Men on Fire

There are three complete stories in Men on Fire. All of the heroes are fire fighters and all of the sex is sizzling hot. Other than that, the stories are not connected.

Two Hot to Handle by Susan Lyons starts this book off. Jade Rousseau wants a promotion within Families First Foundation. Her main competition is a co-worker with the prefect family which is pretty much what the board of directors is looking for except Jade knows even though she’s single, she is the better choice. Her solution is to hire a fake fiancée to show up at company events. She’s looking for someone safe and stodgy but who she ends up with is firefighter Quinn O’Malley.

Quinn is not anything like the man Jade thinks she wants. Not only does he have a dangerous profession but he does dangerous things like riding a motorbike and sailing! Jade’s seen first hand what happens when someone you love has a dangerous job. Her father was shot in the line of duty when he was a beat cop. Quinn though has no desire to quit being a fire fighter. His immediate family was killed by a house fire.

Can Jade and Quinn agree on enough to pretend to be engaged? Can compromises happen to make in more than fake?

After leaving Jade and Quinn figuring out their compromises, possibly while sailing in Quinn’s boat, the next book is The Firefighter Wears Prada by Rachelle Chase. Delta Ballantyne is a fashion designer. She loves high fashion clothes and can’t imagine shopping in Target which is firefighter Evan Marshall’s store of choice. Evan’s first wife was all caught up in fashion and Evan wants nothing to do with it so when Delta asks him to model her new underwear line, his answer was a quick no. However, after a silly bet, Evan ends up in Delta’s bed modeling her underwear. His fantasies have him doing other things in her bed but can they get over their wardrobe problems?

While Jade and Quinn are working on their clothes, Erica Donelson is working on getting friend and firefighter Lincoln Gabriel out of his in Jodi Lynn Copeland’s Playing With Fire. Erica and Lincoln have been friends for along time. Lincoln and Erica’s ex, Nathan were on the same Ladder until Nathan left the department. Within months of his leaving the department, Nathan became verbally abusive until finally Nathan and Erica divorced and Erica swore she would never get involved with another firefighter. Now, over a year later and after nursing Lincoln when he was in injured on the job, not only is Erica trying to get Lincoln back into firefighting, she’s trying to get Lincoln into her bed. So far he’s refusing to do either thing but Erica’s sure if she keeps up the pressure and maybe loose some clothes, she’ll get the results she’s after.

Though each book is independent of the others, each is intense and a pleasure to read.

The characters are real with real problems, real lives and real hopes. Jade doesn’t was to be attracted to anyone who she feels puts their life in danger. She wants safe so why isn’t she attracted to any of the safe guys she dates? Quinn has problems following orders he doesn’t agree with but when his actions affect someone else, almost killing them, can he change? Delta changed everything about herself from when she was growing up from her clothes to her name. She’s learning that she left some good stuff behind as she combats ideas with Evan while Evan learns that loving fashion doesn’t make someone oblivious to others. Jade and Lincoln learn that while they can be passionate with each other, they also have to be passionate about their work or hobbies. There’s nothing simple about any of these characters.

I fell in love with Quinn’s boat and so wanted to be Jade on her first trip. Lincoln and Erica had me laughing at points as Erica went to outrageous lengths to get Lincoln’s attention. I related to Evan as I hold pretty much the same views he did on fashion, why spend hundred on clothes when you can get the same stuff cheaper. Sorry, Delta. You still don’t have me convinced that I need to buy Prada but I loved how you explained yourself to Evan.

All of the stories were great in their own way and a joy to read. The men were sexy and as hot as the fires they work to put out. The women were strong and knew what they wanted. The sex came with emotion and enough detail to ignite the pages. Secondary characters were fun and supportive.

Read these stories in order or mix the around. It doesn’t matter. They’re all good.

Book Blurb for Men on Fire

Brave, bold, and dangerously sexy, firefighters are every woman's fantasy. Meet three hot heroes who take scorching desire to a whole new level...

Executive Jade Rousseau needs to find a fake fiance to parade around her company's social events. When her friends bid on red-hot firefighter Quinn O'Malley at a benefit auction, Jade bids higher. The man has to be hers - and she can't wait to feel the passion...

When fashion designer Delta Ballantyne asks firefighter Evan Marshall to model her sexy line of men's underwear, she can't stop the sizzling fantasies running through her mind, beginning with sophisticated foreplay...and ending with the ultimate climax...

Ever since Erica Donelson's ex-husband left her, his former best buddy, firefighter Lincoln Gabriel, has been there for her. But before long, their warm friendship heats up to a burning lust that won't be denied...

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2009 4.50