Review of Simmering (Simmering #1) by S.E. Rise


Simmering to a Low Boil


Genre: Erotica, Suspense, Thriller

Book Length (Est.): 366 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The idea came to her as she sipped at her Mochaccino, though at the time she didn’t recognize it. With an old issue of Cosmo casually perched before her, Romance novelist Allison Fairchild focused on the title of the article at the top of the page. What type of working man makes the best lover? She is surprised at the results…and her eyes switch to the fun loving, sexy men across the street. What is the mystique behind the gorgeous muscle bound Firemen? Is it true what the urban myth and legends say? What kind of stories would the Firemen be willing to tell her?

This is California and everyone’s story is for sale. Her Publicist sets it up and she has a little office inside their Fire station. What she gets is far more than just a handful of sex stories for a novel? Ali is on an unexpected adventure that will have her rewriting everything she knows about men, their exotic tastes and what it is they truly desire.

His men call him the Captain; it is his shift and his Fire Station. She knew the first time she saw him that she had to have him. It doesn’t hurt that he looks like a Norse God and may actually throw a mighty hammer. She discovers the hard way that the Captain has a secret and dangerous lifestyle…One that sends her spiraling down into his wild and reckless embrace.

Through raging fires, and stalking mad men, the flames begin to grow and her temperature is starting to rise. She must follow their agreed upon rules or risk losing everything. How long can she continue to simmer before she gives into her own carnal desire, says “To hell with the rules” and let’s it all boil over?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Polished Pages Editing in exchange for an honest review*

Allison is a writer who wants to do a book about the sexcapades of firemen. Can’t say I blame her, the stories these men tell are HOT!

“That was the most magnificent thing I have ever heard. So please, do not say another word…”

You’ll get to know the fireman and their Captain as Allison’s story unwinds. With a crazy stalker ex, sexy fireman all around, and an underlying sexual tension Simmering has one hell of a storyline.

“Ali, your mouth is open. I am going to get undressed now. Don’t tempt me,” he said in fair warning and she slammed her mouth shut. “Just thought I would warn you…”


I’m not a big fan when it comes to a lot of internal dialogue, but this one takes the cake. Not only is there tons of internal dialogue, but Allison also hears her mother and grandmother in her head. It gets to the point that I can’t tell if she’s thinking out several things to herself or if she’s having a conversations with her mother and/or grandmother.

There is also the issue of these “Dear Reader” interjections throughout the story.This is only the second book I’ve ever read that has these, the other was right before this one and I have to say that I am not a fan at all. They pulled me out of the fantasy that was the story and pushed me back into reality. Not exactly something you want when you’re reading and immersed inside the story.

This is completely my own pet peeve, but I feel as if I need to share it. There are so many chapters, and no I’m not complaining about the quantity of chapters, I complaining that some chapters are only a few paragraphs long. If you’re one of those people to think they’ll read one more chapter before bed, odds are you’ll be disappointed.

My Favorite Moment: Allison grows to love the firemen like family so when she sees one being taken advantage of she doesn’t hesitate to jump in. I loved how she intervened and everything that happened afterward because of it. Go Ali!

Jenn 3 Heart

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.



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