Review: Sex and the Single Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Posted January 7, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Sex and the Single Fireman by Jennifer Bernard
Sex and the Single Fireman

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Series: Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Avon
Released on January 29, 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway
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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I don’t mind a character having a gruff side as long as we see why they’re acting that way. Sounds like a pretty good book.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I agree. If there is a good explanation, I can work with it. 🙂
It was light and fun.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
3 years ago

oh cool looking read Sophia Rose all forbidden and all that stuff too. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, it sure did have a bit of the forbidden with him being her boss. Plus the pair of them just sparked against each other all the time. 🙂

3 years ago

Maybe one day if I have the occasion to read it

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Hope you like it if you get the chance, Melliane. 🙂

3 years ago

No, I have to like the heroine too and she sounds like I would really dislike her too. I had fun reading all your fire references though! And even the guy’s name. Fun review Sophia?

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

See, that is exactly how I felt. I don’t find the ‘my life sucks so I get to be rude’ attitude okay. Just like I think it should be okay that someone isn’t into you without having you get all smart mouthed and huffy. Much of the book was cute and fun and I was cheering them both on, but the times she got that attitude drug the book down for me.

3 years ago

Hmmm I’m not sure I’d like her either. The cover is a bit cheesy. The snarky and sexy are appealing and I do like fireman stories but I’m not sure I’d make an effort to get this one. Thanks for the review! Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Anne

A lot of people liked this one and I remember when the series was getting good reviews so I always wanted to try it. But yeah, I don’t find her antics funny so it made this book more okay than great for me and I’m not sure I’ll go out of my way to pick up others though I do have some of her other series on my Kindle so I’ll see how I like those.

Lover of Romance
3 years ago

Lovely review. I had a fun time when I read this one….so sweet and fun.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I was trying to think whose reviews I read that made me want to try it. Maybe yours. 🙂 Glad you had a good time with it.

3 years ago

Super sexy cover but I don’t think this one is for me.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Don’t blame you there. I’m going to try another book by her and see if it was just this one, but I was only in like with it at the best of times.

3 years ago

I can see why you didn’t always got off the right foot with the heroine, she does sound a bit too snarky at times form what you mention here. Good to know there is a bit of a reason for her attitude. And Romans sounds a bit gruff and tough, but sounds like there’s a reason for that too. They pair does sound like they’re good for each other.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, her mouthiness went past funny into meanness. But, at least I could see why she had a bad attitude and Roman, too.

Angie Elle
3 years ago

I think a lot of authors confuse meanness with strength, and it’s seems more prevalent lately. I find I’m having a hard time with heroines on a regular basis, and it’s frustrating.

Great review, Sophia.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

You said it, sister. I agree with that observation completely and have the same struggles as a result.