Introducing Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series: The emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.
Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…
Smokejumper Lincoln Reid is speechless to see Jacob Hartman among his squad’s new recruits. Linc had promised his late best friend he’d stay away from his little brother. And yet here Jacob is…and almost instantly, the same temptation Linc has always felt around him is causing way too many problems.
Jacob gets everyone’s concerns, but he’s waited years for his shot at joining the elite smokejumping team, hoping to honor his brother’s memory. He’s ready to tackle any challenge Linc throws his way, and senses the chemistry between them—chemistry Linc insists on ignoring —is still alive and kicking. This time, Jacob’s determined to get what he wants.
Close quarters and high stakes make it difficult for Linc to keep his resolve, nevermind do so while also making sure the rookie’s safe. But the closer they get, the more Linc’s plan to leave at the end of the season risks him breaking another promise: the one his heart wants to make to Jacob.
This book is approximately 90,000 words
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Book 3: Feel the Fire
YAAASSSSS!!!! I loved this crew! I am a big fan of Annabeth Albert. She sucked me in with her Out of Uniform series. And I’ve enjoyed all of her books since. But this one sucked me in the way Off Base did a few years ago.
Older brother’s best friend is such a fun trope to read. Add in the excitement of smoke jumpers working in close quarters in Oregon, yes please!
It was obvious that Ms Albert did her homework on this one. I don’t care if it was 100% authentic of smoke jumpers or not because it sure sounded like it was.
Back then, Jacob was the annoying little brother of Linc’s best friend. Ten years their junior, they didn’t pay much attention to him. Until Jacob was 19 and came out of the closet. And he wanted Linc. But Wyatt- protective older brother with a fairly strong homophobic streak- warns Linc to stay away. And so he does.
Dun, dun, dun…Flash forward. Jacob is now on the same smoke jumping crew as Linc as a rookie. He put in his sweat and his time and he is ready to play with the big boys.
Psst, Jacob never got over his crush.
Jacob does his best to break down Linc and his resolve. Which is kind of funny because Linc has never said anything or encouraged Jacob at all. But there it is.
Ok, so the “let’s get it out of our system” card was played. A bit over done and it NEVER works. But I think Jacob knew that and Linc let himself believe it.
So hiding a whatever they are, along with working a crazy dangerous job is interesting. But they do it pretty well.
There’s a lot of firefighting stuff in here. Which I really loved. I think it is super cool to read about things and learn info that could come up as a clue in Jeopardy. But it also made the characters more real to me. I could see their soot covered faces with sweat tracks when they pack out to go back to base. Or Jacob’s excitement for his first jump. It was just…fun.
The only thing that was really lacking for me was Linc taking Wyatt to task for being such a homophobe. Like how can you be a homophobe and be best friends with a gay man? Classic case of “I can’t be racist! I have a black friend!” So ya, I would have liked to see Wyatt brought down a peg. Linc deserved that.
YES READ IT! So exciting! But still romance, good friendships and hot sexy times.
4.5 Pieces of Candy