Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Coral Sinclair has dreamed of returning to her homeland of Africa since she left as a little girl, but certainly not under her present circumstances. At 25, Coral is returning to Africa to claim her inheritance - a plantation and her childhood home, Mpingo - after the death of her father. On her journey from Europe, Coral meets a mysterious and handsome stranger and the connection between the two is instantaneous and strong. After their brief, but powerful, meeting, Coral is left to wonder who her mystery man is.

Days later, she learns that his name is Rafe de Monfort, owner of the neighboring plantation and local nightclub. Rafe has a reputation for being a womanizer and the rumors surrounding him leave Coral unsure of what to believe. As a tentative romance between the two blossoms, Coral's faith is tested by unanswered questions, jealous females, her ex-fiance, relentless rumors, and Rafe's own actions. However when Rafe's life is threatened, Carol rushes to his side. As he recovers, Carol and Rafe must face Rafe's dark past, the truth behind the rumors, and the differences keeping them apart, if they ever hope of having a life together.

I was given a copy of Burning Embers in exchange for an honest review. Burning Embers is set in 1970 Kenya and Hannah Fielding does a remarkable job transporting the reader to this time and place. Her descriptions brought vivid images to the mind and are tantalizing to the senses. I wasn't sure how I would respond to this novel, having no real connection to the 1970s or Africa, but I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Rafe was tall, dark, mysterious, and everything a girl could ask for in a romantic lead. Coral was relatable, even if her naivete got on my nerves at time. There was plenty of intrigue in the story and a "will they, won't they" feeling that added suspense to the story that kept me turning the page. I would have liked a few more steamy scenes, but there is no denying the chemistry between Rafe and Coral. Overall I rather enjoyed the novel and it would definitely make for a great beach or vacation read.  

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