Originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Jan10/meltdown.DAA.html
Firefighter Evan Murdoch’s life hasn’t been the same since his girlfriend died in a tragic accident. On administrative leave from his job, Evan finds that a chance meeting with his neighbor, Lillian O’Hara, might be just the thing to make him feel alive once more. But Lil has issues of her own. She has a special gift, or rather curse, of knowing seconds before an earthquake will hit. Most people think she’s crazy when she mentions it and a lack of self-confidence results from that, holding her back in her life and in her work. Evan, however, seems to accept Lil just the way she is. Though sparks fly from their very first meeting, desire may not be enough to help their newfound relationship grow. For their relationship to survive, Evan and Lil will each have to deal with the demons of their troubled pasts.
Destiny takes charge and throws together two people that are meant for one another in the enchanting Meltdown. Denise A. Agnew shakes things up for her characters, and not just with earthquakes. Both Lil and Evan have issues stemming from their respective pasts which continue to have a hold over them. It takes compassion and understanding from each of them for old wounds to heal. I loved watching this happen, almost as much as I enjoyed the way the sexual tension between Evan and Lil heated up the page. Ms. Agnew has a wonderful talent for creating brave, likeable heroes and heroines whose happiness you have to cheer for and whose love stories keep you entertained for hours on end, and Evan and Lil are no exception. Overall, I’d say that Meltdown is a meltingly delicious story from beginning to end.