Brave, brawny, and ready for action, these firefighters know how to set their women ablaze…“Fight Fire with Fire” by Lorie O’Clare Mary Hamilton has had a crush on Nate Armstrong since they were kids. But she’s told herself to get over it-as a firefighter Nate is in mortal danger every day. But when their friend and Nate’s fellow firefighter dies young in a suspicious house fire, Mary decides life is too short to let cold fear beat out hot desire. “Heat Wave” by P.J. Mellor Summer Wadsworth is dangerously close to overheating. Her house has burned down, and Thorne Paxton, the firefighter who rescues her from the flames, is blazing hot. She’s ready to call him in for a little off-duty fun. But “duty” has a nasty way of following him home. And with a man like Thorne, the pleasure can’t hide how easy it is to get burned… “Smoldering Lust” by Lydia Parks Local girl Hannah Hayward has made a name for herself in the mayor’s office. But when her town’s new fire chief turns out to be bad boy Lee Evans, back after fourteen years and looking even sexier than she remembers, she’s got more to worry about than his budget requests. He’s too good to believe… and too hot to deny.
Feel the Heat is a collection of three novellas about very hot firefighters and the women in their lives. In all three stories, the main characters each have their own scars that they need to overcome before they can be happy.
In Fight Fire with Fire, after a tragic accident Mary is determined to live life to the fullest. She decides it’s time to go after the man she wants, no matter how dangerous his job may be.
Mary tagged behind Nate and John all through school they may have grown apart but she is there to comfort Nate when John is killed in a house fire. She never stopped loving him even though they went their own way after school. She is a confident woman who works as a dispatcher at the local police station and just bought her first home.
Nate and John have been best friends forever. He is devastated when John is killed and turns to Mary for comfort. He no longer sees her as the little girl that used to follow them around, he sees her as the woman she has grown into. He wants her like he’s never wanted another woman and doesn’t understand his reaction to her at first. He realizes that she’s the one and that is why he has never settled down.
The two of them have amazing chemistry and it’s obvious they belong together. All it takes is for them to take a chance on love and trust in each other.
Heat Wave was the second story in the anthology. It had moments where it had me laughing out loud. It reminded me of a Stephanie Plum novel, everything that could go wrong for Summer does.
Her duplex catches on fire while she is in the middle of a “spa” day. She meets her fantasy man with green goo on her face and her dog is continuously gnawing on his ankles. Summer is determined to stand on her own and not go back to her mother’s but she’s running out of options.
Thorne is intrigued with the girl with the green goo face and he wonders what she looks like underneath the goo. He offers to let her stay in one of his cabins but his work seems to be following him home, along with three elderly sisters. Thorne is drawn to Summer even though fate seems to be keeping them apart.
I loved these two and really enjoyed this story. They are amazing together and the sex scenes are hot. In the end, they are able to overcome all the obstacles in their way and let love conquer all.
In Smoldering Lust bad boy Lee Evans is back in town as the new fire chief. He can’t believe his eyes when he sees Hannah after all these years. She has been the girl of his dreams ever since junior high but they come from two different worlds.
Hannah is the city manager and responsible for the annual budgets which puts Lee right in her path. She has never forgotten the kiss they shared when she was seventeen and would love a repeat of it. It seems like every time she turned around growing up that Lee was there to rescue her and he’s still doing it today.
Hannah is a strong, independent woman that has worked hard to get where she is in life. She has managed to maintain her loving and compassionate side and only sees Lee as he is today, not for what his father did years ago. She is not afraid for people to know they are in a relationship, except where her job is concerned (she’s responsible for how the budget is divided).
I have a friend that is a firefighter so this book holds special meaning to me. I think all three stories were well written with characters that were interesting, even with their flaws. They were set in small towns where everyone seems to know everyone else, which helped add character to the stories.