It has been five years since Ava Kingston left her parent’s home in New Jersey. She ran and never looked back; all because of one night. One night that could’ve changed her life forever.
Now living in Chicago, working as a journalist, Ava thinks her life is finally where it should be. She is working towards a promotion, has a great family and a few amazing friends. What more could a girl want? Just when Ava comes to a calming sense of closure in her life, her past reappears in the form of the “Hunks in Uniform” calendar.
Will Ava’s feelings for this fearless firefighter resurface, against her better judgment, or will Ava try to forget the one person she ever really loved?
Gavin Sawyer is a Chicago firefighter who is stopping many women’s hearts as a model for the “Hunks in Uniform” calendar. Gavin only tried out for the calendar because of her. The one person who knew he was worthy of such prestige.
He knew how much she wanted him to do it, but then she was gone. Without a warning, Ava left Gavin behind with a broken heart and bruised ego. He loved her, but she ran. One fatal accident has separated them forever.
Now, five years later, Gavin will stop at nothing to win her back. A chance encounter with Ava sets his heart on fire and proves that old feelings really do die hard.
To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much when I first read the blurb of Hearts On Fire but decided to give it a try because the main male character is a firefighter, and we all know how hot the firefighters in US are...I didn't think I would like it very much but I was pleasantly surprised.
There was a good amount of suspense, action, romance and steam to keep me reading. The characters were real and believable and the characters and plot were developed nicely. There were not much unnecessary drama.We get to see both sides of the story and understand Ava and Gavin better. There were times where I wanted to slap both of them silly or just scream at them. The sexual tension between Ava and Gavin was off the charts, and damn was the steam yummy.
A sweet yet hot read with a yummy fireman. Nicely paced, developed and written :D
Excerpt . . .
Gavin held Ava in his arms and kissed the top of her forehead. “So, could we add this to the list of things that you like?”
Ava laughed into his chest. “Yes, Gavin, we can.”
The next moment happened so quickly Ava didn’t even realize what was going on. Gavin dipped Ava back and planted a sweet kiss on her lips. Thankfully, Ava didn’t scream when it happened, because the kiss probably wouldn’t have been as amazing. Gavin’s lips were so soft against hers, and they tasted like mint and lemons. Ava cupped her hands behind his head and opened her mouth so Gavin could deepen the kiss. Gavin’s hand was on Ava’s lower back, and the other was behind her head. They continued their kiss, dancing with their tongues. They would’ve kept kissing if it weren’t for the applause and whistles they heard around them. They broke their kiss, and Ava buried her head in Gavin’s chest once again.
“Good job, man!”
“Get a room!”
Gavin just waved to everyone, and Ava pulled him toward the street.
“Oh my god. That was so embarrassing,” Ava said with a slight blush in her cheeks.
“Was it really that bad kissing me?” Gavin asked with his hand over his heart, faking insult.
“No, the kiss was amazing. I have never done anything like that in public before.”
Gavin pulled Ava closer. “Good. I like that I was able to share that with you. But, I promise, Ava, the next time I kiss you will be behind closed doors, and I will not stop there.”
Ava’s cheeks burned, and she knew she was red. The thought of Gavin’s lips on hers again was causing a stir in her belly. She wasn’t the type of girl to sleep with someone on the first date, but she could make an exception for someone who made it the best date she’d ever had.
If this date gave Ava any clue as to how their relationship would be, Ava was going to be one lucky girl.
About The Author . . .
She lives in Northern Bergen County with her husband Patrick and their two-year old daughter Laila. During the day Ashli spends her time with thirty four and five-year olds as a Pre-K teacher. When Ashli isn’t writing she can be found taking pictures of her daughter, reading a good book, watching The Office or shopping for the perfect pair of shoes.
Ashli began reading books from romance genre while pregnant with her daughter. She has been hooked ever since. It has always been a goal of Ashli’s to write a book. Her New Year’s resolution was to stop talking about it and do it. Fast forward six months and she is finally sharing her debut, Hearts on Fire, with you.
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