18 December 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: It's a Wonderful Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #6.5) by Jennifer Bernard

It's a Wonderful Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #6.5)
by Jennifer Bernard.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday.
Publication: December 2nd 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Hard-edged fireman Dean Mulligan has never been a big fan of Christmas. Twinkly lights and sparkly tinsel can’t brighten the memories of too many years spent in ramshackle foster homes. Although he’s established himself as one of the top firefighters at San Gabriel Station 1, he doesn’t think he’s good enough for someone like gorgeous Lizzie.

Lizzie Breen is used to fighting—from her alpha male brothers, who try to smother her in the name of safety, to the life-threatening childhood illness she overcame. She knows what she and Mulligan feel for each other is a lot more than a fling, but she can’t get him to see that. The only gift Lizzie wants to give him this season is her love, but he’s not willing to accept it.

When Mulligan is trapped in the burning wreckage of a holiday store, a Christmas angel arrives to open his eyes. But is it too late? This Christmas, it’ll take an angel, a determined woman in love, and the entire Bachelor Firemen crew to make him believe … it is indeed a wonderful life.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a cute story. A retelling of sorts about a fireman with a sad past who doesn’t care for Christmas at all. He gets caught in a store of a mall during a fire. That part of the store wasn’t burning. Funny thing was that the store was a Christmas store.

He has a sort of girlfriend. They really love each other. But, Dean doesn’t think he is good enough for her. He dodges Christmas and volunteers to work so others can be at home. He doesn’t want a family like his. His mother being in and out of rehab and all. Lizzie loves him and knows he can’t handle that so she doesn't push him.

When he gets stuck in the store, he gets his own personal Clarence in the form of a Christmas dressed up Lizzie. She gets him to think about the good he’s done in his life. She helps him to realize it is okay to love with shortcomings.
His mom also shows up in his visits with “hallucinations”. She tells him the good he has done for her. She wants him to stay alive.

It took me a little bit to get into it. Then, I was all in. It was his second chance at life and happiness. I enjoyed watching him open his eyes to his own personal happiness and the good he has done for others.

With a whoosh, his breath was knocked from his body by a sudden hug from Lizzie. More than a hug—she meant business. He turned and steadied her against him. Her face tilted to gaze up at him, her bright eyes misting with tears.
“You really did get me a present. The perfect present too.”
He felt a smile begin, a helpless, goofy, adoring smile. She always made him feel so good. “Of course. You think I’m that much of a horndog that I’d lie to lure you into my evil snare?” He stroked her supple upper arms, savoring the fine texture of her skin.
“Well . . .” She made a comical face. “Not exactly, since you’ve been keeping me at arm’s length for weeks now.”
“That was for your own good,” he growled. “But all bets are off if you’re going to wear stuff like this.” He traced the neckline of her dress, the warmth of her skin radiating under his hand.
“Really? Because I was kind of wondering what would happen if I stopped wearing it.” Without warning, she reached toward the side of her dress and drew down the hidden zipper. He went pale.
“Stop right there.”
“Why?” She shimmied, the dress inching down her body.
“Because I can’t be responsible for the consequences.” His gaze latched on to the skin revealed by the zipper. Most of Lizzie was a golden tan from all her outdoor activity, but her torso had a moon-glow sheen that made his mouth water.
“I release you from all responsibility,” she whispered. “I hereby declare that I, Lizzie Breen, am dying to make love to you, Dean Mulligan, and that if I have to wait much longer I won’t be responsible for the consequences, but they’ll be ugly and will probably involve a fire hose or some martial arts moves or something drastic like that. Signed, Elizabeth Elspeth Breen.”
“Don’t ask. Just make love to me, Mulligan.”

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Jennifer Bernard is the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series. A graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

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