Title: Teased by Fire
Author: Molly O’Hare
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Where I got it: ARC
Olive has always been content living an anti-social existence while letting the characters she writes about fulfill her wild side. She’s worked hard to achieve a zero human interaction life. However, that came to an end when out of nowhere her best friend announced she’s moving out, and her brother was moving in. Not only does Olive now have to deal with the guy that has teased her their whole life, but he also came with a cat the size of a human child.
Hank’s had a thing for Olive for as long as he could remember. When he realized she needed a roommate, he jumped at the chance. Why wouldn’t he when annoying Olive had always been his favorite pastime? Then one day when Hank let his curiosity get the better of him, he discovered Olive had a whole other side of her she kept hidden away.
Now, all Hank had to do was convince Olive life was a heck of a lot more fun when you add some fire to it. Honestly, what could possibly go wrong?
First, I apologize for missing the original publication of this. I had it down on the wrong date, but I read it, and now I’m posting – very late:(
I’m a sucker for sister/brother’s best friend romance novels, so when I read the summary for this one, I was all in. The book was good, but not great.
Olive Quinn is a loner. She stays holed up in her apartment writing and doesn’t really like human interaction. So when her best friend announces she’s moving across the country and that her brother is moving in to help with the rent, Olive is pissed. Hank, the brother, has been giving Olive a hard time forever. What Olive doesn’t realize, though, is Hank has had it bad for her for a long time.
Hank is a firefighter. This part of the story is under utilized. We don’t spend a lot of time in the firehouse, but we get to know some of his buddies but not a lot of “fire action”, which was a bummer. Hank is also known for being late, because he loses things – keys, phone, wallet.
One of the funnier storylines in this book revolves around Hank’s cat, Dog. Olive and Dog don’t have a great relationship from the start, and she’s kind of afraid of Dog. It’s really funny.
About the characters – I loved Hank. He was so sweet to Olive. Yes, in the beginning, he played pranks on her, but that made him endearing. Olive was pretty uptight throughout most of the book. She had a rough childhood, where she wasn’t really loved and nurtured by her parents, and it made her believe love didn’t exist.
This book was told in the third person – hearing this story from Olive’s first person point of view could have changed the whole tone of the story. When you’re reading in that person, it’s harder to connect with the characters.
The story itself was good – I enjoyed it and would recommend. If there is another book in the series, I am likely to read it.