Review of AN HONORABLE MAN by Kara Lennox (see her website)
Harlequin American Romance #1154, March 2007
Priscilla Garner tries to fit in with the guys at Firehouse 59 as she works through her probationary year as a firefighter. Fortunately, her buddies, Tony and Ethan support her because many of the firefighters still resent a woman in their midst. Despite a rich debutante upbrining, firefighting is her passion and she's going to make it work--especially since she'll never be able to have children. Because she'll never be able to have children, she also knows that she'll never be able to be more than a fling for a guy but when she runs into sexy arson investigator, Roark--again--after a suspicious fire, she has to remind herself of all the reasons to stay away.
Priscilla and Roark shared a very brief affair while Priscilla was in the academy, but Priscilla pulled away and doesn't want to set herself up for the heartbreak that a relationship would be. She's even more convinced she's right when she sees Roark with his nephews and nieces--and can't help but observe how much he loves surrounding himself with children. Roark needs a woman who can give him the family he needs, and Priscilla can never be that woman.
Unfortunately for her peace of mind, arson investigation and Priscilla's interfering buddies end up steering her and Roark together all too often. And Priscilla's hormones are definitely fully functional no matter what might be wrong with the rest of her body. It just isn't fair to ask a woman to continue denying herself when someone as sexy as Roark is actively pursuing her.
Author Kara Lennox (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Lennox) concludes her Firehouse 59 series with Priscilla's story. Lennox blends strong emotion with just a hint of mystery and a super-sexy hero to cook up a powerful romance. Priscilla, with her combination of independence and determination to overcome her physical limitations makes a sympathetic heroine while Roark, intelligent, rich, and strong, is a hero to fall for. Here's hoping that there will be more Firehouse 59 stories in the future.
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