- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin (April 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373717024
- ISBN-13: 978-0373717026
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,043,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Burning Ambition Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Captain Joe Mendoza has wanted to be fire chief since he was four years old. And now he's one step away from making assistant chief. But that's proving to be some big step now that the chief's daughter has joined his crew. He's promised he'll keep her safeand promised himself to keep things strictly business.
Faith Peligni has battled her way back from an on-the-job injury in San Antonio, and she's stronger than ever. Even if as the first female firefighter on the San Amaro Island crewand the chief's daughtershe's expecting some heat. But with the impossibly distracting Joe Mendoza as her captain, who knew it could get this hot?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
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 ›