Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience...
Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones' office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn't playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he's blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that's what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She's a professional, damn it. She'll date Mr. I'm Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.
It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take...
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Hot for the Fireman
By Gina L. Maxwell, Liz Pelletier
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"Jesus, Wolf, it's a nightclub, not a funeral. Lighten up, will ya? No one wants to screw a fuckin' grave digger."
Erik "Wolf" Grady cut a look over at his best friend of seventeen years, Gavin "Dozer" Greer, and shot him a silent Fuck you very much, asshole as they sat at their table in the back of their regular hangout, Phoenix Club. "This whole situation is bullshit, and you know it," he ground out.
Dozer shrugged a massive shoulder, letting him know the big man was no more concerned about Erik's ire than hearing a call come through at the fire station for a "frequent flyer" — a civilian who was paranoid, lonely, or usually both, and repeatedly required the presence of first responders in non-emergency situations. "Nothin' you can do about it now, man. Chief said his piece. The faster you get it over with, the faster you're back at the house."
Erik held back the dozen or so responses firing in his brain. His current predicament had nothing to do with Dozer. Built like a Sherman tank with rugged good looks, Dozer was like the poster child for the army's all-American hero — albeit with a thick Boston accent. He was also a cocky, take-it-or-leave-it kind of bastard, but when the shit hit the fan, there wasn't another man Erik would rather have on his six.
Trying to distract himself, Erik did a visual sweep of the scene. Pretty typical for a Friday night. The bass from the house music beat down on him from all angles and vibrated through his chest like a second heartbeat. Colored lasers shot through the darkness in rapid-fire succession from the ceiling over the dance floor, making it an epileptic's worst nightmare.
If Erik had his choice, he'd rather sit in a local pub like Charley's with the old townies, drinking tap beer and eating stale pretzels while watching a game or shooting pool with friends. At thirty-five, he felt too old for the dance club scene, which was part of the reason he rarely went out anymore. But the other four guys on his team — his brothers, for all intents and purposes — still liked the rave atmosphere that let them forget about everything else and just be for a few hours.
Erik tried to shake off the chip on his shoulder, but it was no use.
As a career soldier turned rescue firefighter, obeying his CO had been a part of his mental DNA for the last fifteen-plus years. Sure, there'd been times he pushed back and argued contrary points to his superiors — being a soldier didn't mean he was a mindless sheep — but when it came down to it, he followed his orders and expected the same from every man under his command, whether it was back in the army or now as a lieutenant in the BFD.
But this ... fuck! He'd never wanted to balk at an order so badly in his entire life.
He shook off the memory and tried to appear chill despite the turbulent rage crashing through his solid six-four frame like a rodeo bull in a cramped chute. Releasing a resigned sigh, Erik forced himself to relax — a physical oxymoron if he'd ever heard one — and sit back in his chair. He'd been sleeping like shit ever since he and his team had been on scene when a power plant exploded a few months ago. The deafening boom, the flash of light and curling flames, people shouting in distress as they ran for cover ... It had taken him back to a time and place that haunted the darkest shadows in his mind and dragged the nightmare out into the light of day. Since then, it'd been a living, breathing thing he'd had to fight against. He knew he looked like he could use at least a week's worth of rack time, but that didn't mean he couldn't still do his job.
Dozer took a pull of his Sam Adams and made a disgusted face at Erik's drink choice. "Maybe if you weren't sucking on a bottle of water like a pussy, you wouldn't look like you're already in the shrink's office and ready to jump out of your skin."
Erik had decided to drive his truck tonight instead of cabbing it. He knew that without the responsibility of driving home, inebriation and bad choices were a lot more likely given his current state of mind. So water it was.
"Thanks for the reminder, asshole," Erik answered, shaking his head. "Last thing I need is a goddamn shrink to tell me I can do my job."
"Apparently, our last psych eval begs to differ. And not for nothin', Wolf, but don't think I haven't noticed the panic attacks at working fires lately."
Erik scoffed and said, "You don't know what the fuck you're talking about. If I have problems catching my breath, it's because half the time we don't wear our SCBA and it's finally getting to me. I'm not the first jake to come out of BFD with leather lungs, and I certainly won't be the last."
"You're right about that." Dozer took a swig of his Sam Adams and narrowed his gaze at Erik. "But you're the jake whose eval came back with PTSD stamped all over it in big, bold letters."
Erik flipped him off while glancing around the bar again, not really seeing anything. Every day he seemed to lose more control over what went on in his head. Experiencing that power plant blast had caused breaches in the mental hull he'd buried his shit behind years ago. The tiny fissures had grown into full cracks over the weeks, letting his demons seep through to wreak a fuck-ton of havoc in his life.
But it's not like he'd gone bat-shit crazy. Not yet, anyway. He still decided when, where, and how much of the darkness was released at a time. It was his method, and it worked. His control might be a little more strained than usual recently, but the added stress wasn't anything he couldn't handle.
No fucking way was he letting himself get axed just because his new shrink might not agree. He loved his job, and that went double for the men and women he served with in the BFD. He'd rather die than abandon them, and it would take permanent paralysis before he chained himself to a desk to push papers and play politics.
He'd known as much when he stood in front of the chief earlier. Erik took a long pull of his water as his mind replayed the earlier conversation. He'd looked his chief square in the eyes and asked, "Where do I need to go?"
Bill had let out a rush of air, like he'd been holding it, waiting for Erik's answer, then grabbed a file off his desk and handed it over. Erik had opened it to find forms filled out on his behalf, along with information on a shrink whose name sounded like a cross between a breakfast drink and a character in Raiders of the Lost Ark. And because he didn't know what else to say, Erik went with something totally inane. "Is that name a joke?"
"Pretty sure shrinks aren't allowed to have a sense of humor," Bill deadpanned. "You report at zero-eight on Monday. Don't be fucking late, and don't fuck this up. It's your ass on the line."
Erik had repressed the few choice words running through his head. "Yes, sir."
"All right, get outta here, son. I'm sure you have plans with your crew. Go blow off some steam, and I'll check in with you next week."
He'd answered the chief with a curt nod and left to head home and get ready before meeting the guys at Phoenix. Home. Erik scoffed at the reference to the scant apartment that held all his worldly possessions. The Roxbury firehouse on Columbus Ave was his home.
Erik had lived for his job as a firefighter from day one. It gave him the chance to help people in his adopted community, and best of all, it kept him too damn busy to dwell on the past.
Or at least it had. "Fuck," he muttered to himself as the noise of the club drowned out the memory. "I'm gonna need a damn hobby."
"Listen," Dozer said, "why don't you grab yourself a baddie from that bachelorette party over there and get your mind off things. Just don't open your mouth or you're liable to kill the mood."
True to the call sign he'd earned early on in the army, Dozer didn't bother mincing words. The phrase "tread lightly" didn't exist in his vocab, whether he was dealing with people's emotions or delivering an ass-whooping to the enemy. No matter the situation, Gavin bulldozed his way through life and never bothered to glance back at the trail of carnage he left behind. Not because he was an insensitive prick — mostly — but he figured if something he said or did laid you out, there was a damn good reason for it. Only two people existed in the world who the man turned into a sentimental sap for, and that was his mom and younger sister, Gabrielle.
"Last I checked, Doze, I didn't need any tips from you on how to get laid. And forgive me if I'm not in the best of moods after losing my fucking job."
"Hey, what did I tell you?" Dozer demanded. "This is nothin' more than some extended R and R until you can pull your shit together."
"And I told you that my shit doesn't need pulling together." Much.
"Look, man, I get it. I do —"
Yeah, his friend did get it. As did the three other men on their team. They'd all done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan for the army before joining BFD. They'd all seen more than their fair share of nightmares during the war.
"— but you know they're not going to budge on this. Go to your sessions, get the shrink guy to sign off, and get your ass back where it belongs."
Erik grabbed his water up again and took another long pull.
"And make it snappy, will ya? Cap made me acting LT, and I'm not happy about the promotion. Too much paperwork and responsibility. You can keep that shit."
Erik shook his head. "I'll never understand that, man. You were a damn good ranger. Hell, you could've been a damn good regimental commander if you hadn't kept turning down promotions to stay with the platoon. Now you're content as my second again when you could easily make lieutenant yourself."
"Then who'd be there to save your ass all the time? You're lucky I like you enough to stick with you."
Erik arched a single eyebrow. "Or maybe you just like being my bitch."
"Yeah, okay, tough guy. Why don't we get together at the courts for a friendly pickup game tomorrow night? Then we'll see who the bitch is."
"You're on. And don't forget about your tampon. You'll have to remove that if you want a shot at beating me." Dozer flipped him off, and Erik felt the first sign of a smile on his face since getting called into Bill's office. Nodding at the three empty chairs at their table, Erik asked, "Where'd the kids get off to?"
The other three members of their unit — Ashton "Smoke" Donovan, Sean "Bowie" Evans, and Tyler "Preacher" Connelly — had a habit of squabbling and wrestling like actual brothers. Dozer and Erik had taken to calling them "the kids" as a joke. Then they kept doing it because the other three hated it.
Dozer pointed to a corner booth. "That's Smoke over there with a pretty redhead sitting on his lap and sucking on his face like a goddamn Hoover." Smoke was the token lady-killer of the group. The guys joked that if he notched his bedpost for every woman he fucked, it'd look like a termite playground. "Bowie and Preacher are somewhere in that mob on the dance floor, getting their freak on."
Erik almost shot water through his nose. "I don't think that's an expression people still use. You might want to take a stroll through the Urban Dictionary, old man."
Dozer made a face that clearly said as if I care. "So how 'bout that bachelorette party?"
Inwardly sighing, Erik contemplated whether he shouldn't just take Dozer's advice and find a willing woman to lose himself in. He used to be a skirt chaser like the other guys, but lately he'd been less than enthusiastic about hooking up with random women. There wasn't any one thing he could pin it on, but somewhere along the line, the one-night stands had lost their appeal. The women all ran together in his mind with nothing distinctive or unique to set them apart from one another.
When he realized he didn't even remember their names for the duration of their time together, he took a long look in the proverbial mirror and didn't care for the man staring back at him. After that, he tended to burn off any extra adrenaline from the job with grueling workouts and training exercises.
But there were times when the workouts weren't enough. They exhausted his body but never his mind. On the days Rescue 2 dealt with really bad calls — the kind that threatened to coax the ugliness from the depths of his soul — he turned to the only thing that could shut down his mental side long enough for him to push his reset button. Sex. The kind that's quick and rough and dirty with the type of women who enjoyed it when the darker parts of him rose to the surface. But he did his best to keep those instances few and far between.
Erik made a decision and downed the rest of his water, then crushed the plastic bottle and dropped it on the wooden table. "You go ahead," he said. "I'm not in the mood."
That got Dozer's attention like a five-alarmer. "The fuck, Wolf? You get the herp or something?"
Erik cracked a smile and shook his head. "Anyone ever tell you you're a real prick, D?"
"Every day and twice on Sundays, my friend."
"Sounds about right."
"I'm heading out." Erik rose and tossed a few bills on the table. "Get a round for you and the guys on me. Give me a call tomorrow if you want to put a game together."
"Roger that. Later, brother."
Pushing through the throng of bodies, he did his best to be civil and patient instead of barreling a path straight to the door, casualties be damned.
As soon as he reached the outside, he dragged the fresh air of the warm April night deep into his lungs and released it slowly. Grabbing his keys out of his pocket, he made his way to where he parked his truck. All he wanted to do was get to his apartment and end this shit show of a day with a bottle of Jameson and highlights on Sports Center. First, he needed to make a quick stop for the essentials.
Twenty minutes later, he pulled up to a liquor store and parked his Dodge Ram 2500 behind a powder blue Mini Cooper. Climbing out of his truck, he chuffed at the difference in size. His truck looked like it could eat the tiny car in front of it. It was a wonder those things were even street legal. Erik would bet money it was owned by some bubbly college co-ed gathering supplies for a house party. It'd be nice if his biggest problem right now was as easy as which flavor of wine cooler to go with.
The bell above the door tinkled as he walked through. The older lady behind the counter glanced up from her magazine over the reading glasses perched on the edge of her nose and smiled in greeting. Erik answered in kind and started his search for the bottle of whiskey that would keep him company tonight.
The clicking of high heels on linoleum echoed from somewhere in the store, a staccato rhythm that contradicted the smooth jazz being piped in softly from the radio. Out of habit, he did a quick mental check of the place, determining any and all exits and using the large, round mirrors hanging in the corners to get a body count. He saw a flash of a blonde woman in a red dress as she clipped her way along the back wall, but she appeared to be the only person there besides the clerk.
He turned down the correct aisle and found the bottles of Jameson easily enough. The clicking got louder as the woman perused the wine selection in the next aisle over, eventually coming to a stop directly on the other side of the shelves he was facing.
"I don't get it," she mumbled. "It shouldn't be this damn hard to find."
If he wasn't in such a sour mood, he'd offer his assistance. Instead, he plucked a bottle of whiskey from the shelf and turned to head back to the front. He'd send the clerk back to help her.
"I'm officially done with the dating scene. I should just have a hot one-night stand. Find some guy to screw my brains out and be done with it."
He hadn't gone farther than two steps when the woman's words halted his hasty retreat. Feeling like a dog perking up at the sound of a command whistle, he waited in anticipation to hear what came next.
"I'm being serious, Angie. I'm so sick of all these failed dates." She must be on the phone. He shouldn't listen in, he knew that, yet he couldn't bring himself to move, either. "I want a man who knows how to make me feel like a real woman. Is that so much to ask?"
The tone of her voice held dejection and disappointment that reminded him of when his sister's boyfriend dumped her in high school. He didn't know this woman, but part of him sympathized with her all the same. The other part of him — the one currently waking up behind his zipper — was still stuck on the hot one-night stand.
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I really enjoyed this book! From the subject matter to the characters and the way they interacted. A grown up story for grown up readers. I highly recommend this read, you'll enjoy it.
Hot for the Fireman brings us, Army Ranger, now Boston Firefighter Erik Grady. He loves his jobs but he is given an ultimatum, therapy or a desk job. Little did he know when he accepted therapy the psychologist would be the sexy Olivia Jones. Now he is determined to make her internal fire combust and admit to the undeniable chemistry between them. I really loved these characters and storyline is engulfing I look forward to reading more!
Each page will draw you deeper into the characters mind, personalities, life altering past. Hard to put down....
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I just adore Gina L. Maxwell's books! She has a way of writing something serious or sweet and then POW...laugh out loud funny! It's usually best not to drink anything while reading her books! Boston firefighter Erik Grady had some PTSD issues from his 10 years he spent in the Army where he was a Lieutenant. Erik has kept his PTSD under control until a recent incident on the job triggered an episode. Now Erik is bound to desk duty until he goes through the proper therapy he is required to do. Erik is used to being in charge and having his men follow him and not working is showing weakness, something that he hates. After leaving a bar one night with his friends, Erik stops at a convenience store to pick up some alcohol. In the store he see the most gorgeous female he has seen in a while and he is intrigued. She is on the phone with a friend stating what she wished a guy would just do.... Next thing you know, Erik is talking with said girl and they decide to have a one-nighter and boy what a nighter it turns out to be. The morning Erik wakes up and the woman is gone. Lucky for him he ends up getting her name from the hotel worker since she ended up paying for the room with her credit card. Imagine Erik's surprise when this woman is the same woman he has to have therapy with!!!! Olivia Jones normally doesn't do one night stands and then to see this man, standing in her office is just too much to handle. Since Erik isn't ready to give Olivia up, he convinces her to let her uncle take his case and then she will go on three real dates with him. After the three dates if she doesn't think they should continue, he will stop pursing her. Oh, boy.....let's just say that Erik can be really convincing when he needs to be. I just fell in love with this character. He was sweet, sexy and all alpha and a fireman to boot! ;) Olivia really had no choice, but to fall hard. I really enjoyed the time these two went on dates. It was so fun seeing what Erik was going to come up with next. Such a thoughtful guy which made it all that much harder having to see him go through PTSD. It's such a tough illness that often gets overlooked. Gina L. Maxwell did a great job showing you how this disease affects people. It made you really root for Erik to overcome his battle. It was a tough road to get to Erik's happy ending with Olivia but it was worth it! I just really liked the way these two characters were with each other. I also can't wait for Dozer and Angie's story! That one seems like it will be explosive!
(4.5 stars) Love men-in-uniform romances? Then this is your book, but only if you can handle it hot because, whew, this is a hot one. Our hero, Erik "Wolf" Grady, is retired military now fireman suffering from PTSD. He's rough around the edges but intense and passionate. Hard to resist that combo. The PTSD affects his ability on the job and he either must see a therapist or quit. Of course he chooses therapy, but in a twist his therapist turns out to be the hot one-night-stand he didn't want to be a one-night-only once it was at an end, Olivia Jones. Thank goodness she bows out of being his therapist once she finds out. Okay, maybe we see this twist of her as his therapist a mile away, but the scenes of the awkwardness are handled so well by this author who is a master of characterization and realistic social interactions. My only issue is although they've both been through trauma, him when deployed and her with a bad relationship, I felt as if her story got a little lost on the focus on him and his PTSD. Regardless, this is a hot, enjoyable read.
Erik suffers from PSTD. He's a war veteran who now works as a firefighter, but in order to be able to safely do his job again he needs therapy. Shortly before his first session he meets the woman of his dreams and has a hot night with her. To his surprise the woman, Olivia, is his new therapist. Erik thought he'd never see her again and even though she won't be able to treat him as a patient Erik isn't giving up on her. He wants to go on a date with her and will do everything it takes to make her like him enough to agree. Olivia is still recovering from something heartbreaking that happened in her past. She isn't ready to date yet, but a one-night stand is a good beginning. When Erik walks into her office she's determined to turn him down, but he's persistent and eventually he manages to make her promise to go on three dates with him. Will this be enough for Erik to win her heart and does Olivia dare to let anyone come close again? Hot for the Fireman is a funny and sexy story with quite a bit of depth. Erik has awful traumas he needs to get help for and it broke my heart to see him suffer. He's a kindhearted and loyal man. His tenacity and boldness is endearingly irritating and the way he pursues Olivia often made me laugh. Erik is perfect for Olivia, he makes her smile, he's giving her plenty of compliments and he tries to make her as happy as possible, which is incredibly sweet. Olivia has a playful side, but grieving has made her more serious. She's caring, protective and a bit stiff at first, but Erik slowly melts her heart and I liked how she comes out of her shell because of him. Olivia and Erik are perfect for each other, but Olivia needs time to get used to the idea of being with someone again. Erik deals with this in an adorable way. They have plenty of chemistry and they can't stop touching each other, but the emotional issues are making things difficult for them. I read their story in one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out if they'd both find some happiness in their future after everything they went through in the past. Gina L. Maxwell writes in a raw and honest way, which is something I loved about Hot for the Fireman. Her main characters are fabulous and I enjoyed the vivid way she describes their personalities. She makes her story come to life really well. Even though both Erik and Olivia are both emotionally damaged, the story remains fairly lighthearted because of the way Erik talks to Olivia. It might seem crude, but the irony that's behind it makes it cute instead. Hot for the Fireman is a scorching hot story with plenty of passion and love and a wonderful healthy sense of humor.
I loved loved loved this story. Erik and Olivia were dynamite! I laughed out loud with some of the scenes. Their chemistry was fun and exciting and sexy as all get out. I loved the way he pursued her and she couldn't say no. Their story was perfect. They helped each other in the most important ways. I loved both characters throughout the entire story, never not liking them, and only wanted them to have their deserved happy ever after. Then there were their friends. Oh my goodness, they cracked me up. I so need their stories too! This was a perfect start to the series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
4.5 Stars I'm already in love with Gina Maxwell's new Boston Heat Series. Olivia is girl after my own heart. She has cats and is obsessed with ice cream. This book has the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat. It brings awareness to PTSD. The hero Erik suffers from it and we see the effects it has on someone. Speaking of Erik he is one yummy fireman. I loved the way he was with Olivia. The characters are well written and you get sucked right into the story. I liked the setup for a potential book in the series.
WOW! This scorching story features ex-army and current firefighter, Erik "Wolf" Grady and PTSD psychologist, Olivia Jones. The chemistry between these two was OFF-THE-CHARTS HOT! Wolf is sexy, confident and goes after what he wants and he wants more of Olivia. She fights the attraction but with a man like Wolf it's impossible. Especially because a couple days later they find out she's actually going to be his therapist. This author did an amazing job at writing this book. The entire book was 5-Star great but the PTSD scene was so real and emotional for me as a reader. I was even a little freaked out, like it was happening in front of me. Awesome job Gina Maxwell! My heart was breaking for both Erik and Olivia. I loved reading this well written book and getting to know all the great characters. I definitely look forward to reading more, especially Dozer and Angie's story.
HOT FOR THE FIREMAN is the first installment in Gina L. Maxwell’s contemporary, adult BOSTON HEAT erotic, romance series focusing on the men and women of the Boston Fire Department. This is Ex-Army Ranger and firefighter Lieutenant Erik Grady, and psychologist Dr. Olivia Jones’s story line. Told from several third person perspectives including Erik and Olivia HOT FOR THE FIREMAN focuses on the building relationship between psychologist Olivia Jones, and fire fighter Erik Grady. Erik aka Wolf Grady is a former Army Ranger who lost two men on his last mission to the Middle East leaving our hero with PTSD and the guilt of making it out alive. A one night stand would change Erik’s life when the BFD assigns him the woman that he cannot get out of his mind. Enter Dr. Olivia Jones, Erik’s one night stand and the woman that would call to Erik’s heart. What ensues is the building love between our leading couple, Erik’s struggle to move on from the past, and one woman’s determination to prove that the man that she loves is so much more than the men that he lost. Erik Grady suffers with PTSD and no amount of persuasion can convince our hero that his presence in Olivia’s life is anything more than a dangerous situation. Olivia has been trained to help those in need but when a man refuses to accept the love from the woman that calls to his heart, he struggles with accepting the man within. The relationship between Erik and Olivia begins as a one night stand that soon builds into something more. Olivia must recuse herself from Erik’s therapy and therefore recuses herself from Erik’s life. Erik is more than determined to convince Olivia Jones that they belong together but one too many PTSD episodes pushes Erik to walk away. The $ex scenes are intimate, aggressive and intense although I shudder at the use of one particular word (noun) the author uses throughout her story. The secondary and supporting characters are lively and animated. We are introduced to several of Erik’s former Army brothers and current firefighting teammates including Gavin ‘Dozer Greer, Ashton ‘Smoke’ Donovan, Sean ‘Bowie’ Evans, and Tyler ‘Preacher’ Connelly; Olivia’s godfather Dr. Eddie Marion, her assistant Cindi, and best friend Angelina de la Vega. Angelina and Dozer have a history that is heartbreaking and sad. The world building focuses on the struggles of veterans of war including the PTSD, flashbacks, physical and emotional damage. Most of Erik’s co-workers are former military soldiers whose battle the demons brought home from the war. HOT FOR THE FIREMAN is a story of spirit and survival, passion and romance, healing and loss. The premise is captivating, energetic and riveting; the romance is provocative and seductive; the characters are flawed, playful and sensitive. HOT FOR THE FIREMAN is an intelligent and wonderful start to a new series.
A series about current firefighters and former military heroes, who wouldn't want to read that!! Lieutenant Erik Grady, after a recent fire that re-awakes his PTSD from his military days is making his current job difficult....Erik has always felt responsible for the death of the men in his team when he was in active duty and firefighting had usually made it easier to focus on the now but the panic attacks and nightmares are leaving him with nothing but pain and feeling out of control. His boss decides that he should take leave from active duty till the therapists declares him fit, Erik just never counted on the therapist being the woman he can't stop thinking about. Olivia Jones is a therapist, her speciality being PTSD cases. Olivia has finally decided to get back in the dating game after the urging of her friends following the death of her husband two years ago. She, like Erik is struggling. After having a miserable time with the dates she had, Olivia thinks it would be best to just stop which is when she meets a certain man who not only helps her out when she's in distress but makes her feel alive for the first time in years. Erik and Olivia first meet ends up them having a fabulous one-night stand that Erik wishes could have been a bit more. They had no idea that they were to be patients/therapist the coming Monday so Olivia finding a certain Lieutenant at her door for her appointment shakes her up. Convincing Olivia to get on three dates with him, takes a little manipulation and a whole lot of charm. "I'm so in love with you, sometimes I can scarcely breathe"...."Then I'll breathe for the both of us" ~Olivia and Erik Olivia and Erik together were adorable, the chemistry the had was explosive from the start and that was still present even as their relationship developed and they fell in love. I liked the fact we get to see them both struggle with their own issues and come out stronger and together. I liked the fact that the author didn't make Olivia be his therapist just to make their story forbidden etc because this way it gave the story more depth and allowed Erik to be in therapy with someone who could understand what he want through as well talk about Olivia. His PTSD is a big part of the book because of how it only effects his job but also his relationship with Olivia. I believe it was done well and we get to see Olivia be amazing Quibbles: [spoiler]I just never understood why Olivia was made out to be insecure about certain things and it never got explained why, certainly not with what we got know of her life. It was a part of her character that I never understood. [/spoiler] I really enjoyed this book; there's humour, romance, angst and a great couple to root for! I'm pretty excited to read the next book in the series because we get a hint/POV of the other couple that also seem to share sparking chemistry with history of heartbreak and that promises quite a lot of angst. ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell......5 Flaming Stars for the Fireman! What more can you ask for a former military hottie that now is a fireman hottie. This story had me laughing at the bantering between Erik and Olivia. There is just the perfect amount of emotions in this book, Gina L. Maxwell has written a book of perfection. I love seeing this story be told for these two. I voluntarily reviewed an an reader copy of this book.
4.5 Stars! I truly enjoyed this story! Gina is a fairly new to me author. This is only the 2nd book I've read of hers, but I loved it, and I will definitely be reading more. Erik "Wolf" Grady used to be an Army Ranger, and now he's a fireman. He's used to high stress situations, but a recent fire call served as a startling reminder, and started a downward spiral of PTSD and flashback issues for him, stemming from his time overseas. His boss has ordered him to see a shrink to deal with it before it becomes a bigger issue in a future work situation. He's suspended until he gets the all-clear. Olivia Jones is a psychologist. She's a PTSD specialist, and she works in her godfather's clinic. Her godfather is a former Marine and is now a therapist as well. She used to be married, but it's been 2 years and she's finally back on the dating scene. This has led to a string of terrible, horrible dates, and she's finally had it. Livvie meets Wolf in a liquor store, while picking up a bottle of wine after another bad date disaster. He comes to her rescue, and they agree to have one night together, no real names, and no strings. Famous last words, right?! Livvie and Erik's chemistry was off-the-charts hot, and their dirty talk, and banter was sexy as hell. They really seemed to understand each other, and worked to overcome their issues. They were really great together. The issue that came up between them was completely believable, not to mention heartbreaking, and it really killed me. I liked that they were both willing to do the work they felt it would take to begin resolving their issues. The side characters in this book were also fantastic! I'm hoping this was set up for them to all get their own books! Wolf's best friends from the Army/Fire Dept. each have their own issues, and they need to find their loves! We're obviously well on our way with Dozer! Livvie's best friend Angie was hilarious and fun, and I can't wait to find out more about her! The whole backstory of the entire crew, as well as the setting in Boston were so well done. I can't wait to read more about these awesome characters. This book was a big winner for me!
Are you in the mood for a really hot really sexy relationship driven romance? Look no further, Hot for the Fireman will satisfy your every need. Erik is a former Ranger turned firefighter. A recent call triggered some memories from his last tour and he was diagnosed with PTSD. In order to get back on active duty he needs to attend therapy. Talk about a crappy day. Olivia re-entered the dating scene only to be faced with failed date after failed date. After one of the worst ones, she decided to close up shop. Human company is overrated anyway and she has her two lovely feline companions. But a stop for wine turns into the perfect crappy ending to a very crappy night when she finds herself locked out of her car with her purse inside. Luckily one hunky firefighter is up to save the night…in more ways than one. Both Erik and Olivia are insanely attracted to one another and they agree upon one night of no strings crazy hot sex, no names allowed. So Wolf and Livvie get a hotel room and… wow. When Olivia turns out to be no other than Erik’s therapist all bets are off, as he recognizes he didn’t get enough of the sexy woman and he won’t accept no for an answer. I really liked how the Doctor/Patient dilemma was handled, as Olivia absolutely refuses to be his doctor. Though the only way to make that happen is agreeing to go out with him. As their connection deepens, not only her own past will get in their way but Erik’s struggle with PTSD threatens to be too much. I loved both Erick and Olivia. She was one tough cookie, stronger than anyone gave her credit for and her passion to help people suffering from different forms of PTSD was inspiring. She was caring, smart and funny and she gave as good as she got. I also liked how she re-discovered her inner woman and what Erik made her feel. Erik is every woman’s firefighter dream come true. Hotter than the fires he fights, he took one look at Olivia and decided he wanted to have her, and the more he got to know her the more he liked what he got. He was relentless in his pursuit and I liked his openness to reflect on his feelings for her, even when they were new to him or unexpected. He was dominant, bossy, knew how to dirty talk and definitely had the moves. I must confess that when everything was mostly smooth sailing I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it does drop, and I wish I could say I was angry when it happened, but for me, their whole relationship and the handling of their issues was so well done that I couldn’t help but be understanding of what was happening. Hot for the Fireman is definitely a scorching hot read, with enough sexy shenanigans to make up for the lack of action some readers might need. And while this is a thoroughly relationship driven romance it didn’t feel slow to me at any point. I really enjoyed this story and with lots of hunky ex-military firemen left single in the Rescue 2 company of the BFD I can’t wait to see who gets their story next…though I have a feeling it might be Dozer and Angie… *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
I LOVED this book! Super sexy fireman meets emotionally closed off uptight therapist makes for one fun and sexy story. The air around Erik and "Livvy" is definitely sexually charged but there is a lot more going on there than either wants to admit to. This story is filled with humor, witty banter, and seriously hot sexy times but it also has a great story of two people building a relationship of friendship, trust, and yes ultimately love. This is just the beginning of what should be a fantastic series and I can't wait for the next one. Put this one on the must read list! I highly recommend it.
Loved this book! It's sexy and H.O.T. - so hot that it should come with its own fire extinguisher! Sexy as sin in all the naughty ways. Erik is a former Army Ranger who now is a fireman where he leads his team of rangers that now work together as firemen. Unfortunately, his past as a ranger, and its resulting PTSD, sneaks up on him after a particularly bad call. He stops at a liquor store to pick up something numbing and sees a woman wrapped in a sexy red dress. Before long, they agree to a night of sexual escapades without even sharing their real names. Without anyway to get in touch with her, fate steps in and offers a second chance of sorts and a bargain is struck. Fans of the genre will LOVE this book. It's very sexy and fun, while also telling an engaging story. Even better, it shines a light on PTSD and the struggles that those that face it deal with on a daily basis. In this day and age, I can't imagine that there's many of us that aren't touched by PTSD in some way- either with someone we know,love, or ourselves. This novel brings those struggles to life in a way that made me appreciate what those I love face. Kudos to the author for the deft way she told this story. This book is a MUST READ and the author is on my must read authors' list.
There's no question that Erik and Olivia set off sparks, their chemistry is off the charts. So much so that it becomes hard to maintain a boundary between personal and professional. He needs a shrink to guide him thru the chaos in his head. What he ends up getting is a tempting distraction that he wants to warm his bed. Olivia is a woman of sophistication in a respected career where her rep is her calling card. When her past meets her present, her world becomes one of wicked attraction and hormonal overload. Will this turn out to be just what the doctor ordered? A whole lot of naughty equals out to a spicy read.
In the confines of her office Olivia Jones is always in control, she is there to help her patients work through their issues, find a way to resolve them, and get back on a happy path in life. But the minute sexy firefighter Erik Grady waltzes through her door the tables are turned, which takes Olivia by complete surprise and leaves her feeling quite unsettled, with their history she knows she needs to send him packing... but before she can instruct him to find a new therapist, he wants to make her a little offer... one that he hopes she won't refuse. Seeing Olivia again was a pleasant little surprise for Erik Grady, she rocked his world one night, and then was never to be heard from again. He has often thought about her, and the steamy little night they shared, and thought a repeat would be fun. But the good doctor isn't a repeat offender, and before he can even try to convince her that what they shared is worth a second shot, she is ready to send him packing back out her office door. She informs him that being with him again in a non-professional sense would cross lines that she isn't willing to cross, but he has a plan... one he hopes that will get him a little more one on one time with the good doctor! I loved this smoking hot little tale, it was funny, naughty, and OH SO entertaining!! Olivia and Erik were a match made in literary heaven, the sexy fueled banter they shared had me smiling throughout, and it produced to some seriously hot sexy times that had me in dire need of a fan!! Ms. Maxwell has truly outdone herself with this one, definitely one of my favorites from her to date. I loved every single second of this story, and I am quite certain that if you give it a chance Erik will find a way into your heart too... I mean what is not to love about a sexy firefighter determined to win the heart of the woman he loves!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.