3 out of 5 Stars
Parker Wilson and his buddies, all three former Rangers, own a dating service, helping men plan the perfect date. Against their better judgment, they take a client named Phil who wants them to plan an evening for Phil to propose to his girlfriend Lynn. But Phil doesn’t know the first thing about Lynn that would help the guys out, so they need to do a little recon. When Parker follows Lynn into a yoga class, the attraction is instantaneous. Too bad Parker can’t make a move on her since he’s working for her boyfriend.
Lynn Davidson is bored with her boyfriend Phil after five months of lackluster dates. She’s all ready to throw in the towel anyway, so when she finds out Phil’s been cheating on her she doesn’t care much. She breaks up with Phil, and when Parker and his partner, Dean, hear that while following her to a bar, they realize they are now free to make a move on her—both of them.
But Parker wants more from Lynn than just one night that includes his best friend. Parker and Lynn begin a serious relationship, even though Phil hasn’t given up on winning Lynn back. When Phil gets desperate, Lynn has to go along with his plan in order to save the guys’ business. Parker, Dean, and their other partner Jack need to get to Lynn when they realize she’s been taken against her will.
All Fired Up includes a hot, sexy hero and a strong heroine, and the book is well written. That’s about all I enjoyed from it. Up until the end, Lynn made decisions that put herself first. I liked that she didn’t waver under pressure from Phil to take him back.
Other than that, there was a lot of cliché. Parker lies by omission to Lynn. Then he takes his best friend’s bad advice and doesn’t tell her the truth. Lynn finds out the truth from her ex, causing a rift between her and Parker, which of course is when Phil swoops in.
The threesome near the beginning of the story, in my opinion, was just gratuitous sex. There was no reason for it. Parker had already made it clear he was interested in Lynn, but he had no problem sharing her with Dean for a night. I didn’t see how that advanced the plot in any way.
And one of my biggest pet peeves … All Fired Up was told in first person point of view, switching between Parker and Lynn, with random points of view thrown in just to get the reader interested in the other books in the series. We heard from Dean about his one night stand, Pepper (Parker’s sister) about her trip home, and Jack about another job he was working on since he had no part in the job for Phil. None of these had anything to do with the plot of the story. The authors should have stuck with Parker and Lynn’s points of view and let them observe what was happening with the other characters.
Since the writing was good and I enjoyed most of the main plot, I gave this book three stars.