Warnings and Wildfires by Autumn Jones Lake
Release Date: July 24th
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography
Cover Design by: RBA Designs | Letitia Hasser
Cover Model: Travis S.
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A steamy standalone romance featuring a swoon-worthy single dad and the one woman he absolutely shouldn’t fall in love with.
It’s a hot summer morning and I’m already running late.
I’m no one’s white knight, but when I see a damsel in distress, I have to rescue her.
I didn’t know it would be Aubrey Dorado, the girl I swore was off-limits.
Now she’s under my skin and I can’t get her out of my head.
So, I did the worst thing possible and hired her to work in my gym.
Lusting after my new employee breaks my number one rule.
But each day she tempts me with her sweet personality and clever mind.
I’ve been burned by love before.
Romance is a risk I can’t afford.
But how much longer can I resist the attraction simmering between us?
I swore I’d never be that girl again. The one who screws up her life and future over a handsome face and empty compliments.
Then I signed up for a self-defense class with Sullivan “Sully” Wallace.
He’s fearless and brave. Things I’m not.
He’s also strong, silent, and stubborn. Things that drive me crazy.
When he offers me a job, I jump at it.
But working around my untouchable crush isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be.
Especially when he makes it clear he’s not interested in anything more than employee/employer.
Just when I think he might be changing his mind, the biggest mistake of my life returns.
Sully is the only man I trust to help me fight back. But will he forgive me for keeping my past a secret?
We step out onto the main floor and Sully pounces, gripping my arm and tugging me to the side. Myra, for some reason, tags along. She runs her hand over his shoulder and tilts her head in a sex-kittenish way I haven’t yet mastered. “Sully, Jake said you never come to the fights. How are you?”
He shrugs off her hand but gives her a polite smile. Jealousy flares inside me. Do they have history? He told me he didn’t date because of his daughter. Is Myra an exception to that rule?
I thought I’d buried that obsessive-crushing-teenager part of me a long time ago. Sully makes me crazy. Obviously.
“I’m good,” he answers. “How’ve you been?”
“Great. I’m showing Aubrey around tonight.” For the first time, she seems to notice how close Sully and I are standing and the possessive hold he has on my arm.“Can you give us a minute, Myra?” he asks, although it’s really more of a demand than a question or suggestion.
“Sure.” She glances down at me. “Come find me when you’re done.”
She hesitates for another second or two, then sashays away, putting a lot of extra sway in her hips. The movement is lost on Sully who’s solely focused on me.
“You and fight-night-Barbie seem tight,” I blurt out.
His lips twitch, then his face settles into a much more serious expression. “You know why I’m here.”
“No, I don’t. Explain.”
His hold on my arm loosens and he takes my hand. Our fingers intertwine, and his thumb softly strokes my skin. “Things seem calm now, but these fights get out of control sometimes. I don’t want you caught up in anything bad.”
“Did you follow me?”
“I took a guess.” He cocks his head. “You’re a stubborn one.”
I lift my shoulders. “You told me you weren’t interested, so I don’t understand why you’re here.”
“Doesn’t mean I want you to get hurt.”
Ouch. I mean, I’m touched he wants to protect me. I didn’t need the reminder that he’s not interested in anything more.
“Besides,” he continues. “I never said I wasn’t interested. I said I had a lot on my plate.”
He strokes the back of his hand over my cheek. “You deserve someone who can give you their full attention.”
An ear-splitting buzz pierces the room, cutting off our conversation. Griff’s voice comes out of the loudspeaker. “Five minutes, everyone!”
“I better go.” I glance over my shoulder, seeking Myra in the crowd.
“Hey,” he says, tugging on my hand. “I’ll be right here watching out for you.”
“Aren’t you going to cheer for your brother?”
One corner of his mouth lifts. “And cheering for Jake, yeah.”
A ridiculous impulse seizes me, and I lean up, planting a quick kiss on his cheek. Dating issue aside, I’m sure he had better things to do tonight than come watch over me. “Thanks, Sully.”
His hand closes over mine, pulling me closer. For a second, I think he’s going to kiss me again.
“Be careful,” he says before setting me free.
My ARC Review:
This is my first book by Autumn Jones Lake, and what a cracker it was, I loved it. I’m really behind the times having not read any of her previous Lost Kings MC series, but I plan to go back and do just that if this book is anything to go by!!
Wonderfully written with a whole host of engaging characters, the story flows seemlessly – I just couldn’t get enough of Sully and Aubrey with their forbidden romance and steaming hot chemistry!
Sully is the owner of a gym where he works with his brother Jake. Working is his constant focus along with that of being a single dad to his 11 year old daughter who he only sees once a month. He has been badly burned in his previous relationship with his daughters mother and has sworn off any type of relationship with women preferring to dedicate his time to his gym and his daughter.
Aubrey takes the odd fitness class run by Sully and has fancied him from afar for a while, but believes she is way out of his league and has low self-esteem and confidence about her looks and curves. She works part time at the local coffee shop while going to college in the hope of helping her sister in her hairdressing business on the accounts side. But she jumps at the chance of working in Sully’s gym for extra money and of course being near Sully. She has had a real bad experience in her past, which is only hinted at in the story line until quite late on in the book when you find out what she has gone through, she doesn’t do relationships but can’t help but feel the chemistry between her and Sully.
They really do put up a tremendous fight to ignore their connection and chemistry, but once the line gets broken and Sully breaks his own rules, there’s no going back!! Prepare to have your kindles melting!!
A great read with a fab cast of supporting characters some of which are from her MC series, so can’t wait to read more about those!! There’s lots of witter banter and great friendships that ooze love and loyalty. Brilliant!! I can’t recommend this enough, a must read for me.
About the Author
Autumn believes true love stories never end. She’s easily amused, a procrastinator and writes romances with loving alpha heroes who cherish the sassy women they fall in love with. Autumn prefers to write her romances on the classy side of dirty, and she’s a sucker for a filthy-talking, demanding alpha male hero. The bigger the better. She enjoys testing boundaries and breaking rules with her stories. Happy For Now endings make Autumn’s heart pitter-patter.
Her past lives include baking cookies, slinging shoes, and practicing law. Playing with her imaginary friends is her favorite job so far. She’s an active member of her local chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Autumn was born and raised in upstate New York. She still enjoys all four seasons there with her very own alpha hero and their dogs.
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