REVIEW: A Home for the Firefighter by Amie Denman
A summer bargain…
That could lead to forever
For firefighter Brady Adams, racing into burning buildings is no problem. Forgetting the kiss he once shared with aspiring flight attendant Kate Price—that’s a bigger challenge. Brady longs to buy a house and settle down, while free-spirited Kate insists that relationships have an expiration date. But as their no-strings summer fun deepens into tenderness, will Kate admit her heart has found a haven?
Dear Ms. Denman,
After how much I enjoyed the first and liked the second books in the Cape Pursuit series, it pains me to say that this one started out okay but then began to drag before finally annoying me more than anything else. Even getting glimpses of some of the past characters – who thankfully stayed more or less in the background unless they were needed for the plot and action of this story – didn’t help.
The blurb had promise and since the first two books worked for me, I snatched this one up. I enjoyed the joshing and camaraderie of the firefighters and watching Brady finally go after what he wants in life. After an unsettled and nomadic upbringing (which we will hear about in every chapter, lest we forget), he wants to be settled, with a good job, and a home – hence the title. Kate was almost smothered while growing up in a perfectly perfect house in which no one ever stepped out of place and where everything was planned and coordinated (which we will hear about in every chapter, lest we forget).
Each is obviously marked by her/his childhood and determined to live the opposite way as an adult. Kate has thrown off the shackles of her privileged life and is determined to have a job that allows her freedom to be different every day (which we will hear about …) Brady has worked to start a career that makes him feel useful and wanted while saving to buy into the American dream of home ownership (lots of hearing about). They both agree to a summer fling romance but one with an expiration date which we will be reminded about.
Yet, while there is a lot of time spent on what makes up the background and aspirations of the main characters, there isn’t much romance. Even for a Heartwarming line book, there was precious little actual romance. There’s a lot of Brady longing for it and Kate backing away from it but not a lot of it until after Kate has twice walked away from Brady’s heartfelt confessions of love. I’m used to reading romances in which getting a couple together sometimes waits until the very last page but usually I know that they’re actually in love. Here, I wasn’t sure about half of the couple. Brady definitely but Kate – I wasn’t so sure. I’m told that all of a sudden her feelings were becoming engaged but I didn’t see if or feel it. When I finish a book thinking, Brady you’d honestly be better without her as some relationships are just not meant to be, that’s a bad sign. D