*I received a free copy of Fully Ignited from Carina Press via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Boston Fire #3
Published by Carina Press on 23 February 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Winter COYER
When Jamie Rutherford takes a temporary assignment as lieutenant of Boston Fire’s Engine 59, she doesn’t anticipate any problems. She’s been in the fire service for a long time and, even though she’s fairly new to Boston, she knows how to make any firehouse her home. What she’s not prepared for is her reaction to firefighter Scott Kincaid.
Scott is looking for a wife. It’s been a fun ride as a single guy, but he’s tired of being the third wheel, and nearly losing his brother-in-law finally made him realize just how much he wants a family of his own. When the new guy at the firehouse turns out to be a capable, confident and very attractive woman, his plan is completely derailed.
Hooking up with a fellow firefighter has never been part of Jamie’s plan, but she’s tempted by Scott—even though getting involved with him could tarnish the reputation she’s worked so hard for. And Scott can’t stop thinking about Jamie, despite the fact that she’s his superior and not sticking around. Chemistry can crush the best-laid plans, though, and while Jamie and Scott might not be each other’s future…there’s no resisting the right now.
Fully Ignited was hot, tender, a bit complicated and very sweet.
One of the things I loved the most in Fully Ignited was the innuendos made with food… And I got at least two great quotes for future Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts posts thanks to the sexiness of those. Both Jamie and Scott were great characters to follow in their adventures as firefighters, and it was refreshing to see a female LT, who was strong, confident and very competent. Neither of them wanted a romance at the workplace, though, but their attraction proved impossible for them to resist. However, Jamie’s job with Scott’s company was temporary, and so would their forbidden romance be.
I also really enjoyed that Fully Ignited included characters from prior Boston Fire stories, it was great to catch up with Scott’s sisters, the other firefighters and their families. Between the fast pace of everything work-related, the slower pace and the evident chemistry between Jamie and Scott in their personal space made the story really good. There was excitement when they went out on a job, and there was combustible hotness when they were alone together.
Another thing that was well done was that Jamie was a woman in a very male-dominated work-place, and she had to play by certain rules in order to keep the respect of her fellow firefighters. Seeing her interactions with her team showed that she was very good at her job, however, and I enjoyed how she fit right in with the guys, even if there were some adjustments for them to make so that she could be as comfortable as possible when she was at work.
Written in third person point of view, past tense, Fully Ignited also included dialogues that showed the various characters’ personality, and there was both humor and some sarcasm as well as very sexy innuendos that kept me immersed in the story from start to finish.
The hard punch of sexual attraction had taken him by surprise with its intensity, but it was more than that. She had an air of calm confidence that intrigued him – like she was a woman who really had her sit together – and that was something he must find attractive because he’d thought about her more than a few times in the last twenty-four hours.
It wasn’t a home, though, and he wondered if that’s what was nagging at him. Was it stuff that made a home? Or was it the wife and kids he didn’t have? He was only twenty-seven, so he wasn’t sure why he felt such a strong desire to finally settle down, but he couldn’t deny it was there.
“I’d love to come up and share your chocolate pudding,” Scott said. “I’ve worked up an appetite.”