Review: Braving the Heat by Regan Black

braving the heatTitle: Braving the Heat

Author: Regan Black

Mills & Boon imprint: Romantic Suspense

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly provided me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Firefighter (Mac)Kenzie Hughes

The hero: Mechanic Stephen Galway

The blurb: One man wants her dead. Another will do anything to protect her. Firefighter Kenzie Hughes never thought saving lives would make her a target. When someone rigs her car and sexy Stephen Galway offers to be her bodyguard, the flames of danger burn red-hot. Stephen lost his fianc’e to violence years ago, but he can’t resist Kenzie. Can he keep Kenzie safe and out of his arms when they’re forced to confront what they fear most?

Standalone or series: Book four of the Escape Club Heroes series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Kenzie Hughes’s life has been turned upside down ever since she rescued a man name Murtagh from a fire. A former firefighter himself, he seems to have a bee in his bonnet about female firefighters and sues Kenzie for the minor injuries he received during the rescue. As a result, she’s been placed on administrative leave. Forced to leave her apartment because of other issues, she has to rely on friends for help, something an independent spirit like herself is reluctant to do.

Stephen Galway is mired in grief. Three years ago, his fiancee was murdered because of her job at the local community centre. Stephen is wracked with guilt that he couldn’t save her. He’s angry that the man who pulled the trigger was found not guilty of the murder. He’s determined, despite the best efforts of his family, not to give his heart to another woman. Ever.

When Kenzie’s old car seemingly falls apart, she’s had enough. She works with Stephen’s brother, Mitch, who offers Stephen’s services to look at the car. When Stephen finds out about Kenzie’s predicament with no current roof over her head, he offers her the camper he lives in on the garage premises.

Kenzie’s good with cars, thanks to her father, and she helps Stephen in the garage where she can. Meanwhile, someone is targeting Kenzie – her car has been sabotaged and someone is slandering her on the internet, determined to get her fired. Despite it all, Kenzie refuses to bow and her fierce determination not to give in means that she can still find things to laugh about.

It’s that determination and that laugh that draws Stephen in, as much as he doesn’t want it to. He can’t help his attraction to Kenzie, and it’s obvious she feels the same way. Will they find out who’s behind the attacks on Kenzie? Will Murtagh get his way and have her fired, and why does he want that so badly? Will Kenzie and Stephen act on their desire for each other? Will Stephen finally open his heart again? If you want the answers, you’re just going to have to read the book and find out 🙂




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