Julian Salvatore is the player of
station five. Julian loves women and as such has earned a
reputation of being a complete ladies man – no woman is
enough for Julian or so the gossip circles say. This
doesn’t bother most women and they are grateful for what
Julian offers, but some, like attorney Grace McKenna,
believe the worst in him. When he sees her newest client,
Julian does his best to convince her that the client is no
good, but Grace won’t listen without an explanation. How
can Julian convince Grace without laying open his wounds for
her to see?
Grace McKenna can’t help but be
attracted to Julian. He is a cut above from the men she
usually encounters – as a defense attorney Grace has seen a
lot of losers, that’s for sure. The thing that bothers
Grace the most is the fact that she knows she will be a
notch on his bedpost. And that is something she isn’t
willing to be no matter how scorching hot and sexy Julian
Salvatore makes her feel.
Julian and Grace have very little time
to explore their burgeoning feelings for each other – a
killer has set his sights on Julian and it is all they can
do to keep Julian alive. With a killer closing in and
Julian’s past intersecting with his present, Grace and he
need all of their wits about them. The love they feel for
each other helps as well.
I love love love Julian Salvatore! He
became one of my favorite firefighters with book one,
Trial by Fire. Julian hides a lot of pain behind his
demeanor as a lothario. Unwilling to let anyone get close to
him, his feelings for Grace surprise even him and leaves him
anxious. He has fallen in love with the beautiful and
intelligent district attorney, but she won’t listen to him.
And because of her inability to listen to Julian and even
stop and think for a moment, I disliked her immensely.
Grace McKenna’s character was written to be a smart woman.
Evidently my idea of smart and Grace’s idea of being smart
is not the same thing. I honestly wanted to snatch her up
and shake her. She refused to even talk with Julian without
proof of what he was telling her and that made her look
stupid in my eyes. I actually wanted Julian to be with his
best female pal. At least she loved him for who he was.
Hidden Fire was much
anticipated, however it fell short of my expectations. My
feelings for stubborn Grace McKenna interfered with my
enjoyment of this book. If stubborn, unfeeling, and
unwilling to listen heroines are your forte, then
Hidden Fire is the book for you. If not, I would
suggest skipping the scenes with her in them – well except
for the love scenes because in true Jo Davis style, the love
scenes were smoldering hot.