ARC Review: Love Burns by Adrian J. Smith  

Cover Design: Erin Dameron-Hill;

A chef must learn to open her heart when challenged by her young but wise nanny, who has a knack for turning up the heat.

Kimberly Thompson—or Kim Burns, her stage name—is a celebrity chef whose career is taking off. As a single mom who has a penchant for being a bit of a bitch, she goes through nannies like the flavor of the month until Becca Kline is sent to her by Kiddie Academy.

Becca—known as ‘the fixer’—is often sent to homes considered to be troublemakers. In charge of caring for four-year-old Michael, she is determined to make this job her last before student teaching in the fall and finishing up her degree, which she has been working on for the better part of a decade.

Neither Kimberly nor Becca are prepared for the changes headed toward them, and they both have to learn the hard way that love doesn’t wait or discriminate.

Reader advisory: This book contains references to drug use.

My thoughts

I want to watch Kim walk around. Adrian J. Smith writes such a sexy movement that it made me sigh and wish I could say to Kim, “How you doin’?” (laugh)

It’s sad when a kid gets a bad reputation with nannies when it is the parent. In Love Burns, Becca comes in as the last resort for the agency. The main issue is Kim’s schedule as she is one busy woman. Smith showcases how difficult being a primary caregiver and succeeding in the world is for women. It is an important story that needs to be shared. Women can do it, but it ain’t. Easy.

The relationships between who takes care of your life while you are hustling is critical. Smith mixes this up with the chemistry and respect that burns between Kim and Becca. A supportive friendship develops between the two women that is just as important as the love. They build each other up and we get to see them grow from their friendship.

This is not to say that Smith doesn’t bring heat to Love Burns. Oh, once these ladies relax a little it is hot.

I am actually recommending an age gap romance – take note. Two strong women who are striving to be better for themselves who just happen to fall in love with each other on the way. Who wouldn’t want to experience that burn?

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Pride Publishing, 978171839431487, August 2021

Cover Design: Erin Dameron-Hill; Interior text design: Claire Siemaskiewicz

Settings: California and NY, U.S.

Pages: 303

SC: Gay

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