Everyone knows that if you play with fire you’ll end up getting burned…
What happens when you attend a first responder’s bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.
That’s right. Even back when I was ‘Fatty Maddie’ to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.
Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he’s turned into and I want to slide down his pole.
One date. That’s all I’m committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.
As always, the universe has other plans. I never would’ve predicted that in a matter of days he’d turn from my dream guy into my enemy.
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My brothers widen their stances, share a look of amusement and cock their eyebrows at me.
“Hate to break it to you, but Maddie didn’t bid on you. Lauren did.” Luca laughs while Cristian chuckles.
“I’m going out with a Madison and she didn’t go to our high school. Which reminds me.” I pull out my phone.
“Maddie is Madison, you idiot,” Luca says. “Her and Lauren were my year.”
“I went to high school with Madison?” I try to let her face come back to me, and though I can picture her bright blue eyes and long chestnut hair, nothing about her is familiar from high school.
“Yes, but she definitely wasn’t hanging out at the bonfires and football pep rallies.” Luca grabs his helmet off his bike. The only responsible thing I’ve seen him do in the last few years.
“Well, shit and she doesn’t even want to go out with me? Her friend bid on me?”
Luca straddles his bike with a grin. I look over to Cristian, but he’s putting his shirt back on and starts fiddling with his earbuds. They obviously think this conversation is over.
“Yeah, but we’re all in the same boat.” Cristian’s thumb moves over his phone screen. “Maddie’s awesome and I think you’ll have a good time with her.”
“She seemed pretty quiet and way too accommodating,” I say.
Luca kicks his stand up, letting the bike rock a little under him.
Cristian’s hands freeze on the screen of his phone. “And that’s bad?” he asks.
“I want a woman who knows what she wants. Has her own damn opinions. Doesn’t just agree with everything I say.”
Cristian peeks over his shoulder, a look of amusement that matches Luca’s. “You want a girl to come up and grab your nuts?”
“I want a girl who knows what her favorite food is, has an opinion about where she wants to go for dinner, likes whatever sports team she likes and doesn’t default to my favorites.” I stuff my hands into my pockets, digging out my keys for my truck.
“Well then, Maddie might not be the one. Like I said, she’s nice.” Cristian slaps me on the shoulder. “Treat her good though, okay?” He inserts one earbud.
“What do you think I’m going to do, leave her in Garfield Park?”
He puts his other earbud in. “That’s not even funny man. I have a friend in that district and the shit that goes down there…” He shakes his head.
Cristian loses the entire point of my statement—the fact I’m not a jackass. I’m not Luca.
“It’s one date,” I say. “And who knows, maybe she’s nice but still has a wild streak.”
Christian again glances over to Luca who’s smiling like he’s fucking Mickey Mouse.
“Well, good luck on your date,” he says.
Cristian jogs away and Luca’s bike starts up.
I head to my truck.
The conversation is over, but I’m curious now.
Where’s my damn yearbook?
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.
Another great beginning to yet another great series from Piper Rayne. The Blue Collar Brothers series introduces us to three sexy-as-sin men: a firefighter, a cop, and a paramedic. Did I mention these men are all hot Italian alphas AND their brothers!
As with all Piper Rayne books, I am excited when I open that first page. This book was no different. In fact I was even more excited because this author duo gives us one of my favorite tropes; you know, the one with “that” girl in high school who is not a “ten.” Maddie was that girl. She loved Mauro from afar because he didn’t give her the time of day. Except for once. It was the best couple of hours of Maddie’s structured life. But her joy didn’t last. Because the next day, things went back to normal. There is a story here which you will have to read on your own. I won’t spoil it for you.
Forward, about ten years later and Maddie and Mauro are reunited. The truth is they don’t get off to a great start. And the build of their relationship is slow but endearing to watch. Maddie is cautious and wary. Mauro doesn’t understand why but all he knows is that when he is with Maddie, he feels a connection that he can’t deny.
I loved watching their friendship build even before more happened between them. Maddie and Mauro had explosive chemistry. I felt their connection in my bones. Maddie has two friends that will be featured in the coming books along side Mauro’s brothers. Flirting With Fire has all the feels. Humor, intense chemistry, angst and even a bit of suspense. While Maddie and Mauro have their HEA, there are unanswered questions we have to anticipate the answers to regarding other characters. I love how all three of these books will be connected.
I have to say that Mauro has been added to my 2018 book boyfriend list. Oh..My..God! His grand gesture at the end was so beautiful. I melted into a puddle of goo. Let me add that not only is Mauro on that list, he is in my top ten! Maybe even my top five!
I absolutely recommend this book and look forward to the rest of the series. If you haven’t read anything by Piper Rayne, I believe you are missing out.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂