Book Review: Chasing Flames

A love that can’t happen because it could kill.

~ Chasing Flames, January James


What happens when you fall for your best friend?

Jay and Eliza finally have the chance to be together, but before they take it, everything changes.

Both of them throw themselves into work, as Jay sets about launching a business and Eliza focuses on the opening of a new luxury store. But then Eliza meets Sam. The opposite of her usual type, there’s something dark and dangerous about him. What is his role in the store? And why is she so attracted to him?

As worlds collide and secrets are spilled, Jay and Eliza are forced to work together to save more than their reputations.


This book really surprised me.

Told by both Jay and Eliza it seemed a simple ‘friends to lovers’ story. But that is not the case at all. There are multiple stories woven together across the intoxicating worlds of fashion, PR and technology. I was gripped.

This is not just a loose plot with a lot of sex, but a proper story with drama, suspense and sex. There are plenty of twists and turns and although a few are predictable it does still manage to surprise and delight. The writing flows easily and I read it in one sitting.

Parts of it are slightly unrealistic, but I don’t think many people want to read about disappointing or average sex! This book would have been compelling even without the sex, but having these as well made it even more enjoyable.

James writes convincingly about business, drawing from her own experiences (although I admit that I was slightly jealous of the characters being so successful in their 20s) and all the sex scenes are hot and steamy.

I look forward to reading her other books and watching her writing develop with interest!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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