This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 15, 2019
In a nutshell, the delight is simply any book by Claudia Connor. Her books are always heartwarming without being namby pamby and keep me turning pages delighted with each one. This one features a commitment shy fireman and a nurse with a baby who just wants to start over in a new city.
Zach Walker is a super fit fireman-the kind with abs for days. He’s also a former womanizer and is charming as the day is long. Nora Sellers is new to the area and works in a hospital ER. It’s inevitable that Zach and Nora would someday meet, but it’s certainly not inevitable for them to fall in love. Both have issues, most notably Nora’s ten month old baby, Will. On Zach’s part, he just doesn’t trust enough to ever settle down. Things that happened in his past haunt him. He’s the heartthrob of the fire station, and is also a bit older and higher in rank than his fellow co-workers. Nora is starting over with her baby after leaving the father who wanted nothing to do with her or the baby. He’s a real winner. But that’s okay because she never really loved him and would pick Will over him every day of the week.
This is a fairly simple story, one that tells a love story to the readers and I simply enjoyed the ride. In addition to falling for the two main characters, I also fell for the baby, Will. Connor’s use of children in several of her previous books as well as this one has always been a welcome addition in any of her work. I enjoyed not only watching the couple fall in love, but also seeing Zach fall in love with Will. Other characters from previous books are almost all featured and it’s always fun catching up with characters you already know and care about. In this case, Zach’s sister Hannah becomes a friend to Nora. Hannah has her own book and also had the most harrowing journey of any of the McKinney/Walker family members. Her story, Worth the Risk, goes beyond heartwarming to heartbreaking(with a HEA)and I highly recommend that one as well. Actually I recommend them all! The camaraderie of the firefighters was a big part of the story as well. Several of them become a big part of the action and are very well realized by the author. I wouldn’t mind a book about some of them.
Did I mention that these books are pretty steamy as well? Well they are, but not to the erotica extent. That was a plus for me. I’m not a fan of extreme erotica, but I don’t mind a good book with steamy scenes. And there’s a suitable build up to that part which is another good thing about this story. The scenes do not take the place of story or become just filler to the book.
I love Connor’s storytelling ability and always, with no exceptions, end up enjoying her work. Of course, there is more to the story than I mentioned, but I will leave that up to other readers to explore and more importantly, enjoy as I did. I can’t recommend these two series(McKinney’s and Walkers) enough to adult readers that are fans of contemporary romance. We waited two years for this book, so here’s hoping that the next book featuring Zach’s brother, Luke, comes along sooner than that. While we have only heard about him prior to this, we finally met him in this book, so I am more than ready for his story. 4.25 stars!