TITLE: Chasing Her Fire (Bailey Brothers Series book 5 of 6)
AUTHOR: Claire Kingsley
GENRE: Contemporary romance
PUBLISHER: Independently published
PUBLICATION DATE: May 18, 2021
TROPES: Enemies to lovers, pregnancy, small town
NARRATORS: Teddy Hamilton, Virginia Rose
Throughout the previous books, there is a lot of animosity between the characters, making it obvious they are destined to end up together via an enemies-to-lovers trope. However, I feel this book falls short in not doing justice to the characters and incorporating another trope that, when mixed with the enemies-to-lovers trope, takes away from the angst and tension that fans of this trope enjoy.
I actually ended up DNFing the book pretty early on because of how Logan and Cara were portrayed. However, I gave it another try when I needed something light and easy after reading a mind-blowingly emotional book – Museum of Ordinary People.
Sexy firefighter Logan Bailey is an expert at putting the wet stuff on the hot stuff – on and off duty. But he just did the unthinkable, and it wasn’t trading in his tube socks. He slept with his nemesis. His mortal enemy. The crazy redhead he loves to hate. Cara Goulding.
And no matter how much he wants to lie to himself, he has to admit, it was mind-blowing.
Cara will not be tempted by the one night she spent with prince dickhead – even if her traitorous body remembers every earth-shattering moment. It was a mistake and she’s stronger than that. She’ll just keep avoiding him and pretend it didn’t happen.
But the feuding small town of Tilikum might not be big enough for the both of them. Avoiding each other isn’t working. And with every moment they’re forced to spend together, the sparks get hotter, the flames grow brighter, and the tension borders on unbearable.
Until they both reach their breaking point and their fiery relationship explodes.
In the earlier chapters, the character of Logan is not very likable. He comes off as a misogynistic college kid who objectifies women. However, he redeems himself when Cara reveals her pregnancy by stepping up and being there for her. I appreciated how he handled Cara’s moodiness by going toe to toe with her banter.
However, one major disappointment is that we don’t get any backstory about Logan and who he is as a person outside of his relationship with Cara. While we get Asher’s and Evan’s backstories behind their individual personalities, we learn nothing about Logan’s character.
Based on the previous books in the series, Cara comes off as a cool, independent woman everyone wants to emulate, even if she can sometimes be a bit weird and dramatic. However, in this book, she comes across as way too insecure, and her entire POV centers around her complaining about her pregnancy and acting immaturely toward her emotions. While it’s understandable, given her backstory with her narcissistic mother, it was taken to an extreme that became tedious to read about.
However, I did love the parts where she finally stands up for herself towards the end and pursues her passion for photography. And the way she has super-secretive spy resources at her fingertips is both scary and impressive.
My issues with the plot:
This seems to be an issue with the whole series, but the inner monologues in Chasing Her Fire are overexplanatory and repetitive, making the book much longer than it needed to be.
But the dual POV is done well, and I liked getting into the head of each MC.
It’s difficult to enjoy a book when the main characters are not written as you imagined or portrayed in previous books. Chasing Her Fire is worth a shot for persons who enjoy small-town romances featuring a surprise pregnancy trope and a touch of enemies-to-lovers. But sadly, it didn’t work out well for me.
Check out the rest of the series!
Book 2: Fighting For Us – Asher Bailey continued (second chance)
Book 3: Unraveling Him – Evan Bailey (grumpy/sunshine)
Book 4: Rushing In – Gavin Bailey (forbidden love, boss’ daughter)
Book 6: Rewriting The Stars – Levi Bailey (forbidden love, feuding families)
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