Author: Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans (book #3)
Published July 30, 2013 by Harlequin Mira
Genre: contemporary romance, chick lit, women's fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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"Not all risk is bad."
Not even the entire San Francisco Fire Brigade could extinguish the flares and sparks flying between Megan Harris (sensible woman, over-cautious mother, widow and CPA) and Gabe Sullivan (determined man, focused and heroic firefighter, stunning male specimen and single). Their personalities and walks of life couldn't be more different, the way they deal with danger and risks completely opposite: Megan steers away from them with all her might and loves routine; assessing unexpected risks and facing danger is what Gabe's job is all about. No fire ever plays the same game, certainly not the fire he is called to put out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Two of the people he rescues from the apartments on 1280 Conrad Street will change his life and his commitment to ever form an emotional attachment with fire victims. Personal belongings and family heirlooms are not the only things that will go up in flames...one brief eye-contact with the young woman trapped in her bathroom with her little daughter and Gabe's heart is seriously 'on the line of fire'. The connection is immediate, an intoxicating blend of desire to protect her, admiration for her strenght and courage, pure physical attraction. Love at first sight, in some very unusual circumstances. Mutual and raging with the same intensity of the flames surrounding them. They both try to deny it, fight it, give it a different name - gratitude for the heroism of a man who puts his life in danger to save other people's lives, admiration for the resiliency and determination of a young mother trying to protect her daughter.
And these are not the only challenges Gabe and Megan need to face before being able to open their hearts to some emotional risks - five years earlier she lost her fighter pilot husband during a mission. She promised she would never fall again for a man in a dangerous line of work, she wouldn't let her daughter experience loss all over again. Life for Megan is and needs to be well-organized and predictable as one of the balance-sheets she works on every day. No gray areas, no heartaches, no men, especially not Gabe's kind. Gabe, after all, isn't looking for love or a settled life, not with a fire victim anyway. He tried once, and it went wrong. Terribly wrong.
But when the heart is spellbound (by a stunning woman and her adorable daughter) and the brain is overwhelmed with that delicious and uncontrollable lust, there is no life-rule, no fear, no reason that can hold two soul mates apart. After several attempts at keeping a good distance between them, and with a little help from a smart seven year old, Megan and Gabe will run into each other at a skiing resort and that brief getaway will be their undoing, 'one last kiss' after another...the foreplay between these two characters is simply irresistible: hearts flare up, and senses too. As you can expect from an accomplished romance writer like Bella Andre, desire and sensual tension are always in full-throttle.
***Review copy graciously offered by the publicist in return of an unbiased and honest opinion.
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