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Captain Joe Mendoza has wanted to be fire chief since he was four years old. And now he's one step away from making assistant chief. But that's proving to be some big step now that the chief's daughter has joined his crew. He's promised he'll keep her safe--and promised himself to keep things strictly business. Faith Peligni has battled her way back from an on-the-job injur Captain Joe Mendoza has wanted to be fire chief since he was four years old. And now he's one step away from making assistant chief. But that's proving to be some big step now that the chief's daughter has joined his crew. He's promised he'll keep her safe--and promised himself to keep things strictly business. Faith Peligni has battled her way back from an on-the-job injury in San Antonio, and she's stronger than ever. Even if as the first female firefighter on the San Amaro Island crew--and the chief's daughter--she's expecting some heat. But with the impossibly distracting Joe Mendoza as her captain, who knew it could get this hot?


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Captain Joe Mendoza has wanted to be fire chief since he was four years old. And now he's one step away from making assistant chief. But that's proving to be some big step now that the chief's daughter has joined his crew. He's promised he'll keep her safe--and promised himself to keep things strictly business. Faith Peligni has battled her way back from an on-the-job injur Captain Joe Mendoza has wanted to be fire chief since he was four years old. And now he's one step away from making assistant chief. But that's proving to be some big step now that the chief's daughter has joined his crew. He's promised he'll keep her safe--and promised himself to keep things strictly business. Faith Peligni has battled her way back from an on-the-job injury in San Antonio, and she's stronger than ever. Even if as the first female firefighter on the San Amaro Island crew--and the chief's daughter--she's expecting some heat. But with the impossibly distracting Joe Mendoza as her captain, who knew it could get this hot?

30 review for Burning Ambition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This was mostly very good! There's some stupidity, but the heroine gets to call it out and I really like that everyone fully respects each other at work and there's some blended family stuff that's excellent. I am very satisfied with my choosing of this particular firefighter book because it had kittens on the cover. (Which also appear in the book!) **Read for Ripped Bodice Bingo, Summer 2018 edition**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Keel

    Wow just the right kind of story! This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone title. Be warned you'll fall in love with these characters and be eager to read more about them. This is Joe and Faith's story. The characters are believable,well written And engaging. The story itself is fast paced and keeps you eager to get to the end yet not wanting to read the last sentence. Fans of firefighter romances will be enthralled with these characters And their journey to a happily ever after. Wow just the right kind of story! This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone title. Be warned you'll fall in love with these characters and be eager to read more about them. This is Joe and Faith's story. The characters are believable,well written And engaging. The story itself is fast paced and keeps you eager to get to the end yet not wanting to read the last sentence. Fans of firefighter romances will be enthralled with these characters And their journey to a happily ever after. Highly recommended!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the fourth book in The Texas Firefighters Series. Like the ones before ti Ms. Knupp writes a detailed, heartfelt story. This time involving the Chief's daughter and first female firefighter on the San Amaro Island Fire Department, Faith and Captain Joe Mendoza. A few interesting notes: 1. Joe Mendoza is 40 and Faith is 26 but I never felt the age difference. 2. Joe and Faith wanted each other but knew they shouldn't/couldn't be together, very Romeo & Juliet and well written. 3. I liked seein This is the fourth book in The Texas Firefighters Series. Like the ones before ti Ms. Knupp writes a detailed, heartfelt story. This time involving the Chief's daughter and first female firefighter on the San Amaro Island Fire Department, Faith and Captain Joe Mendoza. A few interesting notes: 1. Joe Mendoza is 40 and Faith is 26 but I never felt the age difference. 2. Joe and Faith wanted each other but knew they shouldn't/couldn't be together, very Romeo & Juliet and well written. 3. I liked seeing the characters from the other books but it had been a while so I almost forgot who was who. But I didn't think I needed to read the other books to understand them. 4. You never find out if Joe got the job. I read through this book in an afternoon. I didn't want to put it down and was quite pleased with Joe realizing that he can have the career and the woman. His step-brothers were a hoot too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Adamson

    What a cute love story! I liked the point that they couldn't have each other, but yet they wanted each other. Kinda like a Romeo and Juliet, firefighter style....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Johnson

    Firestorm is Book 4 in the Island Fire series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. This book delivers a take on the forbidden romance angle, and pairs it steamingly with fire-fighters. But even better it has a sassy take-no-crap heroine who happens to fight fires just as well as the hero does. Faith has always had to be extra - extra tough, extra fierce, work extra hard, do twice as much to prove her worth as a female firefighter, being the ONLY female on the Island squad means she's Firestorm is Book 4 in the Island Fire series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. This book delivers a take on the forbidden romance angle, and pairs it steamingly with fire-fighters. But even better it has a sassy take-no-crap heroine who happens to fight fires just as well as the hero does. Faith has always had to be extra - extra tough, extra fierce, work extra hard, do twice as much to prove her worth as a female firefighter, being the ONLY female on the Island squad means she's up against a lot more - but it's all worth it to her. Until she finds herself drawn to Captain Joe - drawn in ways she can't comprehend at first as she knows things can't work out between them as is. Joe's life has always had one goal in mind and it hasn't changed, so for him it was easy to go for the assistant chief position, so when he's asked to look out for and help bring in the first female firefighter to the squad - he's all in. That is until he sees Faith and somehow his heart skips a beat and he finds himself wanting her. But there's so much that stands in their way - so many reasons why they can't be anything more than co-workers - or is there? Firestorm will grab hold of you and suck you in, in to the world of Faith and Joe, and all of the guys at the fire station. It will make you feel the flames flicking to life between these two and leave you rooting for a way for them to be together and still maintain their lives. There's a lot going on in both Joe and Faith's personal lives and those issues sort of compound their current lives, and add to the present - but they are handled in such a way that they just sort of mesh with rest of the story. It gives a deeper grasp of the struggles they are facing when they think of how much they want each other and the risks that might be involved. Knupp's writing style will pull you in easily, bringing the characters to life and emotions to the forefront. The story is delivered with just the right balance of chemistry, heat, and love, blended with the job and family and friends.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict

    The early copy I read of this book is my first by this author and I’m so glad I found her! Not only is the storyline gripping and the characters wonderfully complex, the story is skillfully constructed and extremely well edited. Joe and Faith both have long family histories with fire fighting. Her father is the fire chief, and Joe's father was chief before Faith's father. Joe is a captain with his eye on becoming chief one day, and Faith is the first female fire fighter in the San Amaro Island F The early copy I read of this book is my first by this author and I’m so glad I found her! Not only is the storyline gripping and the characters wonderfully complex, the story is skillfully constructed and extremely well edited. Joe and Faith both have long family histories with fire fighting. Her father is the fire chief, and Joe's father was chief before Faith's father. Joe is a captain with his eye on becoming chief one day, and Faith is the first female fire fighter in the San Amaro Island Fire Department. Not only does she feel the need to prove herself as a female and the chief’s daughter, her mutual attraction with Joe is something she tries to ignore. These characters won my heart from the very beginning, being realistic, multilayered, believably flawed and endearing. And there is so much more to this story than a simple fire house romance. Joe is dealing with his mother's illness, feeling like an outsider with her new husband's family, and doing some soul searching about why a promotion is so important to him. Faith is prone to panic attacks when faced with fighting fires since her injury on the job at her previous fire department, her family has their own issues, and in the middle of all that these co-workers realize they can’t deny their growing attraction, but do their best to fight it. This story is so complex that it kept my attention effortlessly, and the author did an amazing job laying the groundwork, interweaving the many subplots throughout the book and resolving things beautifully. I loved the story as well as the characters! I definitely recommend this book and will certainly be reading more from the Island Fire series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    As an avid reader, I am constantly searching for “new” authors. When the opportunity presented itself to read a book by Ms Knupp, I took it. Boy, am I glad I did. Firestorm is the fourth book in this series, but rest assure, it’s a stand alone. The story centers around firefighting Capt. Joe Mendoza, and Faith Peligni, the daughter of the Fire Chief, and the first woman firefighter in Joe’s station. Faith has a lot to overcome, not only as a female firefighter, but also as the daughter of the Chief As an avid reader, I am constantly searching for “new” authors. When the opportunity presented itself to read a book by Ms Knupp, I took it. Boy, am I glad I did. Firestorm is the fourth book in this series, but rest assure, it’s a stand alone. The story centers around firefighting Capt. Joe Mendoza, and Faith Peligni, the daughter of the Fire Chief, and the first woman firefighter in Joe’s station. Faith has a lot to overcome, not only as a female firefighter, but also as the daughter of the Chief. Some will say she got the job because of him, but she will prove them wrong. The attraction is immediate, but in addition to the obstacles Faith already has to overcome, Joe is also her boss. Ms Knupp gives the reader, an engaging plot, with characters that are complex and likable. I loved that she also highlights the obstacles female firefighters have to overcome. She also reminds us that goals can change and still be just as rewarding. Last but not least, that family is precious, and when the opportunity for happiness is within our reach, we should grasp it. Looking forward to reading more stories by this talented author. I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Firestorm is a book with a plain, somewhat unoriginal plot. The narration is often dragged, becoming slow and uneventful. Faith, the heroine, is a convincing character. Being young, she is still in the process of building her self confidence. She faces a series of difficult situations and, in doing so, matures into a determined, passionate, self conscious woman. As the story unravels, she becomes stronger, and her emotional journey turns out to be the best part of the book. Joe, the male protago Firestorm is a book with a plain, somewhat unoriginal plot. The narration is often dragged, becoming slow and uneventful. Faith, the heroine, is a convincing character. Being young, she is still in the process of building her self confidence. She faces a series of difficult situations and, in doing so, matures into a determined, passionate, self conscious woman. As the story unravels, she becomes stronger, and her emotional journey turns out to be the best part of the book. Joe, the male protagonist, is a Captain in the fire department. He is depicted as capable, strong, compassionate. However, he is much too indecisive, too much of a people pleaser to really captivate the reader. On another note, the interaction between Joe and his step family is one of the good streams in the narration. Most of the other side characters are also unconvincing. Their less than impressive behaviours, weak personalities and confused reactions do not contribute to the quality of the narration. Overall, Firestorm lacks the tension, the vibrancy of the characters, the emotional involvement of a convincing book, resulting in a non descriptive, often boring story populated with unimpressive personas.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the first book by Amy Knupp that I have read, but definitely not the last. In fact, I originally received this as an ARC, but loved it so much I bought it; as well as Island Fire Books 1-3. Firestorm is really well written, with well developed characters that you can't help but like. The story flows smoothly, and dialog is realistic keeping consistent with each character. All things that I look for in a book. There were also no noticeable editing/proofreading misses that frequently interr This is the first book by Amy Knupp that I have read, but definitely not the last. In fact, I originally received this as an ARC, but loved it so much I bought it; as well as Island Fire Books 1-3. Firestorm is really well written, with well developed characters that you can't help but like. The story flows smoothly, and dialog is realistic keeping consistent with each character. All things that I look for in a book. There were also no noticeable editing/proofreading misses that frequently interrupt my reading flow, for which my inner grammar Nazi rejoices. Faith and Joe have an almost immediate attraction to each other. Unfortunately he is her supervisor in a job she feels she has to prove herself in, and her father is Joe's mentor. Despite the roadblocks, sparks fly, and their relationship evolves. The dynamics between them had me rooting for their HEA from the beginning. Adding in the dramatic element from their careers, and you have a definite page turner. There was no way I was putting this thing down until I hit the very last page. Overall, this is one I am totally confident recommending and can't wait to sink my teeth into the rest of this series. Though this is absolutely a standalone, I can't wait to read more about Joe's peers at the fire station.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    I’ve loved all of the books that I’ve read by Amy Knupp, but I was a little unsure of this one. Right at the very beginning we find out that Faith was a female firefighter having to make her way in a male world. I was a little concerned that the bulk of the book would be of work challenges that Faith had to overcome. While I enjoy reading about this in the real world, I want my fiction world to be a little lighter and more entertaining. I really didn’t need to worry. Although the female/male wor I’ve loved all of the books that I’ve read by Amy Knupp, but I was a little unsure of this one. Right at the very beginning we find out that Faith was a female firefighter having to make her way in a male world. I was a little concerned that the bulk of the book would be of work challenges that Faith had to overcome. While I enjoy reading about this in the real world, I want my fiction world to be a little lighter and more entertaining. I really didn’t need to worry. Although the female/male work dynamic was part of the story, the bulk of it was the development of relationships – not only romantic, but family, too. There were a couple of sub-themes running through the book and I really enjoyed delving into all of them. I had a moment when one of the main characters disappointed me, but it was very shortlived before it was resolved. I’m really looking forward to more of the firefighters of San Amaro Island and of course the Hale Street novels. I received an ARC copy and am pleased to give an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emabubby

    Firestorm by Amy Knupp is pretty much a May and December romance between Faith Peligini, a female firefighter, and her immediate superior Captain Joe Mendoza. He is forty and she is twenty-six. Even if their age differences are immaterial their job descriptions certainly are a major impediment to their falling in love. Yet the heart wants what the heart wants. Faith doesn't need this complication she has many other obstacles to overcome to become a respected member of her firefighting team. Fait Firestorm by Amy Knupp is pretty much a May and December romance between Faith Peligini, a female firefighter, and her immediate superior Captain Joe Mendoza. He is forty and she is twenty-six. Even if their age differences are immaterial their job descriptions certainly are a major impediment to their falling in love. Yet the heart wants what the heart wants. Faith doesn't need this complication she has many other obstacles to overcome to become a respected member of her firefighting team. Faith is strong women who will eventually achieve her goal and Joe is a likable well-respected leader yet the chemistry between these two just isn't sufficient to carry the story. The book was just a little too long and a little too languid. It's not a bad story but it's not a great one. However, if you are into firefighters and firefighting you will like this novel. I received a free copy of this ARC and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irene S

    Being the chief's daughter, Faith feels that she has to prove that hiring her as the first female fire fighter in the department was the right one. Faith doesn't want special treatment or help from Joe, the good looking Captain. Even though Joe is very attracted to Faith, getting involved with Faith would hurt his chances of being promoted to Assistant Fire Chief. Faith is trying to get over her fears of going into a burning building after being hurt firefighting. I loved how the author gives us Being the chief's daughter, Faith feels that she has to prove that hiring her as the first female fire fighter in the department was the right one. Faith doesn't want special treatment or help from Joe, the good looking Captain. Even though Joe is very attracted to Faith, getting involved with Faith would hurt his chances of being promoted to Assistant Fire Chief. Faith is trying to get over her fears of going into a burning building after being hurt firefighting. I loved how the author gives us a glimpse of life as a fire fighter through Faith and Joe. I was given a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. I loved this book and hated to put in down. This is my favorite book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura R

    As if being the only female firefighter in the department and the chief's daughter isn't enough, Faith finds herself attracted to her hot boss. Captain Joe has a lot on his plate also - trying for a promotion and dealing with a sick mother, in addition to his attraction to Faith. Both of the main characters had a lot to deal with in their lives - outside of their attraction to each other. Loved how Faith was able to help see his stepfamily in a new light so that he was able to appreciate them mo As if being the only female firefighter in the department and the chief's daughter isn't enough, Faith finds herself attracted to her hot boss. Captain Joe has a lot on his plate also - trying for a promotion and dealing with a sick mother, in addition to his attraction to Faith. Both of the main characters had a lot to deal with in their lives - outside of their attraction to each other. Loved how Faith was able to help see his stepfamily in a new light so that he was able to appreciate them more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Shannon

    This was my first book from Amy Knupp and I enjoyed it. Joe and Faith both come from firefighting families with both of their fathers having been Fire Chief. Joe is dealing with his mom being ill and her new husband‘s family. Faith is the first female at this fire department and from being injured on the job at her previous fire department, has panic attacks. They both have much to overcome. The book was well written as were the characters. I look forward to reading the rest in this series and m This was my first book from Amy Knupp and I enjoyed it. Joe and Faith both come from firefighting families with both of their fathers having been Fire Chief. Joe is dealing with his mom being ill and her new husband‘s family. Faith is the first female at this fire department and from being injured on the job at her previous fire department, has panic attacks. They both have much to overcome. The book was well written as were the characters. I look forward to reading the rest in this series and more from this author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The story revolves around two firefighters at the same station house. One is the Captain and one is the new transfer trying to prove herself to the all male squad. The characters were real and easy to relate to. They had to address real dilemmas, not manufactured problems. They truly cared about each other and not standing in the way of each other's career. The characters had growing to do and they did. Nice character development. Loved the kittens. I'm looking forward to reading more from this The story revolves around two firefighters at the same station house. One is the Captain and one is the new transfer trying to prove herself to the all male squad. The characters were real and easy to relate to. They had to address real dilemmas, not manufactured problems. They truly cared about each other and not standing in the way of each other's career. The characters had growing to do and they did. Nice character development. Loved the kittens. I'm looking forward to reading more from this series and this author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marichus Real

    Faith is the only female firefighter in the group and she has to work harder than any of his colleagues not just for being female but also for being the fire chief’s daughter. Joe is the fire captain and he always has been in conflict with his stepfather and his stepbrothers, all of them lawyers. He feels they don’t respect him because of his job. The eternal conflict of women doing men’s jobs. I like how it is treated here. And I like too how Faith trust Joe and his words of encouragement makes h Faith is the only female firefighter in the group and she has to work harder than any of his colleagues not just for being female but also for being the fire chief’s daughter. Joe is the fire captain and he always has been in conflict with his stepfather and his stepbrothers, all of them lawyers. He feels they don’t respect him because of his job. The eternal conflict of women doing men’s jobs. I like how it is treated here. And I like too how Faith trust Joe and his words of encouragement makes her forget about her panic and focus on the problem at hand. Easy to read and very enjoyable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    BP34

    This is book four out of five in the Island Fire Series, but is a standalone. Joe is the Captain of the Fire Squad and Faith is the daughter of the Fire Chief. She joins the squad as the first female member. The chemistry between the two is smoking hot and we follow their relationship. Lots of passion and drama makes for a great read. I read an advance reader copy and voluntarily chose to write a review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Murrin

    How Do We Know What We Really Want? This is a wonderful story about how our perceptions of ourselves--and the perceptions we assume others have of us--influence our thinking and our actions. I loved sharing Faith's and Joe's journeys of self-discovery on their way to finding love. I also really liked witnessing Joe's personal growth as he got to know and accept his stepbrothers. (And, of course, seeing the softy in a strong man is always a treat.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    K B

    4 stars I purchased Firestorm Island Fire book 4 by Amy Knupp and this review was given freely. Accepting the mortality of a parent, broken relationships, resisting a workplace romance, and gaining a sense of belonging are just a few of struggles Faith and Captain Joe face while working together at the Fire Island Fire Station. This novel contains two rocky romances, mentions alcoholism, divorce and depression but has multiple happy endings.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ree

    Joe & Faith are attracted to each other, but think that their careers should come first, but for very different reasons. Throughout the novel, however, both are forced to reassess their original goals, and their characters grow & mature - especially Faith's. This is a slow-moving firefighter romance novel, but a fairly okay read. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book. Joe & Faith are attracted to each other, but think that their careers should come first, but for very different reasons. Throughout the novel, however, both are forced to reassess their original goals, and their characters grow & mature - especially Faith's. This is a slow-moving firefighter romance novel, but a fairly okay read. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it. I enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were wonderful. The plot flowed beautifully. I just loved Joe and Faith. They seemed like the couple complimented each other beautifully. This is the first book of this series that I have read. I have to go back and read the others. I recommend this book to anyone.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    Like As the department’s first woman, Faith just wants respect from her fellow firefighters. She is a fighter, has to be; she is not here just because her father is chief. Captain Joe admires her. He is impressed by her. I really liked Joe. He was caring. I liked the book but I liked other books by this author just that little bit better. It was very serious. Good not great.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book is amazing! You get wrapped up in the struggles Faith and Joe go through.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Loved this book! There are so many reasons why Joe and Faith should not be together but also a tie that keeps bringing them together.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Glenna Stubblefield

    Joe and Faith adopt kittens - so cute. Faith has to deal with work BS and Joe had to deal with Faith's father - his boss. Will they be more than kitty parents?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue Campbell

    Love her

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thuy Taylor

    Faith and Joe work together. They're both firefighters and he is a captain and she works under him. She feels like she has to prove herself 100 times more than any other firefighter because she is a female, and her father is the chief. She is pretty stubborn and determined. She doesn't want special treatment from anyone especially not the guy she's attracted to and who is her superior, Joe. They can't fight their attraction to each other though. They give in, but things get complicated. Overall, Faith and Joe work together. They're both firefighters and he is a captain and she works under him. She feels like she has to prove herself 100 times more than any other firefighter because she is a female, and her father is the chief. She is pretty stubborn and determined. She doesn't want special treatment from anyone especially not the guy she's attracted to and who is her superior, Joe. They can't fight their attraction to each other though. They give in, but things get complicated. Overall, I thought this was a sweet story about finding out what you want more, job or happiness. I would recommend this book. I need to catch up and read the other Island Fire series books. I received this ARC for my honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Mmmm, firefighters. Ok, now that I've had that moment, this book was about firefighters. But not all manly men firefighters, the main character, is of course, a woman. And it was an ok romance, but it needed some more follow through on some of its plot lines. Faith is used to having to prove herself. As a woman firefighter, things are just not in her favor in a male dominated job. And she wants no special favors, especially since she has the chief as a father and has to live up to that expectatio Mmmm, firefighters. Ok, now that I've had that moment, this book was about firefighters. But not all manly men firefighters, the main character, is of course, a woman. And it was an ok romance, but it needed some more follow through on some of its plot lines. Faith is used to having to prove herself. As a woman firefighter, things are just not in her favor in a male dominated job. And she wants no special favors, especially since she has the chief as a father and has to live up to that expectation too. The Captain of her squad makes things difficult too. For one he's incredibly handsome, and attracted to her too, but that's not what she needs when she's trying to prove herself to the rest. For Joe Mendoza, being captain is a tough job, but he's aiming at a promotion, and falling for Faith isn't exactly the quickest way to earn that promotion. Faith is a decent character. She's a strong woman, wants to do what's right by her family, and just as passionate about things in her personal life as she is about her work. But I was so disappointed with the follow through for her character. It starts out with her trying to prove herself in a male dominated position, and then that quickly goes away as the romance takes over. It made her seem not as real to me as a result. Joe too was a little disappointing. He wants things so badly, but I never really understood why he wanted Faith. Sure she was cute, but what were the other reasons? He only knew her in a business setting so those qualities there aren't necessarily the ones that she would have in her personal relationships. But I'm done ranting about the characters. The plot was actually decent. Firefighters have exciting jobs so reading about them can be exciting too. We even got to travel along to a few fires through the book and while I don't know if the scenes were accurate as I've never been a firefighter, they seemed authentic enough. The romance was ok, the sexy scenes were pretty steamy, but the rest of it was kind of stilted, which is probably a result of the odd chemistry the two had. I just wish the author had stuck to some of the plotlines instead of adding more in throughout the book. It would have made it seem better developed. Ok, if you like firefighters it'll probably be up your alley. Otherwise, it was your average romance. Burning Ambition Copyright 2011 281 pages Review by M. Reynard 2012 More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  29. 5 out of 5

    RLA

    The heroine Faith has just started her new job as a firefighter in her home town's Fire Department, she has two things against her. First of all she is the daughter of the current and well respected Fire Chief and everyone expects her to get an easy ride. Secondly she is female, and the first female ever in the department. The hero Joe has been asked to look out for Faith by her father. Joe is on the verge of being promoted, which will bring him one step closer to his life long dream of becoming The heroine Faith has just started her new job as a firefighter in her home town's Fire Department, she has two things against her. First of all she is the daughter of the current and well respected Fire Chief and everyone expects her to get an easy ride. Secondly she is female, and the first female ever in the department. The hero Joe has been asked to look out for Faith by her father. Joe is on the verge of being promoted, which will bring him one step closer to his life long dream of becoming Fire Chief. In his attempts to look out for Faith he discovers that she is determined to prove herself and doesn't need or want Joe's help. Both of them form a bond through their love of their careers and with helping each other with their own current personal/family troubles. As their feelings for one another turn to love, each is forced to choose between them or their careers as it seems they can't have both. This was a really enjoyable and interesting book. I think the issues of sexism, and females in a male orientated career was handled and written really well. It is clear that the author has done plenty of research into this, which really helps to make everything believable. As a result of this Amy Knupp has also written a fantastic female character who is brimming with confidence in her abilities and determined to prove it. What I particularly liked about the character of Faith is that she wasn't portrayed in any stereotypical way, it would have been easy to write the female character as a bit of a tomboy since she is in a 'mans' career, but this is not the case, instead she is a normal girl. I also liked the male character of Joe, having him a little older that usual was a nice element, he was mature, caring and encouraging (not to mention good with kittens, yes they make an appearance, swoon!!) I liked the balance of two normal people trying to juggle their professional and personal lives as well as realising their growing feelings for one another. This is a very heart warming romance, with the right amount of sizzle, fantastic characters and issues that we can all relate to. I definitely recommend it. Originally posted at http://everyday-is-the-same.blogspot....

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This fourth instalment introduces new characters to the Texas Firefighters series and tells the story of Captain Joe Mendoza and his struggle with his newest recruit, the Chief's daughter, Faith Peligni. This story has a lot of built up tension between the two firefighters as their attraction to each other becomes stronger as the weeks go by, but with working together on each shift and their positions within the Fire Department, the line that shouldn't be crossed creeps closer. I really enjoyed t This fourth instalment introduces new characters to the Texas Firefighters series and tells the story of Captain Joe Mendoza and his struggle with his newest recruit, the Chief's daughter, Faith Peligni. This story has a lot of built up tension between the two firefighters as their attraction to each other becomes stronger as the weeks go by, but with working together on each shift and their positions within the Fire Department, the line that shouldn't be crossed creeps closer. I really enjoyed this story, it focused more on the guys working at the station and it was good to read about new characters and watch them develop as they overcome their fears working with the big fires, families, loss and finding love. Burning Ambition continues this series with all the qualities the reader would expect from Ms. Knupps writing. There are some really hot sensual scenes between Joe and Faith that gives off the desperation and need they feel for each other. It is another enjoyable read that at times is difficult to put down. Already looking forward to the next story.

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