I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Nazarea Andrews on March 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.
And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…
Fireball is the first book in Nazarea’s new series River Street Bar. Fireball takes place in a small town where everyone has been around each other their entire life. Everyone knows everything and yet Taite and Dempsey still try to keep their attraction for each other a secret. A very bad secret at that.
Taite is the police chief’s daughter and now she is also a cop. But she doesn’t really get the respect she wants because no one really takes her seriously. She’s also a bit of a wild child. The story also gives the impression that Taite is bisexual, it mentions a relationship she had when she was younger but it doesn’t really develop much from there. I am hoping this will be explored in book 2 because I haven’t read many if any stories with characters that are bisexual. In all honesty, Taite was a character that was hard to like, she wasn’t very appealing. I felt like even though I finished the story, I still didn’t find a real reason to like her. She was blunt and had many secrets that I felt the story didn’t give me enough to want to care about her so I think the author will make me love her in the next book.
Dempsey is the captain firefighter and the son of the mayor. He’s definitely sweeter then Taite and I liked him a lot more. But again, like with Taite I felt like there was so much backstory that wasn’t explored so although I liked him I felt like I didn’t really know him. He was sweet, and I felt like he was broken and damaged and Taite wasn’t the best match for him so I wasn’t a huge fan of the relationship at this moment.
Some of my favorite parts of the story were the emphasis of friendship. Taite is best friends with Miguel and Dempsey is best friends with Lola. I especially loved this quote:
I absolutely loved how Nazarea really brought these platonic friendships to the surface because I think that are many books focus on just the relationships and pushes friendships to the side so it was nice to have a book that emphasizes platonic friendships.
Fireball was short but it hooked me enough that I want to read the second book when it comes out. There are a lot of things I hope will be developed later in the series.
(Spoiler & Trigger Warning: rape & child molestation)
I also felt like the story jumped around a lot, I wasn’t sure if I was reading too fast and missed something but I found myself going back to re-read parts to see if perhaps I missed something. (It turns out; I didn’t miss anything the story was jumping around a bit). I also felt like the author didn’t develop a lot of the story like I should’ve already known things so I’m not sure if this is part of a spinoff series because I was given the impression that maybe some of these characters have appeared in the perhaps another one of Nazarea’s series.
Will I continue this series? Probably! As you know, I am terrible at finishing series but I am curious about this series to continue. It left me wondering where this is headed so I will definitely look into the next book. If you love, frienemies small town romance then this is for you, especially if you are looking for something quick to break a reading slump this is for you!