Review: Smokin’ Hot Firemen anthology

Smokin’ Hot Firemen edited by Delilah Devlin
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 222
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Who can melt any woman’s heart with a single smile? The sexiest icon of all- a fireman!

They enter fiery structures with selfless courage—the very definition of the word “hero.” Women understand their allure… A soot-covered face, sweat dripping from hard, chiseled muscles, the sharp snap of suspenders — yes, only a fireman can make suspenders sexy! Delilah Devlin’s burning-hot book includes thrilling stories teeming with gorgeous firemen from some of today’s hottest romance writers. In “Saving Charlotte,” Sabrina York’s firefighting Dom rescues a woman tied to a red-hot bed; from Cathryn Fox comes “Temperature Rising” where a fire chief fulfills some very steamy fantasies; Elle James’s “Chasing Fire” sees a daring smoke-jumper parachuting into the hot zone of a forest fire then setting his girlfriend ablaze with erotic heat; and Magic Mike ain’t got nothin’ on Delilah’s own fireman-turned-exotic-dancer-for-a-night “Johnny Blaze.”

With a list of award-winning authors that includes Ily Goyanes, Shoshanna Evers, Adele Dubois, and Rachel Firasek, Delilah delivers tales of these courageous men sliding down their big poles to steal readers’ hearts! Smokin’ Hot Firemen imagines the romantic possibilities of being held against that massively muscled chest by a man whose mission is to protect and serve . .


Review: I just want to reiterate that this is an anthology, and that there are 17 short stories included in this book. Let me be the first to tell you that they are super sexy stories with some mega hot men. I need to fan myself…… ok. Numerous subjects were dealt with within each story, such as death, fear of loosing a loved one, marriage in crisis due to the firefighter’s job. I was surprised that humor was used and I have to say that that story was laugh out loud funny and I still think about those two characters. BDSM elements were also a theme used throughout each book (so delish). Also at the end of the book is a short blurb on each author, which I liked because I like to get to know the authors who put their all into quality writing that I get to enjoy.

Each story dealt with firefighters but each story was unique in how they dealt with the firefighter and his story to happily ever after. All of the authors did their research in regards to firefighting equipment, the life inside a station house, the banter between the men, and the women firefighters. Each story was written beautifully (really), and sensitive subjects that were integral to the story was dealt with sensitivity and respect.

I have compiled a list of several of my favorite stories from the book:

Smoking Stilettos, by Rachel Firasek — I loved this story because the heroine realizes how rewarding her man’s job is to him, and how much people depend on him to keep them safe.

Saving Charlotte, by Sabrina York — This story stayed with me because the hero found the heroine at the last minute during a fire, and saved her life. He was sensitive to her and her feelings, and the story was just that good.

Hook me Up. by Adele Dubois — This story was just so good. This was the one that was funny. I can’t go into detail about what happens because I don’t want to ruin it for you. I can say that you won’t be disappointed.

Her Hero, by Catherine Paulssen and Fire Extinguisher, by Rowan Elizabeth — I put the two of these together because each of these stories deal with some serious subjects. The husband and wife need each other to help deal with the stresses in their lives as well as in their marriages. Each story is unrelated to each other, but I felt that I should group them together.

Chasing Fire, by Elle James  — This one was just so good. It was about a woman trying to deny that she has feelings for a firefighter. His career choice is dangerous, will she give in and accept her feelings? This story was so romantic.