I was in the mood for a little firefighter action and I saw this book by Gina L. Maxwell on Netgalley and snatched it right up. It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of her books and I had to ask myself, “Why did I wait so long?” This is a solid man-in-uniform romance with a couple so likeable that the book is infinitely readable.
I must admit I have an affinity for this heroes like Erik “Wolf” Grady. He is mature and crusty. He is jaded but so utterly charming he can talk the pants of you, and not surprisingly he does to Olivia Jones. With his smoky voice, he convinces Dr. Jones, a stranger he meets at a liquor store to a one-night stand. They connection is electric and both want more, but neither is exactly ready to ask for it. Until, he meets her again at the doctor’s office. Turns out Olivia is the department’s assigned doctor for Erik’s PTSD. Clearly, she cannot be his doctor, but he is determined to keep her in his life.
I really enjoyed story. I especially appreciated that we are dealing with mature characters who have been around enough to not play games with each other. Well, that is not exactly correct, they play around plenty in bed, but not with their relationship. The most difficult part, the part in which I find the most impactful, is Erik’s fear of hurting Olivia during an episode of PTSD. I’ve read these portrayals in other books, but this one hooked me in emotionally. Still, there is something appealing about being able to surrender, to be cared for, to be led. Although Olivia is a strong woman, she is willing to let go of control.
My one small critique is that Erik’s story feels more substantive than Olivia’s. Olivia has also been through trauma in her life that make her very cautious about entering into a relationship. Compared to Erik’s problems, her story seems a little light. His character overwhelms hers.
A strong start to a new series, Gina L. Maxwell gives us a strong romance destined to light your fire.
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