Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.
Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.
The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.
4 out of 5 stars
I was so excited to get my hands on this book, the sequel to Shine, Not Burn, which I loved.
Mackenzie Fire is the story of Candice, Andie’s best friend and Ian, Mack’s brother. Candice goes to Baker City to help Andie with the impending birth of her child, and Ian picks her up at the airport. Candice instantly dislikes him because of his surly attitude, but their relationship starts off with some laughs.
Candice is from Florida. She’s not used to the weather of the Pacific Northwest, and finds that she has a hard time walking in the snow. Almost immediately, she is on her ass, refusing Ian’s help.
Candice was a kick ass heroine. She stood up for herself, and her friend Andie, who has had a hard time fitting in to the small town life, because of some horrible rumors being spread about her. Candice was also hilarious. There were several laugh out loud moments in this book.
Ian, on the other hand, took a little longer to change. He’s still bitter about his broken engagement, and wants out of Baker City. Ian and Candice’s relationship moves at a mach pace once they realize they have feelings for each other. I found the pace a little unbelievable, but I liked Candice so much that I was able to look past it.
The Mackenzie family, particularly Maeve and Angus (the parents), were amazing characters. I’m not sure if this is the end of the series, but if it is, I would be disappointed in the epilogue.
Overall, this was a fun, quick read and I would recommend both books in the series.