Rafe Donovan is a skilled firefighter with a winning smile and personality. He might be unfairly classified as a “player” because he’s unwilling to be in a committed relationship but he treats his short term partners with dignity and respect, always clear that he’s just about having fun. When a backdraft sends him into the emergency room, his next door neighbor and ER nurse Carmen Lewis is on hand to take care of him. He’s wanted a reason to get to know her better and doesn’t squander the opportunity. Carmen, however, keeps him at arm’s length…until she doesn’t.
This was the story I was hoping it would be. Rafe and Carmen are pretty special people. She’s devoted to her career and taking care of her grandfather who is recovering from a stroke he had several years ago. She lives with him and doesn’t have time for fun or romance, especially given her disastrous marriage that ended in divorce. I adored how Rafe pulled her out of that rut without being forceful about it, just using genuine charm and interesting ideas. It was impossible to not become invested in their romance, which developed so nicely, even if it started out solely as a physical one.
These were two people who weren’t looking for a commitment and drifted into one quite naturally. He taught her how to have joy in life outside of work and she gave him a reason to free his heart to someone who earned it. I listened to the story and enjoyed the narration, though hearing the steamy bits these two created was a whole other experience! The reason I began this series is because of the firefighting element and the bonding of the three brothers. There’s so much of that here, too, so this turned out to be a wonderful listening and story experience (loved the epilogue). I’m looking forward to the finale featuring the youngest brother, Kal Donovan.
- Release Date: February 4, 2020
- Series: Brotherhood in Fire #2
- Narrator: Lynn Barrington
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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(Thanks to Tantor Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)