Single mom Hayley Parker has always had to face every parenting challenge on her own — but when her five-year-old son unexpectedly turns into a lion cub, she finds herself with more than she can handle. With her little boy stuck up a tree and yowling for help, the only thing she can think to do is call the fire department…

Ex-firefighter Griffin MacCormick has the heart of a lion and the eyes of an eagle — literally. As a unique shifter with two inner animals, his battling beasts are slowly tearing his body and soul apart. Forced to retire from the elite all-shifter Alpha Team by his degenerative condition, he struggles to be content working as a dispatcher… until one day he takes a call that will change his life.

When Griff meets Hayley, both his lion and his eagle instantly recognize her as their one true mate. But how can he ask Hayley to risk her heart on a dying man, when she’s already been abandoned once in the past? And when Hayley’s arrogant lion shifter ex unexpectedly reappears on the scene with a horrifying demand, how can Griff protect his mate and her cub?

Titles in the Fire & Rescue Shifters series include:  Firefighter DragonFirefighter Pegasus – Firefighter Griffin

Title:  Firefighter Griffin
Series:  Fire & Rescue Shifters #3
Author:  Zoe Chant
Published:  December 3, 2016
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Firefighter Griffin has that just right combination of sadness and despair countered by hope and triumph in the end.  It is an emotional roller coaster of a read and one that will keep you turning pages to discover how a happy ending can emerge from this chaos.

Griff is the dispatcher for the Fire & Rescue.  Once a firefighter himself, now due to an injury he is maintaining his contact and works with the elite Shifter Alpha team of firefighters through another aspect, still important, his job as dispatcher.  On this night he overhears a call that seems to be a prank, or at least that’s how his fellow dispatcher is treating it of a cat up a tree.  But for some reason Griff gets an eerie feeling about it and gets the address to check it out himself.  Little did he know that he was rushing to the rescue of a little boy he’d be proud to call his own and his mate.

Haley was an American working in England.  Who knew that in this country the friendly firefighters got annoyed when one called for help getting your cat down from a high tree?  Well, alright it wasn’t her cat but her son who was stuck up the tree but she knew the response that would have gotten her… hauled off to the crazy house herself.  Pretty much at the end of her rope, hysterical and trying to control it for her son, Haley was gratefully surprised to see Griff enter her backyard and take control of the situation.  How he knew that the lion cub up the tree was human she had no clue, but he looked at her with confidence and saved her little boy.

So begins Haley and Griff’s romance..  It is the skill of a very talented author who can make me cry true tears of sadness, frustration, anger and joy all in one story.  To say this story is packed full of emotions is to say the Grand Canyon is a nice little rock formation.

You will absolutely hate Danny’s biological father.  You’ll feel the love and passion between Haley and Griff.  You’ll experience the bond between a boy and a man that equals, if not surpasses, a natural born father-son relationship.  You will feel the tender, deep bonds of friendship and see just how far true friends will go for each other.  You cannot help but feel Griff’s intense sense of freedom and joy when everything falls into place.  By the ending you will be an emotional wreck and be thanking Zoe Chant for the experience.

I will not hesitate to say that I’ve yet to read a Zoe Chant story that I didn’t love.  This one broke my heart and mended it so beautifully.  I haven’t truly had a “favorite” of her works so far, I’ve enjoyed each one for it’s own merits… but if I did, Firefighter Griffin would top that particular list.

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