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A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have call her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”
Kelli Jo Calvert
on March 15, 2016 :
Ever wonder what would happen if best friends decided to be honest about their true feelings for each other? Read A Burning Passion! Just as Dan and Lucy, firefighters from the same house and best friends, finally figure out that the belong together and are enjoying getting to know each other in a new way, Dan receives a LARGE inheritance. When his ex-wife finds out, she decides it's time to get back together -using their children against him. She knows he loves their kids and will do just about anything for them. Dan keeps screwing up and Lucy stands by him - until he hurts her too badly - and she runs. When firefighting puts his life in danger, he realizes what must be done. And Lucy decides she will fight for him. Dan FINALLY mans up and tells his ex that he doesn't love her anymore.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on March 15, 2016 :
***** "A Burning Passion" (The Inheritance series book one; Hidden Cove series book 8)
Kathryn Shay has, not surprisingly, written another hit in the Hidden Cove series and has started out the new The Inheritance series with a bang. I loved how she brought the two concepts together into one book. She truly picked the right group to write about and the right fireman to focus on.
Dan is an easy going guy that has been around for years and respected by everyone. Years ago he saved an older man and his godsons children. He wanted to repay Dan at the time, but he felt he was just doing his job. There were several anonymous donations made to Hidden Cove FD and other agencies relates to Dan, but it was all supposition that they were from Mr. Hopewell.
Fan is surprised to learn exactly how much money he has truly come in to. He also is not really affected by it other than as a means of donating a lot of it and now paying for everything for his children as vs his ex-wife's partner doing so.
Sadly, for Dan, his ex-wife left him over a year ago because she was unhappy that they were not rich and she couldn't have the "extras" that having money would provide. She walked out on her marriage and moved herself and her children into the home of a lawyer who worked with her father.
A few months before receiving his inheritance, Dan and his best friend Lucy had been out earlier. After having to much to drink, Lucy admits to him that she has loved him for years. Dan waits until the next morning when they are both sober to admit he has felt the same way. They have an ideal relationship, have a great deal on common, his kids love Lucy, and when the inheritance letter arrives she isn't very affected by it either. Yes, they know it will make life easier, but neither of them are monetarily focused.
When Claire, Dan's ex, finds out about the inheritance she does everything in her power to try and manipulate Dan to come back to her so the family will be whole again. The problem wasn't that she fell out of love with Dan? It was always monetary issues. Lucy is supportive of Dan in regard to Claire, for the most part, but after she finds out about a kiss between them she has had enough...and it brings a lot of realizations to Dan in regard to Lucy and his family. They are cemented after an injury at a fire.
Kathryn Shay has written a wonderful, powerful, and heartwarming novel. She always has such strong characters who are also flawed and loved by many. She picked two perfect main characters for this new series and the continuation of her Hidden Cove series. The supporting characters add so much to the novel. All of them being different perspectives and aspects to the main storyline and make it that much richer in parts and as a whole.
From the start, the author has drawn her readers in and makes putting down the novel a hard choice, even for a slight break.
Kathryn Shay's writing just keep getting better and better. She writes very unique stories that are very realistic, with characters that are all too human, making it easy for readers to relate to both the story and the people she writes about. She has a wonderful way with words that makes things very descriptive without using too much detail. The reader is able to truly see the scenes as they unfold.
If you haven't read the Hidden Cove novels and novellas, definitely pick them up. They are stand alone, but more enjoyable read in order. Definitely pick up book one in "The Inheritance" series (this book). She has started the multi-author 9 month intermittent release off with a truly magnificent book. I look forward to the next one on that series, as well as the next Kathryn Shay novel.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on March 11, 2016 :
A BURNING PASSION is the first book of the new THE INHERITANCE SERIES, as well as book 8 in Kathryn Shay’s Hidden Cove Firefighters series. THE INHERITANCE SERIES is an interesting concept, where several authors reprise characters from their own series, but where billionaire Harold Hopewell upon his death, has left bequests that will change many lives.
Daniel Collins has been divorced from his wife Clare for about a year; she had said she was sick and tired of not being able to live the way she was accustomed to, given her posh upbringing, and she left Dan for a rich man. Dan never really saw it coming, and it was a good thing he had his friend and colleague Lucy to lean on in his time of need. Lucy has been in love forever with Dan, but never said a word: first, he was married, then she wouldn’t be a rebound girlfriend. Dan stayed on rather friendly terms with Clare, mostly because of his two children whom he dotes on. One evening, Lucy’s unrequited love takes a turn for the better with Dan, until the latter hears that he has inherited a whole lot of money, and Clare is on his trail upon hearing this and determined to make them a family once again.
A BURNING PASSION takes place in Hidden Cove, NY; being unfamiliar with Ms. Shay’s series, I was pleasantly surprised that I did not feel lost, but rather very comfortable with the firefighters of Station 11. The characters are so well drawn out, that I felt I knew them well right away, and I loved the banter between all of them. The author’s familiarity with the workings of a fire department is also obvious, because I’ve never been in one and I felt I knew how everything worked; the rescue sequences are also terrific, especially the one that led to the bequest. I really enjoyed Lucy’s and Dan’s backstories; Lucy’s a pretty wonderful woman, but I felt like slapping Dan more than a few times; you’ll understand why when you read A BURNING PASSION. The fact is, the relationship between Lucy, Dan, and ultimately Clare feels so realistic, and it is complicated and messed up because of Clare, and also because Dan had not stopped loving her until she betrayed him. A BURNING PASSION is a quick read, Ms. Shay’s writing is impeccable, and everything flows very smoothly. I look forward to reading the upcoming books in THE INHERITANCE SERIES, as well as Kathryn Shay’s Hidden Cove Firefighters!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 11, 2016 :
Great reading. Couldn't put it down. Loved every bit thanks. Jackie
(reviewed the day of purchase)