Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Book Review (+ Author Giveaway): BURNING FOR AUTUMN by Freya Barker

Title: Burning For Autumn (On Call Series #1) 
Author: Freya Barker 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: January 8, 2019 
Cover Designer: Freya Barker 

When Autumn McCoy accepted a temporary work contract in Durango, she thought it would be a safe way to add some spark to her existence. She may be getting more than she bargained for when she finds herself the target of impending danger.The outspoken forty-two-year-old isn’t prepared for that spark to ignite flames threatening to engulf every aspect of her life.

Buried under the weight of responsibilities, all interim Chief of Police, Keith Blackfoot, wants is to get back to good old-fashioned detecting. He gets his chance when an encounter with a feisty redhead seems to incite a wave of arson cases. Although a visit from friend and firefighter, Roman “Chief” Proudfit, provides some direction, he’s left to battle an invisible menace fueling fires that could leave his town—and his heart—in ashes.

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BURNING FOR AUTUMN is my favourite Freya Barker book to date! Two great protagonists plus a suspenseful plot kept me entertained from start to finish.

Autumn McCoy is a character from Susan Stoker’s Badge of Honor series. I haven’t read any of Stoker’s books so I can’t comment on what Autumn was like in her books but in this one, she is quite the firecracker. I enjoyed her story very much.

I loved Keith. He is confident and comfortable in himself, and once he quickly lay claim to Autumn he had no issues in showing his affection.

Both Autumn and Keith are independent and committed to their careers. They come with some baggage, as all people in their forties do, and even if a relationship is not something either of them were actively looking for, they were open to the opportunity. Autumn and Keith’s bickering about relationship boundaries was amusing. There is a very short scene where they discuss the expectations and pitfalls of sharing space with another person – something neither of them has really done – that had me sniggering and nodding my head in agreement. It’s a small thing but in a few lines of dialogue it shows their level of comfort with each other. 

On the suspense front, there’s a serial arsonist at work in Durango and the police have few leads to work with. I found the suspense element well plotted and suitably paced. I was happy to be led by the story and did not try to figure out who the arsonist was ahead of time.

I highly recommend BURNING FOR AUTUMN.



Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya's complete backlist, or to find out what is coming down the pipe, visit freyabarker.com.


  1. Awesome review Em Jay! Thank you so much!

    1. You're welcome, but you did all the hard work! :-)