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Water and Fire

Water and Fire

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by Demelza Carlton

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An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Women's Fantasy Fiction and Medical Fiction

A steamy contemporary medical romance involving a sexy doctor, a naughty nurse, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia.

Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than


An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Women's Fantasy Fiction and Medical Fiction

A steamy contemporary medical romance involving a sexy doctor, a naughty nurse, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia.

Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than most.
There's the intern doctor who follows her around like an overgrown puppy, the dangerous local wildlife and her own secrets she must keep.
When she finds herself without a place to live, what else can possibly go wrong?
Or is it time for something to go right?

A tiny taste of what's in store:

I touched my fingers to his shoulder to steady myself before reaching for my drink.
His face split in a wide grin beneath his ocean-deep eyes. "I think you've had enough. What'll you give me for it?"
I shrugged. "What do you want?"
His smile shrank, becoming more thoughtful. "You could start with a kiss."
I looked into those yearning, deep-water eyes of a man who seemed all fire. It's been a long time, but I think I still remember how.
I cautiously placed my hands on the sides of his face and touched my lips to his. His mouth was open, so the draught of his breath cooled my lips for the briefest moment before I pulled away.
"F*** that!" He strode to the coffee table and clunked the glasses down. His hands were empty for barely a moment before they were splayed warmly on my back. "Belinda. That's not a kiss."
I moved with him as he pulled me closer, one of his hands travelling up to the back of my neck as the other drifted down to the small of my back. I leaned in closer still.
He bowed his head as I tilted mine up. I wet my lips and parted them, feeling fear for the first time. Perhaps I have forgotten how to do this. This is a stupid idea.
He pressed his mouth to mine, layering our lips as we shared a breath. His smiling blue eyes drooped to show blue-veined lids as his tongue stroked mine.
I haven't forgotten. This is new and I'm going to...I'm going to...
His shoulders were smooth beneath my questing fingers, his lips warm and responsive as I deepened my kiss. I felt his chuckle rumble through both of us, though I couldn't see him with my eyes closed. He tasted of whiskey with a hint of chocolate and I wanted more...
"Now that's a kiss."

Ocean's Gift series

This book is a stand-alone prequel to the Ocean's Gift series, which currently includes:

  • Ocean's Gift (Book 1)
  • Ocean's Infiltrator (Book 2)
  • Water and Fire

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.36(d)

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Meet the Author

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.

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Water and Fire 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's something about a bloke wearing nothing but an apron!  A student nurse adding to her education fund brings no surprise to the unflappable Belinda. While the Irish intern proves he only has eyes for the midwife. Plenty of steam generated between the characters in and out of the shower. There's something about a man in an apron. Just an apron...
Tangen 10 months ago
australia, erotica, sirens Read on September 19, 2016 Short and very interesting tale of the professional and private lives of an intern and a student midwife who is much more than she seems. Lots of erotica.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
This is a novella to start the series. We meet Belinda, who is learning to be a midwife. She tries to avoid the new intern, but can't help herself. Belinda is secretive, cool and calm and very likeable. She also has a way with animals that the author quietly touches on. There is more going on with Belinda then meets the eye. I enjoy Demelza Carlton's style of writing and I feel like I am in Australia when I read her books. I will be continuing the series!
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Recommended for Adults. What do Belinda, Aidan and Lin have in common? Belinda is a midwife at the Albany Regional Hospital in Australia. She handles things in a calm, matter of fact manner, not allowing anyone to know… Lin delivers more than TLC at the hospital and I couldn’t help laughing when Belinda caught her bedhopping all over the hospital. Aidan is an intern and… The Nannup Tiger is a native species of Australia, thought to be extinct. Fact or fiction? Fact, but.. I believe we’ll find out… Water and Fire is a fun and romantic paranormal story that had me smiling and…well, I’ll leave that to your imagination. The reading is easy and the writing whimsical. At times the heat builds and the story turns sweet and sexy. I love a good mermaid story and I read Ocean’s Gift before Water and Fire, so I had already met Belinda. I was happy to get more insight into her character. Demelza shares hints of so much more sprinkled throughout Water and Fire, enticing me, the reader, to want to know more.
pgallison More than 1 year ago
His patience and persistence was well rewarded. I really enjoyed this book! I read it first because it’s a prequel to Ocean’s Gift and since I’m interested in that series, I figured I’d start with this. Now that I’ve read it, I’m more excited than ever about reading the series. This was fun and I liked the way the author slowly developed things until, before I knew it, those things were racing along all hot and steamy. Ahh, yes, it turns out our cool, collected heroine has a taste for whisky! And, once “warmed up”, she becomes very passionate about a certain redheaded Irishman as well. His patience and persistence was well rewarded. The ending was also very satisfying for me. Secrets were revealed and I liked the way it was all told with a nice touch of humor mixed in throughout. Now, on to Ocean’s Gift!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite In Water and Fire we meet Belinda, a student mid-wife working in a hospital in the Australian countryside. Belinda is dedicated to her job and the passion she exhibits to help women give birth to healthy babies is contagious and really jumps off the page. Of course Belinda has her own personal demons chasing her toward career success, not to mention a lanky Irish intern seemingly smitten with her. Demelza Carlton brings this story to life allowing us to witness the burgeoning relationship between Belinda and Aidan. Aidan is a funny character who would be creepy in a stalker way if he wasn’t so darned gentlemanly about his affections. He’s homesick and Belinda has her own personal issues that make her question her desirability to Aidan, despite his feelings for her. Water and Fire is a unique story that features a strange cast of characters, including an elderly horn dog masquerading as a hospital maintenance man, a surprised possum, and a nursing intern selling her goodies to pay for college. They’re strange and entertaining but altogether lovable. What I loved most about the growing relationship between Aidan and Belinda is how she helps him get over his fear of babies (yes, babies!) and kind of nurtures him into becoming a confident and capable doctor. While I hoped for a much different ending, Demelza Carlton does a fantastic job making me understand why Belinda makes the choices she makes, even if I don’t agree with those choices. It was a quick, enjoyable read with a weird twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was caught in the first few chapters! Drawn into the world of a small bush hospital in outback Australia. Lanky red haired doctor Aidan falls for the new midwife and romance blossoms. But wait, where are the mermaids? I asked myself. You'll have to read it to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Water and Fire does everything a prequel novella should do. While it is a complete story in itself, it offers hints and teases that make you eager to pick up the next in the series. Told from Belinda's point of view, the story brings plenty of emotional depth and considerable dry humor. While far from a 'traditional' romance, Water and Fire gives everything a reader could want from a deep emotional connection between the characters to spicy sensual scenes. My favorite parts, however, were in the keenly observed and amusingly portrayed scenes of an Outback hospital, from the people to the suicidal kangaroos.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Ok, so this is not my usual read, but I am trying to broaden my horizons. While it is typically not the kind of book I would usually read I liked it. It is a short read – which was a drawing card for me. I actually enjoyed the short quick chapters. It was sorta like a mind game for me thinking I was reading the book quickly – which was nice considering I have been consistently reading 300+ page books recently. The book, story and length were all just refreshing and different. I liked the character of Aiden and thought he and Belinda were great for each other. I liked Belinda, but after the twist at the end I just didn’t like her. I found her just flat out dishonest. However, I think it was because I just thought Aiden’s character was so sweet! The hospital scenes were ok, but I really didn’t like to insinuation of prostitution by a nursing student – that for me was just too much. My favorite parts of the book were from the middle to the end. Those chapters flowed quickly and fluently for me. After completing the book I understood and appreciated the strong symbolism in the book. If you are looking for a quick, quirky read this is your ticket! Rating: 3 Heat Rating: Hot Reviewed by: A. Lyn Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
A very private student midwife with her own agenda finds herself caught up in the wonder that is young Dr. Aidan Bannon, but Belinda knows she can never have a future with this amazing man. Her future lies in her own world, one that is hidden from mankind and for good reason, but will she carry a part of him with her for always? Water and Fire by Demelza Carlton is branded by the author&rsquo;s own special flare for putting words together creating an atmosphere of quiet turmoil in the mind of her main character as Belinda tells the story of how she met Aidan and fought her attraction to him, all while getting to know the man inside and finding him as appealing as he found her. Was it the fiery red of his hair? His open nature? His inner strength? Whatever the chemistry that brought them together, Belinda knows that Fire and water cannot mix and survive together, ever. Her water would drown his flame, or will it survive in another way? As the prequel to the Ocean&rsquo;s Gift series, Water and Fire will prick your imagination with its creative paranormal tease, its sensual romance and two completely likable characters. The interspersed moments of humor in the sexcapades of a student nurse brought moments of lightness that made me chuckle. Don&rsquo;t expect a fast pace filled with action and adventure, expect to meet two individuals who drive the plot with their emotions. Be prepared to be left thinking of the &rdquo;what ifs&rdquo; and how the next book< Ocean&rsquo;s Gift will build on this base.