Heat Of The Moment
By Robin Kaye
Cameron O’Leary, a 4th generation firefighter turned arson investigator, thinks he’s the luckiest man in the world—after a year of sickness in the family, everyone’s finally on the mend, and his life can go back to its even keel. But even though Cameron has moved to Boston to be there for his family, some sort of live-in nurse is still necessary, given the demands of his job.
Erin Crosby is financing her master’s thesis in social work by acting as a home health care nurse. Working for Cameron seems like the perfect gig—low key, plenty of time to work on her thesis, and the patient is lovely. She might never have lived with a man before—she’s never found anyone she cared about that much, had barely even considered it—but Cameron is easy to live with, and an easy friendship blooms between them.
But it gets harder and harder for Cameron to keep his hands off of his charming employee—and for Erin to remember that she hasn’t really moved into Cameron’s life.
Welcoming Erin Crosby into his home is proving tougher than Cam O’Leary expected. Because, from the minute that she first showed up at his door to take care of his daughter, Janie, Cam hasn’t stopped thinking about Erin, and all the different ways that he’d like to get to know her. Unfortunately for him, none of them fit into the roles of employer and employee.
Erin hasn’t had a lot of success with men, always finding ways to make short work of relationships, because, in her experience, men never stick around anyway. Focusing on taking care of Janie is turning out to be a tricker task than she’d anticipated, because she wasn’t counting on Janie’s oh-so-sexy dad, Cam. Keeping things strictly professional just got a lot harder.
HEAT OF THE MOMENT is a sexy little novella, and enjoyable, too. The awareness between Erin and Cam fairly jumps off the page, as they navigate their growing desire for each other while doing their best to avoid it. Janie’s health is pretty much all that Cam has focused on for the past couple of years, so when Erin shows up and begins making him feel things that he hasn’t in a very long while, he’s adamant that they will keep things professional. Of course, the best laid plans, and all that…
This book gets a thumbs-up from me. The attraction between Cam and Erin is immediate, and sets the tone for the entire read. The addition of a quirky and entertaining cast of supporting characters makes the story seem more real, like this could be our own family, friends, self, we’re reading about. Robin Kaye has written an entertaining and steamy story filled with imminently likeable people, and I enjoyed every minute of it. If things happened fairly quickly, well, hey, wouldn’t it be nice if real life worked that way? I look forward to reading more by Robin, and would love to see a story featuring Cam’s brothers, Adam and Butch.
Robin Kaye was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge next door to her Sicilian grandparents. Living with an extended family that’s a cross between Gilligan’s Island and The Sopranos, minus the desert isle and illegal activities, explains both her comedic timing and the cast of quirky characters in her books.
She’s lived in half a dozen states from Idaho to Florida, but the romance of Brooklyn has never left her heart. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a three-legged cat with attitude.