Hot for the Fireman (Boston Heat #1), by Gina Maxwell
Publish Date: March 27, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Select
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5 STARS
(Synopsis) Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience...
Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones' office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn't playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he's blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that's what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She's a professional, damn it. She'll date Mr. I'm Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.
It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take...
Erik is a Boston firefighter, and he loves what he does. Unfortunately, a recent fire call triggered PTSD from his time in the Army, so he has to go to mandated therapy before he can go back out on calls. The night he learns he's going to be riding the desk for a few months, he runs into a woman that stirs something in him he hasn't felt in a long time. And when she's gone the following morning, he is really disappointed that he'll never see her again. Until he realizes that she's his new therapist.
Olivia is still recovering from her previous relationship and a string of really bad dates when she runs into Erik. After her awesome night with him, she doesn't want to tempt fate, and decides to just leave it at that one wonderful night. Imagine her shock when Erik walks into her office (what a great scene that was). Erik gets a new therapist and three dates with Olivia out of the deal, which is all he needed in order to show her that they could be awesome together.
Initially, I have to say that Olivia wasn't my favorite person. She wasn't always very nice to Erik, even though he was always good to her. It took awhile for him to wear her down and to get her to trust him, and during that time, I found myself pretty frustrated with her. But, Erik was a persistent man, which is just one of about a million things I loved about him.
One of the best parts about this book is the relationship Erik has with his fellow firefighters. They also served in the Army with him, so they have a uniquely brother-like relationship. They're super close - they would die for each other without a hesitation. And that kind of camaraderie and friendship is really special and endearing. We see lots of these guys, which is great because they'll each get a book at some point. It was a fantastic introduction to all of them.
Olivia grew on me though. What really won my affection toward her was the fact that, once she made up her mind that she was going to give it a go with Erik, she never, ever wavered. She gave him her time, her attention, her support and her love. She stood by her man, even when he asked her not to. And I loved that about her. I hate it when characters waffle back and forth and back and forth.
And of course there was Gina Maxwell's amazing brand of sexiness. Erik and Olivia had awesome chemistry and they acted on it frequently. It was hot and sweet and romantic - I loved everything about these two.
I can't wait for the rest of these guys to get their stories, now.