Rebecca has big plans. She's going to be a famous artist, even if she has to sell her soul to do it. And so far, it's working for her. She's gaining notoriety in local art circles, but the "crap art" she's selling makes her miserable. Ducking into the local fire station during a rainstorm, she finds the perfect way to distract herself--a hot firefighter with a big ego begging to be toyed with.
Dan would be the first to admit he has a big ego, but there's something about Rebecca...
Hunting her down after that first kiss in the rain turns out to be the easy part. Making her happy might be impossible. But Dan is willing to do whatever it takes, including helping her buy back her soul.
Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was the uniform. Or maybe Rebecca and Dan were simply struck by lightning.
WARNING: Violent weather, workplace disasters, and life happening despite the best laid plans.
Charlotte McClain is a pseudonym of Christa Maurice, and her books have been re-published under that name.
Born in a small town in Ohio (not actually in the town, in a hospital near the town, but I grew up in the town), I moved west (a little bit) to a smallish town in Ohio for college. Then I moved a little further west to a small city still in Ohio.
Then things got hairy.
I moved to an Asian Megacity, then to a small South American city and now have appeared to settle for a while in a medium sized Middle Eastern city. Recently upon seeing my passport some friends remarked, "You don't have any space left!"
All along (since I was about 12) I have been writing. When not writing, I am devoted to my other love, teaching kindergarten here in the Middle East. I write about what I know so my romances are generally well traveled or not and seen through snarky rose colored glasses.
Struck by Lightening was an enjoyable read. It appears to be the third in the Arden Fire Department Series.
Rebecca is an artist, working in a gallery with several friends who are also artists and sell their artwork. She is making art pieces that sell well to the richer set of folks, but Rebecca knows that they are really nothing more than broken pieces of dishes glued to boards and such. She wants to make it big in the art world. If selling this stuff will do, then that's what she's doing. Anything to keep from working in her uncle's business as an accountant.
Dan is a paramedic at the Arden Fire Department. He's known to be a bit of a ladies man. When he meets Rebecca during a storm one day, that appears to change. He goes looking for the girl who stole a kiss during the storm and walked away with bare feet.
When Dan finds Rebecca, he wants to make her happy. She keeps making statements and doing little things that keep him confused. Can it all work out in the end?
Charlotte McClain did a very good job of writing this third in a series. Even without having read the first two, I was able to read this and have a good idea of what's been going on in Arden's Fire Station. It's sometimes not easy to have a book which is part of a series stand alone, but Ms. McClain did a very good job at it. The writing is well done, and the pace moves along well. I was never bored while reading Struck by Lightening.
The two main characters are well fleshed out, but I do have to say that at times, I found myself wondering what was going on with the friend of Rebecca's, Bess. She went from being, well, snippy to suddenly acting like a best friend again. I felt like I had missed something. It seemed to be more than just jealousy, but I could be wrong.
Billy, you just to have to read the book to find out, but I adore Billy. (I'll have the chocolate/banana/cream cheese shake please) There are other characters also, but those were the two most memorable to me, for different reasons.
I had some formatting problems in my version, but I'm 99% sure it was from attempting to read it in Calibre. When I read it in PDF format through a PDF reader, it seemed to be alright. This was an advanced readers galley.)
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is wanting a quick, enjoyable read. You can visit Ms. McClain's site to find more books and information.
Disclaimer: I received a free PDF copy to review this book before publication date.
Can doing what you have to in order to pay the rent really make you a happy person in the end? This is a question that has plagued Rebecca for quite some time. As a starving artist, making “fine art” to make the rent is something that she feels is necessary but with every piece a tiny bit of herself slowly dies. Will a chance meeting in the rain with a sexy Paramedic turn things around for Rebecca or will he become another complication that she doesn’t need in the day to day grind?
Dan has always been a skirt chaser, and up until the last couple of months that has been enough for him. As a paramedic his life doesn’t really have a normal schedule, but with age comes wisdom and the understanding that at some point he will want to settle down. Watching the rain one night, a woman comes to him soaking wet and asking to do an experiment with him. Intrigued, Dan can’t seem to resist her. But when lightning strikes will these two get burned out or will the burn be just what they both needed in the end.
This was an interesting book that kept me guessing from beginning to end. With each page I was left unsure when it came to the character of Rebecca. One minute she would show her true feelings for Dan, but than in the next breath she would push him away and become exceedingly distant. At points this made the story a bit confusing to read, but in the end make the book that much more enjoyable with the uncertainty of how things would end.
Charlotte McClain is a new to me author, and I can say after reading this story that I will be on the lookout for other works by her. This was a refreshing twist to the normal HEA of romance, and it didn’t disappoint in the least.