Excerpt from A Heated Romance
Monday morning after breakfast, Marcie O'Dwyer busily swept the kitchen
floor. She looked up to see a dark-haired, handsome, incredibly built guy
with broad shoulders walking toward her. His well-muscled body moved with
Before she could say a thing, he said, "Hot damn! This is some sweet deal I
got myself into."
"Can I help you?" she asked.
"We'll discuss that later. I can't believe they've hired a woman to clean for
She looked at him as if he were crazy. "Who did you say you are?"
"I didn't. You're pretty damn nosy for a cleaning woman."
"I'm not the cleaning woman! I'm a firefighter, bud."
"You?" He chuckled. "You're putting me on, right?"
She shook her head, blood pounding in her ears. Leaning on the broom
handle, she glared directly into his green eyes. "Damn serious!" she squeezed
out between clenched teeth.
"A female doesn't belong in a firehouse. She belongs in a house surrounded
by a white picket fence with a bunch of kids to take care of." His reply
knocked the heated banter squarely back into her court.
Marcie gripped the broom handle so tightly her knuckles turned white. She
had a mind to whack the guy right over his thick skull with it.
"O'Dwyer, I see you and Smith have met." Assistant Chief Lenny Wiebolt
walked into the kitchen. "He's the new transfer from downtown, replacing
Wiebolt was tall, with thinning sandy-blond hair. He was a fair guy who
treated everyone equally no matter their gender. This fact alone endeared
him to Marcie.
"He's a real charmer," she spat through clenched teeth, glowering at Smith
before putting the broom away. "If you'll both excuse me, I have things to
do." She suddenly felt the need for fresh air and walked outside.
A small, innocuous pebble lay on the concrete apron in front of the
firehouse, and she gave it a swift kick. Mentally, she replayed the scene with
Smith and fumed all over again. This guy was something else. To look at him,
she saw every woman's hottest fantasy-a near perfect male specimen.
However, all that was just icing. Too bad the cake beneath was rotten. She'd
had her fill of male chauvinists. In her opinion, macho firemen were the
worst. Even her dad had been one.
Marcie hated having to prove herself every time a new fireman joined the
squad. Needless to say, as the only female firefighter in town-and a damn
good firefighter at that-the onus fell on her. But she was fed up with being
forced to go through the drill. If some ego-inflated Neanderthal couldn't
deal with it, well that was his problem, not hers. This time she swore would
be the last. She was damn tired of having to justify her worthiness.
FROM THE PEN OF CANDACE
She battles blazing fires and
battles for respect...
As a woman firefighter,
Marcie O'Dwyer can never
let down her guard. She
knows it might cost her life.
However, Ray Smith just
might slip past her defenses.
He poses the greatest
threat...to her heart.
There is no room for her in
Hard-hearted Ray Smith has
vowed never to fall in love
again. Only Marcie is
working her way under his
skin. This woman has no
place on the Squad. No
place in his heart.
Passions burn as bright as
the fires they fight...
But can their attraction
survive constant doubts, a
and the threat of a maniac
arsonist bent on murdering
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Five Stars: A Heated Romance and Much More!, March 25, 2008
Diane Davis White "Historical and Contemporary... (North Central Oklahoma)
Candace Gold spins an exciting tale of one woman's struggle for equality in what
has traditionally been a man's world--firefighting.
Is there romance? Oh yeah! Marcie O'Dwyer, though more
concerned with career than passion, finds herself embroiled in a
big time romance with the hunky, but mysterious, Ray Smith--who may or may not
Fast paced, riveting and exciting are only a few of the words that express this
thriller. Combine a feisty, fearless female with a dozen or more reluctant male
co-workers and mix in one co-worker who is reluctant at work but only too happy
to be more than friends outside the job. Stir the ingredients until they come to a
boil with a crazed arsonist and a mad stalker [who may or may not be one and
the same] then simmer on the back burner with twists and turns galore.
Who can Marcie trust? Who is trying to kill her? With her life on the line, she
strikes back, determined to find the killer before the killer finds
her--unprotected and vulnerable.
A must read!
Diane Davis White
Author, Moon of the Falling Leaves
4.0 out of 5 stars ROMANTIC THRILLER October 14, 2011
Ray smith had been transferred to The firehouse from downtown, Marcie O'Dwyer
was mopping the floor when the newcomer entered she asked him who he was
and he said that she was pretty nosy for the cleaning lady, she informed him that
she was a firefighter, Ray Smith laughed but you are a woman. That was the
beginning of their relationship. Marcie disliked Ray Smith on sight for his
chauvinist comments she had worked very hard to get respect in the service, and
here was this guy trying to belittle her. After their initial meeting the sly digs he
made to her were beginning to get to her, in the end the chief organised a
training exercise for the two of them, in uniform carrying a hose up a building
which the firehouse used for training purposes. Except this ended up being a
race against the clock, Marcie knew she could not beat Ray at six foot three and
with his size he was just more powerful, but she hoped to make a good showing.
In the end Marcie's time was only seven seconds shy of his, after that Ray
avoided her. But circumstances dictated that they are thrown together again, and
they soon realise that they may not dislike one another as much as they thought
I really enjoyed this book Marcie and Ray were both strong characters, plus there
are a full supporting cast of family, friends and workmates which are a big part
of this story. Ray and Marcie's relationship is gradually built throughout the
book with all the ups and downs. There is also a threat especially to Marcie
when she spots something at a fire which ends up with her life being threatened.
This is a fast paced story with no dull moments. Highly recommend.
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