Title: Seducing the Fireman
Series: Risky Business #3
Author: Jennifer Bonds
Publisher: Entangled – Brazen
Publication Date: 2 May 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Firefighter Jackson Hart is back in Brooklyn and on the hunt for the girl who’s kept him burning for ten long years. The girl he left, in a total prick move, without saying goodbye. Now he’s determined to make it right, to hell with her three-date rule.
But Becca’s not ready to forgive and forget. In fact, she seems determined to stoke his fire every chance she gets. She wants to avoid sexy distractions like him? Fine. Because what she doesn’t know—yet—is that Jax isn’t the kind of man to give up when he wants something. And he always gets what he wants.
Jackson (Jax) has returned to the one place that felt like home after his abrupt departure a number of years earlier. Ripping him away from the only people he has ever thought of as family, the Mancini’s, and along with it his fledgling relationship with Frankie (Francesca). With his dysfunctional family background, Jax never felt worthy of the compassionate Frankie so he cut ties completely, with no contact for the past few years, Jax is determined to make amends on his return. Driven by his need to protect and serve, Jax is one of New York’s finest, enjoying the closeness and camaraderie the fire service provides as well as feeding his desire to prevent such tragedy as he himself underwent. Filling a hole within Jax due to his lack of family relationships.
Frankie is no longer the girl Jax remembers, having her heart crushed by her first love (you can guess who that was) Frankie re-invented herself as the beautiful, intelligent woman, Becca. Although never fully recovered from the devastation Jax left behind, Becca is determined to enact revenge in order to achieve closure on her feelings for Jax. You know the saying ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ well that certainly fits the situation we encounter here. The revenge itself is comical and well thought out. However, Becca is too nice a person to avoid the feelings of guilt threatening to overwhelm her.
Thrown together in unexpected ways, with Becca’s pursuit of her photojournalist career, they are unable to avoid the attraction between them. I adored the banter and sizzling chemistry between Jax and Becca. Unfortunately, the emotional damage of various previous incidents on both sides creates conflicting emotions whereby past hurt clouds their future happiness, their own fears hold them back from truly embracing the relationship they could have.
Seducing the Fireman provides insight into life and relationships with someone whose job it is to risk their own lives to protect others. Happiness and especially love needs to be grasped with both hands when the opportunity arises.