Red Hot by Lisa Childs

red hotTitle: Red Hot

Author: Lisa Childs

Mills & Boon imprint:  Blaze

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Insurance agent Fiona O’Brien

The hero: Firefighter Wyatt Andrews

The blurb: Fiona O’Brien knows how to minimize risk…by never, ever falling for a guy in a hazardous job. And when her brother applies to become an elite Forest Service firefighter, Fiona hits the roof. She’ll do anything to keep him safe—even if it means using every sexy tool in her arsenal to seduce the one firefighter who can change her brother’s mind.

Hotshot Wyatt Andrews swore to avoid controlling women like Fiona. And he has no intention of intervening in her family business. Still, he can’t resist the fiery redhead with the deadly curves. Soon they’re engulfed in a blaze of lust that incinerates their self-control. They’re playing each other, but if they’re not careful they may both get burned.

Standalone or series: Part of the Hotshot Heroes series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Lisa Childs writing Blaze books? Yes, please! I wanted to love this book, but there was something about the plot that just didn’t gel with me.

Fiona O’Brien has a younger half-brother (they share the same mother), Matthew, whom she finds out has applied not only to be a firefighter, but part of an elite team called the Huron Hotshots. Matthew’s mentor on the team is Wyatt Andrews, so Fiona decides to talk with Wyatt and see if she can get him to talk Matthew out of dropping out of college to pursue being a firefighter.

Wyatt is attracted to Fiona, and knows that there’s nothing to talk Matthew out of – his application will be unsuccessful because he has a juvenile record – but can’t tell Fiona that because a) he’s not part of the selection panel and b) they can be sued if Matthew finds out through Fiona before he gets the official letter.

When talking to Wyatt doesn’t work, Fiona decides to seduce him in the hope that will help her cause. Wyatt knows exactly why Fiona wants to sleep with him, but since he’s attracted to her, he doesn’t really care that she’s using him for sex. Only once they start sleeping together, they both realise it’s more than just sex.

Here’s what didn’t gel for me: Matthew is a douchecanoe. He claims Fiona is manipulative and he’s pissed at her for leaving him with their airhead mother when he was five and she was eleven, but that’s because her paternal grandparents got her mother deemed unfit to care for her and they moved her to another state. Fiona was a child who had no say in it, and as soon as she was old enough she looked out for Matthew. So his childish behaviour was just odd. I didn’t find Fiona manipulative at all – she was a big sister, trying to look out for her younger brother. Her mother has buried two husbands (their fathers) due to their reckless behaviour (her father died in a crash because he was racing, Matthew’s father died of a drug overdose), so Fiona doesn’t want to lose her brother the same way.

Here’s what also didn’t gel for me: Fiona gets mad at Wyatt when she finds out he knew all along Matthew’s application was unsuccessful. He couldn’t tell her. HE COULDN’T TELL HER. Not because he didn’t want to, but he risked losing his job and leaving the fire department open to a lawsuit. And then Wyatt decides she’s right to be angry and he should have told her. Uh, no. But when Wyatt is trapped in a fire trying to save a troop of boy scouts, Fiona realises she’s in love with him and they get their happily ever after.

What did work, though: the sex. There was lots and lots of hot sex. If reading lots of hot sex scenes works for you, read this book. Oh, and the cover? Yes, please! I’ll take two 🙂