Friday, September 20, 2013

Unwrapping: Review of HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN by Jennifer Bernard

Firemen! Jennifer Bernard writes the sexiest firemen on the planet and she’s done it again with HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN. If you’ve been following the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series then you know Patrick Callahan, aka Psycho. This one is a must read because once you start reading, it’s a wild ride that you’re not going to want to get off of – ever!

***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN:

The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel have a rebel among them, and there's only one woman who can put his flames out.

Firefighter Patrick "Psycho" Callahan earns his nickname every day. Fast, fit, and a furious worker, he thrives on the danger which helps him forget a near-tragedy that changed his life forever. But when his off-duty carousing gets out of hand, Patrick is sent back to Loveless, Nevada, where the wildfire threatening his hometown has nothing on sizzling Dr. Lara Nelson.

Lara would rather be thought of as the physician who returned to Loveless than as the misfit brought up at a hippie New Age commune. But right now she's focused on her job at hand, patching up injured firemen...until the past hits her in the hard-muscled, blue-eyed form of Patrick Callahan. Now, the embers of their decade-old attraction have ignited into a full-on inferno, as the bad-boy firefighter and the good doctor take a walk on the wild side they'll never forget.

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Patrick Callahan, aka Psycho has always lived on the edge. With more energy and wild ambition than any one man can handle, he doesn’t rest even when he’s supposed to be and there’s a deep-seated reason for that. Guilt. He bears the guilt of a night long ago that cost him everything he held dear. Now, after letting his pent up energy get the better of him, Captain Brody is volunteering him to go to Nevada to fight a wildfire. The last place Psycho wants to go, or rather feels he’s welcome to go, is Nevada. More specifically, Loveless, Nevada - his hometown. His family, specifically his father, doesn’t want him there. After that fateful night, Big Dog Callahan turned his eldest son out and told him to never return.

Lara Nelson escaped Loveless, Texas for a dream of being a doctor, of putting her past behind her, and making a new life for herself that didn’t include the misfit outcast that she was growing up. Upon learning of her Aunt Tam’s death and the wonderful loving woman’s last request, Lara had no choice but to return to her hometown and face what she’s left behind. The very last thing she expects is to be caught up in the tragedy of a wildfire that endangers her home, the people she loves, and to come face to face with the only man that ever lit her libido on fire.

Together, Patrick and Lara, pool their skills as firefighter and doctor to fight the fire, save lives, face familial problems, and their mutual desire for each other.

Jennifer Bernard has done it big time with HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN. Reading this one is like riding a roller coaster of emotion, action, sexual fire, and heartache such that made me want the ride to continue and never stop. I’ve always liked Psycho but in this story, we see a sensitive side of Patrick that had me falling in love with him almost immediately, or well, at least as soon as he carried an adorable llama out of the fire. I love a man who isn’t afraid to admit he can’t do everything, can’t fix everything, and can admit when he’s made a mistake. Jennifer wrote the most amazing hero character ever and I’m in love with him.

Lara is tough as nails but has the biggest heart a gal can have. Even when angry, hurt, or scared, she can find it in herself to look out for others. Always feeling like an outsider, she revels in being part of something greater and that makes her someone I could easily have as a best friend. When her protective instincts kick in there’s no telling who she’ll stand up to and when she does, you want to cheer for her.

HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN by Jennifer Bernard is extraordinary and enthralling. It takes us on a journey from San Gabriel to Nevada and back. It makes us worry our book or reader as to how she’s going to get Patrick and Lara together. Then they’re off to Mexico and a landslide of emotion than will have you falling in love with Patrick even harder, if you aren’t already. When the fire threatens their loved ones back in Nevada, they rush back to Loveless where danger lights an even greater fire that tears open truths, pulls families together, and begins to tame even the toughest Burl Ives-type character in Big Dog Callahan.

I highly recommend HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN by Jennifer Bernard to anyone who wants to be swept away by a romance filled with action, danger, self-revelations, love of family, reconciliations, and falling in love so hard you’ll never want it to end. In other words, this is a mega-must read for all romance lovers.

Happy Reading Everyone!

HOW TO TAME A FIREMAN, a Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel novel by Jennifer Bernard, Avon Romance, release date – September 24, 2013, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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