Each story in this anthology has appealing, hunky men and fiercely independent women. The love scenes are passionate, but the day-to-day interaction lacks the same intensity. Overall, this is a lovely novel with enjoyable characters that will keep readers entertained.
In "Hot Down Under," by Lyons, Canadian Tash McKendrick is escorting her grandmother home to Australia. She never expects to be attracted to red-hot firefighter Mick Donovan, who rescues her from a blaze. Will this liaison remain a vacation fling or become something more permanent?
Returning home after a 10-year absence is supposed to get Tricia Lundsford's life back on track. However, firefighter and town newcomer Nick Howard is quite the sexy distraction. Their every encounter is fiery, and Nick certainly keeps Tricia stoked in Mellor's "All Fired Up."
Carmen Hart is the new owner of the Lucky Hart bar. The last person she wants to see is her high school crush. Fire Chief Brent Sommers has come to inspect the bar's safety standards, and a defective office door leads to passion unleashed and an affair that might turn into love in "Fighting Fire," by Brooks. (Aphrodisia, Feb., 304 pp., $12.95)