by Jennifer Bernard
Harper Collins/Avon February 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and E-book  384 pagesISBN: 9780062273673; ISBN10: 0062273671

DISCLOSURE:  E-Galley provided by publisher via Edelweiss. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

It takes a certain kind of man to stand out among the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel.

Firefighter Derek “Vader” Brown is one of a kind—six feet of solid muscle with the heart of a born hero. It’s that protective streak that has him pursuing a promotion to Captain to pay for his mother’s home care. And it’s why he intends to figure out why his sometime girlfriend Cherie Harper runs hot as hellfire one minute and pushes him away the next.

Cherie’s got it bad. Vader sweeps her off her feet—literally—and their chemistry is combustible. There’s just the little problem of a nightmare from her past she was desperate to escape. And then her sister Trixie arrives, causing havoc for Cherie and the male population of San Gabriel. Cherie doesn’t want her past to complicate Vader’s life or his career. But there’s nothing like a firefighter to break through all your defenses, one smoldering kiss at a time . . . Harper Collins Book Page


My Take!

It’s funny, I was introduced to Jennifer Bernard’s Bachelor Firemen series about this time last year when Readaholics Anonymous and I did a Valentine’s Day Blog site.  One of our guests was Jennifer and though I hadn’t read her yet, it brought her work to my attention on one of the reader services I use.

The Bachelor Firemen series is sweet and sexy, funny and sometimes a little sad, not ten boxes of tissue sad but certainly a couple double ply sheets. More often it’s funny an romantic.

The Bachelor Firemen series is sweet and sexy, funny and sometimes a little sad, not ten boxes of tissue sad but certainly a couple double ply sheets. This particular story brings us Vader story with his on-again-off-again true love Cherie.  I’ve always seen Vader as a not terribly bright, body builder. And Cherie was a bit of a dimbo.  But, I think I was wrong.  They are more sweet and down to earth characters  than unintelligent.  I can’t say they are simple because they have incredibly complex secrets they are keeping form all of their friends.

The story is charming, sweet, and a farcical tale of secret identities and living situations.  I think it is meant as such, like a farcical stage play (Lend Me A Tenor  and Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors come to mind).   But we also get some drama and danger.  The secrets are strangely kept ones, like Derek not telling anyone he is the primary caregiver for his mother. I would that Vader could keep that secret among his fellow firefighters  hard to believe.  And Cherie’s is really hard to believe.  But, farce requires that the errors are just a little too ridiculous and it makes for madcap antics and if true love can find its way through it then Vader and Cherie will have weathered enough trauma to be sure they are meant for each other.

The sex is more romantic than graphic, and it doesn’t overwhelm the story.

I keep wondering who’s next in the station to get a book as the fire station is losing its bachelors and their curse as they each find love and the curse is debunked.

I enjoyed this one,  while at the same time I thought it got a little silly.  But, the characters are young and while they are leading these lives complicated by their secrets their motivations and desires are really simple and heartfelt. Silly is kind of necessary in our lives, and Jennifer makes it work because it suits the characters and the stories. Love the series and this book! If you love lighthearted, sexy reads this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It could stand alone, but works even better as a part of the series.

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