Her step-father, Ross, is selling Annie's childhood home, torched by an unknown arsonist. She returns to the burned house at Ross' invitation to take anything she wants as memorial for her mother and brother who died in the fire on the night of her high school graduation.

When they meet again, Noah Taylor remembers Annie Laverty as the pesky younger sister of his best friend, but a girl he'd secretly been attracted to. Annie remembers Noah as the local bad boy who inspired her first, and most serious, crush.

On her first night in the house, Annie's rescued from a smoking new blaze by Noah, who operates a home for troubled boys nearby. Ross, head fire marshall, is told this fire is arson-gasoline thrown onto the house from outside, then torched.

Annie's falling in love without realizing the danger. Unlike Noah, she doesn't know that the only unsolved arsons in the county are the ones that have happened on his property and in her childhood home.

SUMMEROFFIRE is a compelling romance about an abused boy growing into a man unable to love and a loving woman in danger. Jill Sheldon writes taut suspense with just the right insight into the mind of an arsonist whose psychotic love of fire resulted in death. (Nov., 390 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger