The smell snaked through Ella Lansing’s nostrils, registered.
Stark fear speared her brain. Adrenalin rushed. Her muscles clenched and her heart pounded.
Eyes stinging, she jerked upright and stared into the thick smoke-filled darkness. Nostrils burning and lungs screaming, coughs racked Ella’s chest.
Fumbling in the dark, she reached for the bedside lamp and turned the switch. Nothing. She couldn’t see, couldn’t breath. Clawing fear ripped through her.
Don’t panic! Think!
Heart thumping wildly in her aching chest, Ella searched for her cellphone, knocking over an empty glass and scattering a shallow bowl of mints with shaking hands. Pushing a paperback and her reading glasses aside, her hand closed over the familiar metallic square. She flipped open the phone and spoke her sister’s name.
Pick up. Please, pick up.
Gasping, Ella dropped to the floor. If she didn’t get air, she’d pass out.
Praying, Ella crawled for the door. The ringing stopped.
No voice mail, please, God.
“Help,” was all she managed. A spasm of coughing stole her words.
“Ella! What’s wrong?”
“Can’t breath.” She gasped. “Smoke! Fire!”
Reaching the hallway, heat seared Ella’s face, bare arms and legs. Red flames and black smoke whipped wildly in the stairwell. She was trapped. “Fire!”
“The house is on fire?”
Ella closed her eyes against the scorching heat. “Call 911!”
The swirling smoke forced Ella onto her belly. Coughing and choking, she slithered along the polished oak floor.
Ella dragged herself into the bathroom and kicked the door shut with her feet, blocking the fierce heat. The tile floor was cooler, but the small room was filled with smoke.
Acrid air filled her nostrils and lungs. Choking, Ella grabbed at the lip of the claw-footed tub, dropping the cellphone as she climbed inside. Surrounded by smoke and darkness, Ella ran her hand along the smooth edge of the bathtub to the faucets and turned on the cold water, full blast. Grabbing a towel off the rack, Ella soaked the thick material and pulled it over her head.
Huddled in the filling bathtub, Ella breathed through the wet towel and prayed for help. Would she die in her bathtub, alone and trembling in fear? Images of her sister, Kelli and her parents came to mind.
The cold water soaked her sweat shorts and T-shirt. Beyond the bathroom door, the flames crackled and hissed.
Please. Please. I don’t want to die.
The wail of sirens rent the air, the sweet shrill coming closer with each passing second. Ella prayed for the firemen to find her. She yanked off the towel and tried to scream, but her lungs burned.
Shouts, thumps and bangs mingled with the roar of the fire. Glass shattered.
Ella barely heard herself over the din. Footsteps pounded outside the bathroom and the door banged opened. Hot air blasted into the room, stealing her breath.
A fireman stood over her in a swirl of black smoke. Her prayers were answered.
The fireman scooped her into his strong arms and tossed her over his broad shoulder. Tears of joy poured from Ella’s eyes as he carried her down the hallway, away from the flames and the smoke through the window and down a ladder.
Surrounded by flashing lights, Ella was lifted off the fireman’s shoulder. Her savior’s beautiful blue eyes met hers. The lights faded, then darkness.
Description: Firefighter Colin Callahan is having a brush with the supernatural. Not only is a tiny light leading him to female victims trapped in burning houses, he’s having erotic dreams about an angel. Ella Lansing is lying in a coma. She wants to wake up but her spirit is busy acting as a guardian angel. Colin is the only person Ella can touch, her only link to the mortal world and her midnight visits with the hunky firefighter are becoming increasingly more interesting.
To My Readers: I wanted to write a story about an everyday hero confronted with the supernatural. Who makes a better hero than a firefighter? And even a fireman needs an amazing woman to light up his life.
Ella is caught in a fire and the only thing she can think is to pray that she didn’t die. Colin is the firefighter that finds her. Her last thought before she goes into a coma is that she will live and how blue his eyes are. While on duty as a firefighter, Colin enters houses and keeps seeing a shining light that leads him to women who are trapped in the fires. He doesn't know where it is coming from but he learns to trust the light. Meanwhile Ella is in a coma in the hospital but is able to leave her body and travel to Colin. He is the only person who can see her in her out of body state. Can Ella help Colin in ways that no one else can?
Fire Angel starts out hot, both figuratively and literally. Ella has appeared to Colin as a light but when she comes to visit him in her out of body form, he is able to feel her touch and actually see her as she is in her physical state. Ella and Colin have such a touching story of love and friendship. I enjoyed watching Ella and Colin grow as a couple through a very unconventional way. They demonstrated patience and loyalty which made this book such a great one. A highly erotic read, Fire Angel had all the qualities of a perfect story. Drama, suspense, sex and humor were what kept me turning the pages as quickly as I did.
B. J. McCall did a wonderful job writing Fire Angel and I look forward to reading more of her work.I gave this book 5 Stars because it piqued my interest from the very beginning and continued to do so until the very last page. I consider Fire Angel to be a "must" on your to be read list.
~~Val Pearson~~Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"There maybe an angel beside me"
Erotica There may be an angel beside me... An everyday love story that every girl dreams of. A chance meeting with your personal hero, the sexy firefighter that saves you. What is the catch? Your unfortunate coma. It seems that at every fire firefighter Colin Callahan is somehow "led" to the survivors by a mysterious light. Is Colin losing his mind from the stress of the job, or is this fairy light truly leading him to arson victims? Fire Angel becomes a true fairytale for women everywhere, creating a sizzling mix of reality and paranormal fantasy in this sensual story. Ella Lansing is just your average girl; single, alone, and vulnerable. But when Ella gets saved by a firefighter, the connection that she feels survives life, death, and that something in between. Colin Callahan, just a guy doing a job, saving people from fires. However, a series of fires seems to be centered around women; and Colin seems to be just the man to save them. Colin's guiding "light" appears to be leading him through smoke and flame to find the victims within. A light that transfers itself into his every sexual fantasy and dream. But is Colin really dreaming? Is his guiding light really just a figment of his imagination or an angel sent to guide him home? ~~ Reviewed by Heather Lobdell ~ Fresh Fiction