Following romance authors on social media is always fun, and not surprisingly, their posts encompass every emotion on the spectrum.
This week, a number of authors have posted various stories—and images, yum!—of the French firemen who posed for a calendar to support the non-profit Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firemen Without Boundaries) and in case a) you missed these posts, or b) you were tired of reading holiday-themed romances, I thought I’d a) share the link to a story about the calendar making the rounds, and b) offer up some great firefighter romance options for you. Even some holiday- and firefighter-themed titles. (Double yum?!)
I’ve mentioned Kate Meader before, I think, but since she’s hit a number of Best of 2015 romance lists with her heroine firefighter/male mayor pairing, Playing with Fire, she’s definitely worth another shoutout!
The Chicago Fire series is excellent and includes two novellas to recommend, one with a M/M firefighter/chef pairing that’s a crossover theme from her Hot in the Kitchen series, featuring chef romances.
The other novella, Rekindle the Flame is actually a firefighter/holiday mix—yay!—and was part of the adorable 2014 holiday anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside, but was recently released on its own as an e-novella. (The anthology also includes stories by Melody Anne, Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, and Kristen Proby, so it’s worth tracking down for those great writers, too.)
But back to firefighters….
Shannon Stacey burned up some pages this year with her Boston Fire novels. The most recent title is Controlled Burn, the second in the series, and the third, Fully Ignited, releases in February. I haven’t read them, but Stacy is a popular author who always tells a good story, so she’s probably a good bet if you want some firefighter heat.
You may know I really like author Jennifer Bernard, and her Bachelor Firemen series is delightful. She has a fireman/Christmas novella in that series, too, titled It’s a Wonderful Fireman. I haven’t read it, but I’ve enjoyed all the titles I’ve read by her, so I’ll have to add this one to my list.
Perennial romance favorite Jill Shalvis has some backlist firefighter-themed novels, and a holiday anthology she was part of through Harlequin Blaze, Heating up the Holidays, is available electronically. All the stories feature firefighters—Shalvis’ character is a lady firefighter who falls for an EMT. The other authors are Jacquie D’Alessandro and Jamie Sobrato.
I don’t know of any French firefighter themed romances out there, but that calendar might inspire one. Any takers, authors?
What are you reading this week? Are you tempted by these firefighter titles, or maybe the firefighter/Christmas themes?
Or, since we’re smack dab in the middle of Hanukah right now, can I tempt you to check out the first-ever Hanukkah-themed romance anthology (as far as I know), Burning Bright? So happy to see this book published, and I hope you’ll support it!
Merry reading, happy holidays!