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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dating 911 by Kathleen Grieve

Dating 911 by Kathleen Grieve
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Full Length (177 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Emergency room nurse, Roxanne Carter is a loser-magnet wishing she could enjoy her single life. Commiserating with girlfriends over butterscotch martinis creates the idea of The Dating Manifesto—a not so scientific research project which promises to point the way to dating success. While gathering data to find the most suitable single men available, she wades through a series of unsavory, stale dates, which literally places her back at ground zero. Just when she is ready to give up, sin personified in the form of sexy firefighter Jett Avery, arrives tainting all of her previous data.

A traumatic warehouse fire, in which firefighter Jett Avery's closest friend dies, has him suffering from Posttraumtic Stress Disorder. Attempting to stave off the worst of his depression, he decides to use his brand of therapy...Sex. The remedy has lost luster until he encounters ER nurse Roxanne Carter.

The first thing that called to me about this story was its delicious cover. I’m not much of a fan of men in uniform but the sexy torso of the fire fighter in the cover piqued my interest. Once I read the blurb I knew I just had to give Dating 911 a try.

I loved the fun idea of The Dating Manifesto. Currently single, I wished I had one of those to help me out and tell me what sort of men I should be spending time with. But what I really loved was the messy situation into which Roxanne, the female protagonist, gets herself into.

With an over compassionate nature I sometimes found her a tad bit annoying and at other times endearing. Jett on the other hand is pure hot masculine arrogance and yet, the fact that he’s fighting his inner demons gives him that touch of vulnerability that made him entirely human and a perfect fit for Roxanne.

This author definitely knows how to build sexual tension. From the first moment Jett and Roxanne meet I was already wishing they’d get down and dirty, but Ms. Grieve dragged the moment on and on until I was on the edge of my seat almost begging them to give in… and they finally did. Her control of the tempo in the story is masterful.

Unfortunately, though the ending was happy, the appearance of that ghost in the final chapter was something I found unnecessary and silly. However, the rest of the story with its humorous moments, hot sex and sweet cinnamon sugar scents makes up for that slip.

Overall, Dating 911, has a perfect dose of sweetness, hot tantalizing sex and love to make it a very worthwhile read for any moment.