Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ride the Fire by Jo Davis

Title:  Ride the Fire
Author: Jo Davis
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: Firefighters of Station Five #5
Main Characters: Sean & Eve
Release Date: December 2010
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $6.39
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
After he lost his wife and children to tragedy, Capt. Sean Tanner drowned his pain with alcohol. Now, fresh from rehab, he wants to regain the trust of his team and begin again. The last thing he needs is to have feelings for beautiful firefighter Eve Marshall. But even as they dare to explore their growing desire, Sean learns that his family may have actually been murdered. And that a shadow from his past has returned to finish off Sean-and anyone he loves.

My Review:
Sean is the Captain at Station Five. When the series started, it had been about 3 months since the horrific fiery crash that killed his wife and 2 children. In the previous 4 books, we've watched his downward spiral into depression, grief, and alcoholism, from that tragedy 2 years ago. At the start of this book, Sean is fresh from rehab trying to reconstruct his life and trying to ignore, fairly unsuccessfully, his attraction to Eve.

From the very beginning of the series, Jo Davis made it very clear that Eve is in love with Sean. She's the only female firefighter at Station Five and is as tough and capable as any of the guys there, but that doesn't mean that she doesn't have and enjoy her feminine side too. Sean sees that feminine side of her like none of the others do. The issue is, he's still recovering from alcoholism, from the loss of his family, and he is also her boss...not a good combination for a love affair.

But as much as I enjoyed the blossoming romance between Eve and Sean, that really is not what the heart of this story is about. This book is about Sean taking the final steps in the healing process so that he can begin to live his life again. Over the last 2 years, he's used alcohol to forestall the grieving and healing process. He has a lot of guilt to deal with and not just the guilt over the deaths of his family, but also the guilt of what happened with his best friend in the army 20 years ago.

It's an emotional book and the end to a fantastically emotional series. Every single one of these books was wonderful. I loved getting to know the Firefighters of Station Five and highly recommend that you get to know them too.


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Yeah you really liked all of them! So now I know I have one of summer months series reads picked out :)

Julie said...


Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Holy shit...I think this is my favorite cover of the whole seires. That's hot! LOL. Only 5 books?! For some reason this is a relief to me but also sad. When a series is that good I don't mind it going on forever. :-P So happy you enjoyed it and I'm close to saving up some money and just going and buying all 5 books in one go...hmmm...now there is a thought for me to ponder. Great reviews Christi, now I just need to read the books!