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The Fireman Who Loved Me

(The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,584 ratings  ·  304 reviews
Fearless, smoking hot, and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it's their bad luck in love that makes them legendary.

News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn't be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they're both convinced they're perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa's
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published May 2012 by Avon (first published January 1st 2012)
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“Will you please take that off? I can’t talk to you like this,” she said, gesturing at his turnout.
“Why not?”
“It makes my knees go all weak and funny.”

Hot, sexy, lovely, and sweet!

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was utterly romantic, heartwarming, hilarious and steamy all rolled into one. Jennifer Bernard has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

A news producer Melissa McGuire found herself pushing into a date with a fire captain Harry Brody by
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Fearless, smoking hot, and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it's their bad luck in love that makes them legendary.

The Fireman Who Loved Me is the first book in Jennifer Bernard’s The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series, as well as her debut novel. It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s poignant… it’s a thoroughly entertaining story!

The Curse:

In my review of the prequel, One Fine Fireman, I explained a bit about the curse:
First, a little background to
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Melissa McGuire's grandmother, Nelly wants to see her granddaughter happily married. Sooner rather than later. But when Nelly bids and wins a date for her at the Firemen's Bachelor Auction, Melissa is unimpressed. She's twenty-nine, a television news producer and not interested in beefcake. When her date turns up he's not the fireman that Nelly won, but the fire captain, standing in for his young, reluctant colleague.

Harry Brody is the fire captain of San Gabriel's Fire Station 1, the
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Saw it at the book store and soooo very nearly bought time!

Anddd then I bought it...

I read the 0.5 in the series but it was soo short and cute that I had to download this one right away! I loved Brody! What an amazing, quiet, deep and ethical man! Loved him!
The story was good, fast paced, just steamy enough with fully fleshed emotions that gave us a spicy Heroine, a loving granny, a recovering dad and an entire fire hall of hawties! Highly recommend to those who enjoy their contemporar
May 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Not my thing. I made it to page 262 and just couldn't stand how the hero and heroine were acting and reacting to things around them. I found both the leads hard to like and wanted to shake Melissa for not standing up to Ella sooner and to stop being a push over!
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Frustrated beyond belief with some of this story. I'm now going to have to rethink reading more from this author.
I don't like when other people cause drama inside the relationship. I don't like being just slammed into that suddenly. I went from loving this story to cringing in heartbreak. The hero didn't do anything wrong on a physical level but his "good guy" standards ..just went a little too far. I did end up loving how he handled it and also loved the ending but really wanted more and it nee
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely much better than you would expect from the cover. I've also got to say that no historic buildings in San Gabriel, CA were harmed in the writing of this book. "The Fireman Who Loved Me" has a sweet charm, hot sizzle, and I am looking forward to more stories in this series. It was impossible not to be pulled into Bernard's world of hunky firefighters and television news as her writing is both humorous and the sexy was so hot. The cast of secondary characters were wonderful, ...more
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4.5 Stars!

The perfect Firefighter romance!

The Fireman Who Loved Me is an intense page turner. Melissa and Brody are thrown together after her grandmother tries her hand at getting Melissa hooked up and married off. These two characters are the perfect example of opposites attract. They argue and fight all through the first date but as it draws to an end and he walks her to the door, sparks and flames ignite. They may not have a lot in common in their lives,
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Melissa McGuire is a television news producer who left her big time gig in LA after her now ex-boyfriend screwed her over. With her elderly (yet very feisty) grandmother having some health issues, Melissa moves in with her and takes a job with a smaller television station. Her grandmother wants her to get married, and takes it upon herself to drag her to a firefighter bachelor auction. Grandma, aka Nelly, bids and wins on the very hunky Ryan which entitles her to a date.

Everyone thinks Ryan is c
Laura V.
DNF 47%

Lo empecé por dos razones:

1. Amo a los hombres en uniforme.
2. Me encantan las portadas con animales en ella.

Pero el libro sacaba lo peor de mí, mejor dicho, Melisa ponía a prueba mi paciencia.
Digamos que:

1. Cada vez que habla con Brody es para criticarlo, o alejarlo, o hacerse la sabelotodo.

2. Cuando no piensa mal de él, solo piensa en lo hot, hot, hot que es.

3. Es irritante leerla, primero le canta las mil y una a Brody (sin razón) pero ante Ella se deja mangonear como si fuera su dueña
What a fun book. Melissa's grandmother bought a bachelor for her at a charity auction. Thanks to some fast talking on the part of the bachelor, Melissa ends up with his boss instead. There is an immediate and intense attraction, but they agree they are wrong for each other and decide to move on. Then the news anchor from Melissa's station decides she wants in on the action and finagles a way to film a Thanksgiving special at the station. The firefighters get called out to a fire in the middle of ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I got this. Glad I bought it! I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Story about two people - a Capt with the local fire department and a television news producer - both have been burned by love in the past. Throw in a matchmaking grandma, who buys Melissa a date with a fireman at a bachelor auction - and you have some funny moments. As things start heating up between Melissa and Brody (I just can't call him by his first name - Harry) and they start ...more
May 31, 2012 added it
Shelves: dnf, fireman
DNF, couldn't do it. The way it was written didn't flow for me and the characters made no sense, fighting for what?? I don't get it. If that is supposed to be chemistry I have read it done better.
Anyway I got 100 pages that is enough.
Lover of Romance
Originally Posted At Addicted To Romance
Melissa McGuire, is a new producer and came to San Gabriel to be with her grandmother. Her grandmother is always trying to find ways to get her married and hitched, and Melissa is at the end of her rope. When her grandmother asks her to come to an event but doesn’t tell her what it is, Melissa comes. When she arrives she is shocked to discover the amount of women, and that it is an auction of hot and sexy firemen. She is appalled and she can’t beli
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
I gave it two stars right after finishing it but after sleeping on it. Nope, two stars is too much.

I read this on the strength of the novella (which is cute, adorable and fun). This one looks at Fire Chief Brody and his 'courtship' with Melissa, news producer. Right from the start, the use of the dead horse trope of the bachelor auction and buying a 'date' for her grand daughter was borderline but the grand daughter character saved it. Melissa and Brody courtship is okay it's the other things th
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I look forward to reading more in this series. The use of Firemen as our hero's in this series is very refreshing and opens up all kinds of possibilities for future story lines.

I loved Melissa's spunky Grandmother, Nelly McGuire, as she chatted with her deceased husband about Melissa's future; her constant manipulation of circumstances trying to 'make things happen' made me smile throughout the story. I truly admired the strength of the characters in this book. Melissa's 'a
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was sweet and witty. I love Firemen so I had to give this book a try. Brody ( the fire Chief) and Mira were great together. I loved Mira's gran who was playing match maker. There were a lot of snarky comments, several lol moments and some at the end that make me choke up. There were many misunderstandings and usually that irritates me but with this book it didn't although I did want to smack Mira and Brody at different times. There w ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Melissa McGuire has come back to the town on San Gabriel after a flame out in both her love life and her career in LA. She lives with her grandmother, a hoot of a woman named Nelly. She also has a prickly relationship with her ex-alcoholic of a father. And she works as a producer at the local news station, a news station that is determined to give only 'The Sunny Side of the News.' For a serious journalist who wants to do hard hitting stories, trying to always find the 'sunny side' is a bit frus ...more
Lisa Filipe
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it

What a Fun, sexy and exciting New series by Jennifer Bernard. I had trouble putting this one down and I am excited to start reading the next book in the series.

From the first meeting, I LOVED the heroine, Melissa McGuire and our Hero, Harry "Brody" Brod, um can we say "SMOKIN HOT" Captain Brody....yowza!! Their chemistry was burning HOT from that first moment and I don't think that it cooled down a bit.

There was so much going on, that you never got bored, but it w
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think for this one I will leave it in billet point and to try and avoid paragraphs

- My first fireman book, I always wanted to try reading one since I read about a cop, detective, sportsmen..etc

- The heroine was a stuck up at the beginning but her grandmother was great!

- The announcer chick was a bitch and so self centered

- I liked how they went on their first date and they clicked and how even the guy thought of her as his girl even before things have actually happened

- I liked how comfortab
Sep 02, 2016 marked it as dnf
Not going to rate this, as it's a dnf, but I'm really tempted to one-star it. I really didn't love Harry or Melissa, but I was already 38% through so I figured, "why stop now?" Then she finds out he hired her ex-alcoholic father to wire the electricity at his new house. She freaks out. Why is that, you ask? Not because he's overstepped and it's kind of stalkerish (it definitely is), but because he'd found out she's the "alkie's kid, white trash, welfare user" kid from the wrong side of the track ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
HOT, PASSIONATE and FUNNY are three words that all describe an author who is making waves with the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series. This is the first story about their captain, Harry Brody. Here is a man who thought he had everything but like a fire it sizzled. Now with Melissa he is engulfed with a passion he has never felt before in a woman. Jennifer Bernard just outshined in this book and have to say captured my attention from the first paragraph. Here is a new author with an imaginati ...more

Unfortunately I just couldn't force myself to finish this.
Yes, this was a DNF for me. I hate to have to put a book
that had such great potential on this shelf.

It's sad that I was actually looking forward to reading this after
reading the summary on goodreads. The concept sounded like something
that I would have been interested in reading.

I got to about 20% in this book and had to put it down.

The main female character was just too annoying and whiny to me,
and came off a little ungrateful, even.

Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
You absolutely won’t want to miss this book. "The The Fireman Who Loved Me" is a hearwarming, tender & passionate love story between Harry & Melissa. The romance between them felt real and to watch them fall in love was so touching. The relationship between the firefighters and Melissa & her family was a nice touch to the story. It certainly didn't overshadow the main storyline, but gave it a certain depth. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series. Recommended!
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
THE FIREMAN WHO LOVED ME was the first read for me by Jennifer Bernard and I was greatly impressed. The story held so much and transitioned so smoothly.

I for one was glad that the entire book was not centered around the bachelor auction where Melissa McGuire’s Grandma Nelly buys her a fireman. Both Gran and the fireman, Ryan backed out for obvious reasons, which left fire captain Harry Brody and Melissa going on the date together.

These two are like fire and ice, except only in terminology. Bot
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

Think of someone you know that when you're around them, it's like fire to gasoline. Without realizing it or meaning to, somehow every time you're around one another, you bicker, nit pick, get the picture, right? There's usually someone in everyone's life like that. But could you ever fall in love with them?

Meet Melissa McGuire. She's talented, smart and witty. Some of her not quite flattering characteristics are that she's
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, own
I loved The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard. It was hard to put it down once I started reading it and finally stayed up half of last night to fonosh it. Now I can’t wait for the next book to be released, which will be Ryan's book and he is also - YUMMY!!

Melissa is a news producer who thinks her ideal man is going to be someone who is a poet or possible a singer-songwriter. Brody is a Fire Captain who thinks Melissa is a refreshing change from his ex-wife who chewed him up and spit him o
Romancing the Book
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Posted on Romancing the Books blog
Reveiwed by Ashleigh
Reveiw Copy provided from Personal Collection

This is crazy! Bidding on a man just based on his looks and not on anything important. This train of thought for Melissa McGuire was just the tip of the ice berg when she is tricked by her grandmother to go to a bachelor’s auction to find a new man. These aren’t the type of men that get under Melissa’s skin, even if they all are built and handsome and heroic and…and…and…not her type at all! Running
Sharon Redfern
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed this cute and spicy romance. Melissa is a news producer who thinks her ideal man is going to be someone in the arts or a cultural profession. Harry is a FD Captain who thinks Melissa is a refreshing change from his ex-wife who chewed him up and spit him out. They meet when Melissa's grandmother buys a bachelor fireman at a charity auction, an auction where Melissa meets Harry and blows him off. Through a mix up in communication Melissa and Harry end up on the date instead of the ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
News producer Melissa McGuire is used to taking orders and playing nice. She caters to her co-workers and is mild mannered. For the people who know and love her, like her grandmother, Nelly, they are sick of her not taking charge of her life and for letting others walk all over her.

The firefighters in San Gabriel, California are known as much for their bravery as they are for the good looks and perpetual bachelor status. Cashing in on their good looks and popularity they auction themselves off t
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Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so ...more

Other books in the series

The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • One Fine Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #0.5)
  • Falling for the Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #1.5)
  • Hot for Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #2)
  • Sex and the Single Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #3)
  • How to Tame a Wild Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #4)
  • Desperately Seeking Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #4.5)
  • Four Weddings and a Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #5)
  • The Night Belongs to Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #6)
  • It's a Wonderful Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #6.5)
  • Three, Two, One....Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #6.7)
“When I love, I love hard. You’re stuck with me for good. In your news report, you didn’t say what happened at the end of the bumpy ride. You didn’t say what it takes to break the curse. But I know. True Love. the kind that doesn’t go away because of a few disasters along the way. I love you, Melissa.” 3 likes
“Nelly as a handful of hell-on-earth” 0 likes
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