by Tracy Solheim
Firefighters of Montana Series #1
TULE Publishing/Montana Born Imprint
June 7, 2016
E-Book Only: 147 pages
E-Galley provided by author for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Former Army Ranger, Sam Gaskill, is starting over in Glacier Creek, Montana – far away from the plains of Texas and the memories of his late wife. Taking charge as the new captain of a squad of smoke jumpers should provide him with enough adrenaline to chase away the ghosts from his past. Until a sexy, green-eyed temptress with a sassy mouth enters the picture…
Laurel Keenan, champion horsewoman, couldn’t wait to escape her hometown. But instead, an ailing mother and an unplanned pregnancy landed the impetuous dreamer right back on her father’s ranch. Laurel has managed to lead a quiet life with her young son—until she sets eyes on the tough guy with the sexy ass.
Sam already failed one woman; he won’t trust his heart with another. And Laurel is determined not to risk her heart—or her son’s—on another thrill-seeker. Can their slow burn lead to a love that lasts?
This is the first in a series about Montana “Smoke Jumpers.” Future books in the series will release over the next four weeks:
SCORCH by Dani Collins releases 6/14
IGNITE by Nicole Helm releases 6/21
HEAT by Karen Foley releases 6/28
FLAME by Victoria Purman releases 7/5
If they all match the heat in Tracy’s book the series may just burn up the internet.
Tracy’s book offers a sort of full circle to the reader: A man whose late wife thought he should stop with the dangerous Army Ranger Smoke Jumping gig but he keeps the profession after she passes away. When he takes up a job replacing a Smoke Jumper leader who died when his chute hit a tree it puts off the woman he is interested in who is training his late wife’s horse to perform in the nationals.
I thought Laurel was driven to create a good life for her son, but that having had him young, missed out on a lot of her youth. Sam’s background, on the other hand makes him focused and serious about whatever he tackles. He doesn’t want a woman who can’t handle his career: been there, done that, it sucked.
What will end up bringing them together, outside the bedroom where they come together quite well, is learning about each other from the ground up. Sam softens and comes to really like her son, dad and disabled mother. He understands why she is aloof for a while and that when she is all in she is all or nothing.
Laurel comes to understand his job. Plus, there is a big lesson as they face a potential catastrophe.
Tracy does an excellent job developing characters even though she has fewer pages than usual and also has to set up an entire series. She ties up all her loose ends very carefully and packs the chutes for the next book in the series.
I enjoyed this novella by a favorite author!