Amy Knupp lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, five cats, and two turtles. She graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in French and journalism and feels lucky to use very little of either one in her writing career. In addition to authoring twelve contemporary romance novels and two short stories, she's the owner of Blue Otter Editing (www.blueotterediting.com). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, buying books in excess, traveling, breaking up cat fights, watching college basketball, and playing addictive computer games. She's a member of Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, Mad City Romance Writers, and Wisconsin Romance Writers.
Following in the footsteps of her dad Tony, the fire chief of San Amaro Island, Texas, Faith Peligni became a firefighter. She worked in the San Antonio FD until she was injured on the job. Healed, she obtains a position with her hometown fire department as the first female firefighter. However, she expects sexism, but that is not what concerns her. Faith knows she must prove her teammates' weight because most, if not all, assume nepotism is why she was hired as her dad is the fire chief.
Fire captain Joe Mendoza has dreamed of being the chief since he was pre-school age. He is groomed as the heir apparent, but is attracted to his new subordinate who shares his regard. As they fall in love, he must make up his mind between his career and the boss' daughter.
This is a terrific firefighters' romance starring two fully developed protagonists and a strong support cast who enhances either the lead couple or the first responder's dangerous job. Although Joe is terrific with his indecisiveness re Faith or the promotion, Faith makes the tale terrific as she confronts sexism and the belief she got the job due to connections. Readers will appreciate this super romance as playing with fire in this case is a hazardous occupation.
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My sons are firefighters and we all are Texans, so when the first title of this series came out it was an automatic choice! The coastal setting reminds me of Galveston, and the characters are strong men and women. I especially liked the hero in this book. He's a little older, which will appeal to some readers, and he is somewhat conflicted about the age difference. I have a son who has been in that place, so I was interested in how this moved the story. Also, many "civilians" don't realize that first responders--firefighters, law officers, etc. are sometimes victims of PTSD. Again, I am--we're a service family. I believe readers of this series will not only enjoy the romance angle, but will learn about these terrific men and women
Respect, that's what Faith Peligni is looking for ... respect from her fellow firefighters as she lives out her life-long dream serving as a female firefighter. Just because she's a woman doesn't mean she's not capable of pulling her own weight and doing just a good a job (if not better) than any man who wears fire boots, helmet, and carries a fire hose. After an on-the-job injury brings Faith back to her hometown, she joins the department where her father serves as Chief -- and one handsome Captain by the name of Joe Mendoza serves as her direct supervisor. Faith strives to do the best job she can --she's proud to be a part of Captain Mendoza's team. He's handsome, sincere, and she finds it hard to keep her eyes off him ... even when she's fighting fires.
In command as Fire Chief, that's what Joe's wanted since he was a young boy and caught the fever that comes from conquering a burning blaze. Faith's dad is his mentor, and Joe's known Faith since she was three feet tall. But Faith isn't a little girl anymore; she's all grown up, and out to prove something to her fellow firefighters -- including Joe. Problem is, Joe's well aware of what she wants --and exactly what he's promised her dad, the chief: to watch over Faith, and keep her safe. Strictly business, that's the order of the day. Except both Joe and Faith have difficulty following the rules. As their secret simmering romance heats up, family issues threaten to erupt, and suddenly Joe has a decision to make: it's Faith or his career. He's promised her dad one thing, but love for a woman's suddenly leading him in another direction. Meanwhile, Faith's not the type of woman to meekly stand aside and allow a man to make decisions that will affect the rest of her life. She's an adult; she can make her own choices.Read more ›
Mmmm, firefighters. Ok, now that I've had that moment, this book was about firefighters. But not all manly men firefighters, the main character, is of course, a woman. And it was an ok romance, but it needed some more follow through on some of its plot lines.
Faith is used to having to prove herself. As a woman firefighter, things are just not in her favor in a male dominated job. And she wants no special favors, especially since she has the chief as a father and has to live up to that expectation too. The Captain of her squad makes things difficult too. For one he's incredibly handsome, and attracted to her too, but that's not what she needs when she's trying to prove herself to the rest. For Joe Mendoza, being captain is a tough job, but he's aiming at a promotion, and falling for Faith isn't exactly the quickest way to earn that promotion.
Faith is a decent character. She's a strong woman, wants to do what's right by her family, and just as passionate about things in her personal life as she is about her work. But I was so disappointed with the follow through for her character. It starts out with her trying to prove herself in a male dominated position, and then that quickly goes away as the romance takes over. It made her seem not as real to me as a result. Joe too was a little disappointing. He wants things so badly, but I never really understood why he wanted Faith. Sure she was cute, but what were the other reasons? He only knew her in a business setting so those qualities there aren't necessarily the ones that she would have in her personal relationships.
But I'm done ranting about the characters. The plot was actually decent. Firefighters have exciting jobs so reading about them can be exciting too.Read more ›