First she lured us in with "Trial by Fire" and six-foot five and strappin' Howard "Don't call me Howie" Paxton and his full-figured little sweetheart in a steamy hot-tub scene nobody thought they'd see in this lifetime on the pages of mass market romance.
Then Jo Davis hooked us with "Under Fire" and virgin/braniac Zach Knight, a sweet-natured guy who gets pushed to the don't-F-w/-me-fellers limit 'til the only hell he raises hotter than his taking out the bad guys is the hella hawt way he does his stripper/nurse squeeze till they score HEA.
Now, it's time for you fans -- and soon to bees -- of Davis' Firefighters of Station Five series to rev up your big, shiny, fire engine-sized expectations, 'cause Davis' sexy, action-packed "Hidden Fire " lives up to all of 'em.
"Hidden Fire" at long last tells the story of Julian Salvatore, FS5's resident ladies' man, a combination of everything a woman loves about tall, dark and Latin, from his slight accent to his deeply innate love of - and even better, respect for - women. Lots and lots of women. Yet Julian's happy enough giving his FS5 brothers the impression he's a player and, for all intents/purposes, a jerk who's good on the job, but not interested in anybody but himself.
However, Julian's interested to the point of near obsession with Grace McKenna, sister-in-law of his co-worker Howard Paxton, and the icy-cool, gorgeous, way-out-of-the-league-of-a-guy-from-the-wicked-wrong-side-of-the-tracks defense attorney who's shot him down about a billion times. Grace finally, finally gives Julian a shot after he finds out she's repping a sleazeball who's shown up from Julian's past, a dangerous guy who turned Julian into a man with deep and painful hidden secrets, and who may be continuing his sick games with a new crop of young kids.
Grace's been attracted to Julian since he first started hitting on her. Now she realizes they're every bit as hot together as she suspected - and he's deeper than she gave him credit for. As they spend more time together, and she sees Julian w/in his element, she doesn't just get a glimpse of the famed lover who could shake up her independent, career-comes-first life. As Grace gets caught up in the danger Julian's stirring up by connecting his past to a present string of gruesome slayings, she also realizes her duty to her client might be drawing both her and Julian closer to a killer whose next victims could put an end to her new love-comes-first dreams.
What do you love about the FS5 series? Celebrating ethnicity in a character is tricky. What keeps a character like Julian from becoming stereotypical for you? Which FS5 character's story are you looking forward to?
Click here to score insider H2H FS5 dish about what's next in the series in '10 and beyond -- PLUS scoop on Jo Davis' hot upcoming SHADO black ops erom series that starts with "I Spy a Wicked Sin "
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