Hot for You (Fire and Icing #2) by Jessie Evans
NA Contemporary Romance
Faith Miller has faith in two things—her surrogate firehouse family, and her own two hands—and she needs a man in her life like a fish needs a bicycle. Growing up watching her mom get used and discarded by one deadbeat boyfriend after another has left Faith jaded, and determined not to fall into the same trap. But when Mick Whitehouse moves back to Summerville, Faith’s happy, single life is turned upside down. The hunky carpenter is a far cry from the little boy she used to wrestle with on the playground in elementary school. Mick’s all grown up, tempting as sugar coated sin, and determined to seduce Faith into forgetting all her rules.
One kiss under the mistletoe and Mick Whitehouse knows that he wants Faith Miller. Bad. After years of lukewarm relationships with the wrong kind of girls, Mick is powerfully drawn to Summerville’s only female firefighter, and determined not to let her push him away. Beneath Faith’s tough exterior is a heart of gold, and the chemistry between them is four-alarm hot. But just as he finally convinces Summerville’s most confirmed bachelorette to take a chance on love, an old girlfriend waltzes into town and drops a bombshell in Mick’s lap.
As Faith and Mick come to terms with the shocking news, Faith must choose: let fear of repeating her mother’s mistakes send her running, or have faith in the man she’s come to love?
Mick Whitehouse and Faith Miller only shared one beautiful moment beneath the mistletoe, but it was enough to convince Mick that he needed more. Sure, Faith high-tailed it out of town before he even had a chance to try, but in her absence his heart only grew fonder. Faith wasn’t looking for love, she was happy working at the firehouse and being her own woman, and she wasn’t about to let Mick worm his way into her life. Well, so she thought, but he had her in his sights the minute she got back home and it was game on from then on out!
Faith was a cool heroine, I liked the whole firefighter concept because it made her a little unique in that respect. You had to respect her a little more just for her independence and bravery. Mick, meanwhile, was just coming off of a horrendous relationship where his ex had an obsession with him to the point of it being a serious mental problem. He was guarded, but I liked that he was willing to move past the crazy and try something after that spark with Faith woke up his heart.
Where this fell a bit flat for me was the old tried and true plot and predictable twists. Guy and girl are both hesitant for love because of crazy exes and family issues, the crazy ex makes their life hell for a time, then everything ties up with a pretty bow. I just wanted something new, something to grab me and make me love these characters if they were going to run through a plot like I’d seen a dozen times before. I wish more was made of the past that Mick and Faith shared, because I think it would have helped me feel a real connection. It’s barely mentioned in the story, and it’s always glossed over instead of the reader getting some sweet flashbacks that make the heart melt. As it was, I did enjoy parts of the story even though it wasn’t all that steamy, so it was worth the quick read.
Her plush lips leant her face an inherent sensuality and the sharp intelligence in her eyes had made a dormant part of Mick sit up and take notice. For the first time in over a year, he felt a spark of something more than attraction. ~Loc 112
“Tomorrow’s my first day back at work since I took vacation. I don’t want to be worn out by the end of my shift.”
Mick grinned wickedly. “And why would you be worn out, Miller? Were you planning to ravage me all night long?” ~Loc 398
Faith had no experience with love that lasted for more than a year—let alone thirty of them—but when she turned to find Mick smiling down at her, she couldn’t deny a part of her was starting to wonder if happily ever after might be a real thing, after all. ~Loc 133
She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.
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