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When Hayden’s fiancé breaks off their engagement, Hayden’s whole world falls apart. After all, she has loved Heath Fitzpatrick since they were children. Though she can hardly believe he really wants the breakup, she picks up the pieces of her life and tries to accept the new situation.
But her efforts are thwarted time and again by the rest of the Fitzpatrick clan, who have always been part of her life—and who are notorious for being outspoken, persistent, and downright meddlesome. None of Heath’s siblings are above adding their own two cents. Or twenty.
Even Heath himself, a daring firefighter, seems to be having trouble adjusting to his new single life. So how in the world is Hayden supposed to move on, forget the plans they made for the future, and get Heath off her mind? And even more difficult—she’ll need to banish him from her heart, forever.
The Boston 5 Series:
Book #1: The Heat is On
Book #2: Blast from the Past
Book #3: More than a Feeling
Book #4: All Tied Up
Book #5: A Matter of Trust
The Heat Is On by Poppy J. Anderson is an exercise in the feels. The book starts with a couple, Hayden and Heath, who’ve already been broken up for a few months. I’ll admit that I wondered how they could ever get back together considering Heath’s behavior but damn did I have a good time reading this story!
Heath is hurting. Badly. A death in the family and on the job has struck a chord with him and he’s decided he can’t be with Hayden when there’s the possibility he could die with every class. It’s a rash decision and while I don’t agree with how he went about it, I do understand that he thought he was coming from a place of love and caring. But dude, come on!
And then there’s Hayden. She’s a schoolteacher and she’s been in love with Heath for as long as she could remember. His family had become her family, so obviously the breakup hit her very hard. What I loved about Hayden SO hard is that she wasn’t your typical pushover. Yes she loved Heath and wanted him back, thinking that him ending their engagement was a knee-jerk reaction to the devastating fire that took the life of a fellow firefighter. But after awhile she realizes that she needed to take him at his word and start to move on.
It’s hard, of course, but she gives it a good try considering how long they’d been together. I loved that she stood firm once she’d made up her mind. She was a strong woman, probably stronger than even she realized until the very end of the story.
The Heat Is On was everything a contemporary romance should be. The dialogue was fun and witty, and at times heartbreaking. Heath’s family is huge and meddlesome and totally amazing. And incredibly annoying if you’re couple in the center of a massive breakup. They all meant well and honestly I usually have a problem with stories the feature an overbearing, meddling family but the Fitzpatrick’s won me over pretty quickly.
Poppy J. Anderson has written a wonderful tale with a great family and I’m eager to read the rest of the series. If I had a complaint—and really I don’t—but I think the ending came about just a tad too quick for me.
The book was free at the time this review was published.