As one of New York’s Finest, firefighter Cash Ryder is always prepared. When a woman’s car skids off the side of a mountain during a snowstorm, he’s there to rescue her. Cash is totally focused on the woman’s well-being, but within minutes of getting her to safety, he realizes that he’s nowhere near prepared for the heat that rolls off of sensual, smart-mouthed, and stubborn Siena Remington.
As a model, Siena Remington has dated some of the wealthiest, most handsome men in the industry, and she’s made peace with the idea that most men are just looking for eye candy and they wouldn’t know how to romance a woman to save their lives. When she’s rescued by a tall, handsome stranger, she thinks that maybe, just maybe, she’s found her own real-life romantic fairy tale—until he opens his mouth and everything that comes out is gruff, ornery, and aggravatingly sexy.
Thrown together during an annual firehouse calendar photo shoot, the passion between Cash and Siena sizzles, and neither one knows how to control the flames. After an evening of verbal sparring followed by a sinfully sensual night, their darkest secrets are revealed—and so is Cash’s warm, romantic heart. But Siena’s secret might be too much for big, strong, always-prepared Cash to handle—and Siena is forced to choose between a man who’s everything she’s ever dreamed of and an opportunity of a lifetime.
Flames of Love is book 3 in the Love In Bloom: The Remingtons series.
Melissa Foster is one of the first people I started following on Twitter. I'm ashamed to say that despite all this time, I never read any of her books. So when this opportunity came up, I jumped at it. I recognize this is the third book in the Remingtons series and it is a part of the larger Love in Bloom series that focuses on different families. However, this book can be read as a stand alone.
This is a hidden gem. I would put Melissa Foster's story up there with any of the top contemporary romance writers. The story is coherent. The characters are likeable and strong. I love the idea of a strong-willed woman who just wants to be wooed and not objectified. But what really gets me is Melissa Fosters humor and a shared disdain for scrunchies: "'Do you have one of those things girls keep on their wrists?' [referring to scrunchies] She laughed. 'No, it's not the eighties.'"
Cash is a marvel. I love his honesty and forthrightness. He knows his own mind. The dialogue between the two characters is refreshingly mature. I reveled in it. The interactions between our two main characters is so tension-filled that bedroom scenes are jaw-clenching intense.
My biggest criticism is the ending. The whole episode is crazy and Siena acts in an irresponsible manner. Her behavior puts other people at risk. Furthermore, for Cash to joke about it, "That's my girl. Unprepared and willing to risk the life of others", is a little off-putting.
IN A NUTSHELL:
I think this story is best summed up by the quote: "They make you crazy; then they make you love them. Then they make you crazy again, but by then you're in too deep to do anything but love them more." I'm now going back to read the previous books in the series. Can't wait!