Title: One Fine Fireman
Series: The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, Book 0.5
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy from publisher via Edelweiss
Published: November 13, 2012 by Avon
Kirk, aka Thor, one of San Gabriel’s infamous Bachelor Firemen, certainly lives up to his nickname. He’s tall, handsome, and has a chiseled body worthy of any Viking god. But he’d give it all up for one glance from her.
Sweet, shy Maribel has no idea he’s been pining for her. There’s nothing he’d like better than to sweep her off her feet and show her just how exquisite their love could be. But Kirk has a secret and he won’t let anyone get close, least of all the sexiest woman he’s ever met.
Can a feisty little dog and an even feistier little boy help these star-crossed lovers to find the true love they both so richly deserve?
Reviewed By: J9
In a Nutshell: Good short novella with a hot fireman and an everyday-heroine readers can relate to. The plot is slightly contrived but it’s all so cute it reads well for a simple, feel-good read.
The Set Up: Kirk is one of San Gabriel’s infamous Bachelor Firemen. He’s been pining for shy Maribel since he started eating in the diner where she waitresses. Maribel has a bit of a crush on Kirk but her absentee fiancé has her loyalty. But Maribel’s son Pete and a lonely dog may just bring these two star-crossed lovers together.
Why I Read this Book: Avon Addict here!
What I Liked: The Book Vixen herself, Brianna, has gotten me addicted to firemen stories and this is another good one. I really liked tongue-tied but hot Kirk. His uber masculinity is tempered with his devotion, loyalty and love for Mari and her little plot-moppet son. In addition to Kirk, readers will be introduced to his fellow firemen and all I need to say is I have a fire someplace any one of them can put out!
What I Also Liked: Mari is an everyday heroine that I think was charming in a romance novel. She’s not super smart, super beautiful or super rich; Mari is just a young mom trying to make life work. She loves her son and is doing the best she can to create a meaningful life for both of them. I also like that the author gave some thought on how to axe the fiancé in a way that was believable but not a hindrance to Kirk and Mari’s romance.
What I Didn’t Like: It’s not a gripe so much as an acknowledgement that this is a bit of a Lifetime network movie plot. Mari’s absolutely adorable son (aka the plot-moppet) loses his heart to a dog he can’t have and this brings Mari and Kirk together. But then there is an arson attack and danger for plot-moppet. Thankfully, Kirk is a hunky, err, I mean capable fireman who can set Mari and Pete’s life aright.
IMO: Firefighter fans will gobble this novella up and not even mind the slightly cheesy taste to the plot.