The only fire he can't put out...
Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin McGuire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.
Is the torch he carries for her
Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.
This one took me a bit to get into but as I continued to read I found Brave the Heat to a be a sweet second chance at love story, with likeable characters and a well written mystery incorporated into it with a twist I didn’t expect.
Part of the reason that it took me a while to get into the story was that I couldn’t seem to connect with either Gavin or Jordan. I liked them well enough and was definitely interested to find out just what happened to tear them apart, but there wasn’t need to see them reconcile and then at about 30-40% things changed and I finally saw who both these people were and my interest in them grew. Gavin is the typical older brother who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, even when he shouldn’t. He needs a good kick in the ass every so often, but he’s a good guy who you can’t help but like. Jordan has issues and those issues keep her from moving forward, even when doing so means having all that she could ever want and be happy. But she is a great mom and as the story progresses, and she finally starts to work through her issues, she is a strong woman. Their pasts, both separately and together, are filled with demons that as they finally meet them head on, show that they are are meant to be together.
The mystery of who the arsonist is was well done, it didn’t take over the story but instead helped to make it stronger by showing us who Gavin is at his very core and as I stated earlier, I definitely didn’t figure out who it was until it was revealed, but it makes total sense. The only part of the story that I felt was unfinished has to do with Tim, Jordan’s ex. A little mention of where he was at at the end would have been nice, but I can understand why he wasn’t mentioned. As for the rest of the cast of characters. I loved the scenes with Lily and Gracie, Jordan’s young daughters, they had me smiling and laughing each time they were on page. The McGuire family is one that I’d love to hang out with, the vase scene was perfect and then there is Maddy, I’m definitely interested in finding out what her future holds.
The Bottom Line: Though the start was slow, Brave the Heat ended up being an enjoyable read.
~ ARC received from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Sara Humphreys is the award winning author of the Amoveo Legend series. The third book in the series, UNTAMED, won two PRISM awards--Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. The first two novels from her Dead in the City series have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Sara was also a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.
She loves writing hot heroes and heroines with moxie but above all, Sara adores a satisfying happily-ever-after. She lives in New York with Mr. H., their four amazing sons, and two adorable pups. When she's not writing or hanging out with the men in her life, she can be found working out with Shaun T in her living room or chatting with readers on Facebook.