Author: KC Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Art: Cover to Cover Designs
Release Date: August 18, 2017
TBR Link: Goodreads
Cockloft: A firefighter term used as a structural space above ceiling and below rafters, often connecting adjacent occupancies and permitting fire to spread laterally, often unseen.
Gabriel Martinez is the most arrogant and infuriating man I’ve ever met. He has a knee-weakening smirk that makes me want to kiss—no—slap it off his rude, sexy face. Judging by his ego, you’d think the hose in his pants is as big as the one on his fire truck. Not that I know anything about that nor do I want to. Nope, not at all. He’s already been forgotten like last season’s Michael Kors.
CeCe Kensington is as pretentious and spoiled as they come. The ridiculous purses she shoulders around are as big as her attitude. And don’t get me started on her mile-long legs or full, glossy lips that are meant to be wrapped around a guy’s… If she only knew the dirty things I think about doing to that sassy mouth of hers, she’d be hightailing it back to her side of town.
When the beautiful boutique owner and sexy firefighter meet in the most unlikely situation, their two worlds collide, creating an explosion of misperceptions and combustible heat, trapping them in a fire they never saw coming.
4.5 Stars Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
I have to start by mentioning the cover to this wonderful little hot tease of a book. There is nothing better than a fireman whose only half dressed, who could ever complain about that!
Anyway, CeCe Kensington is an interesting character. She’s smart, business savvy and very determined to ensure her father is proud of his princess. Having said that, how does she meet the man of the story? Head down butt up, in her closet looking for her prized procession she can’t leave without. Why would she have to leave, I hear you ask? The fire alarm is going off and there’s a fire on one of the other floors. Poor Gabe Martinez, the hot firemen is sent in to retrieve the missing tenant. Boy, does he get more than he bargained for.
The witty banter between CeCe and Gabe is for me, what makes this book. From the very beginning all they do is argue…well, until the arguing turns into something far more heated.
“A palace for a princess.”
“You don’t know me.”
“True, but I know your type. All you rich, pretentious chicks are the same.”
Cockloft (and I can’t tell you how much I love this title) is an easy read. I practically read it in one sitting, which for me and my busy schedule is next to impossible to achieve. It has the right amount of heat, comedy and angst to move the story on so well you reach the 90% mark and can’t believe you got that far already.
So why doesn’t Cockloft deserve the full 5 stars? Sadly when I started reading, CeCe was portrayed as the spoiled, rich brat who always got what she wanted. Designer handbags and shoes and even a Chihuahua, this reminded me of a 90s film I had seen and for a few pages I just couldn’t shake that feeling. That being said, I took great pleasure in watching CeCe take Gabe down a peg or two when even he initially believed she was nothing more than a pretty Barbie Doll lookalike.
The romance between her and Gabe is slow to burn at the beginning but when it gets going it blew me away. Both of them wear their hearts on their sleeves. This is so evident in certain parts of the book that I couldn’t help but feel what they felt.
“Me, you — this. Can’t you see? It will never work. We’re too different.”
“But we fit, remember? You and me. We fit.”