Author: D.J. Manly
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
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Amazon: Burning Up The Sheets
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 18,000 words/40 pages
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: Perfect if you’re short on time, but want a light romance that is fully developed.
Police officer Ray Nixs has just come off a hard case, and he’s still mourning the death of some children he was unable to rescue from a psycho. His partner wants him to return to work, yet Ray has enough troubles just dragging himself out of bed each morning.
Then Ray is offered a different type of job, a chance to guard a famous rock star for a few weeks. Ray knows he definitely needs something to help himself get back on track, to ease himself into work again, and the rock star in question, Lautrel Jennings, is someone Ray actually knew in high school, so he decides to take what he hopes is a cushy assignment.
Could the handsome, out-and-proud rock musician be the right kind of therapy for Ray, or are the men just too different to even get along?
I don’t read a lot of novellas. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, because I do. I think it’s more because I usually want more of the story. Sometimes I long for the the part of the book which wasn’t written more than I revel in the book which actually was written. It’s always a gamble for me when I pick one up, but luckily it paid off with this one.
I enjoyed getting to know Ray and Lautrel. They were well developed and I felt a connection with each of them. Their shared history made their quick jump from acquaintances to lovers much more palatable. The initial hurdle was cleared by the chemistry I immediately felt between them, and I was able to focus on the build up of their relationship. I feel really corny saying it, but Ray and Lautrel completed each other. It was like watching two people, with a desperate need for something they can’t even name, finding what they need within another person. It may sound corny, even as I write it, but it hooked me.
I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t have wanted any more of Burning Up the Sheets. Hell yes, I would have liked to spend more time with Ray and Lautrel! Honestly though, that’s the way I want to feel about every book I read. I hate drawn out endings when I’m ready to be done with a book. I wouldn’t have been upset had it been longer, but there honestly wasn’t anything more which should have been added. It was a well balanced story and I never felt like something was missing.
It may have been a short book, but it was incredibly engaging. The romance was good, the characters were great, and I was left feeling as though I had the complete story. The little bit of mystery and suspense at the end was an added bonus too. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read that leaves you feeling happy and fulfilled.