Meet Lieutenant Howard "Six-Pack" Paxton--one of the handsome, hard-bodies firefighters fo Station Five. Four-alarm blazes have nothing on him.
Howard may love being a fireman and riding his Harely, but there's nothing he values more than his bachelorhood--until a feisty, curvaceous teacher named Kat McKennea falls into his arms at the scene of a blaze and melts the six-foot-six tower of bronzed muscle.
But just as passion ignites between them, and they begin to explore new heights of sexual ecstacy, a ruthless arsonist with a deadly secret and a thirst for vengeance becomes their worst nightmare.
I came across this book over on Stacy's blog. Her review sounded interesting (especially that little quote from page 121), so when I spotted it at B&N I had to snap up a copy.
Trial by Fire is a smokin' hot read. Not quite erotica, but not far from it. The sex in this book is scorching! Howard is definitely a dominant man who is not afraid to show his softer side when it comes to Kat. Their first meeting is action-packed and full of danger. There's an instant spark and instead of doing the typical romance thing, they acknowledge it and move on.
The romance that builds between is both sweet and sexy. Kat is a full-figured woman, which doesn't deter Howard at all. He likes her curves and he loves playing with her body. And she is fascinated by this big muscular guy who is totally gaga over her. It's fun to watch the two of them together as they try to figure out just exactly where this romance is going.
There is the dreaded big misunderstanding, but the way it's handled is actually quite funny and very in keeping with Kat especially. She doesn't take crap from anyone and let's Howard know he is definitely in the doghouse. Bad Howard.
The mysterious fires...those are actually really fascinating. We're given the villain's name right away, but have no idea who he is or why he's targeting Howard until the end. The build up to the finale is satisfying and the end is almost heartbreaking.
My thoughts...the sex is smokin'! I know, I've said that already, but I really mean it. I'm not kidding! Phew! *wiping sweat from brow* Howard is very creative in the bedroom and his biggest pleasure is giving Kat her biggest pleasure. The sex is extremely gratifying for everyone involved. I'm thinking I need to find myself a Howard. :)
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Hot sex, great characters and good suspense. How can you go wrong there?
My Rating: B-