Bad Romance

While we were camping last week, I read five books. Apparently if you take away my Internet connection, I can blast through the pages like a madwoman. It was great to get back into my first love of reading. I read all year, but I love to throw down books so quickly.

I had a wide and varied library with me, but chose to dabble a bit in romance since I read romance novels so infrequently.

Now I remember why!

To boot, pun intended, these two romance novels were… wait for it… FIREFIGHTER ROMANCE NOVELS. Win.

The Firefighter's Secret BabyThe first was The Firefighter’s Secret Baby which started as a joke and then made its way through Denise, Sassymonkey and Elizabeth before being delivered to me. I love friends with humor. The book was somewhat different than I had expected. It was full of (cheesy) suspense, with things being blown up and people chasing the main characters. A baby is obviously involved. So is the FBI. And the mob. And the previously mentioned firefighter. And some kind of triggering adoption-speak, but it was too cheesy to be too triggering.

Kind of lacking in the realism factor. But that’s okay. What’s not okay, however, is the crazy sex the main female was having less than a week after a traumatic birth experience. I laughed. A lot. Not at the cheesiness of the writing (which, yes, it was still cheesy), but at the thought that any woman could read that section and possibly think that sex so shortly after birth would feel that good. Also? No mention of the breastmilk that was likely pouring at that point since she wasn’t nursing the baby. I had a good laugh.


This book was part of the Atlanta Heroes series… and, sadly, I want more to be available already.

As an aside, thank you to Denise, sassymonkey and Elizabeth for signing the book before sending it to me. That sentence is brought to you with a side of cheese. (Ha!)

Island SojournThe second was an accidental find at the library right before we left for camp. Island Sojourn by Katrina Thomas is another firefighter romance, with a small twist. This time the main female character is the firefighter, which is the fire time I’ve seen that in any firefighter romances I have read. (And I’ve read a few.) Of course, the man that she meets and falls for while on her beach vacation to the Outer Banks is, you might have guessed it, a firefighter as well. She’s a professional and he’s a volunteer.

This particular book was somewhat more believable than the previous one. It involves a lot of sisters, a beach house and shenanigans pulled by said sisters to get the younger sister someone to date. And marry. I kind of resented the fact that they were pushing her to date and marry just like them. Maybe she wanted to be single! Maybe she wasn’t interested in men! Maybe she was seeing someone on the sly back home! Get off her back, nosy sisters! But, as it always does, it worked out in the end.

This book had a great fire scene… until they sent the man in to make sure that she was okay. Granted, she ran in without a mask or any gear, which was silly. And she probably did need some rescuing. But I kind of resent the “let’s rescue women” theme in romance novels.

In the end, I kind of enjoyed both reads more than I wanted to. FireDad had a great time making fun of me any time he saw me reading either book. I would have made fun of me as well.

If you know of a firefighter book, romance or not, that I need to be reading, please let me know!


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12 Replies to “Bad Romance”

  1. I wanted to throw the book across the room at the sex in the hotel room after she’d just had a baby. And… I’m grouchy, you didn’t even mention that I SIGNED THE BOOK! ;-) xo

  2. The good thing about Harlequin/Silhoutte type romances is that they are a quick easy read. If you miss a page or two, not much lost.

    If you haven’t read Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series, #4 is about a firefighter trying to find a serial arsonist. There is some romance & suspense. It comes under the catagory of Christian fiction.

  3. HAHAHAH I actually did a focus group where someone read that book. They sent us all a different book that we had to read, which all turned out to be Harlequin books!

  4. This is great, I’m going on a vacation next month with a group of friends and one of the girls loves anything to do with Firefighter’s…. So as a gift I’m going to see if I can get this book for her. You say it’s cheesy, well that’s even better, makes it more of a gag gift. And I’m with you on the sex after less than a week… Right!

  5. The sex scene after the birth was so, so, so outside the realm of the reality. Wasn’t she also on an IV at the time? Jill Shalvis’ firefighter romance novels are pretty good. She has five or six of them. She writes a fairly amusing blog too (something I appreciate in an author).

  6. Jenna, I found your blog through your comment somewhere (I never know where!) about photography tips. Admittedly I don’t read anything in the Romance genre, but I’m sure even if I did I would be surprised to find Firefighter Romances! What a hoot! Anyway … your boys are adorable. I’m a big believer in The Family Dinner Hour, and I’m picturing you all around the table!

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