Welcome to my stop for The Night Belongs to Fireman:The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel # 6 by Jennifer Bernard. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to read the Excerpt here and then enter the tour wide giveaway where Three Winners will receive Print Copies of The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel Series Books 1-3, THE FIREMAN WHO LOVED ME, HOT FOR FIREMAN and SEX AND THE SINGLE FIREMAN.
My first introduction to this series, this book does work alone although the brief insets from characters highlighted earlier in the series will pique your interest. Bernard manages to present Fred, the hero, with enough self-effacing characteristics and a body hardened by his martial arts training to bring instant zing.
And I really liked Fred: the last of the men to get his woman, his self-confidence in his physical exploits are contrasted beautifully with his wavering self-confidence where women are concerned. His ex-girlfriend was a pill, and he first meets Rachel while she is in her cups and behaving badly, picking at him at a bar. Fred just needs to find a better class of women – the ones he meets just don’t realize that nice guys are NOT a dime a dozen, and are far easier to deal with than bad boys or playboys.
After an accident, Rachel’s wealthy father hires Fred to be her bodyguard. Frankly, this whole part of the story had me thinking ‘not again’ poor damsel in distress, incapable of functioning on her own needs burly man to save her. And, Rachel was every bit of that trope, including wholly lacking in self-awareness or determination to overcome or work through her childhood trauma. She can’t trust new people, she can’t abide small spaces, and she doesn’t want to be coddled, BUT she seems singularly unwilling to take the steps to change her situation.
Fred is just the man, with patience that I lack, to deal with Rachel’s issues – real and imagined, and that did make up for his initial response to her bad behavior when they met. Of course, the two are attracted – but they restrain themselves, and let their characters grow and evolve through the story.
To Rachel’s credit, she does learn that Fred offers a safe place to start to stand on her own – and she does, while always trying to inform and convince her father of her love and caring, even as she is moving further away from him to stand on her own two feet. The guys at the firehouse and their interplay adds to the story, as do the growth and connection between Fred and Rachel, into a real relationship that shows potential and feels believable.
Although I haven’t read the earlier books in this series, I am curious about them, as I thoroughly enjoyed Bernard’s deft hand in characterization and development, providing solid interactions and a sense of friendship between the men, and the well-written, if for my tastes, slightly over-burdened heroine.
Title: The Night Belongs to Fireman
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Published by: Avon, Romance
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Daring . . . Sexy . . . Irresistible . . .
They're the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel
When fireman Fred Breen rescues a bachelorette party after a construction crane collapses onto their limo, the media labels him the "Bachelor Hero." But all Fred can think about is the petite brunette with the sexy mane of dark curls who bolted away from him faster than a wildfire after he carried her to safety. And when he discovers she's none other than Rachel Kessler, the daughter of a tech billionaire, the girl whose kidnapping riveted the nation, he intends to learn every intimate detail about this intriguing woman who sets his pulse on fire.
Rachel can't deny the lean-muscled firefighter is smokin' hot. But after having one too many drinks at the bar where she first meets him, Rachel knows she's made a fool of herself. Yet when he rescues her from the limo, she feels safe for the first time since she was held for ransom as a child. Then her overprotective father insists Fred be her bodyguard—and his close presence kindles a burning desire that only he can extinguish.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.