Carlisle’s dream of attending culinary school goes up in flames when she accidentally burns down her landlord’s shed while cooking ribs for a contest. Winning the cook-off would have provided enough money for tuition. Now she needs to win to replace the damaged building. Carlisle resigns herself to putting her future on hold while dealing with the problems of the present.
The hot fire chief who puts out the fire makes it clear she’s used up precious resources with her carelessness. He’s furious that she’s wasted his time when he needs every second to track down an arsonist who is escalating dangerously.
The far more serious problem is that Carlisle’s small fire draws the attention of the arsonist who doesn't like anyone stealing the limelight. He comes after her with a frightening single-minded focus. Can Carlisle save herself and their budding romance from the flames of a maniac?
Interesting setting in this novella, with an arsonist burning down buildings in the small town, seeming to direct his malice towards the fire chief and those close to him. The suspense starts to run high, when it comes clear, the arsonist is someone close to them all.
Carlisle and Chet, don't seem to get along on the surface, even though they both admit to themselves the attraction is there. At the same time Kelly and Mike have no problem to flirt.
Despite the suspense of the arsonist, several life and death situations, the story is light and humorous, drizzled with clean and fun romance, perfect read at the end of a long day, I will give it three big spoons with a teaspoon on the side.