Erryn reviews ‘Love Him Free (On the Market Book 1)’ by E.M. Lindsey. The ebook was published May 31, 2020 and was 269 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick Hudson, released December 5, 2020, and is 8 hrs and 46 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I really enjoyed book 1.
Born and raised in Cherry Creek, Edmund Fitzgerald was the sort of man who tried to find the good in all things. As a natural leader, Fitz reclaimed his trauma after half his body burned in a fire and worked his way up to fire chief at the local department. He had a good home and good friends, even if his romantic life left something to be desired. In spite of his bad luck in love, he managed to keep a cheerful smile on for everyone. At least, until Antoine Tremblay crashed into town.
As the older twin with absent parents and a chip on his shoulder, Antoine and his brother grew up nomadic – the inconvenient offspring of traveling teachers who wanted nothing more than to spend their lives seeing the world. While his friends were dreaming of road trips, Antoine was dreaming of a home to call his own.
Retreating into his consulting career, Antoine dedicates his life to stabilizing small-town economies and doesn’t hesitate to take a job in Cherry Creek – a town that makes it very clear it doesn’t want Antoine there. Before he even crosses the city limits, Antoine is run off the road by a wild goat, and he’s forced to accept a rescue by a wary man who makes it very clear that Antoine’s presence in Cherry Creek is not welcome.
And what’s worse, the ridiculously attractive, absolutely infuriating fire chief seems to be at the center of every single one of his disasters that happens after – and unfortunately there are many. All Antoine wants is to do his job and go home, but Cherry Creek seems to have it in for him, and Edmund Fitzgerald seems thrilled to watch him fall apart. It might be real hatred, or it might just be pigtail pulling, but Antoine isn’t sure which, and he’s not really sure he wants to know. After all, a place like Cherry Creek will never be his home.
Fitz has never found someone worth fighting for, and Antoine has never found a reason to stay, but they know that looking at each other leaves them absolutely breathless. Will that be enough to make a relationship work, or will they decide that their love isn’t worth the fight?
Love Him Breathless is the second book in the series On the Market. It contains no cheating and a happily ever after.
Let me start by saying, anytime an author chooses to name their character with a famous name, I’m left wondering for the entire book whether it was a conscious decision, whether it was an unconscious thing (they heard about the name earlier but it didn’t register), or whether they truly have no clue. Edmund Fitzgerald is the name of a famous ship that went down in a gale in the great lakes over forty years ago. I grew up with the legend (being Canadian and living near the Great Lakes) and there is, of course, the song by Gordon Lightfoot.
Anyway, one of the heroes in this book is named Edmund Fitzgerald so I had the song running through my head. Just one of those things.
I liked Fitz. He had a traumatic injury when he was a teenager and despite the injury, he’s gone on to be Fire Chief in Cherry Creek. Now, I’ve visited Cherry Creek before in book 1 and I loved it. Although I enjoyed this book, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm. I think that’s because of the other character. Oh, I liked Antoine. His backstory was interesting, and his journey to Cherry Creek engaged me. What didn’t I like? My boundaries of credulity were pushed. He just had so many bad things happen to him. Seriously, one of the those ‘if I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all’ people and it became a little much. And, of course, Fitz had to be there every time to save him. The first couple of times it was sweet. By the last time I was rolling my eyes.
Now, I don’t want you to think I didn’t enjoy the book – I did. And I don’t want you to think I won’t pick up every subsequent book – because I will. It’s just in comparison to the first, this one wasn’t quite as good. But you may have a different reaction, so I encourage you to try this story. You might be charmed both by Cherry Creek, it’s inhabitants, and the love story. Finally I’ll mention Nick Hudson who I think did a good job narrating the story. I’m looking forward to more On the Market stories.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
E.M. Lindsey is currently living in the United States. In the very little free time they have, they read, Netflix binges, and writes– in that order. E.M. Lindsey’s works can be found exclusively published on amazon.