REVIEW: Lexxie Couper’s ‘Combustible’



Lexxie Couper

Desmond Russell. Arson investigator. The best Australia has. Cool, calm, collected and utterly poised. Nothing intimidates him. He knows fire like he knows his own body and soul. Sent to the small Outback town of Wallaby Ridge to investigate the complete destruction by fire of the Australian Deputy Prime Minister’s cattle station homestead, he clashes with Jess Montgomery, captain of the local fire brigade, a feisty woman no taller than his chin, with wild red hair and a mouth like a drunken sailor.

Jess has a major dislike of arson investigators, especially ones from the big smoke. Two years ago her brother died in a fire she knew wasn’t an accident, but the investigator who arrived from the city—a smug bastard who looked down on the people of Wallaby Ridge even as he reeked of scotch—said it was. She doesn’t trust Desmond Russell to investigate his own arse, let alone a fire that destroyed the Deputy PM’s Outback homestead. And when she learns Desmond is the son of the drunken investigator who dismissed her claims of arson in her brother’s case…well, she’s not going to let him waltz in and take over.

Arson investigator, Desmond Russell is the best in Australia. Cool, calm and collected, nothing ruffles him. Until he meets Outback fire brigade captain, Jess Montgomery, a woman who ignites all his sexual desires. The initial spark will engulf them both…but will their hearts survive the inferno?




What AusRom Today thought:

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Lexxie Couper is a mainstay of erotic romance in Australia. And, if there’s one thing Couper does well, it’s well-constructed drama, palpable sexual tension, and sizzling sex. Combustible offers all of these and more. While Couper always offers up strong and capable lead female characters, there was something about Jess Montgomery that surpassed Couper’s high standard of characterisation. Jess is such a vivid, likeable character that as the story starts to end you can’t help but feel a little bereft that your time with her is up. If you liked Couper’s Blowing it Off, you’ll love Combustible. And, if you’ve not yet read either (why not?!) then download both.



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