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After the Fire

(Hidden Cove Firefighters #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,137 ratings  ·  204 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“Inspiring and emotionally invigorating…a true hero’s tale.” RT Book Reviews

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2010 (first published November 4th 2003)
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There is a lot going on in this book...almost too much. So many story lines to follow and it got bit confusing. Some of the drama, and there was a lot of it, was a over the top. So much so that I felt like I was reading a soap opera. Yet I couldn't stop reading...I couldn't BELIEVE I kept reading! The friends to lovers relationship between Grady and Jenn is the one that was the most enjoyable, and pretty much resolved itself by the end of the book. So what am I going to do now you ask?! I'm ...more
Luzia Bielefeld *BookWhore BR*
5 - Amazing!
History that engages the reader from beginning to end. All very interesting and well written.
All characters are very interesting and conflicts very realistic.
We have several stories unfolding simultaneously.
The three brothers are firefighters who survived a fire that killed and injured several people.
From this tragedy they resolve to change various things in their lives.
The older brother (Mitch) is in an unhappy marriage and the children are abused by his wife.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like long soap opera with drama, dead ex... This is your book!
This is a book about one family, most of them and firefighters, they are like 5 brothers/sisters and 3 of them are firefighters or in emergency there.
We are getting the story about 3 of them. Almost. Because we know how one of them did get a little HEA for him. Another 2 are... On their way to get it. I did like the author's style, I'd like to read more from this author. But for my taste this book could be 3books and not big
Jan 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-complete
I stopped reading at 10%. I gave it a one as the storyline had promise. Unfortunately, I could not read any further after numerous obscene words, the use of Jesus' name in vain, and the sexual innuendos. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean read.
Dawn ♥ romance
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I was absorbed in this firefighting book with multiple romances. I liked all the family dynamics and longtime best friends. Sometimes the romantic conflicts seemed immature although PTSD is complex and the overall exploits in the story were good. Injured firefighter siblings Mitch and Jenn decide to better their lives as they watch a warehouse burn.
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Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Rayni by: Kindle
This was a good book. It would have been even better if I hadn't felt like a fly on someone's wall. The book didn't need the language, specifically the "f" word or the sex to make it a good book. I thought the author could have spent more time fleshing the story out with the fires. They are suspicious fires, but hardly anything is resolved by the ending.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the Fire was an amazing book! I downloaded it as a free e- book from Amazon. My daughter read it first and insisted we needed the other 2 books in the series! This is not your typical romance novel. First, it centers on a whole family, the Malvaso Family, three of whom are firefighters, Mitch, Jenny and Zach. Second, one plot line centers on Mitch and his marriage, and the women he meets and falls in love with. I generally don't like these kinds of plot lines. I believe in the sanctity of ...more
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After the Fire by Kathryn Shay
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Reviewed by Carrie

Four years ago when I read After the Fire, the first in Shay's Hidden Cove Firefighters series, I thoroughly enjoyed the family dynamics, the suspense aspects, and the not-always-perfect romances. Two years later, while in a reading slump, I revisited the series knowing it would keep my interest. So when I was offered the chance to review the first book of the series on
Boundless Book Reviews
4.5 Stars

This audiobook surprised me. I purchased it because it was on sale and it looked interesting, but other than that I had no idea what it was about. It centered around three siblings who work for the fire department; Mitch, Jenn and Zach. After almost dying in a disastrous fire, they decided to make drastic changes in their lives.

Mitch, who has been living in a dead marriage, decides he needs to be happy again. Jenn decides she wants to have a baby, and Zach decides to be a better man.
The first book in the Firefighter Series and my favorite of the series. I borrow this from a friend not expecting to like it that much but wanting to read it. Within the first few sentences I was hooked. My friend gave me the book and I cannot tell you how many time I have read it. I can't seem to get enough of Mitch Malvaso, the sexy firefighting hero of the novel, and Megan Hale, the crime fighting heroine. Their story is beautiful and inspiring, and I am glad that their relationship continues ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel is peopled with very endearing characters and moves through an intriguing story line. The four or five sex scenes seem out of place and stilted as if they were just edited in after the book was written. Very odd.
*3.5 STARS*

There were a lot of story lines going on with this one and it made it hard for me to feel like it was focused on one couple. And because of that, I didn't feel like much got resolved. I guess we'll get more of these stories in the next book but the blurb makes it appear that we will be getting new characters introduced as well. I'm just not sure how I feel about that but I really do want to know what's going to happen with Mitch and Megan, Grady and Gen, Zach and possibly Brennan.

I was in the mood for a contemporary romance and since I like firefighters and small town settings, After the Fire fit the bill. While this is a romance, it's not your typical romance. The hero is married, the heroine a widow still working through the death of her husband and the problems they had before he was killed. It's not an easy road before them. The secondary romance is a friends to lovers romance which I enjoy but when the two people are beyond stubborn, it gets to be tiresome.

Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Firefighters are darn amazing.

I liked this book; it's possible that I'll be getting the second book in the series and perhaps reading more by Kathryn Shay if they continue to be as good as this one.

The main reason for this was the rich and interesting characters. They have issues, but most of them are really good people and trying to make things work. Everything they did seem really justified to them and I never found myself super exasperated with their stupidity like another book I recently
Anne - Books of My Heart
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 9kfree, tt, 2015
Thrifty Thursday review at The Book Nympho:

I liked After the Fire but some things didn’t work for me. The setting of a fire department was very well done. The author did extensive research and it shows in the details. The back drop of the story is the work with the fires and rescues that happen. The actual scenes at the fire have some details but there is no resolution as to how or why the fires happened. There is also a joint charity project between the
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
The good parts of this book were very good:

The detail of the job of firefighters. When the book when there is was great. Not too much, not too teachy, rather just the right amount of excitement and danger so that you know you aren't reading a book where the characters aren't artificial flavoring fire-fighers.

The romance between Jenny and Grady was great. It was a pitch perfect friends-to-lovers story, where given their background, you had to wonder why they never tried before. They have been
This was a 'nice' book. Three fire-fighting siblings get caught in a fire and nearly die. They decide that they will use their near-death experience to change their lives. The book then moves forward six months to see what (if anything) they have done.

One brother, the eldest, is in an unhappy marriage with two teenagers who are going off the rails. The sister is twice-divorced and wants a baby. The third sibling is divorced and spent most of his marriage cheating on his wife and generally trying
Theresa Alan
I enjoyed much of this book. This is not a typical romance in which the hero and heroine meet in a cute way early on and then some circumstances keep them apart until the end. This is more complicated because these men and women have histories together from working at the same firehouse and several of the firefighter/paramedics are siblings with messy pasts and presents. There was a major fire that injured several of them and killed some others six months before the story starts. Three of the ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After struggling with having little to no storyline in my last few unfortunate reads, After The Fire almost has too much going on! There were three main romantic type relationships to focus on, as well as the family and co workers. It's a lot to get your head around but it does prove entertaining. I would have liked a little more on Jenny & Grady and maybe a little less Mitch & Meg.
There was so much tragedy for all the characters- was there any one that had not lost a father/spouse or
Kerry  sullivan
This was a free ebook,that I got through I wasn't sure what to expect. What i got was a smart very real story about people who are flawed and whose lives are falling apart. This is the story of how they get their lives back on track or back to where they can like themselves again. The journey was so worth the effort, it left me smiling. My only complaint is that I would have liked more tie up, I shall hope that the next book in the series will give me more. ...more
Black Butterfly
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: action, drama
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
i used to love kathryn shay's stuff - but this book just seemed really disjointed - too much going on, 3 different storylines, not enough romance
Mar 20, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contrmporary-r
Please see Boundless Book Reviews for the review, that will post at a later date.
Free on Amazon as of 11/21/14!
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. This is really three stories in one, each focussing on 3 couples with their own relationship issues. Toss in normal family dramas (one of each couple are siblings) then it makes for a busy book.

At 15% in I could already see where all 3 relationships were going. Mitch is in a failing marriage with two teen kids that he has been ignoring for too long; he meets the new town police detective and his interest there forces him to make some choices - towards the new life he could have (not
Goth Gone Grey
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, fiction
Well researched, but too trauma heavy

The research done on this book was evident before even reading the author's note about it. It's part love note to firefighters and what they do, part family drama. Unfortunately, the second part feels way too extreme; there's not a functional relationship in the bunch.

After a major fire, three sibling firefighters decide to make significant changes in their lives. The guys both have children and strained relationships, and their single sister wants to have a
Marcia  Haskell
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can police and firefighters live lives that are happy and joined with others in positive ways.

I love Kathryn Shay’s writing. This book is about 2 romances that struggle to exist. Both the firefighters and police struggle to cope with the effects of major fires in their town and also with deaths around them. Between PTSD issues, spouses who can’t deal with their professions, children who are acting up because they need more attention and feelings of inability to give a partner what is needed,
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt story of brave firefighters

A large Italian family with big hearts and for 3 of the 5 siblings a dangerous job of being firemen. After a disastrous fire, Mitch, Jenn and Zach decide they need to make changes for the better in their lives. Following along as they work to make adjustments to their love lives and family. The 3 firefighters have a difficult relationship with their other brother and sister (Jenn's twin). Mitch, the oldest, is in a difficult marriage. He wants the best for
I love love how this story was written. I loved that it encompasses multiple people in a beautiful story of family and friends as the work as firemen/fire-women and law enforcement. The Malvaso family suffers a lot through a fire that hits the town hard. As you read the book you see how everyone heals and how they overcome their obstacles.

Mitch tries to fight for what is right in his horrible marriage. We see how he knows what he needs to do and not upset his children. We see how Jenny goes for
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Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first 'romance,' a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists - and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring ...more

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