For the Love of a Fireman by Vonnie Davis

For the Love of a Fireman by Vonnie Davis
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Molly Devon, a website designer, and her absent-minded father travel to Florida for two months of sun and sand. She wants to nurse a broken heart, and both need to scatter her mother’s ashes—if only her father can recall where he put them!

Grey Barclay, fireman and diver for the Marine Rescue Unit, is slowly remodeling Barclay Beach Bungalows, five little rental cottages he inherited from his uncle. It’s just his luck the first cabin he rents is to a prickly female and her daffy dad! Still, the money looks good in his bank account . . . that is until Molly’s ex-fiancé turns up dead on Grey’s beach.

The police are asking some hard questions but Molly’s providing plenty of soft excuses, and when one of Grey’s bungalows catches fire, Molly is trapped inside, adding fuel to the firestorm of guilt surrounding her.

Grey’s not convinced though. He may be a sucker for a set of well-rounded hips and azure eyes, the color of the ocean, but in the short time he’s known Molly he can see behind the cold façade to a warmth and gentleness that’s hard to resist.

This fireman’s hell-bent on proving her innocence—and keeping her by his side.

This book has it all – humor, excitement, a bit if heavy hitting drama, romance, some eccentric but adorable characters, rambunctious dogs and last but not least, sexy shenanigans. For the Love of a Fireman is complete entertainment.

When I got this book, I had no idea there was BDSM in it, but the premise sounded so good, I took a chance. I’m happy to say that it’s light BDSM, and the heroine was the one being introduced to it. I actually liked how the author presented it, explored it between her characters and made it about emotions, trust and other positives that helped Barclay and Molly’s relationship grow. Because the lifestyle is a tad unconventional, the author used it as part of the internal plot conflict. It worked.

Barclay is a broken man who is afraid of opening his heart again. Molly is juggling a lot of sad emotional baggage on her own – she’s surviving but not thriving. The two truly meet in an explosive encounter that blasted the path to a relationship wide open. There were no tentative steps to take in this story – every step on their journey is bold, productive and revealing. There’s not a boring scene in the whole book.

I laughed out loud quite a few times, especially with the references to James Bond. I got the biggest kick on how Ms. Davis incorporated those humorous little quips into Molly and Barclay’s mating dance.

Secondary characters are very important in this novel. They provide heart, insight and support when it’s needed most. The relationship between Molly’s dad and Milt was priceless. Other important secondary characters were the dogs – they made for effective comic relief.

As for the drama I mentioned earlier, it was brief but intense and gripping. The author wasn’t overly dramatic with the descriptions; she was short and to the point and managed to keep me at the edge of my seat all the way through. I actually re-read that section twice. Molly was so brave!

The focus of For the Love of a Fireman is Molly and Barclay’s romance. The author took the time to let a reader get to know them, care for them, and root for them when things got messy. The BDSM lifestyle isn’t the star of the book, it’s just a part of who Barclay is and how it affected, for good or ill, his relationship with Molly.

For the Love of a Fireman is truly delightful. It’s sexy, funny and warmhearted with just the right amount of external conflict to keep a reader engaged and fascinated. I had an awesome time reading this novel and have no problem recommending it to other romance readers. The story is that good.

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