Caitlin Tyler doesn’t do bridges—she just doesn’t know it until she lands her dream job and freezes halfway across her new town’s towering death span. Cue the cocky, infuriating fireman who goads her off the bridge. He’s hot, but he’s also exactly the kind of guy she wants to avoid…which she manages to do for a whole four hours.
Lt. Shane Hendricks is only two weeks away from leaving Dry Rock. He sure as hell doesn’t need to get involved with a woman he has to rescue twice in one day. The fact that she’s clearly annoyed by him doesn’t deter him from throwing down a challenge—one that proves hard to resist for all the wrong reasons.
They’re moving in different directions. Leaving should be easy, but falling for Caitlin might be the one fire he can’t put out…
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Sarah and her husband of what he calls "many long, long years" live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they're asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren't much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.
She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture-a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores sexy contemporary romance, Sarah writes in many genres including historical and ghostly paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found at http://sarahballance.com.
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Caitlin Tyler adjusted her glasses and immediately regretted relinquishing her grip on the bridge railing that kept her from plunging to her watery demise. Despite the periodic blindness caused by her wind-whipped hair smacking her in the face, she already saw herself going over the edge, the dark swirling water below stealing her last sputtering breaths.
She'd seen rivers before. Near her home in rural Wyoming, every roadside dip and swale had a sign naming the river or creek it marked. Sometimes they even had water in them.
Sometimes they were raging torrents of death.
This river was creeping up on the latter, agonizingly reminiscent of the flash flood that tore unexpectedly over dusty ground and swept away her family's truck. She hadn't seen water churn like this since that night.
And the bridge ... it was really high up.
Why had she thought she could do this?
Because most people can cross a bridge? She had crossed this very one the day before, in fact, only tucked safely within the confines of a bus.
She'd traveled light, planning to start her new life in Dry Rock, Colorado — which, with its roaring river, was decidedly not dry — as proprietor of Shelf Indulgence, a used book store wedged between an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and a candy store in the trendy downtown district. She'd thought the location perfect for a brick-and-mortar bookstore revival, if a bit tough on skinny jeans.
The potential for perfection was still there ... if she ever managed to get to the other side of this godforsaken bridge. Maybe she could put a cot in the back of the store and survive on takeout?
She should have taken the bus again. Or a cab. Anything that would have involved being forced across the span, the river comfortably out of view. Instead, she'd decided to tackle it head-on, big girl panties hitched to her neck, pride higher than those not-so-distant mountaintops. She wasn't going to run away from her dream over a bunch of steel and concrete and a little bit of water.
Or so she'd told herself before she'd walked onto the bridge. Approximately halfway, she'd dared a peek down, and all of that flagging bravado took the plunge without her.
Ever since that moment, she'd had a death grip on the railing, her fingertips growing increasingly numb, every muscle fiber frozen by fear. Except her heart. Nope, that beat so hard the bridge shook.
The bridge actually shook.
Okay, so maybe giving up everything to run a bookstore in a random town she'd never heard of was crazy. She'd heard it a million times from just about everyone back home — her best friend, her mother, the postman, the guy who couldn't get her name right at the coffee shop. Even the neighbor's cat had tossed a haughty, accusing stare her way when she'd packed up the treat bowl she kept out for him.
But that hadn't deterred her. The cat could scowl all he wanted, because she was going to take that English Lit degree — the one they'd all assured her would be useless in life — and put it to work.
At least, that had been the plan ten minutes ago.
Now, she was almost certain she wouldn't live long enough to hear everyone gloat. Which, come to think of it, might be an upside. One that didn't make it any more comforting to find herself clinging to the cross-town bridge, life flashing before her eyes while a deluge of regrets flew past at a speed that far outpaced the steady, pavement-shaking pace of what had to be every vehicle within a thirty-mile vicinity.
She gnawed on the inside of her cheek, too tense and terrified to bite her nails or do anything that would ever, ever require her to let go again.
Passing cars churned exhaust in her face, sending road grit pinging against her legs. She tried to take a deep, steadying breath, but all she inhaled was road dust. She coughed, almost losing her grip and her glasses over the course of a single spasm.
Distant sirens cut through the shuffle of the traffic.
Before she could process what that meant, a motorcycle passed too closely, and she let out a high-pitched scream. A trio of big ugly birds that had been perched just a few feet away, staring down their hooked beaks at her, launched skyward. Another semitruck roared by, sending a few brute tons of steel and concrete swaying beneath her feet.
"Nope, nope, nope." Steel and concrete were not supposed to move.
A gust of wind rocked her, almost sending her glasses into the river again. She managed to smash them back against her face without fully losing her grip on the railing, though an unexpected draft suggested her skirt might have fluttered indecently around her thighs. Great.
The sirens grew louder.
Oh God. She literally couldn't breathe. Her throat felt like a clogged vacuum hose, and the harder she fought for air, the more the world seemed to blur and spin around her. Hugging the railing felt like the worst idea in the world, but it was the only solid thing within her reach. Desperate not to fall into traffic, she edged closer to the barrier, almost grateful for the sparkly edges of her vision that kept her from seeing the rushing water.
The last time she'd seen rushing water, she'd nearly lost everyone she loved.
Her teeth started to chatter.
No one slowed to check out the woman frozen mid-span. Apparently, pedestrians hung out on this bridge on a regular basis.
They could have it.
If she made it off that death span alive, damned if she'd ever touch toe to it again.
Lieutenant Shane Hendricks assessed the scene before him. The call had been for a jumper, and sure enough, a woman clung to the railing halfway across the span. Traffic ahead had slowed to a static crawl, which meant the wind whipping that mess of red hair had to come from the water. She didn't look in imminent danger of going over, but he wasn't one to take chances.
He radioed down to make sure the rescue boat was in place. Not a stretch there ... after years of calls like these, the vessel docked near the pilings, but he received confirmation they were ready. The ambulance waited at the foot of the bridge, ready to maneuver in either direction.
Just another day at the office.
He didn't know what it was about this span, but at least once a month since he'd signed on with the department nearly ten years ago, they had someone threatening to go over the side. Those who had followed through tended to be thrill seekers in their teens and early twenties looking for a good time, and most walked away unscathed.
People who wanted to jump just did it.
In his experience, people who made a huge spectacle — like the woman in question — rarely wanted more than attention. And they got it after effectively shutting down the only bridge between the suburban sprawl of Dry Rock and the downtown area, which was wedged between the mountains and the river. Almost everyone had to cross that river to get to work or shop or actually do anything, and even then, the pickings were fairly light. Dry Rock only pretended to be a city.
He hated it.
It was an odd place to be, knowing he helped people, but feeling like he would never measure up to what he wanted from his career as long as he was stuck there. Fighting fires, outsmarting and outmaneuvering nature, was in his blood. He needed high rises and an urban hardscape — a place where they really needed him. Somewhere he could make a real difference, like his dad had.
His father had died a hero.
In Dry Rock, Shane helped cats out of trees and talked people off bridges. It wasn't the most heroic of jobs, though that woman, who seemed to be alternately crying and talking to herself, might pose a bigger challenge than most.
Two weeks. That's all he had left in this town. He'd accepted a job in Denver, fighting real fires. Continuing his father's legacy in the city that had taken him. Going back would break his mother's heart, but he had to go.
He was meant for it.
"What do you think, Lieutenant?" Matt Freeman was Shane's closest friend, but on a call, they kept things formal. That didn't stop Matt from filling Shane's truck with ping-pong balls when their shift ended, nor did it stop Shane from kicking his ass in retaliation, but there was a line.
On the job, they had the routine down.
Routine. Dry Rock in a nutshell.
Shane sighed and kept his eyes on the woman. Peripherally, flashes of red faded from traffic that had continued ahead while Matt brought the engine to a stop. Behind them, all lanes were blocked. "I need to get the hell out of this town."
Matt's soft laughter carried across the cab. "Before or after that woman does or does not jump?"
"She's not going to jump. She'd need a step ladder to get over the edge." Shane wasn't exaggerating by much, if at all. The pedestrian railing was more than half her height. Throwing herself over would prove a challenge, and the neon-white of her grip on the rail suggested she wasn't going anywhere any time soon.
He hopped off the truck, hitting the ground heavily in the turnout gear. He added the requisite helmet, kicking back the visor, and nodded to Matt. Show time.
The woman barely glanced his way as he approached. He wished he could get a better idea of her expression, but with a mess of red hair whipping into a tornado from the updraft, all he could tell was that her face had momentarily shifted in his direction, then back to the pavement.
His guys stopped traffic behind him, and by now the cars ahead had cleared the bridge. Red and blue lights flashed on the opposite side, suggesting the police had a barricade in place. The typically busy crossing had settled into an unnatural silence, over which he could hear stifled sobs that made whatever she mumbled between them indecipherable.
"Mind if we talk?" Shane asked the woman when he was close enough to be heard without yelling. The distance between them narrowed from twenty feet to fifteen before he eased his approach. He took in her cute, if prim, skirt and a blouse he was sure his grandma had owned back in the day and, weighing that with a set of healthy curves he probably shouldn't have noticed, decided she probably wasn't strung out on anything.
She looked at him in the same instant the wind died. Five seconds without her hair flying left him gut-punched. She was a redhead, all right, with killer green eyes. What he assumed to be mascara had fled the scene, having run to her neck in smears that stood vivid against her porcelain skin. Those same tracks had uncovered a smattering of freckles, and her tear-streaked face left her glasses without traction. He hadn't even noticed them, clunky and retro, until that moment when she pushed them against her face, which really said something about the intensity of that shade of green.
"Do I look like I'm standing here waiting for a sweaty fireman to come by and engage me in conversation?" she asked, sounding ... annoyed, if shaky.
Huh. He'd never gotten that reaction before.
And sweaty? He might have been buried under a few pounds of gear, but the morning temps still hovered in the sixties, the air cool against his face. "We don't have to talk. I'm here for whatever you might need."
"That sounds like a line from a bad date."
Some of the color came back to her knuckles. Either she was about to start climbing the fence, or her strange irritation over his presence made her forget whatever else had her clinging to the side of a bridge. When she didn't make for the railing, he bet on the latter.
"Pretty sure I've never been a bad date, so I wouldn't know," he said cautiously, watching her body language. Sure enough, her grip loosened, and she actually turned away from the railing instead of just twisting to look at him.
Her eyes flashed. "You just happened by to talk about your dating situation?"
He'd managed to knock the distance between them to about five feet, and she hadn't reacted to his proximity. Nor was she clinging to the bridge. He hitched an eyebrow and prayed he hadn't misjudged her. "Do you want to talk about my dating situation?"
He tried not to notice the way the morning sun set fire to her hair, or how those eyes reminded him of hiking in the spring when the evergreens sported new growth. He tried, and failed, which made her combative tone almost welcomed.
Almost. Because he still had a job to do.
"Yes," she said, like he'd asked the dumbest possible question. "That's exactly what I wanted from this day. Right after I found myself stuck on this bridge, I thought, I need a guy to come talk to me about his dating situation."
A grin tipped his mouth before he could stop it. He recognized the fear in her tone. Found her eyes swimming in it, but if turning fear into irritation toward him helped get her off this bridge the safe way, that was fine with him.
He was grateful Matt and the rest of his guys were at his back so as not to witness his facade splinter. Not that it was one. He was just doing his job, and if that meant goading her away from the edge, so be it. "Better me than the guy down there on the rescue boat. His dating situation isn't one for polite conversation, not that that stops him from oversharing."
Her eyes narrowed, then widened. She looked from him toward the direction of the fire truck, then toward the cops on the other end of the bridge, then back to him. "Wait. You think I'm going to jump?" Incredulity shook her small, curvy frame, and he noticed in every possible wrong way.
Eyes lit, she launched on the offensive. "I don't want to Be on the bridge. Do you really think I want to be under it?"
He studied her a moment, momentarily lost by the way the wind outlined her body through her clothes. Gawked was more like it. It was inappropriate and unprofessional, but damn, he wished he'd run into her at the diner instead. Or at the grocery store. Anywhere else, because under any other circumstances, he could think of a hell of a lot more interesting things for her to be under than the bridge.
To her question, he replied, "Well, ma'am, whether you ended up under the bridge would depend on the direction of the current."
Her jaw dropped, then snapped shut. "Is that what you say to people who are about to jump?"
He kept his lips tight to hide another smile. "I thought you weren't jumping."
He was close enough now to invade her personal space. He could have easily grabbed her, but he didn't see any signs that she was about to go over the side, nor was there an obviously abandoned vehicle nearby. He couldn't imagine anyone taking the route by foot if they were afraid enough to freeze up, but this was Dry Rock. If she didn't have a ride, she might not have had a choice about walking across the bridge.
The irritation twisting her expression did nothing to kill his gnawing — and yep, still inappropriate — attraction. "I'm not jumping," she said, "so you can call off the fire trucks and the police cars."
"And the boat. And there's an ambulance, too." He moved closer, and she reclaimed every inch he gained, shuffling backward, her hand only lightly touching the railing. She probably hadn't noticed her own retreat.
"Please tell me you're kidding. There's really a boat?" She turned her head a fraction, then seemed to catch herself and jerked back toward him. The lull in momentum nearly had him tripping over himself not to walk right into her, though he wouldn't harbor too many regrets. Not with a growing interest in this woman — one that turned more into an ache with every step away from emergency response territory. He tried to shake it. The last thing he wanted was an entanglement in Dry Rock. Not with everything he wanted waiting just two weeks away in Denver. He'd have plenty of time to twist a few bed sheets there.
Off the clock.
"We care about our citizens," he said mildly. "That's why we have this great big high bridge to keep you away from that little stream."
"Little stream?" Horror blanched her face, and she took a few more steps back. "It looks like a dam broke down there."
He glanced over the side and continued his forward press. "Nope, it's calm today. You must not be from around here. It's almost impossible to live here and not cross this bridge, and I don't believe we've met."
Excerpted from "Her Sexy Challenge"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cleverly written with fun, witty, loving characters. Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Can't wait for another read by this author!
This one I recommend. Loved the characters. Still u need to dispense with the f__k word. Totally unnecessary.
So it’s funny in spots. Romantic in spots but I found that they fought their feelings too much. I would have liked to see more of them together as a couple. But not bad of a story.
I adored Her Sexy Challenge! Caitlin & Shane were such an adorable couple & I loved the story line. I liked how Shane helped Caitlin conquer her fears without at first realizing he had issues of his own that she was helping him with. Always love a book with a great HEA I will be reading more by Sarah Ballance. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
DNF at 22%. I like Sarah Ballance's romances so I was stoked to get approved for this ARC. Unfortunately, I just didn't get along with the hero and after he did something which crossed a line for me I gave up reading this book. Caitlin Tyler has a number of phobias which (from the little I read) stem from the circumstances surrounding the horrific death of her parents. She lands her dream job but unfortunately getting there requires her to overcome one of her phobias - fear of crossing running water. On the day she tries, she freezes halfway and has to get rescued by the fire brigade, specifically Shane Hendricks. Strike #1, he assumes Caitlin is attempting suicide, although probably just attention seeking, and is less than sympathetic. Then a fire in the furnace in her book shop requires him to save her again. Again, his behaviour is less than professional. Strike #2, he is described as smirking waaaay too often. Shane then decides that it is his duty to make Caitlin face her fears - he has no training in the correct way to help people who have been traumatised face their fears, oh no, he just decides to badger Caitlin into going on a non-date with him, promises that he won't force her to do anything she doesn't want to, then carries her onto the middle of a bridge over a river. I am in no way an expert (not even an amateur) at treating phobias but this was a total red flag incident for me. He had no idea whether she would completely freak out, have a panic attack (as she did on the bridge at the start of the book) or have hysterics. I found his whole attitude to be smug and arrogant and as he himself describes it 'low-key stalking'. So I have to say I didn't like this book and stopped reading at this point. I see that other people have reviewed this and found it hysterically funny - I don't see it myself. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was such a cute book, iIt was such a light-hearted, funny and sweet to boot. Caitlin (Heroine) was not a pushover, and I love that. I also liked Shane, their banter was fun. Read it you wont regret it. Can't wait til next one.
I LOVED Her Sexy Challenge. The story consistently had me either smiling or laughing. I’m not even sure how that happened. Sarah Ballance is definitely proving to be an author who can lift my spirits. In addition to all the humor, Sarah has written extremely likeable characters. Caitlin Tyler has to learned to overcome her phobias and the frightening events of her youth. Shane Hendricks has to learn to live for himself and not the memory of a ghost. I loved watching these two get to know each other and fall in love. I’m extremely happy that Her Sexy Challenge is the start of a new series for Sarah. There are some amazing secondary characters who promise to be just as funny in their quest for love as Caitlin and Shane. I can’t wait for the next installment in the Firefighters of Station 1 series. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing and reviewed voluntarily.**
Her sexy challenge is one of the best books that I read this year and it has become one of my top 10 of all time. I loved really loved the story, the style of writing all the characters and everything that happens in the book. Both Catlin and Shan are great characters both easy to love. I laugh so much by their encounters all the plant and unplanned. How they met is just hilarious and all their undates were exciting. Also, their chemistry is really hot and the scenes are really great writing. I understand the urge that Shane has for proving him self but it was really great that he alone came to conclusion what really matters in life. Caitlin is great in her awkwardness and she is really funny. I loved every page of the book. Highly recommended. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
I've been so uber busy it's killed me to not finish this book in one setting. Ms. Ballance has done a remarkable job of balancing humor and serious into a story that goes well beyond surface romance. Caitlyn is afraid of many things. Shane is only afraid of one thing. Helping Caitlyn with her fears causes him to confront his own. The story starts with a few humorous twist that really sucks you in for the heartfelt meat of the story. Both characters do some dumb things in the story but it just makes you root for them stronger. We are introduced to a firehouse full of eligible bachelors that I hope to see in the future.
"Her Sexy Challenge" is the first sweet and sexy book in Sarah Ballance's new Firefighters of Station 1 series. The Hero and Heroine, Shane and Caitlin, are fun, flirty, and magnetic characters with rapier-sharp banter. Sex scenes between the two are incendiary and explosive in the level of passion. The premise is a bit frustrating. Caitlin moves to town two weeks before Shane is scheduled to start his Dream Job with the Denver Fire Department. Shane desperately wants to be a firefighter where his father gave his life as a fireman. He's dreamed of following, exactly, in his father's footsteps for ten years. Caitlin bought a used bookstore in this small town and his quickly getting a reputation for causing disasters. During her first day in town the fire department had to rescue her twice. Hence her meeting with Shane. Sarah Ballance creates a fun and spicy start to the Firefighters of Station 1 with "Her Sexy Challenge". The Hero and Heroine are attracted to each other from the moment they lay eyes on each other. However, Caitlin's not overly receptive to Shane's charms, at first. Nevertheless their emotions heat up quickly triggering their white-hot sexual attraction. We have wonderfully likable characters, an intriguing romantic storyline, and super racy sexy times. Who could ask for more. The new series looks promising with a cast of charming secondary characters on deck for romance. "Her Sexy Challenge" boils down to finding yourself and not live in the past or within your fears. To read the entire review please visit: http://wp.me/p4XqxF-268 This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
4.5 stars I really enjoyed Her Sexy Challenge by Sarah Ballance. The storyline was entertaining, sweet, emotional and fun to read. I liked both Caitlin and Shane, I found them funny, smart, passionate and they had great chemistry. I found myself connecting with Caitlin from the first few pages. Suffering from my own fears I found her relatable and felt everything she was going through. I liked how Shane helped her to work with her fears and encouraged her to live life. Shane was one of those characters I liked one min, then wanted to punch him the next lol BUT by the end he had won me over and knew he was the perfect man for Caitlin =) Overall, Her Sexy Challenge is a great start to the Firefighters of Station 1 Series and I'm looking forward to the next book.
the first book in the firefighters of station 1 series, her sexy challenge, starts things off hot. caitlyn tyler moves to dry rock, colorado intent on opening her dream used bookstore. the only problem is that the way into town involves a bridge. and even worse it's a bridge over rushing water. she might just have a pathological fear of bridges. and her first attempt to conquer said fear results in the fire department being called out to rescue a possible jumper. when shane hendricks basically teases and flirts her off the ledge she's not quite sure what to make of him. he's not quite sure why he keeps seeking her out either. she's kind of a mess. and he's supposed to be leaving town in two weeks. and it's been his dream to leave for so long. meeting the girl that makes him pause in this moment isn't fair. how can he be sure that she's the one to make his dreams come true. so he tells himself that he's just going to make sure she's conquered her fears. mainly to avoid the drain on city resources. but also because he can't help wanting to be with her every chance he gets. the thing is, they did just meet. so giving up his dream of denver for her isn't actually the right thing to do. everyone else in his life is certain that denver is a mistake. but maybe it's a mistake he needs to make in order to know for sure. this novel also sets up the series, introducing us to the other firefighters who are likely to get their own stories. they are all sexy and delightful, so i'm looking forward to more. **her sexy challenge will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.
5 STARS for Her Sexy Challenge!! Another fantastic read from this talented author, she always produce page turning stories. This story has all the feels with some humor. I enjoyed watching Caitlin and Shane's story be told they were perfect. As always Sarah Ballance gives the reader an great story to escape in. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Her Sexy Challenge by Sarah Ballance This is Caitlin Tyler and Shane Hendricks' story. Oh my goodness! This is a fun and sexy romance. I fell in love with Caitlin and Shane's characters. The banter between Shane and Caitlin was so much fun. The supporting characters were a great addition to the story too. Will Caitlin and Shane give in to the hot chemistry between and take a chance on love? I love how this author incorporates a fun and steamy romance with a touching story. Shane's group of friends seemed like a great bunch of people to spend time with. A wonderful read and a great way to escape from everyday life that will leave you smiling. FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Her Sexy Challenge is the first book in Sarah Ballance’s Firefighters of Station 1 series and it’s a great start! Coming to Caitlin Tyler’s “rescue” on the town’s bridge, fireman Lt. Shane Hendricks is immediately drawn to this woman, even if she has stopped traffic and caused all emergency crews to come to the scene thinking she’s a possible jumper. Caitlin is deathly afraid of bridges and water among other things due to a traumatic experience from her past. She doesn’t appreciate his attitude when he comes to help her, but she also can’t deny how sexy he is. That only frustrates her more. Getting off the bridge safely and getting to her newly purchased book store is all she wants to do. When Shane has to come to her aide again later in the day for something at the bookstore, she just can’t believe her luck, and not in a good way. But there’s an undeniable attraction between these two. Caitlin & Shane grow closer as he helps her face her fears. He tries to keep from getting too close, but it’s a lost cause. There’s no denying the heat between them. Unfortunately, Shane is planning on leaving Dry Rock in two weeks and moving back to Denver where he grew up and live out his dream of working at the firehouse his late father worked at. He’s looking for bigger and better in his job, even though Dry Rock is where his mother, sister and friends are. Will Caitlin be able to change his mind and convince him that what they have is worth staying for? Or will he leave her and everyone behind to fulfill what he thinks is still his dream? This was a fun, sexy read with great chemistry between the characters, funny banter and a good storyline. The side characters were great too and I look forward to their stories in the future! **I was given an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
OMGosh!! This was such a fun book to read and the fun starts almost immediately. It begins with Caitlin’s internal conversation and continues with the witty banter between Caitlin and Shane as their relationship builds (oh, the chemistry!). I am a huge fan of this author; she has a knack for developing great characters and snarky dialogue. And she always delivers a great story, no matter the genre. Her Sexy Challenge will definitely go on the re-read shelf. Well done, Ms. Ballance, well done.
When I started reading this story, little did I know how much I would enjoy it. The story centers around Shane , a firefighting Lt for the town of Dry Rock, who in two weeks will be on his way to a job in Denver he has wanted all his life, and Caitlin, who has just moved to the city to begin her new life as the owner of a used books store. Shane ends up rescuing her twice in a day, and from the first instance, the attraction is there. But for Shane, it’s the wrong place at the wrong time, while Caitlin is determined to stay true to herself and make her new life in Dry Rock. He helps her overcome her fears, she helps him see there is more to life than what he previously thought. All is all it’s a very touching story that at tlmes is funny and at others heartbreaking . But mostly it’s a story about family, about overcoming our fears, about how we have a plan for our future that we feel has to be followed to the letter, but by doing so , we might miss the greatest love and experience in our lives. Will we realize in time that our dreams can change because we have changed? Realizing that in doing so, love surpasses all other dreams? A well written story, with characters that are well developed and secondary characters that I am sure will have a story of their own. Definitely an author whose books you will want to read. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Ms. Ballance talent lies in her understanding of the three H's. With humor, heart and heat she sets out to charmingly seduce readers and seldom does she ever miss the mark. Laughter has the power to heal, uplift and unite. Heart brings commonality making it easier to relate to the words on the page and the characters that bring them to life. Heat gets a reaction and draws readers in to the connection between the main characters. Put these three vital factors together and you get an irresistible tale like Her Sexy Challenge, an addictive and entertaining bundle of fun.
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