Feel the Heat

Lorie O'Clare; PJ Mellor; Lydia Parks
Feel the Heat
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Release Date
June 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Brave, brawny, and ready for action, these firefighters know how to set their women ablaze. . .

"Fight Fire with Fire" by Lorie O'Clare

Mary Hamilton has had a crush on Nate Armstrong since they were kids. But she's told herself to get over it—as a firefighter Nate is in mortal danger every day. But when their friend and Nate's fellow firefighter dies young in a suspicious house fire, Mary decides life is too short to let cold fear beat out hot desire.

"Heat Wave" by P.J. Mellor

Summer Wadsworth is dangerously close to overheating. Her house has burned down, and Thorne Paxton, the firefighter who rescues her from the flames, is blazing hot. She's ready to call him in for a little off-duty fun. But "duty" has a nasty way of following him home. And with a man like Thorne, the pleasure can't hide how easy it is to get burned. . .

"Smoldering Lust" by Lydia Parks

Local girl Hannah Hayward has made a name for herself in the mayor's office. But when her town's new fire chief turns out to be bad boy Lee Evans, back after fourteen years and looking even sexier than she remembers, she's got more to worry about than his budget requests. He's too good to believe. . . and too hot to deny.

Book Review by Michelle R
Jul 10, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
267 people found the following review helpful
Three hot firefighters who know how to make their women burn.

This anthology is going to have you slowing down for a closer look whenever you pass the local fire station. Can any man be this hot and this cool at the same time? My favorite, hands down, was P.J. Mellor's, Heat Wave, the second story in the anthology. It starts off, "If she didn't have sex soon, she was going to burst into flames, creating her own flash fire." And it just got funnier and funnier. It wasn't deep and gut wrenching, just page after page of pure fun. Who doesn't want to meet the firefighter of their dreams with a green face mask on, wet toenail polish that's picked up the grass clippings and hair that is not only reminiscent of the early Hermoine Granger, but smoking as well?

And the girl gets the guy. There is hope for us all!

Mellor's story is a total five stars. Her tone voice was compelling, her characters entertaining, and her story hooked me in and burned me up.

Lydia Parks's Smoldering Heat surprised me. It's hard to really develop complex characters in a few pages, but she proved to be one of the few capable of delivering what I once thought was the impossible. Hannah had me on the first page when a couple of horny teens fall into the room and onto the bed where Hannah is trying to regain her composure. She ends up running into the arms of her secret fantasy, Lee Evans. Fast forward fourteen years and Hannah is working in the Mayor's office, the picture of confidence and composure. Until Lee turns out to be the town's new fire chief. The two start out knocking heads and of course end up knocking boots.

Fight Fire With Fire, the first story in the anthology left me cold. I had a hard time getting into the story. The writing style just didn't sing to me. I was never able to fully fall into the journey. Which was probably for the best since I found it pretty intense and depressing. Frankly, I think I personally need a longer story if my gut is going to be ripped out and my heart is supposed to weep. I love to have my emotions taken for a ride like a drop of paint on a spin art wheel, but I really need to be driven to the cliff before I'm tossed off. Fight Fire With Fire begins with tragedy. A great hook for a lot of readers, so I really don't want to turn you off. It just didn't work for me. I wasn't prepared to go there with the character. BUT I can think of five or six friends who are going to love this tale and come back ready to knock some sense into me.

Anthologies are always great to have on hand. You never know when you are going to be stuck at the doctor's office or auto mechanic needing to fill a little time. What better way than by creating a little heat. This is definitely one to check out. Enjoy!
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