Mariella Holmes came to Lake Clarissa for a reason, she was now responsible for her bestfriend's baby son, as she had died and left Mariella as Dante's legal guardian. However, she did not know the identity of the father and felt she should at least look for him and left him know he had a son. What Mariella didn't count on was that she would also meet the handsome Christiano, a man with baggage, a man that needed to heal his heart and soul.
Christiano when he first saw Mariella and she smiled at him, her smile was like a punch to his stomach. He had left Rome to come back to the lake and try to get his life back. However, he was from a large Italian family but he wasn't ready to see them yet. Christiano was a firefighter, and he was one of the first responders to an explosion where he lost not only his best friend, he lost some of his life. Even though most of the wounds had healed, he heart had not. Plus the fact he suffered from post traumatic stress.
There was one thing for sure, after seeing Mariella and her baby, he thought he wanted to feel connected. He wanted love, caring and passion and wondered if he should risk seeing her again? The answer was yes, yet he still wasn't ready to see his family because he continued to have flashbacks from the accident in Rome. And then a fire started in the cabin where she and Dante were staying, and without thought, Christiano rescued the two of them.
In Firefighter's Doorstep Baby, there were a lot of family dynamics. First the interaction between Dante, Mariella and Christiano. How their love grew and how they both healed each other. There was also his family. The feud between his aunt and father, his sister, brother, cousins and two brother's he didn't know about. However, what struck me was when Christiano was to receive a medal of honor and how he couldn't deal with loosing his friend. However, with Mariella's love and insistence they got their happy ending a wonderful family as well.