Series: The Rockford Fire Department #5
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Release Date: May 8, 2018
He's a fire chief who curses out the mayor at every turn. She's the mayor who needs him in a crisis.
He's a line firefighter attracted to the mayor's daughter. She's a woman who wants nothing to do with a man like him.
Chief Chase Talbot has butted heads with Mayor Vanessa Jordan since she was elected to office two years ago. And since he's the head of the fire department, she's his boss. Still, he takes no grief from her. But after a fire involving her parents, Vanessa turns to Chase for help. When the situation calms down, both are unable to get their relationship back to what it was. Throw in troubled teens, estrangement from family, a possible arson and you get a complex, gripping plotline and an emotional and scintillating love story.
Interweaved with Chase and Vanessa's lives is Joe Santori, the young, brash and immature firefighter of book one. Now Joe is a wiser, more settled lieutenant running his own crew. When Holly Michaels, a fourth grade teacher, and the mayor's daughter, moves into the condo next to his, she intrigues him. But Holly doesn't want to get involved: Joe is worldly, gorgeous and way out of her league. The problem is, he doesn't think so. These young people go on a rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows, but even after they give into their passion, the old Joe resurfaces and Holly's having none of it.
It comes as a shock to both couples that contrary to what each thought, they don't have all they need!
Cameo appearances of readers' favorite firefighters from Hidden Cove, as well as Shay's trademark tense and nail-biting rescue scenes, sizzling sexual encounters, and emotions exploding on every page, this book will pull you in and not let go until the characters find their way back to each other.
If you haven't read the first four books of The Rockford Fire Department, be sure to grab FEEL THE HEAT, RISKING IT ALL, CODE OF HONOR and NEVER FAR AWAY, all intense firefighter romance books.
*** NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest.
Ok. So yes, I’ve given this a 3.5 rating. Let me explain.
Basically, I felt like this was way more YA than anything else. It’s kinda, for lack of a better word, immature.
Again, let me explain, the relationships between these people seem childish. The synopsis states “fire chief that curses out the mayor” when there are very little curse words in the entire book. The language is, again, something more liking of a YA book.
The romance between Joe and Holly….I kept thinking she’s a grown adult teacher that should be able to get with the relationship program.
I did enjoy the relationship between the fire chief and the mayor. The constant dynamics there were exciting.
With the above being said, the books I normally read are way more adult. I read 98% BDSM, MC, Dark….those type of romance books. So, please take that into consideration. Also, the fire knowledge, the sweetness of the firemen and the plot are very good and interesting.
Definitely give this series a try if you don’t want the down and dirty books that are so out there today. It was nice reading a sweet book and I think everyone needs some sweet, hot firefighters in their life!
A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year, and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, and PEOPLE magazine. There are over seven million copies of her books in print, along with three million downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”