Book Review: It’s a Wonderful Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

It’s a Wonderful Fireman:
A Bachelor Firemen Novella
(The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel)


Hard-edged fireman Dean Mulligan has never been a big fan of Christmas. Twinkly lights and sparkly tinsel can’t brighten the memories of too many years spent in ramshackle foster homes. Although he’s established himself as one of the top firefighters at San Gabriel Station 1, he doesn’t think he’s good enough for someone like gorgeous Lizzie.

Lizzie Breen is used to fighting—from her alpha male brothers, who try to smother her in the name of safety, to the life-threatening childhood illness she overcame. She knows what she and Mulligan feel for each other is a lot more than a fling, but she can’t get him to see that. The only gift Lizzie wants to give him this season is her love, but he’s not willing to accept it.

When Mulligan is trapped in the burning wreckage of a holiday store, a Christmas angel arrives to open his eyes. But is it too late? This Christmas, it’ll take an angel, a determined woman in love, and the entire Bachelor Firemen crew to make him believe … it is indeed a wonderful life.

Amazon Review:

5 Stars

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it reviewed by Lisarenee
When an author tries to take a bit of an old classic and work a bit of its magic into their own story it usually goes one of two ways–it’s either a hit or miss. Luckily, Ms. Bernard managed to zero in on the essence that made the classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, such a wonderful story and use it to her advantage to create another memorable and enjoyable read of her very own. I absolutely adored the story and felt it captured the spirit of the original very well.Dean Mulligan is a giver. After all he’s been through he somehow managed to turn out to be a pretty great guy, but he doesn’t see himself that way. He’s been told by various people over the years that he’d never amount to much, that the world would be better if he’d never been born, and that he is no-good. While he’s tried not to, a part of him has always believed that and so he’s kept his distance from others. When he and Lizzie meet, he feels something for her he’s never felt for anyone else, but doesn’t feel worthy of her. He’s even warned her that their relationship can’t go anywhere. When he finds himself ironically trapped in a burning Christmas store, he figures it’s just his luck he’d die in such a way. Christmas had never been kind to him. But as he lies there struggling in and out of consciousness, he’s made to see what life would be like if he hadn’t been around for the ride.

I couldn’t help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. It was the type of feel good story that makes you warm and fuzzy all over and is a perfect read for this holiday season. It was full of humor, touching scenes, and a happy ending. I loved the relationship between Dean and Lizzie and how she never gave up on him. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating–too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

Book Review: Desperately Seeking Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Desperately Seeking Fireman:
A Bachelor Firemen Novella
(Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel)

by Jennifer Bernard

Steamy novella! 

Reviewed by Harlequin Junkie Blog

In Desperately Seeking Firemen (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #4.5) by Jennifer Bernard, In the three years since Fire Captain Jeb Stone first met Nita Moreno at a wedding, his life has changed considerably. He finds himself now in a position to pursue their attraction when fate throws them together on Santa Lucia Island. But between the pregnant friend he’s there to watch over and Nita’s job cleaning up the latest scandal her boss is embroiled in, Jeb has to make their limited time count. He opts for straight-forward honesty and it just may be crazy enough to work some magic on the dark-haired beauty.

Press secretary Nita Moreno feels like she’s been to hell and back over the past few years. Now the senator, her crazy boss, is expecting her to smooth over his latest debacle with the press while hiding out on Santa Lucia Island. Nita is happy to see her reporter friend Melissa who will get the exclusive interview, but didn’t expect gorgeous Jeb Stone to be tagging along with her. Surprisingly he remembers Nita from their brief meeting years earlier and the strong spark is still there. Unsure if she should follow her attraction and let herself get caught up in the moment, Nita has to decide if an island fling will be enough of the hunky fireman for her or if she actually wants forever with him.

Desperately Seeking Fireman and is quirky and oh so charming romance novella from Jennifer Bernard. I haven’t read any of the previous books in The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series, but I didn’t need to as this can be read as a standalone very easily. But after reading about yummy Fire Captain Jeb, I will definitely be checking out the other firemen, I mean, books.

This novella follows our protagonists intermittently for about three years or so and we get to see the changes they endure in their personal lives. I really enjoyed Jennifer’s writing style. It was fun, super sexy with lots of flirting and banter going on, but there was still a lot of emotion to each scene. I thought the way she wrote the character’s responses to different situations was raw and pretty realistic, which only made the story that much better to me. They may not have always made the right decisions or have known what to do, but they did the best they could and ended up balancing each other out in the end.

I easily got the sense of sadness Nita was dealing with and how it changed not only her outlook but even her physical appearance to a certain extent. But Jeb brought out the spark in her that she had been missing. I loved how he could make her laugh and finally relax after all she had been through. Not that Jeb hadn’t been through some big changes himself. Their burgeoning relationship was so cute and had some very, very sexy moments mixed in with all the drama.

I hope you get a chance to read this endearing, steamy novella. If you’re a fan of quirky characters, fun dialogue and passionate romance, Desperately Seeking Fireman is for you.

Desperately Seeking Fireman: A Bachelor Firemen Novella 

Review: Desperately Seeking Fireman: A Bachelor Firemen Novella

Desperately Seeking Fireman:
A Bachelor Firemen Novella

by Jennifer Bernard

Amazon Review:

5 stars Truly Enjoyable Read
Take one hot fireman, an intelligent businesswoman, a summer storm, a medical emergency, lots of passion and a healthy dose of humor… Ms. Bernard gives us a wonderful and enjoyable read. Her characters are multi-dimensional and easy to care about. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in the Bachelor Firemen series.  ~ reviewed by Chelle Cordero

Book Description

Publication Date: December 31, 2013

From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard comes a fun and sexy romance about a sizzling-hot fireman and the one woman who can change his life forever.

Fire Captain Jeb Stone and incredibly successful press secretary Nita Moreno have both been burned by love before. That’s why neither of them is looking for more than a few steamy nights of passion.

When circumstances find them stranded on an island together, babysitting a cross-dressing senator and the very pregnant wife of San Gabriel’s most famous captain, they allow the sparks they feel to take center stage. But as their feelings grow, can they each allow the other past the barriers both have built to protect their hearts?

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