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Publisher Description

If you’ve followed Kathryn Shay’s firefighters, then you’ll love the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author’s O’Neil books. TAKING THE HEAT will grab your attention because it takes place in the world of firefighting and firefighter romances.

“Shay writes an emotion-packed story that presents a realistic view of the romantic and social problems faced by female firefighters. With angst and some hot sex, this dramatic tale also has a nice touch of humor.” RT Book Reviews

Liam O’Neil, chef at Bailey’s Irish pub, simply wants to make it through the day. His son is depressed, his beloved wife died three years ago and he’s lonely! Enter, Sophie Tyler, a firefighter who lives on the edge and likes it that way. Clearly, she’s not Liam’s type. But when she begins work at the family pub, opposites attract and they’re drawn to each other. Then they fall in love. Still, nothing can erase the biting fear Liam—and his kids—feel about the danger Sophie is in every day. Eventually, an arsonist upsets the delicate balance of their relationship and they realize they can’t be together. Or can they?


“This is an enjoyable second chance at love romantic suspense thriller. The storyline is action-packed in terms of the arsonist subplot and filled with angst re the relationship between Liam and Sophie. Although TAKING THE HEAT stands alone, with the O'Neil family playing major roles, reading the previous tales enhances the experience. Once again Kathryn Shay pays homage to the brave firefighters.” Harriet Klausner

“TAKING THE HEAT is an emotional roller coaster ride that hits so many real life issues facing career women in today's world. As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.” Joyfully Reviewed

Also available: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN, CLOSE TO YOU, HIGH STAKES and ALWAYS AND FOREVER, contemporary romances with hot heroes and the strong women who love them. Don’t miss these Irish romance series of novels.

October 3
Ocean View Books
Mary C. Schaefer

Customer Reviews

sbsbrinson ,

Real life decisions and real life love!

Loved this book even though there were a lot of ups and downs. It gives a look at the impact and struggle for families of first responders.

Pins4 ,

Taking the Heat

Loved the book. The family close ties and the love all around. It takes you inside the lives of firefighters and what it’s really like.

straighttalker198 ,


There was no bad guy in the book. The only threat was an arsonist who was never caught. The ending was abrupt and anticlimactic! The guy didn’t apologize for being stubborn headed, which is what caused their break up. The girls career was in question when the book ended. So many loose ends and unanswered questions after I finished this book! The author literally wrote the reunion of the couple in the last page of the book.

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