Series: Hot Shots: Men of Fire #3
Published by Bantam on May 25th 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
A TOUCH IGNITES. A FIRE BURNS. AND THE HEAT HAS JUST BEGUN.
Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin—and to be alone. A horrific blaze has left him scarred inside and out and certain of two things: He’ll get back on his Hot Shot crew no matter what it takes, and any woman who ventures too close will not stay long.
Ginger Sinclair has been burned by a different kind of fire. Having just escaped from a bad marriage, she’s retreated to the safety of the lakeside vacation town in upstate New York to start a new life. She’s done with men, with relationships, with the danger of desires that can rage out of control—until she unexpectedly encounters Connor MacKenzie.
As a hot summer on the lake grows ever hotter, they find themselves sharing a cabin and a romance that will swiftly engulf them both.
I’m a big fan of Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. Like for real, such a big fan. I also just recently signed up for a Read All the Books Challenge where I will be reading all of Bella Andre’s books. Never Too Hot is the third book in the Hot Shots series, and while Never Too Hot isn’t perfect, it definitely has that Bella Andre feeling.
Connor Mackenzie was severely injured on the job, and after months of recovery, he is ready to get back to work. Unfortunately The Hot Shot supervisors feel he won’t be able to do his job his injuries. Upset, Connor goes to his family’s cabin in the Adirondack’s in Upstate New York, needing some time to himself. So he’s pretty darn surprised to find a woman already living in his family’s cabin.
I felt so bad for Connor (not that he wants anyone giving him pity). To be so terribly injured on the job, and then to find out he won’t be able to go back to the job he loves so much. It’s a huge part of him, and he’s at a loss now. Connor is struggling, but he is a really nice guy. He’s obviously not pleased to find Ginger living in that cabin, but after a conversation with his grandparents, he realizes that Ginger has every right to be there. He’s not happy about it, but he can respect it.
Ginger is recovering in a way, too. Not from physical injuries, but from the end of her first marriage. Ginger was so easy to like and root for. She’s sweet and kind, and just trying to find her way in the world. I love how she’s not afraid to start over, especially after the hurt her ex-husband has caused. Ginger doesn’t let Connor bully her, and I love her all the more for it.
Ginger and Connor were so good together. They totally had chemistry, and I felt that. And while they do fall for each other quickly (that’s normal for a Bella Andre book), I still believed that they would be good together.
What I didn’t like was the secondary romance between Isabelle and Andrew. I admit, I rarely like secondary romances in my romance novels. I just want to focus on the main couple. But this secondary romance I really didn’t like at all. I really didn’t like Andrew, and I hard a hard time believing that Isabelle was practically in love with him for years and years. He wasn’t all that nice.
I liked to Never Too Hot, which is narrated by Eva Kaminsky, and she is fabulous as always. She’s the perfect narrator for Bella Andre books. Never Too Hot, while not amazing, show off some of the best things about Bella Andre books.
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