by Opal Carew
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 6, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic, Firefighters, Menage
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
When Rikki’s first love dies in the line of duty she vows to keep her heart guarded and never give it away again.
After moving to a new town for a fresh start, she is given the opportunity to show off her photography skills and shoot a sexy fireman calendar. Although taking the job might bring up painful memories, she knows this is her best chance at fulfilling her dreams of becoming a professional photographer.
While out with her new roommates, Rikki meets Simon and Carter and feels an instant spark of attraction… to both equally gorgeous and tempting men. This is the same intense feeling she had the first time she fell in love. But how can she feel that way about two men?
When she arrives at the firehouse to shoot the calendar, she is surprised to find that Simon and Carter are firefighters so she immediately pulls back on their growing flirtation. But Simon and Carter are men who know what they want, and they want Rikki. As the chemistry between them ignites Rikki finds it hard to resist falling prey to her steamiest fantasies.
Now she has to choose between keeping her heart safe... or taking a chance on love… and possibly losing everything.
I might sound like a broken record, but Opal Carew is definitely one of my favorite erotic romance authors. She hit it out of the park with her recent Dirty Talk series. Her latest release, Heat, is another super hot, emotional story that I enjoyed.
Rikki has moved to a new town in hopes of getting a fresh start. Her first love, Jesse, was a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty. Even though it has been years since he passed away, she has never fully healed or recovered from that loss. Additionally, Rikki has a policy against ever dating a firefighter again.
When Rikki goes out on the town with her new roommates, she meets two sexy guys, Carter and Simon. There’s a strong attraction between all three of them, made more electric when the guys reveal that they’re so close that they share everything. Unfortunately, Rikki has a little too much to drink that night, so even though she wants to explore something physical, the guys refuse to take advantage of her. (+1 for Carter and Simon.)
Meanwhile, Rikki has been hired as a photographer to shoot images for a firefighters’ calendar to benefit charity. She’s surprised, though, when she attends a meeting at the fire station and in walk Carter and Simon. Yep, they’re firefighters.
At first, Rikki’s firmly against pursuing a relationship with them because of the inherent danger of their jobs. Also, she still feels loyal to Jesse, even though he’s gone. But then the guys convince Rikki to explore the chemistry between the three of them, made more complicated because Rikki is quite inexperienced sexually.
There’s a lot going on here: the ménage aspect, Rikki’s grief, and the fact that she’s a virgin (though not for long). As Rikki’s relationship with Carter and Simon grows, she learns to move forward and no longer be trapped in the past.
Carter is the sweeter, more laid back of the two, where Simon can be a bit of a hot head and quicker to become jealous. When an old friend from Rikki’s past surfaces, a new conflict is added to their already complicated arrangement.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. Rikki has been through so much tragedy and I just wanted her to find happiness. For the most part, her interactions with Carter and Simon are playful and sweet–when they’re not hot and dirty, that is. Although there is an angst factor to the story, it’s dealt with appropriately and in a sensitive way.
I can always count on this author to bring the heat with her books, which makes that a fitting title for this book. The story also satisfies on an emotional level, which makes it another great read from Carew.
Rating: 4 stars