Four years ago, a tragic accident not only changed Tess Bowen’s life but her daughter’s. She often wondered if she had the strength to deal with the curveball life had thrown her way. Now with a job as a nurse and a thriving daughter, those earlier worries were pushed aside—Tess finally felt her life was back on track.

Dirk Minton always knew he would be a soldier. No job or career called to him like the military. He had planned to be a lifer. Instead, as a Master Sergeant, he was faced with the obstacles an injury presented and a looming medical discharge.

Fueled by anger, Dirt felt lost and left without a purpose in life. Until an encounter with a little girl and her reminder that even battle scarred didn’t take away a soldier’s worth.

Abby Drake is starting to feel as if she’s being chased by fire. So far, she has been able to stay ahead of the flames but worries one day, they might just catch up to her. She can already feel the heat, or maybe the sexy fireman she keeps encountering is the reason for it.

All Abby knows is, either way, she could end up getting burned.

Cian O’Shea is a third-generation firefighter. He has never shied away from heat—whether it has to do with his job or personal life. However, he refuses to feel guilty about still being single instead of married and giving his parents the grandchildren, which frequently gets mentioned to whoever will listen.

The only consolation is he isn’t alone in his parents’ quest to populate the South Side of Chicago. Cian’s three brothers and four cousins are also on the receiving end of the same speech. Though he would never admit to it – he looks forward to seeing who folds first under pressure. He only knows it won’t be him.