Despite the corniness of the title, I picked up this contemporary romance and breezed through the story in one sitting.
After a successful fund-raising bachelor auction in which a grandmother places the winning bid on a rookie firefighter, the captain feels sorry for his crewman and offers to fill in on the date with the little old lady. Only the little old lady is actually playing matchmaker for her granddaughter, and Captain Brody spends an enjoyable evening with the attractive, talented, local TV news producer Melissa.
Neither have time or interest in starting a relationship, but of course, that doesn’t matter. They fall in lust pretty quickly. There’s a hot scene at the firehouse where Brody and Melissa sneak off to steal a few kisses. It’s a taste of the steamy combustion they have when they do finally manage to get some time together.
I read a couple of other reviews that criticized the misunderstanding that keeps them apart midway through the book as being flimsy. But I think people jump to the wrong conclusion all the time. This didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story.
There are some great secondary characters—Melissa’s grandmother, Nelly, is a hoot. The conflict with her dad brings a nice depth to the mix. Brody’s ex and the news anchors are a little predictable. Sometimes predictable is comfortable— I got exactly what I was looking for out of this story— interesting characters, contemporary setting, resolved conflicts. Like I said, an enjoyable afternoon of reading.
Jennifer Bernard starts her “Bachelor Firemen” series with this book.
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