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Trial by Fire (Firefighters of Station Five #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  4,302 Ratings  ·  323 Reviews
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Lieutenant Howard Six- Pack Paxton loves three things: being a firefighter, riding his Harley, and his bachelorhood. That is, until the curvaceous Kat McKenna falls into his arms at the scene of a fire and melts the six-foot-six tower of bronze muscle

But just as passion ignites between them and they explore new heights of ecstasy, a ruthless arsonist wi
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Signet Eclipse
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am a huge fan of Romantic Suspense! Until recently, I had no idea there were so many authors who could write the genre and really do it justice, but lately I’ve had a windfall of great reads within the Romantic Suspense field, including this book, Trial by Fire, which happens to be my first Jo Davis read.

Kat McKenna is house sitting both her parent’s home, and the home of their neighbors across the street who are taking a cruise together. Like any
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I ended up enjoying this one.

Like that the heroine was ordinary, curvy and not stick thin.

Some of the old cliches used ..."You're mine", which annoys me no end.

Interested in reading about the others at the Firehouse. Sean, especially.

Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of hot romantic suspense, or the authors Beverly Barton or Karen Rose
I really enjoyed this hot, fast-paced romantic suspense about a hunky fireman with a troubled childhood, and the fiesty teacher he falls in love with. This is the first book of a new series called "The Firefighters of Station Five", and it's a winner. If you enjoy the authors Beverly Barton or Karen Rose, I think you'll like this one. I will say although the suspense aspect of the story is similar to B. Barton's stories, the romance part is way hotter than either Barton or Rose. It's downright e ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
I took this out of my Purgatory shelf yesterday to give it another try. It now goes into my Mission Aborted shelf. The first few pages were okay but this second time around, I was convinced the author wanted to make firefighters look like horny adolescents with not a shred of good sense.

Why else would she make her hero have his brain wrapped about the heroine's breasts, in a house on fire? Seriously, I do not think ANY firefighter focuses on anything but getting the occupants out to safety and p
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Opening Line:"Lieutenant Howard Paxton gritted his teeth against the burn, every muscle straining as he pumped three hundred pounds of iron from his bare, sweaty chest."

Howard "six-pack' Paxton loves being a fireman, in his down time this confirmed bachelor lifts weights (to perfect the six-pack) rides his Harley and hangs out with the other members of station 5. Everything changes however the night A' shift responds to a house fire and Howard finds himself adminis
Miss Kim
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this first installment of the Firefighters of Station Five by Jo Davis. First off—I have to mention that the hero is a 6’6”260 pound hot fireman. Can you get more fantasy material that that? I don’t think so. It took me a few chapters to overlook the guy’s unfortunate name. ‘Howard’ just doesn’t cut it. I did really like Howard. He came from a horribly abusive childhood, and was eventually adopted by a wonderful couple. Now at 36 years old, he’s starting to have nightmares about his ch ...more
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. There are some minor details that could have been better (like not using the word "shazaam" EVER in a romance book) but overall it was a fun read. The author wrote some very engaging characters and a fast-moving story. I love the firefighter theme, I wish more romances would include them. I will be reading the rest of the series, I can't wait to read about the hot Italian/Latin stud.
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
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This book had a really good premise, and I did finish it feeling satisfied with the outcome, but I had problems with the book as I read. My initial issue was the first meeting between the hero and heroine. The heroine has just recovered consciousness after a TSTL moment, the home of her parents' friends is burning, and a body has just been found handcuffed to the bed. This all manages to be overshadowed by her overwhelming attraction to the firefighter/paramedic, Howard Paxton, who is treating h ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book-the arsonist storyline was enhanced by getting the arsonist's point of view-but it wasn't over-done to the point of me thinking "really? more from the bad guy?"
I loved Howard, and I liked Kat a lot-but her corny phrases drove me nuts. And to be honest, the firemen were almost true-to-life, but not one had a potty mouth! I'm not one for cursing, I never have been, but sometimes men just cuss. Now I'm married to a fireman, have been for 8 years this month, and every last
I really enjoyed this sweet romance with some suspense thrown in! I LOVED Howard...right up until he pissed me of A LOT!!! Well I still love Howard but I think I may have made him suffer more. I also loved Kat. She was open, honest, funny and not a stupid, vapid....

I recommend this book and am happy to move on to the next one!

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Aug 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee
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Tori Macallister
This book was extremely well-written and the suspense part was riveting BUT I have a particular pet peeve and it regards the hero (or heroine, but usually it's the hero) and infidelity. There is a point in the story where Kat has walked out on Howard because, as intimate as they are physically, he's still incapable of sharing his background and emotions with her and she realizes that he might not be capable of giving what they need to have a real relationship. They are both devastated at the bre ...more
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romantic suspense with sizzle fans
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
Loved it! Great, well-developed characters that won This Reader's heart. A lot of secondary characters were set up for future books in this series and I was disappointed that the next book isn't due out until May 2009.

This romantic-suspense was packed with both suspense and romance! ;-) Some very steamy and erotic scenes ta' boot! (Emphasis on erotic.) There is a horrible "villain" in this one and his "deeds" are extremely gruesome. There was the perfect balance of suspense with romance all pac
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WOW... I haven't read any thing like this before!!
Drama,sex and Action and it was a little thriller in there to!!
The story plot what ever was so good!!
I loved how we really get to no Howie!! hehehe (Howard what a name)
Loved all the characters, i am really looking forward to reading them all!!
This was a really good read it had me on a ride thats for sure, lots of action and the romance was so cute!!
It has to be one of the better books i have read lately!!
And OMG it had me crying and laughing and
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~*
Contemporary books never seem to work as well for me as any other genre. I am extremely picky about the habits and personalities of the protagonists and assorted cast members. If the character seems unbelievably naive or irritatingly innocent it grates on me during the whole book. I can't fall into the story when I don't think your character could believably walk down the street without getting taken advantage of. Pollyannas need not apply in my preferred contemporaries.

The beginning of this boo
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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So the phrase, "Sex on a stick."

Why does this phrase even work? Sex doesn't come on a stick. That would be painful.

Chicken Satay comes on a stick. Corndogs come on a stick. Kabobs come on a stick. Basically... meat on a stick. Well, then there's lollipops. Blow Pops. Tootsie Pops. Popcicles. More stick food.

"Sex on a stick" just doesn't make sense to me, yet I've seen it used over. And over.

I googled "Sex on a stick." Result:

And that just doesn't look sexy.

Now... if she'd have described our
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspence fans
Thanks to this book, i have a new weakness. Firemen. Yes, the hero Howard "Six-Pack" Paxton was at times adorable, sweet, romantic, shy and tortured. As well as being incredibly stubborn and hard-headed. But then, no one is perfect.

Everything about this book worked, on so many levels. The characters (even the secondary ones) felt real and well-rounded. The mystery surrounding the serial arsonist was intriguing, and had a well thought-out resolution, and the step-by-step revel of the true horror
This one was just ok for me.. sure, it was cute an hot.. but Howard just didn't really do it for me. Sexy fireman but still missing a little something. Kat was funny and I really liked her character for the most part. Quick easy read
I would give this book a solid 5 stars. I loved this book, it was a very quick read, with some very steamy sex scenes. It had me teary eyed in the end, but of course there is a happy ending.
This was my first Jo Davis book and it will not be my last.
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads

Let me introduce you to the men of Station 5, if your house is on fire or just your loins then these men will out that flame. I am thinking of starting a fire of my own and hoping such beautiful men like; Howard, Zack, Julian and Sean, shazam these fellows be hot and I am not just talking about their occupation. Calling all hot fire men. This is Howard’s story.

So Howard is big and tough but with his all manly looks comes with some serious problems, in charge of his men at S
Jul 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-cannot-go-on
Too Cheesy For My Taste

Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
"Trial by Fire" by Jo Davis was one smoking hot contemporary romantic suspense story! It came very close to the erotica line (for me), and sometimes rode the line, but never really crossed over. I will say that the sex was very well done and did contribute to the story, but the plot didn't hinge on the sexual part of the relationship.

Howard is a big, brawny fireman (dreamy sigh) who takes care of his crew and enjoys his job and his Harley. He used to enjoy women too, but for the past year his li
A really good start to a series. It was a great introduction to the future books and their casts. I thought this was going to be a light series with big, alpha firefighters, cocky man whores who save the world. Even though there was some of that there was definitely some gruesome murders and past child abuse that was not light at all. The mystery was pretty predictable and the chemistry between the H&h was hot, sex scenes hotter and they didn't take 20 pages to get naked- I usually bored by ...more
Brenda (b)
I enjoyed this romantic suspense. Howard is a great tormented hero, that he's being targeted by a killer just adds to that. Kat is willing to help him - and love him. I liked meeting the other firefighters too.
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Who ever can stand it
Shelves: dnf-hate-boring
EDIT: Sorry about the italics at the end , its 2:45 am and right now I'm computer inept. its says i finished this in 07...please ignore that, i just set it so a DNF wouldnt go on my year reading challenge

I really wanted to like this. As of lately, I have been itching for a delicious Fire fighter romance. I love firefighters and I'm currently Obsessed. However, I didn’t even finish this book Why! Well I'll tell ya... Too. Unrealistic. There are 3 levels for me
1.Realistic -Self explanatory
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun. It was corny but cute. After the first "shazzam!" I didn't take it too seriously and I really enjoyed the humor. Jo Davis sprinkled about enough wit and personality to make me laugh and I had a good time.

The plot of this story, while not complicated, was sad. I'm an advocate of licensing for the priviledge of reproducing and this book just reinforces my beliefs as to why. While Jo Davis doesn't delve too deep into Howard's childhood memories (which I appreciated) it'
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance, romance suspense
Shelves: scorching-hot

Here I go again getting addicted to yet another series. Oh well, at least they're all available to be read and I don't have to wait for the next one to come out.
I will admit that this book was definitely packing the cheese factor in some areas. First off, as many other reviewers have already posted on here, what sexy man do you know who's name is Howard? And the Howie bit, ugh I cringe at the very mention of it. The nickname of "Six Pack" certainly didn't do any favors either. Luckily, the sexin
Dai Alvarado
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Me gustó.

Muchos aspecto de la historia fueron predecibles, como los incendios, asesinatos y la persona detrás de ellos, desde el principio sospeché de quien se trataba y al final comprobé que no estaba equivocada ¿La razón? Esa si no la esperaba.

Los personajes me gustaron, Kat tiene una personalidad fuerte y a la vez dulce. Amé la reacción que tuvo cuando vio a Howard con otra mujer. Howie es un amor, tiene su lado macho alfa dominante pero también tiene un lado completamente cursi que me encant
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National Bestselling author Jo Davis is best known for her popular Firefighters of Station Five series written as Jo Davis, and her dark, sexy paranormal series Alpha Pack, written as J.D. Tyler. PRIMAL LAW, the first book in her Alpha Pack series, is the winner of the National Reader's Choice Award in Paranormal. She's also been a multiple finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excelle ...more
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“In spite of having the personality of a horny jackrabbit with ADD, Salvatore was an excellent firefighter and paramedic.” 16 likes
“Suddenly, Kat turned to face him again. “Oh, and Howard?”
“FYI—my number is listed.”
With her parting shot, she sashayed off, hips swinging, leaving him with his mouth
hanging open. Slowly, a big, sappy grin spread across his face.He scores! Nothin’ but net.”
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