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FIREBALL kicks off a brand new, steamy contemporary romance series by Nazarea Andrews.
Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.
And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…
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Taite and Dempsey used to be friends as kids. As the daughter of the police chief and the son of the mayor, they naturally found themselves pushed together by circumstance and they were inseparable for a while. But over the years they grew apart, particularly after Taite’s new best friend Miguel moved to town, and now they snipe and snarl at each other at every given opportunity. Since Dempsey is a captain in the town’s fire department and Taite is an officer on the police force, they have plenty of opportunities!
What most don’t know is that the sniping and snarling is really just a bit of foreplay for them, and for the past two years Taite and Dempsey have been indulging in a bit of hate sex/ frenemies with benefits relationship. Taite doesn’t realize that Dempsey never really hated her and actually would give anything for her to give him a chance at a real relationship, but he will never tell her that. They both have been left a bit damaged by events in their lives. Between the unexpected death of Taite’s mom when she wasn’t even a teenager and the death of Dempsey’s dad when he wasn’t much older than Taite, they reacted in a different ways but they still share an understanding that runs deep despite their prickly current relationship. Taite basically closed herself off to the possibility of loving someone enough to feel the pain and loss that her dad suffered when her mom died, and she keeps almost everyone at arms length because of it.
It took me a bit to warm up to Taite because she throws some serious attitude to reinforce the walls she has built! She will just barely admit to herself that she wouldn’t mind a bit more with Dempsey but she is not wired to put herself out there like that. Every time he starts to hint that he wants a real chance, she panics and runs in the opposite direction for a few days until Miguel and even her father start to call her out for it. Dempsey is normally a strong and confident guy, but she brings out his vulnerable side and his friends worry that she is going to rip his heart to shreds. When a very unwanted blast from Dempsey’s past shows up in town, it may just be the catalyst Taite needs to finally man up and face her feelings.
This is the first book I have read from this author, and I will be back for more in the series when it is available! There is a great cast of supporting characters in this story, and I enjoyed the rivalry between the police and fire departments as it played out alongside Taite and Dempsey’s journey. I felt for Dempsey when his past was revealed and I thought the author did a great job infusing the right mix of vulnerability and strength in him. All in all, this was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to seeing who gets their turn in the spotlight next!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.