Chasing Fire – Dedicated to Hotshots and Smoke Jumpers

Screenshot 2015-07-20 20.11.12Do you have a book you re-read every year? Year in and year out, around this time, I pull out Nora Roberts Chasing Fire. This story of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect forests, homes and people. The hot shots and smoke jumpers detailed in this story inspire a case of hero worship in me. They live fast, love hard, and are deeply loyal to each other.

The story is well told and has not just one love affair, but two. It takes a lot of attention to detail to weave two love stories, a terrific cast of characters, and action and adventure together. And to do it with the kind of accuracy into the daily lives of these firefighters, is a monumental feat.

In 2013, after the Yarnell Hill Fire, where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots perished, I read this book twice. And cried all the way through it both times. For that, I decree this a book that kicks ass!

Well done, Nora Roberts. This book is among the top ten of my all time favorites.

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Blurb

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. But there’s also little else as thrilling—at least to Rowan Tripp. Being a Missoula smoke jumper is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home—even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

One of the best of this year’s rookie crop, Gulliver Curry is a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. And though Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, Gull is convinced he can change her mind…

But everything is thrown off balance, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull—any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.

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Fear for Hire by Natalie S. Ellis

Fear_For_Hire_Natalie_S_EllisHere’s FEAR FOR HIRE as the amazing Natalie S. Ellis sees it.

Jack Wylie is tall, dark, handsome and brave – he’s everything you’d want in a kidnapper. Ex-cop Jack Wylie is a born protector, tormented by the day he misjudged a criminal and his life took a tragic turn. Now he’s on a mission to kidnap a woman to help her overcome a fear of being tied up. He’s been told by his psychologist brother to keep up the game until the woman gives him the sign. But there has been a big mistake. Jack has accidentally abducted the feisty and beautiful Molly Rhoades – a newly arrived local TV reporter who has secrets of her own. And she doesn’t know the sign. After a dangerous and unlikely meeting, Jack and Molly find themselves consumed by sexual tension, but things get even more complicated when Molly finds out that Jack is engaged to the local Councilwoman Amanda Everett, a ruthless career climber determined to succeed no matter what the cost. But why did Jack kidnap Molly in the first place? Who is pulling the strings in this perverted puppet show? Jack vows to protect Molly until he finds out the truth, but the layers of deception and vengeance run deeper than he could have ever imagined.

Why it Kicks Ass… by Kyra

I’m a sucker for bossy, protective alpha males who can be compassionate to a fault, and Jack Wylie fit this bill to a “T”. I also love a determined heroine, one who doesn’t instantly buckle at the first signs of adversity, and Molly Rhoades was a terrific fit for that as well. Spunky and determined, she has a knack for finding herself in the wrong place at the right time. Repeatedly.

Ellis weaves a wonderfully twisted web throughout this romantic suspense, and kept me guessing until the very end. Of course, that the book is set in my hometown and I could picture several of the crime scene locations was an added bonus. 😉

If you’re itching for a great, steamy romantic suspense with plenty of twists and turns, Natalie S. Ellis’ FEAR FOR HIRE should definitely go on your TBR list.

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