By Nora Roberts and Published by Piatkus RRP $32.99
There’s little else as thrilling as firefighting – at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. 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.
Fortunately, this year’s rookie crop is one of their strongest ever – and Gulliver Curry’s one of the best. He’s also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. But Rowan has a strict rule – NEVER get romantically involved with anyone she works with. But the moment she meets Gulliver (Gull) that rule is severely tested. 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 mean the end – but if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on, she may not make it through the summer. Rowan might find she needs Gull’s help and support more than she expected.
Long time fans of Nora Roberts will not be surprised by this romantic page turner. It is a cracker!
The characters are rich and authentic and as the story progresses the reader finds themselves immersed in the Montana summer fire fighting season as though part of the team themselves. The romance between rookie Gull Curry and Rowan Tripp is obvious from the beginning but what is pleasantly surprising for this Nora Roberts novel is the level of mystery and danger added to the mix of the complex characters. Rowan’s strength of character, pitted against Gulls’s pure strength and determination make for a firey romance (pardon the pun). Rowan’s troubled past plays a part in this as does the team dynamics of the fire fighting team, coupled with the investigation of the whole team for a series of spiteful attacks on them. Revenge is a strong emotion and you may be surprised who is driving the attacks against the team.
This is not fluffy, light winters read. This is a page turning, mystery/adventure tale that just happens to have a love story behind it. Well worth picking up but beware you may not be able to put it down.
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