Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.
After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and return to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. She spends her days in a small bookstore, until her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.
But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn burn him up or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?
Review: For a sweet, lighthearted romantic read, this is a decent choice. If you want something with any substance and depth, you might look elsewhere.
I’m all for lighthearted and sweet when I’m in the mood and this would fit that kind of craving, but there was a level of awkwardness in places that took a lot away from the good. Scene transitions and skips in the dialog were only a bit on the annoying side, but what really bugged me was the weird conversations during the intimate scenes. I’ve read some authors that can do conversation and sexy times really well together, but this kept me confused because I couldn’t tell if they were still in the leading up to it moments or if they were actually in the middle of getting it on, which shouldn’t happen. There is nothing worse to kill a moment than to not actually know you are in the moment. It was just really fumbly and awkward.
You also get the classic insta-love as the entire period of time this book happens in is about a week and a half, maybe two if you stretch it a bit. During that incredibly brief period, while our love interests are going through some difficult times, everything is really pretty much all perfect. He sees her and suddenly all his ugly inside is made all better. She sees him and all the clouds in her life went bye bye. Like I said, this was very sweet. Probably a bit too sweet for me as this just kind of felt like a fluff story. I guess I just like my sweet to have some substance to go along with it, like straight up sugar vs. dark chocolate and caramel truffles. I’ll take the truffles, thank you.