Zack fights fires and saves lives, yet his own thirst for life has run dry—-until he comes to the rescue of the hardheaded, sharp-tongued exotic dancer named Corrine Shannon who sparks a carnal appetite that has the normally shy hero burning out of control.
But just as they are consumed by the flames of passion, they find themselves under fire from two relentless enemies with fifty million reasons to succeed. Dangerous men who will stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it means putting a permanent end to their love—and their lives. Can they withstand the heat-—or will their newfound romance be extinguished as fast as it began?
Zack is on his way to work one morning when he rear ends the SUV in front of him. Out of the SUV pops the most beautiful woman Zack has ever seen. Corrine Shannon takes one look at Zack and says:
“Don’t they stop at red lights where you’re from, Forrest Gump?”
Hilarious. Well, not for Zack. He’s late for work and gets a chewing out from his Captain when he gets to the fire station. No sooner has he been ripped a new one that they get a call. A car has gone off of a bridge. Station 5 is on the run. But when they get to the bridge Zack realizes that the car that has gone off the edge of the bridge is the SUV he had rear ended that morning and it holds Corinne. Zack comes to her rescue but puts his own life in danger.
Cori is moved by Zack sacrifices for her during the rescue and feels a strange protectiveness towards Zack. She is by his side while he is hospitalized and when he is released she takes him home. Unfortunately when they get there they find that Zack has been evicted.
You see Zack’s father had a huge gambling debt and when his dad had a stroke and was unable to pay the debt back the owner of the casino came after Zack for the money to the tune of $750,000.00! Zack has lost his house, hardly eats, works double shifts constantly and still has no way of coming up with the money to pay back. The casino owner is threatening Zack and his father.
Cori doesn’t have any clue as to why Zack is lacking in the financial department but she’s more than willing to take him home and take care of him for a while. Unfortunately Cori has problems of her own…a stalker – and it’s putting both Zack and Cori in danger.
I really liked this book – to a point. I was truly enjoying Zack and Cori’s budding relationship. Cori had been doing exotic dancing to put herself through nursing school (and not touching the millions she had in a Swiss account as she was sure it was dirty money that her dead husband left her in his will) and though it bothered Zack for other men to look at Cori he wasn’t so stubborn as to tell her to stop. I very much appreciated that part of his personality.
There was just a lot of wonderful about this book. Zack, Cori, the secondary characters, the plot line – all really good. Poor Zack did get the crap beat out of him for most of the book for one reason or another but always bounced back. I felt like he was a human Timex: took a licking and just kept on ticking! Lol
However for about 10 pages near the very end of the book Zack became an idiot. He had a HUMONGOUS pity party that undeniably changed my perspective of him almost entirely and really made me say a big WTF at what was happening. I didn’t feel that the reaction that he had fit his personality at all and I was more than shocked that the author chose to take it to the extreme that she did. I have to say that just those 10 pages made me rethink my feelings on the book which is so sad since I loved the first part of the book.
If I was breaking the book in 2 parts I would say that the first part of the book would be a 4.5 out of 5 for me. The very last part of the book would be a 3 out of 5.
Overall rating then ends up being: 3.75 out of 5