One Fine Fireman
by Jennifer Bernard
One Fine Fireman is a sweet, short, sexy novella. It was exactly what I was looking for when I curled up with it one night last week. 😉 It has a relatable heroine, yummy hero, a brave boy and a cute dog. What more could you ask for?
The heroine’s name is Maribel and she’s been involved in a 6 year, long distance relationship. She feels a little special that this famous photographer from the city chose her. She knows she doesn’t have good judgement when it comes to guys so…really I think she was unconsciously settling because she didn’t think there was more for her and doesn’t think she’s anything special… The relationship lasted so long because they rarely saw each other! I wanted to hug her and shake her! Her heart is so big. She’s generous and funny and creative and smart. She’s definitely someone I could be friends with. 😀
The firemen of the San Gabriel fire department come into the diner where she works all the time. She knows what they order by heart and jokes around with them a bit. Over the past few years, Kirk has only managed to string 17 words together at a time in conversation with her. He adores her so much that he can’t talk to her and his buddies tease him mercilessly. Kirk loves everything about Maribel. He loves her creativity and buys the ornaments she sells in the diner at the holidays. He likes the way she looks at the world and he secretly purchases her photographs. He loves how she is with her son Pete. He sees her. But he doesn’t want to burden anyone with his medical concerns. He also doesn’t want to step in where he’s not wanted and Maribel has a fiance.
Pete is Maribel’s 9 year old son and he’s wishing he had Harry Potter magic and could expel his mom’s boyfriend “flunkin’ Duncan” from their life. He follows a stray dog and encounters Kirk and an old garage where he helps him with his motorcycle. When Kirk brings him back home and Maribel meets him outside of the diner, she begins to see him in a different light. It helps that Kirk is able to actually talk to her! lol As their friendship grows she recognizes that there could be something special between them and she has to make some big decisions in her life.
I loved the humor in this story. There were many scenes that made me laugh out loud. I loved the heart and emotion. I loved the heat level. Even though this is a short story I felt that there was plenty of steam. <g> Watching Kirk bare his soul and be brave, was beautiful. And watching Maribel discover her courage and recognize that what she wanted was worth fighting for was exciting.
Some of my fav lines…
♦ My goodness, they were like hand grenades of testosterone rolling in the door, sucking all the air out of the room.
♦ “Maribel left him speechless. Which didn’t give him much of a chance to bare his heart to her.
♦ “You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies,” said Kirk, using his strong grip to navigate her past the fire engines in the garage. “But don’t worry. Rescuing damsels in distress is right up our alley. We’re supposed to rescue at least one a week.”
♦ “…The guy who’s kind to children and animals and women and total strangers whose houses happened to catch fire. The guy who makes my heart want to dance right out of my body every time you touch me. The guy who . . .”
This is a great, short, contemporary romance and I recommend it. It’s a prequel to the Firemen of San Gabriel series and can be read as a standalone or in addition. If you haven’t read the rest of the books though… I think this will make you want to catch up. 😉
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