Margo Maguire


avon, Bring a Friend Friday, Food, Love

My guest today is author Jennifer Bernard, who writes for Avon and Avon Impulse, and she’s got a sizzling Fireman series going on these days. Here’s the blurb to her latest book…

There’s a hardnosed new training officer in town, and that’s bad news for the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel…

 But GREAT news for firefighter Sabina Jones…maybe.

The toughest captain on the East Coast, single father Rick Roman has come thousands of miles to San Gabriel to put an end to the “Bachelor Firemen” media hype. But when a stunning woman he nearly hooked up with in Reno turns out to be a firefighter from his new station, Roman realizes it’s going to be tough keeping the tabloids at bay.

But there’s even more Sabina isn’t telling him. Before dedicating her life to battling blazes, Sabina led a very different life, one that made her famous. The last thing she wants is to have her secret exposed. The papers, bloggers, and TV gossips will have a field day with that—especially when they sense the obvious sexual heat between Sabina and Chief Roman, who’s torn between firing her…and falling in love with her!

Thanks so much to the Jaunties for inviting me to Bring a Friend Friday! My topic today is very close to my heart: Men Who Cook. On our first date, my future-husband cooked for me. He brought over a salmon he had caught that very day and cleaned it in the backyard. Then he covered the filets with a crust of pine nuts, salt and oregano and fried them in olive oil.

Is it any surprise I was a goner?

But if I thought I was in for a lovely life of delicious meals cooked nightly for me by my wonderful new husband, I was a little off. I do most of the
cooking, though he still handles the salmon. I’m not complaining, just explaining why the hero of my latest book, SEX AND THE SINGLE FIREMAN, loves to cook. If I can’t live it, I’ll write about it! Rick Roman is a big, tall, strong, powerful, commanding alpha-type Battalion Chief from Brooklyn, New York, and he knows his way around a veal piccatta. Is it a stretch to think he knows his way around other activities pleasing to the senses? Absolutely not.

Is it a stretch that a fire chief would be an expert cook? Definitely not! Firefighters rotate cooking duties at the firehouse. The meals I’ve eaten at firehouses aren’t always high-end gourmet, but they’re tasty and filling and usually cooked from scratch. When researching this book, I hunted around online and found some fantastic firehouse cookbooks. These guys really know what they’re talking about! They’re used to cooking for big groups and satisfying the appetites of active men and women. And when the cookbook cover looks like this, how can you complain?
Scanning the various cookbooks, firefighters like meat, they like things spicy, they like primal pleasures like Buffalo wings and pecan pie. But that’s not always the case. A firefighter in Austin, Texas put his entire firehouse on a vegan weight-loss, health-improvement plan and wrote a book about it. The Engine 2 diet would please the most demanding health nut.

But my hero, Chief Roman, is no health nut. He’s more of a sensualist — a lover of Greek olives, a seeker of fresh-baked baguettes, a passionate advocate of the arrabbiata sauce. A single father, he does all the cooking for his thirteen-year old son. He eventually wins the heart of Sabina Jones with, among other things, mushrooms sautéed in butter, folded into a perfect omelet, accompanied by Italian roast coffee and actual cream.

In fact – and I just realized this – in each of the books in the Bachelor Fireman of San Gabriel series so far, the hero at some point cooks a meal for
the heroine. So is there a little wish fulfillment going on here? Do I miss the magic of that first date with my husband? Okay, maybe a little, but the truth is, there’s nothing sexier to me than a guy who knows his way around a kitchen. A big, strong guy bending over a sauté pan on a hot stove? A hunky man presenting you with a delicious dish he concocted just for you?

Now that’s hot.

So… does your significant other like to cook? What’s his specialty? Leave me a comment and I’ll enter you to win a copy of HOT FOR FIREMAN (book 2), in which Ryan Blake cooks his special Thai Chicken Curry dish!

And if that’s not enough… How would you like a fireman from your hometown to appear in the next fireman book, HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN? All you have to do is like my Facebook page or sign up for my newsletter to enter.


41 thoughts on “Please Welcome Avon Author Jennifer Bernard

  1. Laurie G says:

    My husband does like to cook. He makes a lot of dishes with pork like: pork with peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes, breaded pork chops and pork stew.

    I work as a cashier across the street from a fire station. The guys here make a lot of dinners with pasta, hamburger meat and vegetables.

    1. Hi Laurie – You’re a lucky woman! It sounds like your husband has some skill in the kitchen. I’m a little bit jealous. 😆

  2. Connie Fischer says:

    Hi, Margo!

    I am so happy to say that my husband loves to cook. This began when we lived in Paris. We lived across the street from his office and he had an hour off for lunch. (I worked at the American Embassy a Metro ride away.) He would go to the open market and check out the fresh fish and meats (and boy are they fresh there!). Then, he would buy what looked good, drop it at our apartment and he would cook it for dinner. i would prepare the sides. To this day, he still prepares the fish or meat. It’s hard to choose a best dish, but I think it would be his sauteed salmon. It is lightly crispy on top and rare and very moist inside. Absolutely delicious!

    While I have not had many dealings with firemen, we did have an electrical fire in our dryer in our apartment in Paris. The Pompiers are so cute with their hats and the points on the top.

    My daughter is married to a police captain who looks absolutely gorgeous in his uniform. We love to see some stories about policemen! They’re hunky too! 🙂

  3. Maria P says:

    My hubby, Rich, really likes to cook. He lived by himself for a while, so he didn’t have much choice. He actually does more of the cooking than I do! We have a very small kitchen, so it’s close quarters when we’re both in there, but that’s when I am the happiest, and the results are absolutely delicious food! I think that cooking together is sexy!

    1. Hi Maria – I LOVE cooking together with my husband! It’s one of my favorite things. That might be even more fun than when he cooks for me, come to think of it.

  4. Sandi in OH says:

    My husband cooks when we are grilling. I will do the side dishes. Yesterday we baked cookies together.

  5. Rebe says:

    My husband can cook spaghetti, ravioli, and toast. Oh, and Ramen noodles. He’s quite the chef, lol! Fortunately he’s also good at dialing for takeout.

    1. 😆 Rebe! I’m a big fan of takeout too, so I would have no complaints about that. Although I kind of like Ramen, so that works too. 😉

  6. Liz says:

    Absolutely. I don’t think that, for the first year of our marriage, until his work schedule changed, he had a clue I could do more than boil water.

  7. Welcome, Jennifer! So happy to have you here!
    My lovely hubby is absolutely no good in the kitchen – but only because he has no interest whatsoever. When we entertain, he will follow instructions. When I cook a great meal, he is extremely appreciative. But when he has to make his own – it’s either PB&J or a tuna sandwich.

    1. Hi Margo – Thanks so much for having me! A man who follows instructions? I think you won the lottery! 🙂

  8. Jennifer, my God! How did you get that picture of McIrish and me for your cover? I thought we had the only copy…yes, he’s a wonderful cook! Thank heavens, too, because I’m basic at best. Great to have you here, love your books, recommend you ALL THE TIME!

    1. Kristan Higgins! You know what a massive fan I am, so thanks so much for the compliment. And you know, Avon didn’t blink an eye when I said I wanted a photo of you and McIrish on my cover. So glad you’re okay with it. 😉

  9. CrystalGB says:

    I love the cover to your book. Firemen are so sexy.
    My husband likes to cook. He makes awesome ribs and bbq pork. I love it when he helps with making our meals.

    1. Hi Crystal! Thanks so much, I love that cover too! There’s nothing like a sexy fireman, IMHO. Unless it’s a man who cooks awesome ribs. 😉

    2. Hi Crystal – You are my randomly chosen winner! Email me at so I can send you a signed copy of HOT FOR FIREMAN. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  10. Shana Shana says:

    Welcome back, Jennifer! My husband does like to cook. he even tries to cook vegetarian things for me. In fact, it’s his night to cook tonight. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with!

    1. Hi again, Shana! It’s fun to be back. Your husband sounds so sweet! I hope he makes you something fabulous tonight.

  11. catslady says:

    My husband does not cook at all. When first married he would at least put the meat on the grill but that didn’t last very long. Thank goodness I at least like cooking.

  12. I usually cook at home, but my husband is a good cook and has gotten back in the habit since I broke my right shoulder. My favorites are his grilled salmon and his from-scratch chili!

    1. Hi Lynn! I hope your shoulder heals quickly, and that there’s lots of delicious grilled salmon in it for you. I’m glad he’s taking such good care of you.

  13. Terri Brisbin says:

    Jennifer – welcome to the Jaunty Quills – thanks for visiting with us!

    Oh gosh, I love the cover of your book! Gorgeous!

    Cooking is about the only thing around the house that my hubby doesn’t do – so I can forgive him for that deficiency – LOL! In an emergency, he’s heated things up for me…but not cooking from scratch.

    1. Hi Terri – It’s a pleasure to be here! I love this blog. And thanks for the kind words about the cover, I’m pretty crazy about it myself. 🙂

  14. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


    My husband is not a very good cook. I can’t hold it against him because I’m not very good either.

    I’d love to have a spouse who loved to cook (and was good at it) but alas, not enough to give up my hubby. lol

  15. Hey Jennifer! My latest book is also about a woman firefighter!! I know firefighters can cook because a friend’s husband was an excellent cook when he was a firefighter. Hey, those people deserve great food for all their hard work. 🙂

    My own hubby is a very good cook too – probably better than me, but I won’t be telling him that. 😈

    Well, nice meeting you.

    1. Hi Sharon – I’m going to look up your woman firefighter book right now! They’re fun to write, don’t you think? Very nice to meet you too!

      1. Thanks, Jennifer – if you read Sparks I hope you’ll enjoy it. I had a great time writing that book with a woman firefighter. 🙂

  16. Hi Jennifer!
    Roman being a take charge kind of guy in the kitchen is definitely one of his greatest charms. My hubby does cook – not as often as he did when we were dating and when we first got married but he loves to cook so he actually volunteers. When we first were dating, he cooked for me every weekend – Veal Marsala is his best dish but he also makes Chicken Cordon Bleu from scratch and grills constantly. He even smokes a turkey but my pulled pork still beats his. I kept telling him that I could cook but it was a long time before he tried me on it. When I finally did cook for him – he was amazed, not sure why! To this day, he’ll compliment me on a meal and I’ll say, “I CAN cook!” He just laughs. He loves my cooking way too much. He’s half Italian yet I’m the Italian chef. 😉
    Jennifer, thank you so much for your delicious firemen!

  17. Kim B says:

    It makes me laugh to think about my husband cooking. He made hotdogs once. How hard could that be, right? He started fussing about how long it was taking. I went into the kitchen and he had one of my biggest pots on the stove filled to the top with water and three hotdogs floating on top. 😯

    1. Kim – That might be the best man-in-the-kitchen story ever! I laughed out loud. Oh well — he’s probably great at all kinds of other things. 😉

  18. KYLA WHITLEY says:

    Hi Jennifer!
    My husband does all the barbecuing. Julian makes a wonderful marinated steak, he also does well with a morning meal of bacon and eggs. Can’t wait to read your new book, sounds very hot. 🙂

  19. Bridget C says:

    I’m not a very adventurous cook and I don’t enjoy it much.

    My husband used to cook fairly basic things like pasta or omelettes, but suddenly, after 50, he saw some of the Masterchef series on television and something connected in his brain. Now he seems to really enjoy buying meat or fish and different vegetables, then going online to see what to do with them. He is not yet a cordon bleu but it’s really nice to see him taking such care and making nice food for the family.

  20. Barbara Elness says:

    I don’t have a significant other right, but when I did, I loved it when he cooked for me. My favorite was his homemade lasagna, it was fantastic.

  21. bn100 says:

    No, he doesn’t.

  22. So glad you could join us today, Jennifer! My hubby is a fabulous cook! In fact, that’s how he snagged me. He cooked for me on our first date. It was love at first bite. 🙂

  23. Lorelei says:

    Sadly hubby doesn’t cook much, only breakfasts 🙂
    So glad to see you here! I think I might have mentioned somewhere else to you that my library online book club if featuring one of your books! Can’t wait to read them all! 😀

    1. Hi Lorelei – Yes, I saw that! That’s so cool — it’s still surreal to me that my books would be discussed by a book club. Thanks for letting me know, and for stopping by! And you know … it’s nice to have someone cook breakfast for you. 😆

  24. Hey everyone – I’m going to pick a winner tomorrow morning (Monday), so there’s still time to enter for the giveaway!

  25. Brenda Massey says:

    My hubby doesn’t cook often, but when he does he makes it count. He made fantastic lamb chops one time and recently after I had surgery he made me a Sweet Potato Cheesecake! But I really can’t complain. He makes a mean grilled cheese for our 4 year old and that’s what truly matters now. 😉

  26. Ann s. says:

    My husband makes incredible authentic tacos, his friend taught him how. Thomas is from Jalisco, Mexico and the homemade tortillas are the best way to eat just about anything you want to stuff in them. Now if he could learn to make lumpia like Thomas’s wife. I think he would be even more amazing, if that is possible.

  27. Thanks to everyone who shared their Men Who Cook stories! The winner of the giveaway is Crystal. Congrats, Crystal! Please email me at Have a great week!

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