than what they were served.  But.  It’s not my story to tell, only a story to read and react to.  In the end, all of their issues were dealt with, and I guess that’s what really matters.

If you’re in the mood for an emotional, sizzling story with hearts fully engaged, then Burning Both Ends is one you’ll want to pick up.  It’s a solid story, engaging main characters and a story that will touch your heart.  I’d recommend this one for any Romance reader.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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