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Brave the Heat (The McGuire Brothers Book 1) by [Humphreys, Sara]
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Brave the Heat is for you if you like:
* A scorching hot fire fighter struggling with his dark past
* A tough-as-nails heroine determined to protect her family
* A small town ready to ignite
* And a second chance at love that may just save them all

Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin McGuire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.

Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

The McGuire Brothers Series:
Brave the Heat, Book 1
Trouble Walks In, Book 2

Reviewers love Sara Humphreys:
"Sizzling sexual chemistry that is sure to please." --Yankee Romance Reviewers
"Steamy love scenes... intriguing plot... the reader will be entertained." --Fresh Fiction
"Awesome... captivates the reader with action and romance." --Rom Fan Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1625 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Shelley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 August 2016
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My first book by Sara and I have to admit I could not put it down. Loved the storyline, the heartfelt passion between Jordan and Gavin! A must read book:)
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BRAVE THE HEAT is the first installment in Sara Humphreys contemporary adult The McGuire Brothers romance series focusing on the McGuire brothers from the fictional town of Old Brookfield, New England. This is Fire Chief Gavin McGuire, and divorced mother Jordan McKenna’s second chance storyline.

Told from dual third person perspectives BRAVE THE HEAT focuses on the rebuilding of a relationship between Jordan and Gavin-two people whose lives were destroyed fifteen years earlier when Jordan walked away and never looked back. Following her divorce, with her two young daughters in tow, Jordan returns to Old Brookfield and the past that has all but haunted her life. Knowing Gavin is now the Fire Chief wasn’t a surprise, but the pain and hurt in his eyes, was more than Jordan could bear.

Gavin have never stopped loving Jordan McKenna. For fifteen years he has constantly thought about the one that got away; the whys and the what fors; never once coming close to understanding the reasons why Jordan ran without saying goodbye. Jordan’s return to Old Brookfield reawakens lost emotions and needs for Gavin but also for the woman he has never forgotten. But Gavin’s need to pursue Jordan will be placed on hold when an arsonist puts a plan into action forcing Gavin to walk away when yet, another loss, adds to Gavin’s already heightened sense of guilt and betrayal.

The relationship between Gavin and Jordan has already been established; BRAVE THE HEAT is a second chance romance for two people whose lives changed the day Jordan ran and never looked back. In fifteen years neither one took the opportunity to contact one another or rekindle the friendship, and it is the loss of time that hurts the most. The romance is seductive without the over the top graphic sexual content.
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By BK Baines TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 January 2017
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I've read nearly all of this authors Paranormal/shifters series and I love her work so I thought why not try her new series and I wasn't disappointed! First let me say it was a great length, not to short!!!!
I don't mind a 2nd chance love story and Gavin and Jordan reconnecting was so sweet.
Gavin was pretty much perfect! I've heard the author say she doesn't like jerky H's and for this I am truly thankful!!!! He really was amazing and thoughtful and so very devoted to Jordan.
Jordan was great also, loved her character and her daughters.
The story was well paced and developed, though on occasion it did feel a little predictable, especially on who the person responsible for all the drama/fires. Not bad necessarily, just no big surprises.
Really enjoyed all the secondary characters, Gavin's parents and especially Gavin's brothers, and am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Fire Chief Gavin McGuire’s feelings for Jordan is just as raw as the day she left but when a series of suspicious fires breaks out he realizes that the sparks between them is the least dangerous of his problems in this sensational contemporary romance. I love Sara Humphrey’s paranormal books so I was excited to try her new contemporary and I have to say that she did a sensational job. The story is compelling with wonderful characters and I can’t wait to get to know the rest of the McGuire Brothers and if they are as sexy as Gavin, I will be able to add them all to my collection of hot book boyfriends.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Chance Romance, Loved it!!! 21 September 2015
By Shari B - Published on
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A second chance love story between Jordan, a divorced mother of the cutest two little girls and Gavin McGuire, Fire Chief of Old Brookfield. Jordan returns home, after being away for fifteen years to start a new life for her and her daughters. Gavin was Jordan's first love that ended with a misunderstanding. Can Jordan and Gavin just remain friends or will it lead it to more, even though there is a strong sexual chemistry between them. Add in the element of an arsonist, setting fires in the town, makes for this book to be a page turner.

A great cast of characters. Loved Gavin, so strong and feels responsible for so much. Always the big brother. Jordan, had a terrible childhood from her father and them marries an abusive man, now she wants so much for her daughters. Gavin's parents are such a hoot, so happy to see a happy couple still so much in love after forty years. I can't wait to read more of the McGuire brother's stories.

This is my first Sara Humphrey book, and I've waited for it since last spring. It was well worth the wait. I highly recommend this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice start to a series 7 September 2015
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Pricey for me but I enjoyed it. Jordan is a beautiful young woman with a lot going for her now that she's out of a bad marriage. She is the loving and devoted mother to two adorable little girls, has a bit of money from her divorce settlement, has a good friend who always has her back, and she has a hometown to return to that gives her a base. Gavin, the hero, is the well-respected Fire Chief of that hometown. He comes complete with good looks, a wonderfully tight-knit family and a group of firefighters that he is committed to. Jordan returns to Old Brookfield to start fresh and to be closer to her parents while putting distance between her ex and her daughters. Jordan and Gavin have a history from 15-years ago so when they run into each other at the elementary school right after Jordan's return, there are some bad feelings that have them dancing around one another. The author nicely tells their story which allows half-truths to be discovered and corrected and ultimately J and G agree that they can't go back but they can move forward. They do so at a nice pace while backstories are built around Jordan's forgiving of her Dad's past hurts, a serial arsonist in town who costs a life or two, and Jordan finding her new place as an independent, single Mom.

A big plus for me is the careful way that the author rebuilt Jordan's relationship and trust with Gavin. They were young when they were initially involved but they cared deeply for one another. There are only a couple of love scenes but they have a very, very nice level of heat and are well written. I also appreciated the family dynamics, especially at Gavin's parents' anniversary celebration. That had fun written all over it. Grace and Lilly were total cuteness and the author painted them well, as she did most of the characters. The book is well edited and has a good pace. I didn't love the angsty moments that Gavin had towards the end. He's a strong guy and for a few pages, he was a shell of himself. I "get" that one event shook him deeply but he's a tough guy with a stellar support system so his total withdrawal was out of character. Also, there were a couple of characters that seemed to abruptly get lost in the book...lost as in not heard from again rather than dead.

Definitely worth the read and I look forward to the Ronan's story up next (I think.) Note that on my ereader, this story ends on page 318 so while the book is 348-pages long the final 30-pages are other "stuff".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great second-chance romance! 7 October 2016
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A second chance love story

Jordan and Gavin was very much in love at eighteen until Jordan just left one day. And because of miscommunication and lies they have been living their lives apart for 15years. But now Jordan has come back to her hometown with her two little girls. Hoping she can make a better life for them. Seeing Gavin again after all these years, she is confronted with lots of feelings, especially whether she made the right choice all those years ago.

Gavin has never forgotten Jordan. She broke his heart, and now suddenly she’s back in their home town. With her two adorable little girls. And once he finds out that she’s divorced, he sees it as the opportunity to maybe have another chance at the future he always wanted.

But things are not so easy. There is an arsonist in their midst, and Gavin must put a stop to it before another tragedy strikes their town. He also has his own demons that still haunts him from a different fire when he was young, one that he blames himself for.

I really enjoyed this book. Second chance romances are not my favorite trope, but I did enjoy this one. We all make mistakes, and most of the time it’s very difficult to fix those mistakes, or to get another chance at what you really wanted. And I must say I was very happy that Gavin and Jordan got another chance at their HEA. Both of them haven’t had easy lives, and Jordan especially had a rough childhood, which was the reason why she left all those years ago. And seeing her and Gavin face their demons and overcoming their fears was wonderful.

The plot with the arsonist was interesting, and I was very happy that I was correct in my suspicions about who the culprit was. There was also some sadness when someone died, which was very heartbreaking.

Sara Humpreys is known to me because of her PNR novels, which I love, and I was very happy that I liked her contemporary work too. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! A fantastic second chance story that has ... 10 May 2016
By Bette Hansen - Published on
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Loved it! A fantastic second chance story that has the town fire chief Gavin McGuire reunited with his teenage sweetheart when she returns to Old Brookfield to get a fresh start after a bad marriage and hopefully repair her strained relationship with her dying father before it's too late. What wasn't in the plan was reuniting with Gavin but just once chance meeting let's them both know that the past needs to be dealt with and the attraction between them is as fierce as ever.

A great read with some remarkable characters. Anxiously waiting for the next in the series. I highly recommend this one.
3.0 out of 5 stars Heat 10 March 2017
By 2kasmom - Published on
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Gavin has not been pining for Jordan this whole time. Or has he? When she returns to their hometown, he finds he has never stopped loving her.

Jordan has had so much happen to her in life. Now, she must protect her children from harm. Going home is all she knows to do. Only home is where a fire bug is getting more excited.

Great start to the McGuire Brothers series. There is a ton going on, great humor, and a sincere love story woven through it all. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

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