- File Size: 625 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Champagne Rose edition (April 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Y50AL8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Callie O'Rourke is Fairmont's first female firefighter. She's a bit of a news maker with this status. Callie's strong willed, fierce, and takes many risks, but these risks are to save lives. She thinks with her heart and her head. She's had a lot of things to deal with in life, but Callie has definitely overcome obstacles to get where she is today. Though she didn't get off on the right note with Danny Redmond, the hero.
Danny is a bit complicated. This man has not been whole for a long time. In a tragic chain of events, Danny's life changed when he was a child, and the things he feels and never completely dealt with affect him to this day. He's not too happy about Callie, but oh my, do things change for him rather quickly.
Written with such intense depth, Sparks draws readers into a wild ride of feelings, a bit of adventure, and a whole lot of love. The conflict keeps the story line tight. Just when I thought Callie and Danny were on their way to a beautiful relationship, some startling revelations come to light, spiraling everyone involved into a confused state. Talk about characters going through turmoil. This novel brings a sense of family and community together. A feeling of nostalgia washed over me many times, as reading this made me think of the times where people looked out for one another a lot more, and strong family ties were more prevalent.
There are touching moments, I wiped away tears more than once. This book is beautifully written. Strong characterization, stunning plot, and at times I held my breath, unsure of what would happen next. Fair warning, readers--this book is going to grab hold of you tight, and won't let go even after the end. I find myself still thinking about Callie, Danny, and the rest of the crew at the fire station. Sparks lives up to it's name, in every sense of the word. This is a story that can be read over and over. It's a keeper!
If you love contemporary romances that have tendencies to bring out tears of joy, gut wrenching pangs of fear, and a powerful love story, let Sparks light up your life. Don't miss this stunning novel!
Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
As the first female firefighter at Station One, Callie and Danny spark up an almost immediate friendship. They join together as allies to avoid Danny's sister-in-laws matchmaking mechanisms...with the promise that they will just stay friends. Danny is the Sergeant at the station and his older brother Will is the Captain. After the death of both of his parents at the age of ten, Will and Bex pretty much raised Danny. Danny is haunted by his parents' deaths.
I really liked the family dynamic in this book. Will is very march a part of the story, as is Callie's uncle who she calls Uncle Mayor (he's the mayor of this little town.)
Overall I really liked all the characters and the variety of them within this story. For this size novel, there are a LOT of players within the story, but it never got to be too much or confusing. There were moments throughout this book when the character's reactions seemed a bit too much based upon the circumstances, but I loved the firefighter storyline, the great scenery and ambiance of the story, and the overall characters in the book. There was action that was fabulous too...hello, firefighters.
Unfortunately, the romance had moments where it felt bi-polar with the back and forth between whether or not the two characters wanted to get together (i.e. Danny is one confused and emotional guy.) Those emotional moments seemed a bit forced in their reactions and I felt if they'd been toned down just a tiny bit, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. The story definitely has a lot going for it and there are moments where it is just so beautiful and heartwarming.
While not a flawless novel, I did enjoy reading it and getting to know these characters. It was a fun and entertaining book to read. If I was younger, I'd be seriously tempted to work at becoming a firefighter after reading this novel...it's such a great tribute to what they do day-in and day-out.
There are several breathlessly memorable scenes in the book... a cave rescue, a burning apartment, and Callie's dreams of stars burning her hand. It all leads up to a dazzling finale that is a satisfying end to a good story.
I admit I am a sucker for firefighter romance books. This one does not disappoint. The pace was fast and the story line is unique and really holds your attention. This is a book with a little of everything. We have a tortured hero that you just want to heal, a heroine that is strong, brave, and only wants to love and be loved by her man, and a HEA that is moving.
Callie and Danny start out as friends and over a short amount of time the friendship line fades and the romance starts. They seem to have a promising future until some information from Callie's childhood is exposed. I don't want to give too much information away on that plot, because it takes away from the story. I will say, it does cause quite a bit of discord in any hopes of a future together.
There are some situations in this story that may seem to be a bit far - fetched. Just read it for the love story that it is and you will enjoy it.
Ms Horton has an impressive style of writing. It was funny, smart and realistic in regards to the dialogue. This is a quick easy read with an incredible and witty supporting cast.
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