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Trial by Fire (Firefighters of Station Five Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Trial by Fire

This book is for you if you are interested in Fire fighters! I have enjoyed mulitple romance novels with the main character being a fire fighter. This story I thought was mid-field compared to the others I have read. I enjoy a good story, and know that is what it is....
This book is for you if you are interested in Fire fighters! I have enjoyed mulitple romance novels with the main character being a fire fighter. This story I thought was mid-field compared to the others I have read. I enjoy a good story, and know that is what it is.
It gives you two types of stories to read in one, one romantic, and one about murders. It has characters that are not perfect, but still keep your interest in the story.
I will leave some for your imagination, and enjoy the story itself. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

posted by book-chick on April 26, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

So many issues

Having read three books featuring fire-fighter heroes in such quick succession, Davis' book fell well short.
One major problem I had was that I figured out both what happened in Howard's childhood, and who the bad guy was, almost right off the bat. I wish Ms Davis had ...
Having read three books featuring fire-fighter heroes in such quick succession, Davis' book fell well short.
One major problem I had was that I figured out both what happened in Howard's childhood, and who the bad guy was, almost right off the bat. I wish Ms Davis had worked harder to surprise.
I'm all for tortured heroes, but there are only so many nightmares our hero can wake up from in one book, and only so many times he can wind up in hospital. For such a 'big hunky hero' he doesn't really even get to save the day - a major plotting mistake. And Kat and Howard spend the entire novel running scared. A hero has to take charge of the situation at some point (and I had serious issues with the break-up, when, after being so concerned for Kat's safety one minute, he simply drives her back home and leaves her alone the next).
And don't get me started on the cheating! I think, being naked and kissing not once, but twice - and in two different locations - in one night constitutes cheating. It was hard to love the hero after that!
I cannot stand it when an author feels the need to remind us about a curvy heroine's size in every scene, and that happens here. Kat's dialogue often comes off as rather childish, annoying when I suppose the author was going for cute.
And what's with the poor editing - one minute we're hearing about how Kat has chosen to be 'bare down there', and the next she isn't?!
Romance novels generally include sex, which is great. But often in this book I felt as if I was reading an erotica author's attempt to write a mainstream novel.Additionally, the pacing was really off. I really believe there's a much better novel hiding in there somewhere, and it's a pity more attention wasn't given to structure in the editing process.
If you're on the lookout for a fun romance based around a fire department, go for Bella Andre's far more satisfying Hot Shots series.

posted by Zosia82 on January 10, 2010

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