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Taking The Heat (The O'Neils Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Shay
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you’ve followed Kathryn Shay’s firefighters, then you’ll love the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author’s O’Neil books. TAKING THE HEAT will grab your attention because it takes place in the world of firefighting and firefighter romances.

“Shay writes an emotion-packed story that presents a realistic view of the romantic and social problems faced by female firefighters. With angst and some hot sex, this dramatic tale also has a nice touch of humor.” RT Book Reviews

Liam O’Neil, chef at Bailey’s Irish pub, simply wants to make it through the day. His son is depressed, his beloved wife died three years ago and he’s lonely! Enter, Sophie Tyler, a firefighter who lives on the edge and likes it that way. Clearly, she’s not Liam’s type. But when she begins work at the family pub, opposites attract and they’re drawn to each other. Then they fall in love. Still, nothing can erase the biting fear Liam—and his kids—feel about the danger Sophie is in every day. Eventually, an arsonist upsets the delicate balance of their relationship and they realize they can’t be together. Or can they?

Praise for TAKING THE HEAT:
“This is an enjoyable second chance at love romantic suspense thriller. The storyline is action-packed in terms of the arsonist subplot and filled with angst re the relationship between Liam and Sophie. Although TAKING THE HEAT stands alone, with the O'Neil family playing major roles, reading the previous tales enhances the experience. Once again Kathryn Shay pays homage to the brave firefighters.” Harriet Klausner

“TAKING THE HEAT is an emotional roller coaster ride that hits so many real life issues facing career women in today's world. As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.” Joyfully Reviewed

Also available: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN, CLOSE TO YOU, HIGH STAKES and ALWAYS AND FOREVER, contemporary romances with hot heroes and the strong women who love them. Don’t miss these Irish romance series of novels.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathryn Shay; 3 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045Y1LIW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Three years ago Liam O'Neil's wife Kitty died leaving him to raise their young sons by himself; though he gets help from his caring beloved family. In New York he meets firefighter Sophie Tyler at his family owned Bailey's Irish Pub, and to his amazement and shock he is attracted to the beautiful strawberry blonde, Sophie reciprocates his allure.

However, with 9/11 still fresh after another anniversary, Liam fears dating Sophie because he rationalizes his sons could not cope with her dangerous occupation if something tragic should happen to her. Sophie has her own 9/11 memory that interferes with her seeing any man. Yet they begin seeing each other until a deadly serial arsonist sets booby-trapped fires to kill firefighters; Liam and Sophie begin to reconsider their relationship.

This is an enjoyable second chance at love romantic suspense thriller. The story line is action-packed in terms of the arsonist subplot and filled with angst re the relationship between Liam and Sophie. Although TAKING THE HEAT stands alone, with the O'Neil family playing major roles, reading the previous tales (see CLOSE TO YOU and SOMEONE TO BELIEVE) enhances the experience. Once again Kathryn Shay pays homage to the brave firefighters.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Smoke, but little fire June 11, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On the good side, there are some fun characters in here (Sophie's pretty neat, as are some of her co-workers). I enjoyed the milieu of a fire department---it was great to experience something all-new and interesting there. It was also fascinating having the difficulties of spouses and in dealing with a loved one's dangerous job brought to the page.

However, there were a lot of things that left me feeling rather annoyed with the book as well. Several of the guys came off repeatedly as petulant, sulky children. It got old fast, and made it hard to like them. It was also hard to believe that Liam was the uber-sweetheart everyone painted him as when, instead, there were a number of times when he came across as rude or selfish.

There are waaaay too many couples in this book working out (or failing to work out) their relationship problems, and too many characters in general. It got confusing. Also, with that many relationships flaring up the book got pretty depressing, which is not what most people are looking for when they pick up a romance. There are also too many point-of-view characters without enough differentiation between their voices.

I love it when I learn new things in the fiction I read, but I don't want to feel like I'm reading a documentary. Using research in fiction is great, but it wasn't incorporated into the narrative well enough here.

Finally, the plot with the arsonist was just... off, in a number of ways. The culprit was fairly obvious. It's also made painfully clear that the whole thing was little more than a plot device when the arsonist was caught and dealt with entirely off-screen and even the after-effects took up all of two pages at most.

This is the sort of book that I can't help feeling could have been a lot better than it was.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this one June 10, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all Kathryn Shay's books and she is one of my favorite writers but this is one of the worst efforts I've seen since a debut author. Its corny, overly sentimental (the sterotypical Irish family singing "Danny Boy"!) and a couple with no chemistry. I think Shay should put an end to this series, she's obviously run out of ideas and one story reads pretty much like all those before it.
I knew this was going in the 'give away' bin after the first chapter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story.... Sensual May 27, 2008
By Judy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Taking The Heat by Kathryn Shay is an exceptional story of the O'Neil family.

Liam O'Neil enjoys his job cooking at the family pub. With the death of his beloved wife Kitty several years ago he has been raising his boys alone. Liam hasn't wanted to risk his heart or his boys in getting involved with a woman. Those plans change when firefighter Sophie Tyler & co start to frequent the pub.

Sophie Tyler has always wanted to be a firefighter. It's always been a major part of her life. When her roommate moves out she takes a part time job at the pub to make ends met. Working with the good looking O'Neil men is overwhelming, especially Liam. This quiet widower tugs at her heart.

Sophie and Liam have an attraction that is sensational. It is hot and sexy. As they begin seeing each other both are mindful of his kids. But can Liam handle the stress of Sophie putting her life on the line every day.

Taking The Heat is another exceptional story of the O'Neil family. Sophie and Liam's journey isn't an easy one but its real, heartfelt and deeply moving. Kathryn Shay's characters feel like friends you want to get to know. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Heat-A Joyfully Recommended Title!! May 30, 2008
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Liam O'Neil has been trying to put his family back together since his wife died three years ago. Between working full time in his family's Irish Pub and helping his children recover, he hasn't had time for dating. But when he meets NY Firefighter Sophie Taylor he finds that he's attracted to a woman for the first time since his wife's death. As they grow closer and Liam's children begin to become attached to Sophie, her job becomes a major issue. Liam isn't sure that he wants to risk his children's emotions with a woman whose job puts her in danger, not to mention the risk to his own heart. Being a firefighter is part of who Sophie is and as much as she has come to love Liam and his family, she's not sure how she can give that up. Will love be enough to help them overcome the problems keeping them apart?

Kathryn Shay continues to deliver with this third book in her series on the O'Neil family. Thoroughly satisfying, Taking the Heat, is an emotional roller coaster ride that hits so many real life issues facing career women in today's world. As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.

Melissa
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the heat is a good book
This was a great book. The O'Neil books are really great. I can't to start the next one . WooHoo
Published 6 months ago by Linda Jacquin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love love this author.
Published 7 months ago by saljon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story to read
Last book is sure to be great. Lets hope all ens well for the last and oldest brother. Way to go
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brother falls for a strong woman
I love the women in this series. They are all strong independent women who make good role models for girls every where. Strong family values along with a great love story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is on fire
This book was a great read, I could not put it down. Kathryn shay writes a good story and it makes you want to find out what is happening next in the family that she is writing... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Linda Likos
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Heat
This trilogy is the best I've read. Katherine Shay is great. Gets the story to a point so that you can't put the book down. Don't miss this trilogy.i
Published 12 months ago by marilyn crisci
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for a wintr afternoon.
Really enjoyed the book. Glad I read the other books in the series. The O'Neil family was fun getting to know.
Published 14 months ago by Penny L. Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
If you love stories about trials a lot of people go through in their everyday lives, you will definitely want to read this book!
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book
I really enjoy the firefighter based books that Kathryn Shay writes. Being married to a firefighter and seeing honor brought to the profession in this way is outstanding!
Published 18 months ago by Little Bit
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It.
I couldn't wait to get through the trilogy and then when I read the last sentence of the last book I was disappointed there wasn't another one to get to.
Published 18 months ago by Pam
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More About the Author

Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first 'romance,' a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists - and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women's college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who'd attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, "I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that."

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she'd again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn Shay sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-two books for Harlequin, ten mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations - readers say they feel they know the people in her books - and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing (her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has had a one of her books serialized in the December 2003 COSMOPOLITAN magazine and has been quoted in PEOPLE and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. She has won five RT BookClub Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards, three Holt Medallions, two Desert Quill Awards, the Golden Leaf Award, and several online accolades.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. "My life is very full," she reports, "but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams."

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