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Her Sexy Challenge

(Firefighters of Station 1 #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  99 reviews
She might be the one fire he can’t put out…

Caitlin Tyler doesn’t do bridges—she just doesn’t know it until she lands her dream job and freezes halfway across her new town’s towering death span. Cue the cocky, infuriating fireman who goads her off the bridge. He’s hot, but he’s also exactly the kind of guy she wants to avoid…which she manages to do for a whole four hours.
ebook, 228 pages
Published August 14th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck) (first published July 19th 2017)
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4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Her Sexy Challenge by Sarah Ballance.
The storyline was entertaining, sweet, emotional and fun to read.
I liked both Caitlin and Shane, I found them funny, smart, passionate and they had great chemistry.
I found myself connecting with Caitlin from the first few pages. Suffering from my own fears I found her relatable and felt everything she was going through.
I liked how Shane helped her to work with her fears and encouraged her to live life.
Shane was one of those charac
Elizabeth Neal
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Caitlin hates bridges, well, at least the one she's currently stuck on, and those over water... However, when Shane, the sexy firefighter, comes to her rescue, literally, her situation doesn't seem as dire. After she's saved, and the two indulge in some witty and flirtatious banter, Caitlin continues going about her day, as does Shane.

Shane is counting down the days until he leaves his small town life behind for a position at a Denver station which will allow him to fight fires as he was trained
Brooklyn JoJo
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a very hard time finishing this book. I almost shelved it several times as it just couldn’t keep my interest but I plugged along hoping it would get better. It was pretty much a two star read for me, until the sweet ending, which I’m a total sucker for, so I bumped it up to 3 stars. But it won’t be a reread for me...
DNF at 22%.

I like Sarah Ballance's romances so I was stoked to get approved for this ARC. Unfortunately, I just didn't get along with the hero and after he did something which crossed a line for me I gave up reading this book.

Caitlin Tyler has a number of phobias which (from the little I read) stem from the circumstances surrounding the horrific death of her parents. She lands her dream job but unfortunately getting there requires her to overcome one of her phobias - fear of crossing running wat
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
This book was full of fun, awkward and tender moments. The witty banter that ensued from the very first time Caitlin and Shane met blended with the sweet moments where Shane worked with Caitlin to overcome her fear and the easy way they began to open up to each other, this book was so fun to read. Don't even get me started on the chemistry between them. There was just enough angst to keep the story from being overly sweet but not so much that it changed the overall tone.

This looks to be a great
patrick Lorelli
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
What a great story that gets you from the beginning and does not let you go until the end. You are introduced to Caitlin Tyler while she is stuck part way on a bridge and cannot make it across the rest of the way. Now for some reason she does not her the sirens or that even traffic has been stopped. Enter fire Lt. Shane Hendricks who cannot wait for the transfer out of this small town to Denver were he won’t be rescuing damsels off bridges but fighting fires like real firemen should be doing. Th ...more
Amber Hughes
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Her Sexy Challenge is the first book in Sarah Ballance’s Firefighters of Station 1 series and it’s a great start!

Coming to Caitlin Tyler’s “rescue” on the town’s bridge, fireman Lt. Shane Hendricks is immediately drawn to this woman, even if she has stopped traffic and caused all emergency crews to come to the scene thinking she’s a possible jumper. Caitlin is deathly afraid of bridges and water among other things due to a traumatic experience from her past. She doesn’t appreciate his attitude
Isha Coleman
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Her Sexy Challenge (Firefighters of Station 1) by Sarah Ballance  
Ms. Ballance talent lies in her understanding of the three H's. With humor, heart and heat she sets out to charmingly seduce readers and seldom does she ever miss the mark. Laughter has the power to heal, uplift and unite. Heart brings commonality making it easier to relate to the words on the page and the characters that bring them to life. Heat gets a reaction and draws readers in to the connection between the main characters. P
Sohinee Reads & Reviews (Bookarlo)
I loved this book! There's no doubt in that. The only thing that I felt though was that the scene descriptions were dragged out unnecessarily. For example, that scene on the bridge where Caitlin was scared to cross the bridge because she had a fear of water, the scene took almost five pages. There were other instances where I felt that if the scene descriptions could have been minimized, it would have been better. Also, Shane didn't get to know the reason to Caitlin's fear of water. So, that pie ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Caitlin and Shane meet, she has just followed her dream and opened a bookstore in Dry Rock and he is going to Denver in two weeks to follow his dreams. So the timing is not good, to say the least. But attracted to each other they have a steamy fling. Will Shane stay in Dry Rock for Caitlin, when he has dreamt for 20 years to step into his father's footsteps?

I love fireman-heroes and Shane is is yummy. I enjoyed this romance!
There are some secondary characters I can't wait to read about (Le
Tracie R
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Her Sexy Challenge was a quirky, fun romance. I loved the interaction between the characters and the great storyline that kept me interested throughout. I would recommend this book and would like to read more by this author.
Pelusa Rivera
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was such a cute book, iIt was such a light-hearted, funny and sweet to boot. Caitlin (Heroine) was not a pushover, and I love that. I also liked Shane, their banter was fun. Read it you wont regret it. Can't wait til next one. ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Paige Turner
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a book that can make you laugh out loud. I had a permanent smile on my face while reading Her Sexy Challenge.

Caitlin and Shane made an adorable pair. They were funny and snarky with each other and with their underlying chemistry were an ideal pair. Too bad Shane is on his way out of town while she's just getting settled.

It was a fast paced read that kept me entertained from the first word to the last.

I received an arc for a honest review
Sara Oxton
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Her Sexy Challenge by Sarah Ballance a fancy four-star read. I have really enjoyed other reads by this author so knew I couldn’t miss this one, hunky firefighters what more could you ask for. Dry Rock sounds like a nice place to live, idyllic a river to dip your toes in a hot firefighting department all that it needed was a bookstore to pick up all the goodies and Caitlin Tyler seems to bring that. This is a sun story with some great romance and steam, I didn’t give it five-stars as I really enj ...more

It isn't everyday that Caitlin Tyler needs rescuing, but it seems Lieutenant Shane Hendricks keeps being her hero. Yet, no matter how much Caitlin does her best to avoid the hot firefighter that keeps coming to her rescue, there's no way he'll be deterred from helping her face her fears. However, neither imagined a relationship was possible with Shane leaving in two weeks for bigger and better things in his career. Will Caitlin convince him to stay in Dry Rock and give them a chance at happy eve
Harlie Williams
So most people know that I’ve been reading Ms. Ballance since she starting with Noble Romance. Yes, we’ve both been around that long. The one thing that I can tell by reading this jewel of a book is that her writing just keeps getting stronger. I know, when I read my inner editor/writer takes a vacay but when it comes to authors that I have read for years, she likes to take a peek, too.

Ms. Ballance never ceases to amaze me with her dialogue. Suspense, romance, humor, etc., Ms. Ballance brings he
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
This is the first book by this author I have read and I loved it. It is so well written
it will pull you in and not let go. It is cute and funny LOVED the banter between
Caitlin and Shane, But the chemistry between them was as hot as FIRE!!

Coming to Caitlin Tyler’s “rescue” on the town’s bridge, fireman Lt. Shane Hendricks is immediately drawn to this woman, even if she has stopped traffic and caused all emergency crews to come to the sc
Char Sowers
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Her Sexy Challenge" is the first sweet and sexy book in Sarah Ballance's new Firefighters of Station 1 series. The Hero and Heroine, Shane and Caitlin, are fun, flirty, and magnetic characters with rapier-sharp banter. Sex scenes between the two are incendiary and explosive in the level of passion. The premise is a bit frustrating. Caitlin moves to town two weeks before Shane is scheduled to start his Dream Job with the Denver Fire Department. Shane desperately wants to be a firefighter where h ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have actually read this story three times and every time I find myself laughing or my heart racing at all the right parts. Every. Single. Time. This book had everything that I want in a love story – it had emotions, chemistry, sexiness, amazing awkwardness, so many feels, and Sarah Ballance's trademark humor which elevates her books from good to great. And can we talk about that ending? I knew that it would have a happily ever after because it is a romance novel, but as the ending drew closer ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this story, little did I know how much I would enjoy it.
The story centers around Shane , a firefighting Lt for the town of Dry Rock, who in two weeks will be on his way to a job in Denver he has wanted all his life, and Caitlin, who has just moved to the city to begin her new life as the owner of a used books store. Shane ends up rescuing her twice in a day, and from the first instance, the attraction is there. But for Shane, it’s the wrong place at the wrong time, while
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sexy firemen seem to be the hot prototype for heroes in romance novels these days. After all, who can resist a hunky guy who heroically risks his life to save others? This novel, however, doesn’t involve much life-risking heroics. The hero, Shane Hendricks, has only two weeks to go before he leaves his small town job to work in Denver. He feels that he needs more dangerous challenges in his job because his father died working as a fireman in Denver.

The heroine, Caitlin Tyler, has just moved to
Becky Burciaga
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book by this author I've read, I must say I am so enamored with her brand of clever, witty, and intelligent characters and dialogue that it keeps me coming back for more of her stories. Shane and Caitlin have particularly captured my heart through their banter, double entendres and innuendos. There wasn't a moment of this story that I wasn't completely captivated by the story of a phobic woman and the man who sets out to help her face her fears.

The tenderness and compassion t
Eva Scalzo
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
the first book in the firefighters of station 1 series, her sexy challenge, starts things off hot. caitlyn tyler moves to dry rock, colorado intent on opening her dream used bookstore. the only problem is that the way into town involves a bridge. and even worse it's a bridge over rushing water. she might just have a pathological fear of bridges. and her first attempt to conquer said fear results in the fire department being called out to rescue a possible jumper. when shane hendricks basically t ...more
Melena Torretta
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, netgalley-arcs
Caitlin meets Shane when he rescues her twice in one day. Though the attraction is immediate for both, Caitlin has no problem standing up to and being sassy with Shane.

I love that Caitlin is achieving her dream of opening her own bookstore in the small town of Dry Rock, CO. She is independent, smart, and fun and the perfect compliment to Shane, who works for the local Fire Department.

Big problem is that he is planning on transferring to Denver in only two weeks, and both believe it would be bett
Eve Devon
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engaging and entertaining from the very first page through to the end, I devoured this book in a couple of hours.
The pace is fast and furious, the setting is really great and once again, the author has done a terrific job of presenting two characters you can’t help but fall in love with as you experience their fun, flirty and flaming-hot journey to a Happy Ever After.
Caitlin is my kind of heroine—real! And from the moment Lt Shane Hendricks thinks she needs rescuing, sparks fly and then quickly
Chiquita  Bee
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and Emotional!

I absolutely fell in love with Caitlin and Shane as soon as I read the first few pages. The story is well written laugh out loud funny at times, and other times emotional but always entertaining. Shane is a firefighter and set to leave for his dream job in Denver in two weeks when he meets Caitlin who he thinks is a jumper on a little bridge. She’s just purchased a little brick and mortar book store in Dry Creek, unfortunately it is on the other side of the little brid
Resting Book Face
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A riveting, memorable story to what is sure to be a captivating series by Ms. Ballance. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming, funny book. Smoldering firefighter Shane and adorkable bookstore owner Caitlin are both so likeable, and their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is palpable. The story and these adorable characters are amazingly realistic; these are people you'd want to know, dealing with issues real people deal with, and living in a town we'd all like to live in. This book is also a ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Her Sexy Challenge had everything I love in a romance novel. It was such a light-hearted, fun sweetness, I could have eat it up with a spoon. I love a heroine who puts her guy to his place, and aside the bridge fiasco, or maybe for that, too, Caitlin was an incredibly ballsy girl. I respected her for chasing her dream with the bookstore, and I totally wouldn't be brave enough for confessing how I feel to a guy who tries to put distance between us.
I adored Shane too, and I coudn't wipe the grin
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Her sexy challenge is one of the best books that I read this year and it has become one of my top 10 of all time. I loved really loved the story, the style of writing all the characters and everything that happens in the book. Both Catlin and Shan are great characters both easy to love. I laugh so much by their encounters all the plant and unplanned. How they met is just hilarious and all their undates were exciting. Also, their chemistry is really hot and the scenes are really great writing. I
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Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much ...more

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