Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Avon
Released on January 29, 2013
A chance encounter full of sparks on Thanksgiving weekend and a nightmare ‘meet the new boss’ moment as Firefighter Sabrina Jones and Fire Chief Rock Roman off on an awkward and very bad foot. A snarky and sexy, humorous and sometimes sweet encounter for me to a new to me author and series.
Sex and the Single Fireman is book three in the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. There were mentions and appearances of previous books’ main characters, but this one worked fine as a standalone.
Rock has transferred from the East Coast to the West Coast for his son’s sake and a new start. His first encounter with a rude, fiery woman has him wondering if he made the right decision. And, then he spots her in the line up of the fire station crew he is planning to train. No, he is not touching that and he has a job to do no matter what fiery attraction he has to put out.
Sabrina gets an attitude around the holidays knowing her mother is off doing her thing and doesn’t even have time to pick up the phone or tell Sabrina how to reach her so when a sexy man in the car beside her politely asks her to turn down her radio so he can hear his phone, she cranks it. Later, when they’re getting along fine, she ditches him with just an abrupt note. And, yeah, he’s her new hard-nose boss who wants them all in perfect condition and working toward a better rep at the station. But, she’s not done causing awkward situations when she really has no reason, but insults him in front of his son and her past comes back to light up the news media and put her fire station right back in the middle of the type of rep Rock was working them all toward leaving behind. She’s worse than a raging wildfire so why would he want anything to do with her, right?
There is humor, easy attraction, a fun set up, and who can resist a firefighter romance? I was all set for a light and flirty though spicy romance between a cranky fire chief and a snarky firefighter and it was that. The comedy starts right in the opening scene and keeps going along that line of the heroine putting her foot in it a few times.
But, I’m going to buck the tide and be the person who just did not get off on the right foot with the heroine. I went through swings from liking her to getting irritated with her for her unnecessary snark and behavior at times. I didn’t find the way she took out her hurt and anger at her mom out on Rock funny nor a few follow up episodes where she keeps unloading her smart mouth on him and copping an attitude when he ignores the attraction and focuses on the job. But, there was another side. She really did have a tough and sad family situation and I had full respect for how she sorted out her life and earned her place on the fire crew.
Roman gives off a bad impression to the crews at the firestation because he has to be the bad guy who comes in after the popular chief and gets the job of whipping things into shape. He hides why he is the way he is- his wife was an emergency responder in NYC during 9/11 and she didn’t survive. He’s tough because he wants these people doing a dangerous job to have the best chance at surviving.
One episode of Sabrina’s did stand out to me and not in a good way. Her friend and fellow firefighter took all the blame, but in my mind, she should have owned some of that fall out. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought she pulled a stupid when her supposed help in conditioning Vader to being comfortable around his girlfriend’s gay brother was to take a buff firefighter into a gay bar on a Friday night. Fresh meat!!! Monday night maybe and early, but Friday? Did she really expect that to come out well? The poor guy got surrounded and hit on and he panicked.
I enjoyed how this pair, when they got past the shenanigans, were able to help each other get past things and through the new situations. She was good with his son Luke and he was good for her young sister Carly who were about the same age. Her mom was a real piece of work and her uncle not far behind her. I love how she held her ground with Roman backing her up.
Was this a terrible book? Not even close. But, this is a case of me getting a wild hair up my nose when she was the jerk right from page one. It’s a light, sexy romcom with a little depth caused by their separate complicated pasts. Those who want sexy firefighters and steam have come to the right place.
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