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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review: Seducing the Fireman by Jennifer Bonds

Not a bad read really. A few character issues though but still worth checking out if you love hunky firemen!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: May 2, 2016

Firefighter Jackson Hart is back in Brooklyn and on the hunt for the girl who’s kept him burning for ten long years. The girl he left, in a total prick move, without saying goodbye. Now he’s determined to make it right, to hell with her three-date rule.

But Becca’s not ready to forgive and forget. In fact, she seems determined to stoke his fire every chance she gets. She wants to avoid sexy distractions like him? Fine. Because what she doesn’t know—yet—is that Jax isn’t the kind of man to give up when he wants something. And he always gets what he wants.

Basically Becca’s been nursing a grudge against Jackson Hart every since he left her without a single word ten years ago. Now he’s back in Brooklyn looking for her. Becca isn’t going to let bygones be bygones and she has a three-date rule. Jax, however, isn’t willing to let Becca go a second time.

For all his flaws and epic d-bag move of ditching Becca without a word, Jax was a likable character. I love characters like Jax who project an air of calm confidence on the outside but are battling such serious demons on the inside. Jax wasn’t an attention seeker; he didn’t become a firefighter to gain glory and attention, he wasn’t cocky and arrogant about his job as a firefighter. To him, it was something he did because he wanted to help people and that made him a true hero. He was honest about his mistakes when it came to Becca and he was willing to put up with her vindictive tactics for awhile if that meant he could have another chance with her. I liked that he was humbled by his own mistakes but only to a point. He was still an alpha male with alpha tendencies. To me Jax represented the real life men and women who put their lives on the line for every day citizens and that made Seducing the Fireman a bit more emotional to me, at least when it came to Jax. I did have one big problem with Jax though and that was his goal of winning Becca. Now without saying too much my problem was that Jax set out to relentlessly pursue Becca and convince her that he was different yet he already had his mind set on how the relationship would essentially end up. Towards the end of the book this caused him to behave in a way that I just couldn’t get behind at all.

I wasn’t overly crazy about Becca to be honest. The way she felt about Jax and treated him ten years after he hurt her was a little over the top for something that yeah, hurt but wasn’t life altering in the extreme. Her petty, vindictive antics wore on me after awhile and I just wanted to yell at her “Enough! Get over it woman, can’t you see he regrets what he did?” I just found the length of Becca’s to be overdone and juvenile. I’m all for a little payback but Becca dragged it on and on even after she reached the point of being “even” with Jax by doing the same thing to him that he did to her. I couldn’t help but think that she was just coldhearted because she could see how she hurt him with each of her actions yet she continued to mistreat Jax. This put her way past even with him and into “jerk” territory. I had a hard time seeing why Jax wanted her in the first place.

The physical chemistry between Jax and Becca was undeniable and very hot. Their long standing acquaintance added to their chemistry but it also held them back when it came to an emotional connection. I had no complaints on the hot and sexy part of their relationship but I felt cheated out of an emotional connection and growth. To me it seemed like one second they’re just getting physical and the next they’re having all kinds of feelings and there was no real in between or growth.

Another thing about Seducing the Fireman was a lack of a supporting cast. Sure, other characters popped up here and there but there weren’t any solid secondary characters to provide humor, guidance, or a good reality check to Jax and Becca. These two were pretty much the sole focus of the book and while they should be the most important characters, I felt that it got a little monotonous with their relationship being the only focus. A few well placed secondary characters would have provided a nice break in the rhythm and given both characters a more depth.

I think overall the pace of Seducing the Fireman was brisk, though with Jax and Becca being the only characters it seemed a lot slower in some spots. I did like how Jennifer Bonds brought to light the very real demons that firefighters, police officers, and military servicemen and women deal with every day. The story wasn’t soaked in the issue but it was present in almost every page.

Final Verdict: Seducing the Fireman was one of those quick, sexy reads that you can squeeze in when you have some spare time. I wasn’t too impressed with Becca but she was tolerable. The story was interesting if a bit single minded with its only focus being on Jax and Becca rather than incorporating friends, family, and more background on both to make them more interesting.

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