“Trial by Fire” by Jo Davis was one smoking hot contemporary romantic suspense story! It came very close to the erotica line (for me), and sometimes rode the line, but never really crossed over. I will say that the sex was very well done and did contribute to the story, but the plot didn’t hinge on the sexual part of the relationship.
Howard is a big, brawny fireman (dreamy sigh) who takes care of his crew and enjoys his job and his Harley. He used to enjoy women too, but for the past year his libido has been taking a break. Of course, it could be due to the nightmares about his childhood past that keep plaguing him…a past he can never quite remember, but leaves him sweating and scared. And he can’t afford to be anything but sharp since it looks like they may have a serial killer on their hands–a serial killer who may be targeting Howard and the luscious blonde who single-handedly has jump-started his libido!
Kat can’t quite believe the strange turn her life has taken. For a ‘voluptuous’ schoolteacher, things have certainly livened up ever since the fire at her neighbor’s house where she was rescued by a hunky fireman. Howard seems too good to be true. He LOVES her body, he’s strong and handsome, and he’s thoughtful and kind to boot. Unfortunately, their relationship has also apparently made her a possible target of a serial killer!
I have to say that I found the plot a bit rough in spots. The mystery of the serial killer and his connection to the hero wasn’t very difficult to figure out which made the hero, the cops, and his crew seem a bit slow. The relationship between hero and heroine was also rather rapidly developed and there was some irritating push/pull afterward. BUT, I did stay with the story and was interested to see how the author was going to play out the finish. And did I mention the sex was smoking hot?
“Trial By Fire” is the first book by Jo Davis in a series about firefighters from fictional ‘Station Five’. Her next book in this series, “Under Fire”, was just released in May09 and I plan to read that one too. All in all, I liked Ms. Davis’ first story in this series and look forward to seeing how her writing develops.