Trauma Alert (Bold Strokes Books) is the first in Radclyffeʼs new series, “First Responders.” Dr. Ali Torveau is a trauma doctor in a Philadelphia hospital, while Beau Cross is a firefighter and first responder with the Fire Department. When the two meet for the first time, sparks fly.

Ali, however, senses danger and vows to stay away from the overtly sexy firefighter. Beauʼs partner bets her that she wonʼt be able to even get a date with the beautiful doctor. Beau accepts the bet rather than let Bobby know how much the doctor has gotten under skin. Beau cockily tells Ali that they wonʼt have sex until after the sixth date, which is fine with Ali since she has no intention of dating the firefighter even once.

Such is the attraction between the two women that Ali could “sense [Beauʼs] presence like a heat signature flaring against a backdrop of shadows.” Try as she might, Ali canʼt ignore Beau and her own growing attraction and need for the other woman.

The dance between them continues until Ali is wounded by a gunman hunting for his wife in the ER. Beau stays with the doctor that night and Ali lets down her guard. Eventually, Ali realizes sheʼs falling in love with Beau and backs away. Beau is devastated, but understands that she canʼt force Ali to love her back. When Beauʼs life is at risk in a hostage situation, Ali realizes how stupid sheʼs been to deny the love she feels for the first responder. She only hopes itʼs not too late.

Readers are going to love this series if the rest of it is like Trauma Alert. This book is hard to put down and it will sizzle in the readerʼs hands. The characters are hot, the sex scenes explicit and explosive, and the book is moved along by an interesting plot with well drawn secondary characters. The real star of this show is the attraction between the two characters, both of whom resist and then fall head over heels.
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Trauma Alert
By Radclyffe
Bold Strokes Books
Paperback, 9781602821576, 264pp.
July 2010



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