Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience...
Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones' office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn't playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he's blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that's what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She's a professional, damn it. She'll date Mr. I'm Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.
It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take...
Wait. A. Minute. WTF? She's a therapist and he's her patient???? I can tell you, in all honesty, that this is FICTION for a reason....because it doesn't happen. Your one-night stand doesn't show up in your office to have therapy and if he does then you just tell him to mosey along. You don't let him blackmail you. I run a psychology practice and we don't hop into bed with our patients - it's unethical...it's not done. It's not worth losing your license over. Did I say it's unethical? I'm all for suspending reality in a book because it's...well fiction, but this just chapped my hide. For starters, it's taking advantage of someone who is already in a precarious position. A therapist is in a position of "authority" if you will. They are supposed to be your "safe place" and your place of refuge, not your place of sexy time.
Now, I'm really at a loss of how to write this review without sounding like a harpy on a soapbox. So, I'll just tell you. At 15% they are on top of each other - Really???? How many question marks can I add? I know that Olivia went out with him for 3 dates because he's blackmailing her in the book, but...no! He's your patient!! I think the therapist needs a therapist. It doesn't take a degree in Psychology to say the therapist needs a therapist and the only reason that Gina gets 2 stars is because she was spot on in the way PTSD attacks patients. Also, because I'm sure there are therapists out there that fall for their patients. However, for the most part, it isn't after one visit and they don't make bets with their patients because it isn't therapeutic. My head is exploding writing this review...like popping off. I had to finish the book because the whole time I'm sitting there thinking "seriously, I can't put it down and not see the happily ever after on this train." So, imagine with me five years down the road, the therapist has another patient who's a sexy cop and wants to rehabilitate him....Hey, it's another book idea, y'all!! Okay, I just can't...like keep going. So, I'll just end it here. If you love this type of book, you'll buy it and if you don't...don't.
I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on NetGalley for an honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
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