Five Alarm Blaze (Hillsborough Emergency Services #1)

Title: Five Alarm Blaze (Hillsborough Emergency Services #1)
Author: Kate Lowell
Publisher: self published
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 149
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Rookie firefighter Cody’s got big shoes to fill, following in his hero father’s footsteps. And an even bigger question to answer–why the hell does paramedic Seth make him feel the way he does?

Cody was never interested in anything but firefighting. Until he meets a paramedic named Seth and suddenly he’s feeling things he’s never felt before. Now the job is taking second place to thoughts of Seth’s blue eyes–and other parts of his anatomy.

Frightened by the intensity of these strange new emotions, Cody does his best to ignore Seth and the way the cheeky blond makes him feel, except the inferno blazing between them won’t go away.

And in a job like his, where you live in the back pockets of your teammates, it’s hard to hide your emotions. The station is picking up on Cody’s ambivalence toward Seth.

Talk among the fire fighters leads to an ultimatum from Cody’s captain: get it together, or get out.

Can Cody take the heat between him and Seth, or will he go down in a blaze of infamy

First book in new series which I’m adding to my TBR list, it was that good!
I picked it based on blurb, because I caught whiff of both gay for you and enemies to lovers trope, so it was on!

Cody just started a new job: he became a firefighter, same as his father was, so he puts lots of expectations on himself. It doesn’t make his life easier. Meeting Seth doesn’t either, since attraction he feels toward other man throws him into tailspin. He hasn’t been interested in men before, so what the heck is going on? Except his confusion and butterflies in his stomach lead him to avoid Seth. (Poor guy, I think most of us can sympathize being awkward around person we are crushing on)
Except that Cody’s befuddled reaction looks to others like he dislikes Seth, which is a problem for his boss. Cody is left scrambling to fix the matters.

The story is cheerful and it’s obvious author did some research into firehouses. Descriptions of destructive fire at the end were literally heart stopping. I was biting my nails from beginning to the end! It also served as clever way to help Cody and Seth along.
The guys at the firehouse are lively bunch and their camaraderie adds to the story. We got only Cody’s POV, which disappointed me a little until the very end, when it became clear why that happened.
Considering that the guys don’t get a lot screen time together, I expected to be bored. It wasn’t the case and I devoured the story in matter of hours.

About the only sticking point I had was Cody’s age: he is nineteen, which honestly, I’d prefer it if he was at least old enough to drink, but it’s still great book.

Hillsborough Emergency Services Series

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Galley copy of Five Alarm Blaze provided by Kate Lowell in exchange of an honest review.

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