Sunday, January 5, 2014

Book Review: Desperately seeking Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Desperately Seeking Fireman
By Jennifer Bernard
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Source: Edelweiss 
Summary: Fire Captain Jeb Stone and incredibly successful press secretary Nita Moreno have both been burned by love before. That's why neither of them is looking for more than a few steamy nights of passion.

When circumstances find them stranded on an island together, babysitting a cross-dressing senator and the very pregnant wife of San Gabriel's most famous captain, they allow the sparks they feel to take center stage. But as their feelings grow, can they each allow the other past the barriers both have built to protect their hearts?

Review: I haven't read anything by Jennifer Bernard before, and I rarely read novellas. But when I had the opportunity to review this one, I couldn't pass up a story that promised hunky firemen and a steamy romance. 

Three years ago, fire captain Jeb and press secretary Nita met at a wedding and haven't been able to forget each other since. Fast forward to the present and they find themselves both single and on the same island where Nita is hiding out with her boss, a cross-dressing senator. Jeb promises a friend and fellow fireman to keep an eye on his pregnant wife who is determined to have an exclusive interview with the senator. Nita and Jeb find themselves continuously thrown together and as their attractions for each other grows, each has to learn to let go of the past and see what the future can hold. 

This story was just such a cute and fun read. I love how Nita was hiding out on an island with the senator whose secret life of cross-dressing was just leaked online. Talk about a PR nightmare! While she's dealing with her crazy boss, Nita can't help but notice the hot fireman, who just so happens to be single now, who showed up to babysit her pregnant best friend. The characters of this novella were so fun and really well developed for such a short story. 

Not only did Nita and Jeb have a pretty steamy romance, there was still depth and emotion to their relationship and lives. Both had been hurt by past relationships and had to learn to let each other in and trust that the future could be different. Watching their relationship grow was sweet as they shared and opened up to each other. 

Overall, this was a cute read. I think I would have liked it more if I had read the series and knew all of the characters' backstories. So if you're a fan of this series, definitely check out this novella! Even if you haven't read anything by Jennifer Bernard, you'll still be able to enjoy Nita and Jeb's relationship. I'm definitely going to be trying out some of Jennifer's full novels to learn even more about the irresistible firemen of San Gabriel!

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