AUTHOR: E.B. Walters
RATING: 3 STARS (2.5 STARS)
PUBLISHED: May 2011 - Firetrail Publishing
SERIES: Yes; Companion Series
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"She doesn’t want to deal with the past... Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until the morning she opens her door to a stranger she assumes is a model and asks him to strip to his briefs . He wants to expose the truth.... Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret. His father started the fire that killed Ashley’s parents. Now someone is leaving him clues that could exonerate his father and they lead to Ashley’s door. Blindsided by the blazing attraction between them and a merciless killer silencing anyone who was there the night of the fire, Ron dare not tell Ashley the truth. Yet the answer he seeks may very well tear them apart. While a demented arsonist...SLOW BURN(s)...and plots his ultimate revenge."
Slow Burn, the first novel in the Fitzgerald Family series by E.B.Walters, was about Ashley Fitzgerald and Ronald Noble. This companion series has extremely good reviews and ratings. I, however, didn’t get what all the fuss was about. I wasn’t that impressed with this novel. I thought it was okay, but not spectacular.
Something held me back from connecting with the story and the characters on an emotional level. In my opinion, the characters in this novel were only two-dimensional; they didn’t come to life before my eyes. I thought the plot was intriguing, but “the bad guy” was very obvious. Walters actually shows you who the bad guy is very early on when she writes from his perspective. I wish she wouldn’t have ruined the element of surprise, but that wasn’t the way things panned out.
Ron has a playboy image, but we see no evidence of this. Authors are making this mistake a lot more frequently lately, and it really bugs me. I wanted to see evidence of his past. Why aren’t girls approaching him and calling him? Don’t just tell me he used to be a bad boy, show me some proof. You don’t have to go over the top, but give me something.
Ashley made the mistake of making the most annoying move ever. I absolutely hate it when characters “run away” to protect the person they love. Come on. They are still going to be in danger, and if you stick together you have greater odds. I really don’t like it when characters push people away to save them. Other than that, Ashley was a pretty decent character.
I gave Slow Burn by E.B. Walters 3 STARS (2.5 STARS). This was an okay novel, but it wasn’t sooo impressive that I would rush out and tell my friends to read it right away. Even though the next two books in the series have really good reviews and ratings, I am going to put off reading them. I may decide to pick them up at a later date, but I am not going to read them now.