Reliving the past …or letting it go?
Lily Ashden is finally ready to have fun again. It's been a year since she survived a deadly house fire, and she wants to celebrate being alive. Enter Garrett Mateo—gorgeous, funny and extremely capable of arousing her flirtatious side. He would be perfect…if only he wasn't a firefighter. After what happened to her, she refuses to consider him.
Too bad Garrett is suddenly everywhere, tempting her to look beyond his job. His charm proves irresistible, and Lily lets herself fall…until she learns his devastating secret. Now she must decide if her future happiness depends on giving him another chance….
I make no secret that I have a bit of a soft spot for a firefighter. Who can resist a rescuer of fellow beings and fluffy kitties? If a romantic, sexy and emotional romance is what you're after The Firefighter's Appeal, is that and does indeed contain a firefighter with plenty of appeal...
Elizabeth Otto has brought us a story encompassing love, loss, grief and acceptance. Both Garrett and Lily are strong and determined with pasts that have shaped them into individuals who have more in common than they realise. They have realistic insecurities and vulnerabilities and you can't not feel for them.
“I promise you’ll know with every touch, every kiss, how much I don’t take this moment with you for granted.”
Garrett was a sweetheart, I adored his honest nature. Yet I have to confess, throughout the first 60%, I felt something was missing and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't put my finger on what it was. The chemistry between Lily and Garrett was evident from the opening chapter and brought heat, wit and some fight, the storyline flowed nicely, although I did feel that some moments were drawn out a little and the secondary characters added important content plus an additional emotional angle. But it still niggled away as I continued reading... and then it happened, the missing something appeared and I spent the latter part of the book a little desperate. That's what was missing, because I know that Elizabeth Otto can write a story that makes your heart ache and your throat hurt because you might just blub. That was what I needed. I needed the feels. And when I got them, the overall story really was kicked up a notch.
Overall, The Firefighter's Appeal was an enjoyable read that wasn't heavy despite having emotional content and detail that does tug on the heartstrings. Well worth reading.
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Book Length: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Nicola
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback
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