Can't Take the Heat

Jackie Barbosa
Can't Take the Heat
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Circe Press
Release Date
October 2013
Book 1 of Working It
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Once burnt, twice shy

Delaney Monroe could have married her college sweetheart, Wes Barrows, and lived the life of the idle rich thanks to his family's casino money. Instead, she chose to become an EMT and a firefighter. Unfortunately, that decision ended her relationship with Wes, who couldn't bear the thought of her in such a dangerous profession. Three years later, Del is one of the most respected members of her crew and loves her job, but she desperately misses Wes. Then, during a search and rescue operation, she's knocked unconscious by falling debris.

Wesley Barrows finds himself with a major dilemma when his ex-girlfriend wakes from a serious head injury with no memory of the past three years or the circumstances that led to their breakup. On one hand, it's the opportunity he's longed for since he blew it and let her walk out the door three years ago. On the other, the fact that she's got amnesia at all is the fault of the risky occupation she chose despite his objections. Her neurologist believes Delaney's recovery will be best aided if she remembers events herself rather than being told what has transpired over the last three years. Wes has no choice but take her home and act as if they're still together, which isn't a hardship when, in his heart, they always were. But as the bond between them becomes closer and more passionate than ever, Wes knows he risks losing her all over again when the truth comes out.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Oct 21, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
Sexy, steamy read!

Delaney and Wes broke off their engagement almost three years ago when he issued her an ultimatum: him or her firefighter job. Delaney chose her job, because saving lives gave her purpose.

However, she was seriously hurt in one of those jobs and sustained a temporary memory loss, hurtling her back to three years before, where she believed she was still engaged to Wes. Having no one, she was brought home by Wes to his apartment, where they couldn't ignore the passion between them. However, as Delaney gets closer and closer to regaining her memory, would her job come between them once again?

Though this is a novella, the pace of the story was unhurried and perfect, with enough time devoted to unfolding revelations about the characters' past and building intimacy again in the present. It was great to read about a heroine who work as a firefighter, especially one who was passionate about it as Delaney. We also understand Wes' motivations and concerns, the ambivalence and conflict that he went through and is still going through with regard to Delaney's job.

Wes and Delaney together were hot; my kindle almost went up in flames! However, behind the sizzling intimate scenes is a story with heart. Not only do we see growth and development in the main characters, but the secondary characters are not left behind, notably Sam Barrows, Wes' father. As in real life, the characters affect each other in an organic, dynamic way.

If you're looking for a great, enjoyable short to fill up that lunch hour, don't miss out on this one!
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