Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Firemen, Military, Romance
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Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience...
Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones' office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn't playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he's blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that's what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She's a professional, damn it. She'll date Mr. I'm Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.
It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take...
I love books with firemen, they are definitely one of my favorite men in uniform guys for sure. I also really like books where the two characters have a one night stand and then they show up in the future in each others lives, it always makes for some interesting situations.
I like the chemistry that Olivia and Erik had right from the beginning, and I think part of why that chemistry worked is because they both seemed to be in the same place emotionally. Erik is going through something at work, he’s basically been taken off active duty until he gets some PTSD issues under control, so I think that is leaving him feeling pretty out of control and a little bit in denial as well. Olivia on the other hand is also living a little bit in denial, well maybe no denial, but she’s pretty much refusing to move forward in her personal life. It’s like she pushed the pause button after her last relationship ended, and when she finally decided to try moving forward she was quick to quit. So when these two meet at the liquor store after each ditching their respective plans for the night, they have a great dynamic, and are honestly just what the other person needs.
Erik is likable for sure. I wasn’t expecting him to be prior service military, or for basically his entire team at the firehouse to be people who served in the army (some of them even served with him). Erik has a really great personality, he is a good guy in general, and he is really confident as well. I liked how persistent he was in getting Olivia to give him a chance, but he wasn’t like persistent in a creepy way or an overly pushy way, it was more like in a fun, friendly, I want to make her laugh and enjoy her life kind of way. He clearly does have some hang ups going on, he really has to deal with his past, and while I don’t always agree with him on how he handles situations, but I understood why he made the choices he made.
Olivia isn’t quite as likable as Erik, and I think that’s mainly because she has a hard time really allowing herself to live or find enjoyment in things. There are a lot of moments where I feel like she is intentionally holding herself back because she feels guilty about finding some level of happiness. That being said, once she starts to open up she is a pretty good character. She’s smart, she’s super understanding (especially with Erik’s issues), she’s a good friend, and she has cats with awesome names.
I liked the chemistry going on between these two, and they definitely did know how to heat up the pages for sure. I also liked some of the more angsty elements in this book. The pacing was pretty good, and the writing style was enjoyable as well. I did wish that with a book about a fireman that there would be a bit more fireman related scenes, this kind of felt more like a military man book than a fireman book. Overall it was pretty enjoyable for me.