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Love is overrated, and I have the third-degree relationship burns to prove it, courtesy of my ex. I’m done with romance.

Then I meet the world’s funniest, sexiest lady firefighter and all my “staying single” plans go up in smoke.

The problem? Faith’s even more gun shy when it comes to love than I am.

But I have a plan. First, I’ll prove to Faith that she can trust me with her heart. Next, I’ll keep showing up until she believes it.

In just a few weeks, we’re both falling hard, and I’m positive I’ve found the woman I've been waiting for.

Then, my past comes back to haunt me in a way I never imagined possible, putting my future at risk. But I'm not about to give up on forever with Faith, not without one hell of a fight.

©2021 Lili Valente (P)2021 Lili Valente

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The narrators on this story were horrible. I’m sure I would have loved the story I just couldn’t stand the narrating.

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Loving this series!

Mick can’t seem to get past the tomboy at the firehouse…so he persists in getting a date. Faith did not have the greatest of childhoods, with a single mother who was always looking for Mr. Right to save her, and she’s vowed to be independent! Faith is attracted to Mick but scared to let her guard down. This cute story details how Mick changed Faith’s mind.

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I'm so in love with Mick!

Feels good to be back in Bliss River! Mick and Faith shared a kiss at a party. Mick loved it, but it scared the crap out of Faith. Having seen the heartbreak side of love, Faith wanted no parts of it. Sure, she noticed how hot Mick was when she'd see him around time, but she was busy working as the town's lone firewoman. Mick has always liked Faith, but he's had a bit of love gone bad in his past, and he's in no rush to start falling in love. Mick coaxes Faith to go on a date with him, and although they had a great time, Faith was still a little skiddish. Mick won't be deterred, and slowly, Faith comes around...a bit.

Things seem to be going fine between Mick and Faith. Both are taking their time getting to know each other. When events from both their pasts come back to the present, possibly stalling...or ending their budding relationship. The supporting characters (main characters in previous books) play such a vital part in all these stories, you really get to know them, and I love that.

I really love this series. Who doesn't like small time love? Usually me, but Lili has won me over with several of her small town series. They seem like such wonderful places I'd love to visit with some girlfriends.

Lili is joined by Teddy Hamilton as narrators, and they are wonderful!

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Small-town slow burn

Mick and Faith are a slow burn that is worth the wait! I knew from All Fired Up that there was a connection there and I would love their story.

Faith is a strong, independence female in a male-dominated industry. She doesn't want or need a relationship BUT she can't stop thinking about that kiss with Mick.

Mick was burned by a bad relationship but that kiss isn't far from his mind either. Mick and Faith are drawn to each other and can't stay away. He is so sweet and wants to take care of her (even though she doesn't need it). He's her rock when they need it the most. There is balance in their relationship and they help hold each other up and make each other stronger.

Teddy's voice was perfect for Mick and Lili's smooth tone fit Faith to a t. Both narrators gave wonderful performances!

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Enjoyed

I always look forward to reading a story by Lili. She has a nice easy flow to her writing style. Teddy and Lili were perfect as the co-narrators. Love to see the journey of Mick and Faith along the way as they begin a freindship. Fun to see more of the side characters. Looking forward to the next one.

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It was alright

This book caught my interest right off the bat (it was Mick’s inner monologue about his crush, not gonna lie), but it very quickly fell flat. Some mild spoilers ahead, so be warned.

The pacing of this book felt way off to me. It was entirely too fast. They have one kiss, they’re both anti-relationship, and then like 6 weeks later they’re planning a trip for their eventual one-year anniversary? I’m usually a sucker for a good insta-love, but I don’t think this book was even trying to go that route. There was just no build-up, no tension, nothing that made me root for them, even though I liked Mick quite a bit. Their emotional baggage didn’t really seem believable, and the whole addition of the pregnant ex (who is portrayed as absolutely nuts) who tries to trap him into being a family only to throw herself down the stairs so the baby “is born at the right time” was OTT in the worst way. I made myself finish this book because I paid $7.49 for it.

I will say though, Teddy is a dream as always, and I do really like Lili as both an author (Masquerading with the Master & Good With His Hands) & narrator. This just wasn’t the story for me.

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Makes your heart jump with joy!

Catching Fire is a fun-loving, feel-good small town romance that makes your heart jump with joy, gets your cheeks flushed with all that sexy hot tensioned sizzle and keeps you in momentary suspense with some drama.

Lili Valente has a way of keeping her listeners/readers engaged. Her stories just flow so easily, make you swoon and leave you with a full heart at the end.

Faith and Mick have known each other since they were kids. Faith is the only female firefighter in Bliss River. I admire her for being all tough, looking after herself and not shy of saying what she thinks. Mick is the younger brother of Naomi and Maddie and the small-town Fixer Upper. Faith & Mick shared a kiss at the charity event which is still stuck in their heads. Even though they are trying to distract themselves with other dates, they can´t stop thinking about each other. Yet, they do not want anything serious because between them they have their fair share of trust issues and unstable, unhealthy relationships. Although trying to go down the road of friendship, it soon becomes pretty obvious that it´s sparks-city between them and they are catching fire. Seemingly heading towards happy bliss Mick’s past is coming back to haunt him and may destroy everything.

I loved that Lili and Teddy kept the same tone of voice for these characters they displayed in All Fired up (Book 1). The chemistry and passion they put into them just make you swoon. I mentioned this before but Lili also narrating her own books makes you think she is that character in the book and whoa her male voice gave me goosebumps. I think one of my favourite Teddy scenes, apart from him being all kinds of sweet and making you weak in the knees with all that swoon, is when he was telling his sisters to stay out of his business. Such a delightful aural treat!

You just know from the glimpse we got into Maddie & Jameson´s story that the next one in this series is going to be a steamy one. Can´t wait for Playing with Fire.

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Love Lili Valente

Book two of Lili Valente’s Hometown Heat series is as good as I expected it to be. A touch of angst, and a whole lot of sizzle! The sweet and sensual voice of Lili Valente blended with the smooth sexy voice of Teddy Hamilton added to the spice of this story. Looking forward to Book 3 in this series!!!

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Lili and Teddy were perfect as Faith and Mick

Another fantastic addition to the Bliss River world. Catching Fire is the second book in Lili Valente’s Hometown Heat series and it was everything I expected Mick Whitehouse to be. I loved him so much. He was such an amazing character who was always willing to help. He was patient and honest and those were qualities that Faith needed in order to expose her own vulnerability. Faith Miller, the only female firefighter in Bliss River who grew up around her guy cousins, was tough. She grew up skeptical of love as she has seen the idea of it destroy her mother over and over. Faith didn’t want to let love destroy her as well and for the most part, she had been able to avoid it - until Mick Whitehouse. Mick and Faith didn’t stand a chance. The chemistry between the two was magnetic. I truly enjoyed seeing their friendship grow and eventually bloom into so much more than they expected. Mick and Faith had something special and the honesty and communication between the two (even when difficult) was really important. The two of them were so skeptical about love and relationships due to bad experiences, but in the end they couldn’t stand in their own way, especially with the meddling of their friends and families. This is one of those books that I both read and listened. While I enjoyed doing both, let me tell you that listening to Lili Valente and Teddy Hamilton as Faith and Mick is a whole different experience. I have listened to Lili and Teddy narrate countless of times and I am so floored by their talent to be able to always bring a unique voice and personality to their characters. You truly forget you are listening to either of them and truly become consumed by them as the characters they are playing. For me, that’s the best part about listening to them narrate. I cannot wait for Lili to bring us back to Bliss River, because I know the next one is going to be HOT. This is a small town that does not lack in steaminess, chemistry, and passion.

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Loved Faith and Mick

Book 2 in the Hometown Heat series. This was previously released as To Tame a Wild Fireman but has been rewritten and revised. I never had the luxury of reading the previous story so when I was coming at this story with fresh eyes and let me just say, I loved it. You are taken back to Bliss River where you meet Faith and Mick. They have known each other for a long time and have been friends but neither can stop thinking about one kiss that they shared. The chemistry and attraction between them was so intense but they were friends and didn’t want a relationship thanks to past issues with others. However, feelings like they shared could and would not be denied. Lili has created a wonderful world that will pull you in and have you rooting for the couples to have the perfect HEA. Teddy and Lili did an excellent job breathing life into Mick and Faith. Love every title that they narrate. They never disappoint and didn't with this story. Great listen. Highly recommend.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
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Love ❤️ it 💖

I definitely love this series and these amazing characters. I truly love their stories and I can’t wait for more. You really can’t get enough of them. Perfect ❤️😝💖💜❤️