Burning Fall (Jia’s review)

Title: Burning Fall (Frankfurt Hot Seasons #1)
Author: E.J. Smyth
Publisher: Unapologetic Romances
Release Date: June 18, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 156 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Opposites attract, but can they ever work together?

Damien is an ambitious young lawyer. After moving to Germany, he doesn’t expect to feel quite so out of his element. Apart from hating his job, a rumor spreads that he is a homophobe.

To redeem himself, he is put in charge of the firm’s signature event Burning Fall. He has no choice but to hire Yannik, a gorgeous yet unconventional event manager.

But from their first disastrous meeting, everything possible goes wrong.

Can the two men find a way to work together, or will Damien’s career, Yannik’s future, and the most important client event of the year go down in flames?

Find out in this steamy and fun short novel, the first book in Frankfurt Hot Seasons.

This takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, the author letting the city cast its atmosphere over the story which hits close to home and feels very realistic. The insecureness, being a stranger in a new country, misunderstandings between people, the mistakes but also the heartwarming feeling of friendship, excitement of new potential lovers, a little jealousy and the stand or fall with organizing a big event and all the details that can go wrong.

I really enjoyed this book and I feel the writer did a splendid job with describing the characters and their emotions, the city, and it left a warm feeling inside me after having finished it. Reading about their unfortunate first meeting and how things developed and how they finally got the event off not without a few hick-ups threatening the whole existence of the event.

The characters felt alive and interesting. I especially liked Yannik’s reactions to Damien’s little confession. The only question I had was since when does a law firm organize such big events? But that’s just a curiosity of mine.

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Galley copy of Burning Fall provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


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  • Thank you for writing the book in the first place! 😀 I’m Swedish but I have no idea how they do it over here. Still it’s fun to read about the German way. As far as my knowledge stretches when it comes to organizing events then you really nailed it! It’s one thing to know it and another to write it well I mean.

  • Thanks so much for the lovely review! To satisfy your curiosity–I actually worked as event manager for an international law firm in Frankfurt 🙂 I’m not sure it’s common in the US, but in Germany, companies put on large parties for their clients and potential clients a few times a year. Working with the events agencies was always the fun part… I miss those days…


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