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A malicious serial killer is out for revenge in Paradise. Using fire as his weapon, he strikes at random, and the bodies are piling up. Criminal profiler Jake McKenzie has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and afraid to trust his instincts. When the police ask for his expertise in identifying the killer, he agrees knowing this is his chance to prove he can still do theA malicious serial killer is out for revenge in Paradise. Using fire as his weapon, he strikes at random, and the bodies are piling up. Criminal profiler Jake McKenzie has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and afraid to trust his instincts. When the police ask for his expertise in identifying the killer, he agrees knowing this is his chance to prove he can still do the job. Sixteen years ago, fiercely independent Alexis Michaels escaped an abusive uncle and a deadly fire to become one of the country’s top fire and arson investigators. Her uncanny ability to put herself in the arsonist’s place is the skill they need to find this maniac. She reluctantly accepts the assignment and returns home to lead the hunt for the killer, knowing she will have to confront the unpleasant memories. When Jake discovers that his new partner is the girl who haunted his dreams all these years, he finds himself enthralled, but memories of his dead wife make him doubt his emotions. Alexis has few pleasant memories of Paradise, but Jake is one of them. Undeniably drawn to him, she longs for a deeper relationship but believes he isn’t ready to move on yet.Until they catch the killer, they must set aside their conflicted emotions and work together. The clock is ticking, and the killer has made it clear: Alexis is next....

Title : Fire Angel
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ISBN : 9781440567612
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Fire Angel Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-05-18 10:45

    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.Jake is a criminal profiler called in to help on a serial killer who plays with fire. Little does he know that Alexis, an old friend, is also being called in on the scene. She has an uncanny ability to put herself in the killer’s mind and a very high success rate. Sparks they never knew existed kindle between them, but the serial killer is not content to let himself be discovered. If he gets his way, the only Paradise Alexis will be staying is the one in the clouds. Fire Angelis the type of romance that gives you warm fuzzies and ghostly chills simultaneously. Gently developing romance is combined with elements of mysteries and thrillers as Alexis and Jake piece together their serial killer.Jake is sensitive, cautious, and hurting. He recognizes his feelings for Alexis early on but is hesitant to act on them, partly because of his previous failed relationship.Alexis is headstrong, defensive, and unwilling to open her heart up for love. Work takes priority in her life, and now there have been attempts on her life, she’s determined to solve the case. Matthews writes the Canadian setting beautifully and includes some picturesque descriptions. I loved the one about eyes like Moraine Lake. If you’ve ever been there, it’s this lake that is impossibly blue not because of the sky, but because of a specific type of sediment. I am honoured to have supported her in her querying process and to read an ARC of her first novel.

  • Christy Newton
    2019-05-22 10:55

    At first I thought Fire Angel was a typical crime novel, but I was happily surprised with the introduction of Alexis. I found her smart, relatable and even funny. My favorite was when she said, "Who says candy isn't good for you?" referring to the man eye candy aka Jake. Susanne's detailed descriptions make you feel a part of the story. I look forward to reading more of Susanne Matthew's books!

  • Joan
    2019-05-28 11:43

    Currently reading. I got a free copy on my Kindle, and so far I really like the two protagonists. Jake is former military and an amputee dealing with PTSD. He is now a consultant on cold cases ... though he takes on a case that is far from cold. Alexis is an arson investigator/profiler, who ran away to escape her physically abusive childhood. She is dealing with her own form of PTSD. I like that they are both functioning in stressful careers, and that they aren't afraid to talk about their issues. We'll see how the plot develops. A few final thoughts: I liked the characters, particularly Jake. However, the arsonists confession fell into the category of "Let me tell you in exhausting detail how I committed all these crimes." This is a common flaw in many mystery novels, and it stops the story dead in its tracks. Some exposition is desirable, but sometimes it is just too much.

  • Cary Frates
    2019-06-06 13:40

    This is a page-turner. It is by turns sweet, gritty, alarming, and always tension-filled. It is also satisfying and compelling throughout. I love TV profiling and forensic crime dramas, and Ms. Matthews hits on all cylinders there, while adding the bonus of a great romance. As mentioned, there is a very realistic grit and darkness to this story, so if you don’t like that kind of thing, find something else to read. However, if you can handle it, and love a great, well-written tale, this should be just your cup of tea. Very well done.This reviewer received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review, which is given as a professional courtesy and without monetary compensation.

  • Black Butterfly
    2019-05-22 15:37


  • Amy Barber
    2019-05-18 10:43

    The evil, malicious killer in this book calls himself Fire Angel in the notes that he leaves for our heroine, Alexis Michaels. Alexis used to live in the small town of Paradise before she ran away as a teenager due to an abusive situation. She returns to this town after 18 years, thinking she won’t be recognized. She was in for quite a surprise when not only the residents remember her, but the killer puts her right in his crosshairs. Jake is the boy she left behind all those years ago, but he is all man now. Jake is a profiler and hires Alexis for her fire expertise to catch this killer before the body count rises any higher. It seems that no time has passed for Alexis and Jake, the same chemistry that was there when they were teenagers, is still there today. To solve this mystery, it will take the two of them working together and fighting the attraction they have so that they can focus on getting the job done, before it does the both of them in.This story was more of a crime solving story than anything, it went into just enough detail so that I really understood the true genius behind the crimes, but it wasn’t full of crazy jargon that most of us wouldn’t understand. The love story between Alexis and Jake was secondary. I really liked the characters, even the supporting characters. Alexis and Jake both have pasts that are working against them, as the killer is working to try and destroy Alexis, so the odds are stacked against them. I can’t say that I identified with any of the characters, but I definitely lusted after Jake! I also wanted to see them both overcome their pasts and end up together. The story moved at a nice even pace, I was curious to know what would happen next, but not so involved that I lost track of time and didn’t get anything done. You will enjoy this if you like a good mystery that is laced with a sweet romance. It is suspenseful and romantic – heavy on the suspense, lots of twists and turns. This was a nice change of pace for me since I read a lot of contemporary romance, but I really did enjoy it. Ms. Matthews has a wicked mind to come up with the evil character in this story, I will be interested to see what she comes up with next. I give this story 3.5 stars!Review was originally written for My Daily Romance blog.

  • Tanya Vought
    2019-05-27 17:34

    This was a wonderful debut novel by Susanne! It was full of action, suspense, love/friendships and more! It is told in dual POV's and loved that. Jake is wounded and carries scars on the inside/outside. He agrees to take a position to try to help solve as case of fires. However, he can not figure it out by himself and asks for help. His boss calls the fire expert Alexis Michaels to come and help solve the case. When Jake sees Alexis he knows it is her, the her/she who left town 16 years ago!She captured his heart all those years ago and is happy to see her again! They are both partners now on this case and he doesn't want to allow her to get away this time. Can he allow them just be friends or will she leave once the case is solved?Alexis left 16 years ago for good reasons. She loves her job but is lonely and longs for a family. She gets into this town and then sees "him" this man who her body is telling her she should remember. Seeing him makes her think " WHO SAYS CANDY ISN'T GOOD FOR YOU?" However, when it comes out that he is her partner on the fire case and was JJ all those years ago.. she is giddy. She enjoys his partnership and the security that he brings her. Can she realize that they are good together, that he has always wanted her or will her insecurities hurt her/them possibly as something more? Jake and Alexis both have a past. It is wonderful to see their friendship blossom, trust shared and their ability to comfort one another. I loved the action, suspense, love, friendships, growth and so much more with this Contemporary book! Wonderful Job, Susanne! I will definitely read more books by this author in the future! * Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Stephen Colwell
    2019-05-21 16:52

    Fire Angel is a fast-paced romance that can also be read as a crime novel. Jake and Alexis grew up in Paradise, Ontario, but their budding young-adult romance short-circuits when Alexis’s alcoholic uncle forces her to get out of town quickly. Her unexpected departure leaves Jake devastated. Their careers as criminal investigators develop in parallel over the years in separate locations and both Jake and Alexis harbor nagging thoughts about what might have happened between them if Alexis had stayed. When a serial arsonist brings havoc, fear, and chaos into Paradise, Jake requests professional assistance and Alexis, an arson specialist, returns home as Jake’s partner to investigate the gruesome arson/murders. I found myself speculating on who the arsonist could be – there are multiple choices here! – and wondering if and how Alexis and Jake could solve the case while entangled with each other in the throes of a re-born love affair. Fire Angel is Susanne Matthews first novel. The story is exciting, kept me guessing, and swept me up in the romance of the hero and heroine. I look forward to Susanne’s future stories!

  • Fiona Marsden
    2019-06-08 15:51

    This is a nice read from a new author. A romance with suspense, it is well paced and kept me engaged even though I don't read a lot of suspense these days.The romance between the veteran amputee criminal profiler and the former victim of abuse fire investigator was well done. The issues were realistic enough and I was keen to see them get a happy ending.The suspense element was well thought out and provided a good background for the romance. I'm not sure if I was supposed to guess the villain up front but I did. It didn't bother me too much as I enjoyed watching for the clues to prove I was right.Altogether a good effort and I look forward to seeing how this author develops.This is probably a 3 1/2 read. Due to the variance in the system with Amazon it's difficult to be consistent.

  • Anne Bikov
    2019-05-30 11:48

    I was lucky enough to get an early reading of Fire Angel by Susanne Matthews. Jake is a profiler and Alexis is the arsonist investigator they bring in. It turns out they both find themselves having feelings neither had expected. I found myself rooting for them to overcome their insecurities and fears about love and realize the strong connection and future they must have! I like to try to figure out who the bad guy is before I get to the end but Ms. Matthews did well to keep me guessing until the end. Fire Angel is a must read page turner!

  • Clarissa
    2019-06-09 11:57

    This book in my opinion was terrible. I knew from about page 20 who the killer was. Some of the dialogue was so poorly written if one character hadn't apologized for being angry I wouldn't have known that they were. The hero of the story was supposed to be a highly respected criminal profiler but he couldn't figure out anything without the heroine's imput. It was boring and dragged on and it was cliched. It just plain wasn't any good. I forgot to even mention the far fetched ill-explained psychic powers that the heroine has. Yeah... Not good.

  • ⚜️Trea
    2019-05-19 12:58

    I much prefer this author when she's writing suspense! The story flowed much smoother, though I had the killer figured out long before the story ended. It is a clean romance, and set in Canada, a setting that is unusual to me. I didn't like how readily Alexis settled back into the area, especially if she wanted to remain "dead" as she stated she had worked so hard to achieve. Jake was an overprotective hero, in my eyes, but it was rational, given his background. The characters were easy to connect to, given their flaws, and the book was an interesting read! A definite one to recommend!

  • Tanya Wright
    2019-05-24 14:48

    New author, Susanne Matthews, has a real page turner here. I do not read a lot of suspense, but this book has changed my mind and wet my appetite for more. I appreciated the creativity and well-thought out details in Fire Angel. Instead of your typical murder mystery, the weapon of choice is fire, only adding to the unpredictability. But even amidst an intense investigation, romance reigns supreme! A great read!

  • Trista
    2019-05-17 09:57

    Fire Angel is romantic suspense that has a straight forward, no nonsense style of writing. From start to finish I was drawn into the book and didn't want to put it down. I made speculations throughout and it kept me guessing. The tension of the build up made for some late nights just to read it! Well done, Susanne!

  • Misty
    2019-05-20 15:38

    Review to follow

  • Melinda Ross
    2019-05-25 16:33

    Suspense and romance never cease to make a formidable combination. Add in a criminal mind, an assiduous investigation and lots of action and you’ve got an excellent story. S. Matthews has created all this in “Fire Angel” with her modern, sharp, straight-to-the point style of writing.The dynamics of the story shifts between two main segments. One is constituted by the investigation to find the arsonist who terrorizes Paradise, where it becomes obvious that the author has done her homework and some serious research about the criminal mind, motivations and about procedural and technical details regarding arson.The second and main segment of the tale is the love story between Jake and Alexis, which is gradually developing as the history of the characters becomes clear. A load of unfinished business simmers between them and the fact that they’re not flawless – each having emotional or physical traumas – makes them more human and believable. Their common cause helps bring them closer and deepens their feelings for each other.Things, descriptions, characters features and history are suggested bit by bit rather than revealed all at once. That, along with suspense and a curious tension keeps us glued to the book and has us speculating on several levels.Whether or not your speculations will prove to be correct, “Fire Angel” is more than a good read, it’s also a lesson to be learned…

  • Giselle Marks
    2019-05-19 12:01

    Blazing Brilliance“Fire Angel” tears us from our complacency to view a quiet town scorched by a homicidal maniac. With superb mastery of her craft, Susanne Matthews drags us screaming into the horror of a forensic mystery. “Fire Angel” unravels the journey of her gorgeous but damaged hero, criminal profiler Jake and his arson expert partner Alexis. As they search to uncover the identity of the murderer and fire-starter, they begin to reveal the issues that their mutual past has dogged their lives. Susanne’s “Fire Angel” weaves the various threads of suspicion and romance together so exquisitely with her descriptions that you can follow close behind, trying to warn her characters to beware. Alexis is so easy to relate to, a strong woman who has rebuilt her life from a broken childhood and her growing feelings for the emotionally and physically broken Jake, flowers naturally. As they seek the twisted mind behind the growing body count, dismissing suspects as their alibis hold up against examination, they are drawn closer together. A fast and exciting read which never lets the reader come up for air. I could find no faults whatsoever in Fire Angel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Fire Angel” and would unreservedly recommend it to other readers.

  • Ellen Parker
    2019-05-20 10:52

    Reunited by Flames.Sixteen years ago, Alexis Michaels escaped her abusive uncle and left the town of Paradise, Ontario behind. She never planned to return, but the local authorities have requested an expert fire investigator, and she’s the best in her field. Jake McKenzie, returning to his role of criminal profiler after losing a leg in Afghanistan, welcomes an independent arson investigator. He’s surprised and pleased to discover it’s Alexis, the girl he admired in high school. Alexis is greeted with a taunting note, assignment of Jake as her partner, and a fourth fire. It’s the most deadly yet, destroying a women and children’s shelter. It’s critical they catch the arsonist before he can strike again.I enjoyed the layer by layer process in which Alexis and Jake share events of their pasts, establish a tentative trust, and collect evidence against the killer. The setting of a semi-isolated small city and resort enhanced this sweet romantic suspense. I’d encourage works by this author for weekend reading.

  • Jean Barrett
    2019-06-13 10:35

    Fire Angel had me from the word go. I liked the main characters, and their back stories were fed piece by piece so I slowly got to know more about them. I did guess the culprit pretty much from the start, but better that than having it be someone plucked from out of the blue. I liked the characters. They both had painful problems to overcome from their pasts, and were believable. Even when the discussion turned to fire starting and accelerants, it was fed in a way I understood and enhanced the story, rather than lost me. I look forward to the next book from Susanne Mathews.

  • Shawna
    2019-06-04 11:59

    I'm in the process of reading this. I got it off Amazon for $.99. I'm glad I didn't pay any more for it. I'm trying to finish but not sure if I will.I'm not a fire person so the writing on the fires/arson's seems good to me. However the buildup for the romance is really not good! I don't care who you are, you don't meet a childhood friend one day and want to be immediately jumping in his bed the next minute. I just roll my eyes every time I see this because please, any writer can write better than that!Would not waste my time to read again!

  • Rosemary
    2019-06-01 09:33

    really enjoyed this book!

  • Barbara
    2019-06-13 10:40

    Meh. Too predictable. I almost gave up.

  • Page
    2019-05-17 17:35

    It was kind of nice but extremely simple. You could figure out who the killer was after the first chapter. Didn't have enough depth.