One Fine Fireman: A Bachelor Firemen Novella

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A smoking-hot prequel to Jennifer Bernard's fabulous Bachelor Firemen series. If you love the novels of Rachel Gibson and Bella Andre, then this is for you!

Kirk, a.k.a. Thor, one of San Gabriel's infamous Bachelor Firemen, certainly lives up to his nickname. He's tall and handsome, with a chiseled body worthy of any Viking god. But he'd give it all up for one glance from her.

Sweet, shy Maribel has no idea that Kirk's been pining for her. ...

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Overview

A smoking-hot prequel to Jennifer Bernard's fabulous Bachelor Firemen series. If you love the novels of Rachel Gibson and Bella Andre, then this is for you!

Kirk, a.k.a. Thor, one of San Gabriel's infamous Bachelor Firemen, certainly lives up to his nickname. He's tall and handsome, with a chiseled body worthy of any Viking god. But he'd give it all up for one glance from her.

Sweet, shy Maribel has no idea that Kirk's been pining for her. There's nothing he'd like better than to sweep her off her feet and show her just how exquisite their love could be. But Kirk has a secret, and he won't let anyone get close, least of all the sexiest woman he's ever met.

Can a feisty little dog and an even feistier little boy help these star-crossed lovers find the passion they both so richly deserve?

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Kirk, aka “Thor” for his handsome, Nordic looks, is one of the bachelor firemen of San Gabriel who regularly breakfast at the diner where Maribel waitresses. Amusingly described as “hand grenades of testosterone rolling in the door,” the guys are all charming, but Maribel is attracted to Kirk, who can barely speak in her presence. He and her son, Pete, hit it off when they take care of a stray dog and bond over their dislike of Maribel’s obnoxious fiancé of six years. The plot moves quickly with our confused heroine juggling a bad case of the hots for Thor, the breakdown of her engagement, and her son’s disappearance and consequent endangerment.

Verdict With appealing firemen heroes, this novella from Bernard’s series (The Fireman Who Loved Me) is sweet, sexy, and funny.—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Library, CA(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062257963
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Bachelor Firemen Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 197,306
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to . . . well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She's no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novels under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Loved It!

    This book was really good, it was funny and sad and everything else, I defiantly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Too cute

    Super cute book with a super secy cover! Come on that cant be real! Yum yum! Sweet story you'll enjiy it gotta buy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Great Novella

    Great novella! This is Maribel and Kirk's story. Loved how Stan the Firehouse dog was introduced into the
    series. Great addition!!

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    Must read

    What's not to love? Hot firefighters and so sweet :)

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Great Read

    Loved the story line

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Hahaha

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

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    A nice introduction

    One Fine Fireman is a sweet and surprisingly hot book. Kirk, aka Thor, is a member of San Gabriel Fire Station 1. The station is supposedly cursed in the romance department, meaning the handsome firefighters aren’t supposed to find love. Kirk and Maribel have been attracted to each other for six years. Kirk is too shy to say more than five words to her. Maribel has been in a long distance relationship for the whole time and is also engaged. Thus making Maribel off limits in his mind.

    One day Maribel’s nine-year-old son, Pete, finds a puppy and follows it to an abandoned warehouse. The same warehouse where Kirk just happens to be working on his motorcycle. Kirk ends up taking Pete back home, where he is actually able to get more than five words out. Maribel is allergic to animals and agrees that Pete can take care of the dog as long as Kirk helps him and the dog stays away from the house.

    Over time Pete and Kirk form a pretty strong bond. This relationship leads Maribel to FINALLY question her relationship with her fiance’, Duncan. Duncan is self-absorbed, lives on the East Coast and doesn’t really seem to be very fond of Pete. He hardly finds times to visit Maribel on the West Coast and NEVER wants to spend time with Pete.

    Through Pete’s relationship with Kirk, Kirk and Maribel grow closer. After a while Kirk confesses his secret, which makes Maribel care for him even more. After it’s discovered that Maribel is no longer engaged, the two start their romance. When tragedy strikes, Maribel realizes just how important she and Pete are to Kirk.

    One Fine Fireman is a really good start to this series. We get introduced to future characters. My only complaint is that I wish there was an Epilogue so I could found out what happens with Kirk, Maribel and Pete a year or so down the line.

    Source: Edelweiss
    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Review

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    This short Novella is the prequel to The Bachelor Firemen of San

    This short Novella is the prequel to The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel by Jennifer Bernard. It tells the story of Kirk and Maribel, but most importantly it sets up the series of full length novels that will follow. The basic background is that there is a curse upon the men who work at the San Gabriel Station 1 Firehouse. It was started by Virgil Rush, whose mail-order bride, Constancia B Sidwell, left him at the alter and he cursed all the men to have trouble finding love. Since then the firemen have come to be known as the Bachelor Firemen. 

    In this short story, we meet Kirk, or as he is known to his fellow fireman. Kirk has had a major crush on Maribel for years and yet gets so tongue tied around her, the most he has ever said at once time was 16 words (his fellow firemen bet on his word count). Maribel on the other hand, thinks he is cute, but has been engaged for 6 years to a famous photographer and carries on a long distance romance with him in New York. Maribel also had a 9 year old son, Pete, who despises Maribel's fiance, Duncan. 

    I wasn't sure how these two were going to end up together in such a short novella, but the author kept it tight and moved the action right along. It was a great read and though compact, didn't feel rushed or that anything was left out. The best part is getting to meet the firemen who are going to be the main love interests in the full length novels. By seeing them interacting with each other, I have already come to know them and can't wait to read their stories. 

    Even though it's a short read, I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, because I can see myself going back to re-read it. The dialogue was fantastic, and the Harry Potter references by Maribel's son Pete were awesome for this Potter fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    A Sweet Romance

    The story was really only 96 pages. It was such a sweet romance. I loved both Kirk and Maribel. They were so sweet together. I think this is going to be a great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Problem loading

    Wouldn't load at all. I tried 5+ times and still won't load. No point in paying for a book I can't read. Barnes Noble needs to fix this or refund the money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    96pages

    Cute but not even two thirds of the pages advertised

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    A

    Would not load
    Waste of money........

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Loved this short story! This is what got me hooked on the Bache

    Loved this short story! This is what got me hooked on the Bachelor Firemen series. It was a quick read (less than a day), but it kept me involved. I couldn't put it down. I wasn't a big fan of Ms. Bernard until I read this story, now I can't get enough of her "firemen world".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Loved this book!!!!!!

    Read this book in less than one day. It was an enjoyable read, funny,romantic, & MUCH MORE. Enjoy

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    An Amazing Hero But Wishy-Washy Heroine Combine in a Sweet and Satisfying Story

    One Fine Fireman was a pleasant read that left me with a warm fuzzy feeling and showed a promising start to a series of books featuring other sexy firefighters that I look forward to reading over the next few months. With its likable characters, sentimental storyline, and nice balance of action and romance, Jennifer Bernard gives readers a feel-good story that ends with a satisfying conclusion.

    Maribel has thought of herself as engaged for years, but the man constantly on her mind is firefighter Kirk, aka Thor. Even though he says very little to her it's the highlight of her day and she misses him when he's gone. After he finally makes his move on her, with the help of her young son, it's almost too late to get her to admit the truth of her feelings before he's forced to leave town to save his life. Maribel is a kind-hearted character, a bit flighty at times and not as smart as her young son when it comes to her fiancée. I was left frustrated by her through the first half of the book because of her indecision in dumping her uncaring and superficial fiancée, especially after Kirk's loving declaration. In the next instant though I admired her unquestionable support of Kirk and his deeply scarred body. She made him feel strong again after his disease made him feel weak. She helped him feel like a hero again.

    After a battle against cancer that has left his body scarred and his mind tired, all the sexy Kirk wants to do is finally be brave enough to tell Maribel how he's felt about her for ages. After befriending her son and a stray dog wiser than most humans he finally gets the chance. His heartfelt declaration made me swoon and made me like him even more. Unlike Maribel's wishy-washyness, Kirk knew exactly what he wanted and made the most of his opportunity to claim Maribel who was still uncertain about her future with her fiancee. The scene involving his emotional declaration was both sweet and sexy and left me frustrated at first.

    Only through a life and death situation that comes out of nowhere towards the very end of the story does Maribel finally understand which of the men in her life truly cares for her and her son and a quickly achieved HEA can result. Kirk's fellow firefighters were a delightful addition to this story! Their playful banter with Kirk was realistic and charming and has me excited for their individual stories to be told. Maribel's son Pete was a wonderful addition too with great insight for one so young and who helped add a fairytale feel to the story with his innocent and magical outlook on life. These secondary characters were constantly working to help Kirk and Maribel get their HEA and without their intervention this book wouldn't have had the satisfying ending that it did.

    Fully fleshed-out characters, playful and realistic friendly banter, and a heartfelt declaration of love lead to an entertaining and satisfying story. The talent that Ms. Bernard shows here gives me high hopes for the rest of the series. So bring on those sexy firefighters!

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    Good Read

    Another good read by Jennifer Bernard.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

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    Welcome to San Gabriel, California where the bachelor firemen ar

    Welcome to San Gabriel, California where the bachelor firemen are 'like hand grenades of testosterone rolling in the door, sucking all the air out of the room'. Their favorite coffee shop, called the Lazy Daisy, is where we meet the Maribel Boone. The easily frazzled mother of a nine year old boy, is a waitress with an artistic vein for photography. The highlight of her day is when the bachelor firemen stop by for their usual, especially one fireman in particular, Kirk. As the quiet one in the group, she's always hyper aware of his presence. Just looking at him makes her weak in the knees, and she has the propensity to babble whenever she tries to talk to him. Too bad he never says more than “coffee, black” to her. But it shouldn't matter. After all, she's engaged to Duncan, her hot shot celebrity photographer boyfriend of six years.

    Kirk aka Thor, for his sexy likeness to the Viking God of Thunder, has had a crush on Maribel for as long as he can remember. Too bad he always gets tongue-tied around her. It's so bad that his buddies keep taking bets on how many words he can spit out in front of her. Looking at her gives him the proverbial butterflies in the stomach. As much as he'd love to, he can't confess his feelings for Maribel because he thinks he's damaged goods. But it shouldn't matter. After all, she's engaged and he's planning on moving to Alaska.

    Then there's Maribel's son, Pete. He may be only nine years old, but he has a lively imagination and has a strong dislike of his mother's boyfriend. When she tells him that they'll be one happy family soon and moving to New York, Pete is less than enthusiastic. Imagining himself in the world of Harry Potter, he fervently wishes Hagrid would drop out of the sky on his motorcycle and work his magic. Little does Pete know that his new four-legged friend may be the answer to his prayers.

    I loved this story. It was light, sweet, endearing, sexy, and funny! It's one of those romances that gives you the warm and fuzzies. The writing was light-hearted, it flowed well, and the characters' struggles felt real enough to be believable. The predictability of the plot didn't detract from the overall appeal of this story. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kirk and Maribel and Kirk and Pete. I can come up with all kinds of plausible explanations for Mari allowing Duncan to be a part of her life for so long, and I was proud of her for losing her rose-colored glasses so quickly. However, shortly after her epiphany, she has a moment of self-doubt when she's 'not ready to take any drastic steps. She needed to think things through before she made any irrevocable decisions.' I wanted to yell at her, “Yes, girlfriend, now IS the time for drastic steps, post haste, tout de suite, pronto!” The ending may have been rather convenient, but I was relieved and happy with the conclusion. I'm going to miss that little family.

    I will definitely be picking up the rest of the books in this series because frankly, you can't beat such sweet, humorous stories with hot, caring firefighters. They're perfect for cold, wintry nights. There's an excerpt at the end of the book for the next book, The Fireman Who Loved Me, which is Ryan's story, and it was hysterical!

    Disclaimer: I won an ecopy from the author in a blog tour giveaway hosted by The Book Tart.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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