Review: Four Weddings and a Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #5) by Jennifer Bernard

It takes a certain kind of man to stand out among the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel.

Firefighter Derek "Vader" Brown is one of a kind—six feet of solid muscle with the heart of a born hero. It's that protective streak that has him pursuing a promotion to Captain to pay for his mother's home care. And it's why he intends to figure out why his sometime girlfriend Cherie Harper runs hot as hellfire one minute and pushes him away the next.

Cherie's got it bad. Vader sweeps her off her feet—literally—and their chemistry is combustible. There's just the little problem of a nightmare from her past she was desperate to escape. And then her sister Trixie arrives, causing havoc for Cherie and the male population of San Gabriel. Cherie doesn't want her past to complicate Vader's life or his career. But there's nothing like a firefighter to break through all your defenses, one smoldering kiss at a time . . .

I've always been a big fan of Vader throughout this series. He always brought that humorous note to the books and made it extra enjoyable. I was very happy he finally got his own novel. We saw some of him and Cherie in the previous books, but to me it seemed always a bit casual so it did take me a bit by surprise just how serious Vader's feelings toward her were.

The attraction between them was never the problem, the fact that they kept secrets from each other was. All Vader wants is a serious committed relationship, even marriage, with Cherie. He's deeply madly in love with her and he knows that if she would just open up a bit more they could make it work and be happy.

Except things aren't that easy for Cherie. She too wishes things could be different between them, but there is a reason she keeps certain things a secret. Some things do not just involve her, but others as well, so she is afraid that revealing those secrets will hurt those people and she does not want to bother Vader with her problems and etc. To say things are complicated, is putting it mildly.

Besides it seems Cherie isn't the only one who has been keeping secrets. There is definitely more than meets the eye when it comes to Vader, but honestly I did not expect this. I can not reveal his secret, because I don't want to spoil anything. It seems they both will need to learn to open up and share the burden.

Four Weddings and a Fireman was such a delightful story. It had all the right elements; romance, humour, mystery, drama and lots of sexy scenes. Though Vader's secret was surprising it was actually nothing when it came to Cherie's secrets. At first it seems like nothing, but slowly you realize things are way more serious and even dangerous.

Vader was once again amazing, he's definitely one of my favourite characters throughout the series. That man really has it all. He's funny, smart, loyal, sensitive, protective... In the beginning I did have trouble connecting with Cherrie, because I just couldn't understand why she wasn't more forthcoming with her past. Later in the story though, everything makes more sense and you realize why she did those things. All in all she is a good woman and I can respect her choices.

The first impression you get of Vader might not be the most serious one, but throughout the story you get to see this deeper side of him, which I really liked and added that extra dimension. That extra depth kept it from being a too fluffy read. Overall this has all the elements a contemporary romance need; humor, a strong hero and heroine, interesting plot, some drama and plenty of sexy scenes. I can not wait to read the next book in the series.

The Bachelor Fireman Of San Gabriel - Reading order and purchase links
All novels can be read as a standalone, though you will probably want to read them all :)



The Author
Jennifer Bernard is the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series. A graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

Besides reading, writing and living romance, another passion is Ashtanga yoga. She practices daily, and has traveled to Thailand, India and Hawaii to learn from the best teachers on the planet. Other than that, she love hiking, meditating, hazelnut chocolate, the children she is graced to have in her life.

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