Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson
Series: Lone Pine Lake #1
Publication Date: October 25th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Lone Pine Lake’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson, is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. But when quiet, mysterious Jane Clark comes for a tour of the firehouse with her three small children, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman—even though he’s been burned by commitment in the past.
Jane’s been battling scars both physical and mental—having lived through a devastating house fire years ago—so she’s hesitant when her brother’s best friend, Christian, offers to help quell her family’s residual fears of fire. Jane’s mind is the epitome of once burned, twice shy, but her heart has other plans.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. Can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?
Jane and her family were in a fire that her husband didn’t survive. She was in the hospital for months and was burned over 30% of her body. It’s been two years since that tragic accident and Jane’s back living in her hometown trying to be there for her three small children. The last thing she has on her mind is dating. That’s until she meets Christian Nelson – the fire captain. Jane takes her kids to the fire station to try and cure them of their fear of fire when she sees Chris for the first time. She knows she shouldn’t have lustful feelings towards the man but she can’t stop herself.
Christian is smitten with Jane from the moment he sees her. He’s not sure what the pull is but after meeting her and getting to know her a bit he’s even more pulled to her. He knows that she’s been through a horrible tragedy and it’s only been two years, but the chemistry between the two can’t be put aside. He asks her on a date and she says yes! But will Jane ‘s fear of Chris’s job keep them from finding a life together?
This was a very sweet romance. Yes, the fire and the death of Jane’s husband were tragic but I felt the author tried not to focus on the horror of that too much, which was wonderful. The relationship between Chris and Jane was easy and comfortable but also very heated. The sex scenes were pretty much fade to black which was a bit disappointing but it was done well.
Jane and Chris made a fantastic couple together. They talked things out and shared their feelings and I liked that about the book. I also liked the way that Chris was with Jane’s kids. He just acted like himself and didn’t try to ingratiate himself with them to win Jane over. Jane’s big rambunctious family added another lovely element to the story as well.
Overall a nice holiday romance that made me smile.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5