Their Own Terms by Chelle de Notte

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Hearts on Fire, 5

Things got a bit spicy before they settled down together...

For Tony Escrand, one of the benefits of the FDNY is the number of women who want to be with a firefighter. However, all that goes out the window when he sees Carmen Mitucci again. She’s more beautiful than ever, and he’s learned how to please a woman since he saw her last.

A lifetime after the middle school dance that ended in humiliation for both of them, Carmen is stunned at Tony’s growth from an awkward kid to a confident, well-built man. She didn’t know a lot about boys then, but she knows what she wants now.

As Tony and Carmen put old misunderstandings aside, a new chemistry forms between them. But when events take an unexpected turn, can they trust each other again?


A taxi pulled up to Tony’s summons, and he leaned over to talk to the driver. “Can you take her to… Where do you live, anyway?”

“Kips Bay.”

He reached for his wallet, but she put a hand on his arm to stop him. “I got this, but thank you. Thank you for everything.”

He shrugged with a smile. “It’s all part of the job.”

“Still, you didn’t have to do all that, and—”

“You coming or what?” the cabbie asked impatiently.

“I am. Thanks again.” She lightly squeezed Tony’s arm in a gesture of gratitude and got in the car.

Carmen reflected on her evening on the way home. She still felt like an idiot for losing it in the middle of the show, but it could have gone so much worse if Tony hadn’t been there.

Tony. She couldn’t believe how strong, capable, and caring he’d gotten in the lifetime since she’d seen him last. Before, a person could’ve spontaneously combusted in the middle of the school cafeteria, and he would’ve been too busy joking around with his friends to notice.

He’d also gotten so inconveniently hot since then. The absence of all the heavy gear had given her a better look at him, and touching his arm had been like touching a rock. Sitting that close to him had allowed her to pick up the scent of a fresh body wash or aftershave. And after having his hand in hers, it was hard not to think about what it would be like to have him touching her everywhere.


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Carmen and Tony
Written by Lmdez0820 on 5th Mar 2023

Carmen and Tony went to middle school together. Now years later, they see each other again when she's at a club that catches fire. He's one of the fire fighters that is there battling the blaze. They are attracted to each other and start to spend time together again.

Their Own Terms
Written by Amber J on 5th Mar 2023

Carmen and Tony knew each other when they were in middle school. Now years later they reconnect when he is a firefighter that comes to a club Carmen is at that has a fire. Sparks fly between them, and they start seeing each other. However, when things get complicated is strains their relationship. Can they find their way back to each other? This is a great story that will draw you in. This is a well written and very entertaining story. Its a book that any book lover would enjoy.

Their Own Terms
Written by Stacii on 5th Mar 2023

Tony and Carmen’s story had them dating in junior high but a misunderstanding had them going opposite way but when they see each other years later Mayb they can try again as long as they get through talking of their past

Their Own Terms!
Written by Mary on 5th Mar 2023

This is the fifth story in the "Hearts of Fire" series. There are connected characters but this one can be enjoyed as a stand alone read. The story is about Tony and Carmen. It is a reflection story about how they met, got a second chance and a third chance with a misunderstanding and a scare. The story begins when Carmen and Tony are attending a wedding. Carmen is riding when nostalgia hits and she reflects back on their second chance. He is part of the fire department team that heads to a fire at the Mystique, a club. This is a fairly short and quick read that develops nicely. I like the characters who went to school together and meet again. It is sweet and steamy.

Second chance, slow burn romance
Written by Caroline B on 5th Mar 2023

A fantastic short read. Carmen and Tony meet again a decade after their last date. Will things be different this time? There's laughter, drama, friendship, passion, love and more throughout. Enjoy this short passionate read!

I Enjoyed this book
Written by Danee on 5th Mar 2023

Chelle de Notte is a fairly new author to me and this is my first book I've read by her. I had to get into the story of Carmen and Tony a bit, they've known each other since high school and that didn't work out. Will they meet again years later when Tony saves her club from a fire? I will definitely be reading the other 4 parts of this series.

Second Chance
Written by Maleficent on 5th Mar 2023

Tony and Carmen went to school together but a dance in middle school ends in humiliation for both of them. They do not cross paths again until club Carmen is at catches fire and Tony is one of the firefighters responding to the call. The pair find the attraction is really strong, but then something happens to shake the budding new relationship. Are the doomed to go their separate ways or can they come together?

Tony and Carmen — sweet story
Written by Maggi on 5th Mar 2023

This is my first book by this author and I found it to be entertaining. It’s a quick read. Tony and Carmen went to middle school together and had a very embarrassing experience together at a dance. Now years later, they run into one another when a fire breaks out at a club Carmen is at and Tony’s station responds to the alarm. They reconnect and find an attraction for one another, but a scare of pregnancy comes between them for awhile.

Enjoyed this second chance romance! SO GOOD!
Written by Andrea R on 5th Mar 2023

I really like this book--so much so that I am reading the first 4 books in the series. Such a great story and the second chance romance was so very well written. I have always loved that story line and this one really was so very good,