Series: Boston Heat #1
Published by Entangled: Select Contemporary
Publication Date: March 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience…
Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones’ office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn’t playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he’s blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that’s what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She’s a professional, damn it. She’ll date Mr. I’m Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.
It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take…
Ah! This book needs to come with a warning label: enough heat to singe! Firemen and military men are two of my favorite characters to read about and getting a twofer? Sign me up.
Is it overdoing it to use words like hot, sizzling and blistering to describe a book about a fireman and really passionate interludes? Maybe, but I got nothing else. HOT FOR THE FIREMAN is also very lighthearted and entertaining and the author deals with the issue of PTSD with the gravity it deserves.
Don’t you just love it when the one time you throw caution to the wind and do something out of the ordinary is when it comes back to bite you? Well, Olivia Jones knows all about that. The one time she steps out of her comfort zone to enjoy a night of sexual pleasure with a stranger, he turns out to be her new client who now wants more than that one night, even if he has to blackmail her for it.
Erik Grady is all about the job and his brotherhood, from his days as an Army Ranger to his current job as a Boston fireman. When his PTSD from his army days begins to affect his job, he has a choice between being permanently benched and therapy and he heads off to therapy. Except his new therapist is the woman with whom he shared a night of heated passion over the weekend. Smart man that Erik is, he knows a good way to make the best of his mandated downtime: more time with Olivia in exchange for seeing a different therapist.
But what starts as a fun way to pass the time becomes so much deeper than that. However, Erik and Olivia are no strangers to heartache and pain and their growing relationship is bound to crash and burn unless they make some tough choices.
I’m not going to lie, this book was much more than I expected, particularly the sexy parts. Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? I’d say yes, but it was tempered by the honest and open feelings between Erik and Olivia. Erik was relentless in his pursuit of Olivia and broke down her walls one brick at a time. Olivia also put her heart on the line to help Erik deal with his PTSD and even their conflict was based on a genuine need to take care of each other.
The story is nicely rounded out with very interesting and supportive friends and fun dialogue. I really enjoyed this book and I’m very excited about the rest of the series. Just imagine the goodness in store for us with all those fire hotties!