Fever, by Jamie K. Schmidt, is the third book in the Club Inferno series. The series is about the romantic, and very sexual, adventures of the people in the dungeons of Club Inferno. Fever is about Colleen Bryant, owner and head Domme, and her complicated relationship with not-so-bad boy and former football star Chase Fairwood.
Colleen and Chase had a relationship years ago, one that was wild, passionate, and filled with emotion – right up to and including the fiery end. But they were young and impulsive and what happened way back when may not be exactly what it seemed to be.
So when Chase walks back into her life, thanks to her brother-in-law Max’s new clothing line, Colleen is forced to face a past that she never got closure for. Chase wants to have another chance, but she thinks that’s a bad idea. He can’t handle her lifestyle, a fact that he’s proven already.
Chase, on the other hand, is not as certain as she is that it’s a bad idea, or that he can’t handle her lifestyle. Yes, he’s still confused about why she enjoys it, and he’s still not entirely sure he believes she can separate being a Domme from sex, but he’s willing to explore – up to a point.
In Fever, Schmidt does a great job of blending the present-day story with the details of Colleen and Chase’s past together so that we understand their history and their feelings toward each other. We begin to understand more about other relationships as well, such as Colleen and Alfie’s. We learn how Colleen got from her old life to her current one, and the story is sweet and touching, yet still has that erotic touch that you would expect from an erotica novel.
Colleen and Chase’s present is filled with sex, emotion and confusion. But I have to say that the sex didn’t seem quite as hot as the sex in Longing, the second book in the Club Inferno series. I’m not sure what the difference was, perhaps it was just me and I wasn’t in quite the right frame of mind to read it, but it just felt a bit flat and lackluster. The emotion and confusion were right on target, though, exactly what I would expect from two people who have a complicated past that’s never been resolved and are now trying to get beyond that and forge something new.
One thing I noticed that really kind of bothered me was that Colleen and Chase were both quick to jump to conclusions and think the worst. I understand that their past ended badly and they had unresolved feelings and misconceptions about each other based on what happened years ago, but their almost constant willingness to think the worst of each other was a bit irritating. It felt like, after so long, they should have grown up and learned to give each other the benefit of the doubt and allow a chance for explanations. Instead, they seemed to have stagnated and remained just as impulsive and willing to judge first and ask questions later. They grew by the end of the book, but I was disappointed that they hadn’t grown at least a little before that.
While Fever is part of a series, I think it can easily be read as a standalone. There are minor details that come from previous books, but they are explained in a way that makes reading those books unnecessary. I would still recommend reading the entire series, just because they are so good, but if you don’t have time or this one just sounds better to you right now, you can start here.
Fever will be available March 17, 2015, and you can pick it up here:
You can also read my review of Longing, from the Club Inferno series.