Playing With Fire
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Aug 1 2015, $5.50
Arson investigator Charity Atkins arrives in Conard City, Wyoming to help the local fire department with their rash of deliberately set fires. Feeling like a displaced urbanite in the small town, Charity seeks Fire Chief Wayne Camden only to find him when he rushes out of a burning building carrying a baby.
Desperate before someone dies in one of these blazes, Wayne welcomes Charity; as he knows his town needs her skills and experience. As they team up to end the reign of terror, the arsonist also welcomes Charity though he has different plans for her. As the fire chief and the arson investigator fall in love, the single dad struggles with his distrust of women after his wife deserted him.
The tenth Conard County: The Next Generation romantic suspense (see Undercover Hunter) is an action-packed, fast-paced thriller. The protagonists are a fantastic pairing as love and courage flourish; while the clever villain hides in plain sight although the original motive for the fires seems over the top of the Grand Tetons.