Into the Fire by Meredith Wild ~ 5 Stars
Darren Bridge is living a bachelor’s dream. When he’s not running into burning buildings with his crew, he’s training the flavor of the week at his brother’s gym. Few women have ever been off limits…until Vanessa. Smart, beautiful, and legs for days, she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met. Too bad he’s sworn to leave her alone.
Overworked with no end in sight, Vanessa Hawkins hasn’t had a vacation in nearly two years. When Cameron and Maya’s destination wedding takes her out of the office for a much-needed break, she finds herself struggling to resist her attraction to the best man. Darren is dangerously good-looking with enough charm to make any hot-blooded woman want to drop her panties and enjoy the ride, no matter how long it lasts.
When they return to the city, Darren realizes the single life has lost its glimmer. But with everything else on her plate, Vanessa doesn’t have room in her life for a man, let alone a player. Can Darren find his way into her heart and convince her that he’s worth the risk?
WHOA! WHOA!!! This book was so so so worth the wait. I fell in love with Meredith Wild’s writing since the first book On my Knees and I have been hooked since. I have read all her Hardwire series and I have been waiting for Into the Fire (like forever!). So when I finally got it I dove in right away… let me tell you, Meredith does not disappoint. I love Darren and Vanessa’s story.
Darren is a fire fighter. He is sexy, handsome and charming. He loves to save lives and is a genuinely a nice guy. Darren has a big heart but unfortunately he does not give his big heart away to women. He is a playboy/man-whore of sort who likes one-night stands and shies away from any commitment. But then Darren met the beautiful redhead Vanessa (Maya’s best friend) and he was instantly attracted to her.
Vanessa is beautiful, smart, driven and she does not fall for players… or will she? The two of them have to spend a week playing best man and maid of honor on a destination wedding for Cameron and Maya. What happens after one week in paradise and they have to get back to real life??? Darren wants to change his reputation to deserve Vanessa but eventually his past comes back to haunt him. Vanessa is falling hard for the bad boy but can she trust him and give her heart away? Then there is her boss… oh, he gave me the creeps … wink wink there is a little twist there with Vanessa’s boss.
I enjoyed both characters and I like how their relationship evolved from friends to lovers. The chemistry is scorching hot – trust that you will be left hot and bothered . Their romantic journey is a rocky one but nothing good comes easy – you have to fight for the one you love. Meredith’s writing is amazing – steady and takes you on a journey with twists and turns from beginning until the end. This story is emotionally charged – full of passion, angst, heartbreaks and love. Read this baby in one sitting.
I also enjoyed the cast of secondary characters. Vanessa’s roommate seems funny and loyal. I hope he will have his own story. Darren’s little sister is a fire ball, single with two protective big brothers – I hope there is something in the works for her as well. Also, there is a bonus in this book – we get an updates on Cameron and Maya’s stories such as the wedding and their big announcement – their love for each other is still sickly sweet.
I absolutely love this book – simply breath-taking and gorgeous love story full of feels, sweet love, hot sex, and amazing plot. You don’t want to miss this one!!!