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DESPERATELY SEEKING FIREMAN
A Bachelor Firemen Novella
by Jennifer Bernard
Avon Impulse/Harper Collins
E-galley provided by publisher through Edelweiss for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own unless otherwise noted.
From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard comes a fun and sexy romance about a sizzling-hot fireman and the one woman who can change his life forever.
Fire Captain Jeb Stone and incredibly successful press secretary Nita Moreno have both been burned by love before. That’s why neither of them is looking for more than a few steamy nights of passion.
When circumstances find them stranded on an island together, babysitting a cross-dressing senator and the very pregnant wife of San Gabriel’s most famous captain, they allow the sparks they feel to take center stage. But as their feelings grow, can they each allow the other past the barriers both have built to protect their hearts? HarperCollins.com
Hotness, Humor and Hubris on the [Almost] High Seas
People coming to grip with enormous life changes through the power generated by Love is the theme of this story. One woman about to have a baby, another having lost one, one man losing his wife in divorce, and another losing his humanity with his wealth of hubris. And, there’s an elderly lady kind of just losing it.
When I think of this story one thing keeps popping to the front of the line of moments and that is the “Cross-Dressing State Senator” doing something so remarkably heinous that the scandal he’s been trying to contain will seem like a news story on violating Robert’s Rules of Order in comparison. Such foolishness is hard to believe considering that the person’s selfish motives endanger lives.
But, when you’re dealing with a contemporary love story series like Jennifer’s Bachelor Firemen, you are entering another dimension filled with young, hot, often single, and always noble, firemen in a smallish California town. In other words it is a fantasy. it ditches the reality of real romance at the door. And, thank goodness! Why would anyone read a contemporary romance that mimicked reality? We read romance, often, for the fantasy of it. I guess that’s my way of saying it can be a little unreal, but I am willing to suspend my cynical nature to enjoy the story.
With a lot of hot hunks lusting after curvier women; or smart women, or job-dedicated women (in other words normal women) you know it’s a fantasy. Did I mention these guys are in fantastic shape, clean, seem to like doing chores and know how to fix a pipe?
I also wanted to mention that I don’t think I have ever read a situation like this ever before. There’s nothing same-old, same-old about Jennifer’s plot! There are a lot of pieces, but some are plot specific and move us along, and others like Jeb giving up his vacation time to babysit another Fire Captain’s pregnant wife tell us about the characters.
The hook up between the two main characters is a shoe-in from the first page, and it’s scalding hot. We get edge of your seat dangerous situations too. Even though there are plenty of humorous moments and we know a happy ending is in sight, the truth is that the danger, frustration, heartbreak and uncertainty are creating serious problems, and dangerous situations for the mostly lovable characters.
I’m not saying the story isn’t sweet just because it’s spicy. Jennifer has the real talent of writing really great sex scenes where the participants respect each other and still get down and dirty. It’s nice to read steamy, erotic romance where the icky slang isn’t used, and where there are no safewords needed. Not that I don’t enjoy reading those things, but those safe words are getting a real workout these days.
This novella left me feeling warm all over *waggles eyebrows.* So, I highly recommend DESPERATELY SEEKING FIREMEN. While certainly comprehensible and fun as a stand alone, it’s best read as part of the series. And, it adds to the series’ next book, coming up in February, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FIREMAN.