Length: 55,500 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
When the world labels a man and judges them blindly, is it possible to ever find love?
Firefighter Eric is on the front line, battling the threat of nature’s destruction in the California grasslands alongside his CalFire team. Focused and calm, even in the direst of situations, he has a strong affection for his fire truck, loves his career, and has best friends he can rely on. All he needs now is love, but that seems to be impossible to find. At his friend’s wedding. Eric falls in lust at first sight with the shy, slim and sexy Brady, even if Brady isn’t the type of guy he usually goes for. What Eric longs for is an equal in his bed, not a smaller guy who might want Eric to role-play big strong firefighter every time they have sex. He wants to find someone he can be vulnerable with, someone who will love him for his soft heart and quiet ways.
Brady’s life plans grind to a halt when his niece and nephew lose their parents in a tragic accident, and he becomes a dad overnight. His Developmental Coordination Disorder rules his life, but he fights both DCD and the fears that chase him every day, to give Maddie and Lucas a home. Agreeing to go to a friend’s wedding is a decision he regrets long before he even gets there. But, he refuses to give in to his fear, even if he might do something that makes him a target for people’s comments and laughter. Meeting Eric, a huge man with a gentle voice and a flair for chivalry, he falls hard. Now, if only he can let himself get past his panic that Eric would never want someone like him, then maybe he could fall in love for real.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5
Such heart, I loved it!
Oh, boy – cue a bit of a book hangover from all the feelings and not getting to see a certain ending happen on page 😉
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and feel this one was even better than the first with so much heart, emotions and care you can’t help but fall for the friendly giant Eric, pure-hearted Brady and his adorable, occasionally difficult, but loving kids!
As with book one, this book continues on with the first responders’ trio and Eric’s love story. Eric has so much love to give and wants nothing more than to be equal and not taken as token muscle with his 6’5″+ frame. He finds himself smitten with Brady who is trying to raise his sisters pre-tweens with his DCD, anxiety and other issues. He doesn’t think he’s ready to date or connect with anyone but his body has other ideas and sparks fly between Eric and Brady and continue into more. The organic connection between Brady and Eric is great and shows more depth and care as the story progresses. Eric fits in perfectly with Brady’s little family and while I feel this all could have been expanded to include Eric meeting Brady’s best friend and other meet and greats and Brady coming to terms with more and getting to know Eric’s family etc. I did, however, I like the acceptance of the kids as they take Eric in, no questions asked.
The kids are just wonderful! At an awkward age, RJ does a great job encapturing this age, attitude, and emotions. I love the progress Brady is able to make with these kids and definitely feel this is a family story, not just a romance.
I loved Eric and Brady’s connection and wish we could have seen how romantic Eric could’ve been with a proposal but alas at least we know Brady said yes! I look forward to seeing more of Eric, Brady and the kids in Book 3 and can’t wait for Leo’s story!!!
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USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.
RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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