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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday Review: The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard

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Format: .mobi (Borrowed from the local library)
Publisher: Avon/Harper Collins
Release Date: April 24, 2015

Fearless, smoking hot, and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it's their bad luck in love that makes them legendary.

News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn't be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they're both convinced they're perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa's matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a Bachelor auction . . .

Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises. (You get the picture.)

Add a curse, a conniving nightly news anchor, a stunningly handsome daredevil fireman, a brave little boy, a couple of exes, and one giant fire to the mix, and Melissa and Brody's love may not be the only thing that burns.

What a delight it was to find an e-book in my library’s catalog that I had on my TBR list! With the digital catalog sadly lacking, I’ve been suffering from TBR frustration.

Who doesn’t love a dashing fireman? I know I’ve recently acquired a taste for them in my romance novels and it’s because of authors like Jennifer Bernard. She took a captain who by all descriptions was delicious and instead of making him a cocky womanizer, made him into a wounded, soulful alpha male.

Yep, I had zero chances of resisting Fire Captain Harry Brody. His take charge attitude at work made him an ideal Captain but it was the fact that he knew to tone it down in his personal life that had me sitting up and saying “Helloooo Captain!” You know I don’t like an overbearing man and it would have been so easy for Brody to have been that guy. The one who treats women like they don’t know how to do anything for themselves and need a big strong man to tell them what to do or protect them from everything. Brody didn’t do that. He never acted like he knew how to run Melissa’s life better than she did and that was just so attractive. With him I felt that the author created a hero who was more than just a pretty face and muscles. Brody was a man who appreciated a woman with her own mind, even when she was stubborn and wrong.

In the entire story, no one grew more than Melissa though. From the beginning she seemed to have a hard time standing up for herself at work. She was damn good at her job but I didn’t understand why she couldn’t fight harder for respect from her co-workers. While she lacked a backbone at work, she sure dished out her share of opinionated rants to Brody, some of them with steamy consequences. That balance of unsure career woman and rough and tough everyday woman made Melissa likable in my opinion. I didn’t always agree with her actions but I could see where they were coming from. She was defensive and vulnerable yet she also had this witty humor and a sarcastic streak that had me grinning from time to time because man did she give Brody a run for his money!

Melissa’s grandmother Nelly was something else too. As far as meddling family members go, Nelly has been the only one that I’ve ever found “cute.” She had a blunt way of meddling that didn’t involve harsh criticisms or a blatant disregard for Melissa as a person. Nelly was obviously where Melissa got her sass and personality. I adored her and her way of setting things into motion.

The Fireman Who Loved Me started and kept a brisk pace that allowed for not only Melissa and Brody to connect but to introduce Brody’s co-workers. I felt that enough time was spent “selling” these characters to the audience and it paid off big time. The firefighters of this series are not only sexy charmers but fun guys who like to pick on each other but can go from ordinary guys to heroes in seconds if necessary. I loved the way they picked on each other and Melissa without being obnoxious about it.

Jennifer Bernard pack a lot of punch and wow into The Fireman Who Loved Me and it was an overall win with me. The only part I felt “meh” about was how long it took to resolve the conflict and misunderstandings that were keeping Brody and Melissa apart. I mean really guys? You’re two adults who have been doing the mattress tango yet having an honest conversation about what you may or may not have seen is suddenly frightening? Sheesh, give me a break. I thought for a minute that Brody and Melissa had regressed into teenagers for awhile. I felt that it dragged on a little too much for my tastes but other than that, I was one happy reader.

Final Verdict: Bring me more firemen!! A trip to the library is definitely in order since they only have the rest in paperback.

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