What happens when you attend a first responder's bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.
That's right. Even back when I was 'Fatty Maddie' to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.
Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he's turned into and I want to slide down his pole.
One date. That's all I'm committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.
As always, the universe has other plans. I never would've predicted that in a matter of days he'd turn from my dream guy into my business partner-and that's when things got interesting.
He was her first love and her worst heartache. Piper Rayne proves that fate has a sense of humor. Flirting with Fire is full of irony. Maddie was the girl that nobody noticed. As a teen being awkward was the least of her problems. She gave her heart to the most popular guy in school, but neglected to get it back. Fast forward a few years and the ugly duckling has blossomed into a swan. Just when she thought she'd let go of the past, the feelings come back to haunt her. Her worst heartbreak is set on becoming the best mistake she ever made. Maddie and Mauro are proof that if it's meant to be, love will find a way. I laughed, cried and loved
Lyle is normally friendly, charming but also an adrenaline junkie. . He is a rancher but also part time First Responder. Lyle is a fire jumper for the First Responders. Lyle was the risk taker and his older brother Logan was the strong protective one. The brothers pregnant mother had died young and their father had changed after that into an angry mean drunk who took it on on his son. Logan would let his father touch Lyle and took all the horrible things his father had done to him and protected Lyle. Lyle still carries the guilt that he never stood up to his father and protected Logan. Lyle now felt he was worthy of love. He refused to even start a relationship with a woman. Their childhood had deeply affected Lyle and Logan but each handled it their own way. Emily/em was Charlotte/Charlie’s older twin. Their parents had shipped them off to boarding school fairly young then didn’t care about them. Emily picked up the messes Charlie got in and stood by her always. Em was the sensible rule keeper. Then Charlie tells Em she is in love and Em hunts her down in Marietta to make sure Charlie is really happy and not being used for her money. Em had already been through that and wasn’t gonna let it happen to Charlie. But Charlie is well liked and appreciated in town. Logan the man she loves has a lot of good said about him in town. Em decides to go out to the Double T ranch to surprise Charlie. There she sees the man who had drove by when she was out for a walk and splashed her with a lot of mud. He is Lyle which is Logan’s younger brother. When they meet they don’t particularly like one another although they tend to be attracted to each other but they are so opposite. Em seems to bring out the worst in Lyle. Eventually em sees past lyle’s mask to the pain and guilt he hides from others. Lyle wants to prove to em she is worth so much more than her money.
I liked this book a lot . I loved how Lyle called woman” sugar”.I advise you to read the first book in this series so you know everyone and everything that you need to so this will just flow better. This was an easy enjoyable read. I respected how two different types of child abuse is brought to life and shows the effects that the adults carry as a result of what the had went through. Admittedly one was worse than the other but both left their effects on the adults. I loved the backstory that was shown in this book. I felt this was a well written book. I also liked the plot and pace. I felt bad for what Logan and Lyle had endured after their mom had died. I loved how protective Em was of Charlie even when they are both adults. I did feel the end was a little rushed. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men.
But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.