Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ride the Fire-Jo Davis

Ride the Fire
Jo Davis
Signet, Dec 7 2010, $7.99
ISBN: 9780451231796

The car crash might as well have killed Fire Department Captain Sean Tanner as he has never recovered from the deaths of his wife Blair and their teenage son and six years old daughter. He knows Blair’s last words to him turned out prophetically true when she told him to go to hell for choosing his firefighting team over his son. To dull the pain of living in hell, he has become an alcoholic. Recently he took the first steps back when he realized he needed help and so Sean went into rehab.

Sean has returned to work, which pleases his team as he is considered a great leader. Sean and Eve Marshall begin to look deeper into their attraction for one another until Sean learns the awful truth about his family’s death. Instead of a horrific accident, his closest friend at one time killed them. Sean vows vengeance against this predator.

The entertaining fifth Firefighters of Station Five (see Line of Fire) is an exciting tale that moves forward various firefighter subplots, but the focus is on the Captain who has a second chance at life and love; although he feels he does not deserve the former and detests the latter. Fast-paced, the protagonists carry plenty of psychological baggage that they must overcome if they are to cement their relationship as love and heated sex may not be enough. Although the villain’s wrath and thirst for vengeance that matches that of his former best friend never comes across as genuine, readers will enjoy Sean’s return to the living and loving; if he can keep his Eve safe from a psychopath.

Harriet Klausner

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