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Peek Inside Her Sexy Challenge

Bookstore owner, Caitlin Tyler, and firefighter, Lt. Shane Hendricks, are moving in different directions. Leaving should be easy, but falling for Caitlin might be the one fire he can’t put out…

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Caitlin Tyler doesn’t do bridges—she just doesn’t know it until she lands her dream job and freezes halfway across her new town’s towering death span. Cue the cocky, infuriating fireman who goads her off the bridge. He’s hot, but he’s also exactly the kind of guy she wants to avoid…which she manages to do for a whole four hours.

Lt. Shane Hendricks is only two weeks away from leaving Dry Rock. He sure as hell doesn’t need to get involved with a woman he has to rescue twice in one day. The fact that she’s clearly annoyed by him doesn’t deter him from throwing down a challenge—one that proves hard to resist for all the wrong reasons.

They’re moving in different directions. Leaving should be easy, but falling for Caitlin might be the one fire he can’t put out…


“I love a book that can make you laugh out loud.  I had a permanent smile on my face while reading Her Sexy Challenge!” –Paige, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

A riveting, memorable story to what is sure to be a captivating series by Ms. Ballance. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming, funny book!” Dawn, Always Write

“Oh my goodness the ending had me all emotional. A really good book, fabulous characters and a great supporting cast of friends and family!!” –April B., NetGalley

“I must say I am so enamored with her brand of clever, witty, and intelligent characters and dialogue that it keeps me coming back for more of her stories!” –Becky, Reading Between the Wines Book Club

“I love fireman-heroes and Shane is so yummy!” –Jeanette K., Goodreads

“The chemistry off the charts, there’s an engaging storyline and characters that you fall in love with, what more do you need?” –Melinda S., NetGalley

A great romantic read that I highly recommend!” –Lovely Loveday Blog

“This book was full of fun, awkward and tender moments. Don't even get me started on the chemistry between them!” –Jaime, Fiction Fangirls

“It was fun and flirty. The quick wit draws you in and keeps the story moving really quickly. I am excited to see what else happens with the fine group of firemen!” –Shawn G., NetGalley

“This was a fun, sexy read with great chemistry between the characters, funny banter and a good storyline. The side characters were great too and I look forward to their stories in the future!” –Amber’s Passion For Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631731
Series: Firefighters of Station 1, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 14, 2017
Page Count: 228
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen, romantic comedy
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, enemies to lovers

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By Irene August 14, 2017

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Her Sexy Challenge by Sarah Ballance.
The storyline was entertaining, sweet, emotional and fun to read.
I liked both Caitlin and Shane, I found them funny, smart, passionate and they had great chemistry.
I found myself connecting with Caitlin from the first few pages. Sufferi ...more

By Jaime July 27, 2017

This book was full of fun, awkward and tender moments. The witty banter that ensued from the very first time Caitlin and Shane met blended with the sweet moments where Shane worked with Caitlin to overcome her fear and the easy way they began to open up to each other, this book was so fun to read. D ...more

By patrick August 17, 2017

What a great story that gets you from the beginning and does not let you go until the end. You are introduced to Caitlin Tyler while she is stuck part way on a bridge and cannot make it across the rest of the way. Now for some reason she does not her the sirens or that even traffic has been stopped. ...more

By Amber July 31, 2017

Her Sexy Challenge is the first book in Sarah Ballance’s Firefighters of Station 1 series and it’s a great start!

Coming to Caitlin Tyler’s “rescue” on the town’s bridge, fireman Lt. Shane Hendricks is immediately drawn to this woman, even if she has stopped traffic and caused all emergency crews to ...more

By Isha August 12, 2017

Her Sexy Challenge (Firefighters of Station 1) by Sarah Ballance  
Ms. Ballance talent lies in her understanding of the three H's. With humor, heart and heat she sets out to charmingly seduce readers and seldom does she ever miss the mark. Laughter has the power to heal, uplift and unite. Heart bring ...more

By Bookgyrl July 23, 2017

When Caitlin and Shane meet, she has just followed her dream and opened a bookstore in Dry Rock and he is going to Denver in two weeks to follow his dreams. So the timing is not good, to say the least. But attracted to each other they have a steamy fling. Will Shane stay in Dry Rock for Caitlin, whe ...more

By Kate July 15, 2018

It’sI love the banter between Shane and Caitlin, it’s funny and sexy and adorable. The only thing that kind of ticked me off is that Caitlin didn’t really call him out on the way he ended things. I think she really should have let him have it and let him apologize but... sweet story non the less. ...more

By Tracie August 11, 2017

Her Sexy Challenge was a quirky, fun romance. I loved the interaction between the characters and the great storyline that kept me interested throughout. I would recommend this book and would like to read more by this author. ...more

By Paige July 26, 2017

I love a book that can make you laugh out loud. I had a permanent smile on my face while reading Her Sexy Challenge.

Caitlin and Shane made an adorable pair. They were funny and snarky with each other and with their underlying chemistry were an ideal pair. Too bad Shane is on his way out of town whi ...more

By Sara July 18, 2020

Her Sexy Challenge by Sarah Ballance a fancy four-star read. I have really enjoyed other reads by this author so knew I couldn’t miss this one, hunky firefighters what more could you ask for. Dry Rock sounds like a nice place to live, idyllic a river to dip your toes in a hot firefighting department ...more

By Bec August 14, 2017

It isn't everyday that Caitlin Tyler needs rescuing, but it seems Lieutenant Shane Hendricks keeps being her hero. Yet, no matter how much Caitlin does her best to avoid the hot firefighter that keeps coming to her rescue, there's no way he'll be deterred from helping her face her fears. However, ne ...more

By Harlie August 14, 2017

So most people know that I’ve been reading Ms. Ballance since she starting with Noble Romance. Yes, we’ve both been around that long. The one thing that I can tell by reading this jewel of a book is that her writing just keeps getting stronger. I know, when I read my inner editor/writer takes a vaca ...more

By Scrap August 15, 2017

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
This is the first book by this author I have read and I loved it. It is so well written
it will pull you in and not let go. It is cute and funny LOVED the banter between
Caitlin and Shane, But the chemistry between them was as hot as FIRE!!

C ...more

By Char August 17, 2017

"Her Sexy Challenge" is the first sweet and sexy book in Sarah Ballance's new Firefighters of Station 1 series. The Hero and Heroine, Shane and Caitlin, are fun, flirty, and magnetic characters with rapier-sharp banter. Sex scenes between the two are incendiary and explosive in the level of passion. ...more

By Heather August 13, 2017

I have actually read this story three times and every time I find myself laughing or my heart racing at all the right parts. Every. Single. Time. This book had everything that I want in a love story – it had emotions, chemistry, sexiness, amazing awkwardness, so many feels, and Sarah Ballance's trad ...more

By Yvonne July 24, 2017

When I started reading this story, little did I know how much I would enjoy it.
The story centers around Shane , a firefighting Lt for the town of Dry Rock, who in two weeks will be on his way to a job in Denver he has wanted all his life, and Caitlin, who has just moved to the city to begin her new ...more

By B. July 29, 2017

Sexy firemen seem to be the hot prototype for heroes in romance novels these days. After all, who can resist a hunky guy who heroically risks his life to save others? This novel, however, doesn’t involve much life-risking heroics. The hero, Shane Hendricks, has only two weeks to go before he leaves ...more

By Becky July 22, 2017

This is the second book by this author I've read, I must say I am so enamored with her brand of clever, witty, and intelligent characters and dialogue that it keeps me coming back for more of her stories. Shane and Caitlin have particularly captured my heart through their banter, double entendres an ...more

By Eva August 14, 2017

the first book in the firefighters of station 1 series, her sexy challenge, starts things off hot. caitlyn tyler moves to dry rock, colorado intent on opening her dream used bookstore. the only problem is that the way into town involves a bridge. and even worse it's a bridge over rushing water. she ...more

By Eve August 14, 2017

Engaging and entertaining from the very first page through to the end, I devoured this book in a couple of hours.
The pace is fast and furious, the setting is really great and once again, the author has done a terrific job of presenting two characters you can’t help but fall in love with as you exper ...more

By Melena July 22, 2017

Caitlin meets Shane when he rescues her twice in one day. Though the attraction is immediate for both, Caitlin has no problem standing up to and being sassy with Shane.

I love that Caitlin is achieving her dream of opening her own bookstore in the small town of Dry Rock, CO. She is independent, smart ...more

By Chiquita Bee April 27, 2018

Entertaining and Emotional!

I absolutely fell in love with Caitlin and Shane as soon as I read the first few pages. The story is well written laugh out loud funny at times, and other times emotional but always entertaining. Shane is a firefighter and set to leave for his dream job in Denver in two we ...more

By Bella September 03, 2017

Her sexy challenge is one of the best books that I read this year and it has become one of my top 10 of all time. I loved really loved the story, the style of writing all the characters and everything that happens in the book. Both Catlin and Shan are great characters both easy to love. I laugh so m ...more

By Andie August 22, 2017

Her Sexy Challenge had everything I love in a romance novel. It was such a light-hearted, fun sweetness, I could have eat it up with a spoon. I love a heroine who puts her guy to his place, and aside the bridge fiasco, or maybe for that, too, Caitlin was an incredibly ballsy girl. I respected her fo ...more

By Tasha September 05, 2017

Another swoon worthy romance from Sarah Ballance

I swear, I'm in love with all of the Firehouse men already, and I'm waiting impatiently for more books from this series.

The witty banter in this book makes it a quick, fun read, but the way that Caitlin and Shane turn every innocent word into a dirty ...more

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Sarah Ballance

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Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly. To sign-up for Sarah's newsletter, sign-up here:

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