- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (May 4 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451229789
- ISBN-13: 978-0451229786
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Line of Fire: The Firefighters of Station Five Mass Market Paperback – May 4 2010
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"Crackles and pops with sensuality and action." -- Linda Castillo
"So hot, it singes the pages!" -- JoAnn Ross
About the Author
Jo Davis is the author of the popular Firefighters of Station Five series, the Sugarland Blue series, and, as J. D. Tyler, the Alpha Pack paranormal romance series. A multiple finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and a finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award, she has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit and been a two-time nominee for the Australian Romance Readers Award.
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So far I've really enjoyed this series, I mean how could you not? With hard bodied firemen heroes, smoking hot love scenes, and exciting action-suspense storylines it's always a great ride. Part of the fun in reading these books is also the anticipation of how many trips to the hospital our heroes will have to endure before they get the bad guy and win the girl. Jo Davis just loves to beat up her men and it's become a bit of a game for me counting the injuries. I also like how all the books are connected with updates from past characters and continuing story arcs. Here we get to catch up with 6-Pack, Zach, Julian and their Captain Sean's ongoing struggle with the bottle.
ER nurse Shea Ford has been trying to avoid Tommy's irresistible charm and ongoing advances. She thinks that he's way too young for the strong feelings he brings out in her and that she'd be much safer dating Prescott, a boring city planner. After Tommy lands in her ER (the 1st time) Shea finally concedes to a date and the two fall for each other pretty quickly after that.
Of course while all the romance is taking place we also have an arsonist on the loose and while I didn't find his POV particularly interesting, his bad guy antics do enable Sean to finally hit bottom and land Tommy in the hospital again, this time with surprisingly devastating injuries. Ironically I had just been saying to myself; Davis is taking it easy on her hero when whammy a burning building collapses on him, changing his future forever.
All in all a pretty good read although I have to admit it's my least favourite from the series. I had a tough time feeling the connection between Tommy and Shea or believing that he was ready for a HEA at 23 especially when he read like such a mama's boy. And then there was the gratuitous anal sex scene at Tommy's parents house which I suppose was meant to show the depth of their love (?)in a Lora Leigh sort of way however I found it unnecessary and weird especially considering Shea`s dark secret. A lot of times this just felt like Davis was going through the motions with stilted, fluffy dialogue and an almost repetitive story line. Still I can't wait to read Sean's conclusion to this series next in RIDE THE FIRE.
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Ok, the sex scenes continue to be hot and creative. I have to give Ms. Davis that! And again, dirty and blunt, perfect for my style of reading. These aren't shy virgins you're reading about...;)
The story itself:
Tommy- heartbreak. The tale of losing his brother rang very true (from a woman that lost hers in Afghanistan). The pain drives him to help others, change his life, be something meaningful...and leads him down a different path than he would have chosen- right to Shea. And then things happen to him that cause him to have to choose- again and again. And the way he chooses...breaks your heart at the same time it makes you feel like you just can't stop. At points, I was crying.
Shea- wow. She had overcome so much- and done so much with her life- and a great testament to loving someone for how they are. And while her character doesn't feel as fleshed out as Tommy to me- probably because you know a lot of sides of him from the rest of the series...
It's a great read- no real secrets about who or what is going down- and the lack of a mystery didn't detract from the fact that the story itself was great.
I thought that Shea's motivations were not as strong. Her past trauma and the way she dealt with it didn't ring quite as true but it wasn't bad. I think not enough time was devoted to her thinking about it since the author made it an issue in their relationship. The correct level of wallowing around in your thought is obviously a fine line.
SOME MINOR SPOILERS
The love scenes were pretty hot. Even more so than the typically hot ones in this series. The anal scene rang a little off to me. The author made it seem so ordinary by using vague euphemisms that she might as well have made it a non anal scene. Plus, I would think that just the voyerism thing would have been enough kink at one time for the average ex rape victim. Still they were mostly very well written and earthy and the byplay about the fantasies was a bit different.
In this novel there was plenty of fire fighting which was a bit lacking in the previous book. There weren't quite as many scenes with the Stationhouse Five guys all together though. The suspense plot was okay but not real suspenseful. The author didn't totally sell me on why the bad guy wanted Shea. Had she been a substantial heiress it might have been more believable. One nice piece of property seemed rather a small thing to make him determined to marry her. Maybe if she had been heir to a huge company or something.
A good solid enjoyable addition to the series.