Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series continues—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild .
Smoke jumping is Garrick Nelson’s life. Nothing, not severe injuries nor the brutal physical therapy that follows, is going to stop him from getting back with his crew. But when a lost dog shows up on his front porch, he can’t turn her away, and he can’t take care of her on his own. Thankfully, help comes in the form of his new sexy, dog-loving neighbor. As they work together, trying to re-home their little princess, Garrick can’t resist his growing attraction for the other man, even though he knows this guy isn’t the staying type.
Rain Fisher doesn’t take anything too seriously. He dances through life, one adventure at a time, never settling in one place for too long. When his hot, conveniently buff, neighbor shows up on his doorstep, dog in tow, Rain’s determined to not just save the adorable puppy, but her reluctant owner as well. He never expects their flirtation might tempt him into stay put once and for all…
Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts. Don’t miss the Hotshots series from Annabeth Albert: Burn Zone, High Heat, and Feel the Fire.
[I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review]
High Heat is the second book in Annabeth Albert’s Hot Shot series, but each book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. This book is about smoke jumper Garrick and young free spirit Rain. An opposites attract, age gap romance that brings with it a plethora of emotions.
“You make me want…Damn, I wish I’d met you…before. Back when I could have given you everything you deserve.”
There is so much going on in this story I don’t know where to begin. I really enjoyed our leading males. Garrick is a bit grumpy which is to be expected in his situation. Underneath his gruff exterior he is caring and kind and doesn’t wish to be a burden on anyone. Rain is vibrant and is comfortable in his own skin. He’s a sweetheart who thrives on being wanted/ needed by someone. They meet and are exactly what the other needs in a friend, a confident and a sexual partner. I loved the relationship they formed between them. All their time together and sweet intimate moments put a smile on my face while it hurt my heart that they both felt so unworthy of the other.
“Each kiss was a revelation, snowflakes to marvel at, each unique and special and worth slowing down for.”
Things that I was less thrilled about in the book were the supporting characters who didn’t seem to do much supporting of Garrick and Rain’s relationship. The story also felt a bit long and dragged in the middle. Also, even though I expected the climax that the book had, it didn’t make it any less frustrating. I wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to stop being so darn stubborn. For two people who were so good at talking to each other they struggled at that moment to fight for what they wanted and it was a bit disappointing.
“Loving him was both the scariest thing in the world and the simplest.”
Overall, I enjoyed High Heat much more than the first book in the series and I’m excited for the next book to come.