Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 20, 2014
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Valentine’s Day—the bane of Rory Sinclair’s existence. Hard to forgive the one holiday responsible for the single most moronic decision of her life. If it was up to her, she’d skip anything to do with cupid, but with her business partner home sick with the flu, she’s stuck delivering a bunch of cookie bouquets to a local firehouse. Who knows, maybe she’ll cure her Valentine’s Day neurosis and heat up the mattress with a hunky firefighter. Her plan of donning some edible undies and getting her freak on goes up in flames though the instant she steps through the doors of Station 5 and spots Bennet Jackson—the man responsible for her decade long Valentine’s Day boycott.Thoughts on Sweet Sizzle: Fair warning, Jodi Redford and I have some sort of sympathetic thought-transference thing going on. Meaning, I GET her. When she starts throwing out Star Wars quotes, I nod and smile. When she talks about punching Cupid in the junk, I laugh. (not that I've ever thought about punching Cupid in the junk, but I have thought about punching other things in the junk. Like dolphins. Do you know how unrepentantly horny dolphins are? They'll try to bone ANYTHING! You. Me. Other sea life. Dead fish. ANYTHING.)
No matter how hard he’s tried, Ben has never gotten over the innocent girl he foolishly let slip between his fingers. When Rory unexpectedly crashes back into his world, he figures it’s his only shot at righting the wrongs of his past and getting her back in his bed and his life. For good. Unfortunately, she has other plans. Ones that don’t include him. He’s well aware that she has every reason to despise him, but if there’s one thing he’s up for, it’s a challenge. Because there’s no way in hell he’s losing the woman of his dreams again. And this time he’s prepared to pull out every dirty, sexy, and hotter-than-sin trick to convince her to stay.
Anyway. Take the sympathetic thought-transference into account as you read this review.
Onto the story. Rory and Ben. No joke, Ben screwed up. He ran scared when they were younger and hurt Rory badly. She's still carrying a torch for him (YES! I MANAGED TO SLIP A FIRE-PUN IN EARLY!) and seeing him out of the blue knocks her for a loop. With the heartache of what he did to her still present, Rory has a TOUGH time trusting him. AS ONE DOES.
Ben, meanwhile, knows he made a mistake. Rory's unexpected appearance gives him the chance he thought he'd thrown away. And, oh, man, it's so fun watching those big guys scramble all over the place trying to make things right.
With her trademark sexy-times and a firehouse full of hunks, Jodi Redford makes this a Valentine's to remember. Do I smell a follow-up with the probie and the firecracker? MAYBE.
(Wow. That probie/firecracker question sounds dirrrrrty. I swear it's not. I SWEAR!)