Monday, October 26, 2020

ARC Review: Feel the Fire (Hotshots 3) by Annabeth Albert

When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze…

Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.

Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.

Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.

Dani's rating:

Feel the Fire has a lot going for it:

🔥 Two mature (mid-30s), likable MCs who actually act their age (men who can apologize and communicate are practically an endangered species in the MM genre)

🔥 Former-best-friends-to-lovers

🔥 Second chances

🔥 literal FIRE (Luis is temporarily transferred to Oregon to conduct an arson investigation)

🔥 metaphorical FIRE (Luis & Tucker are SMOKIN' HOT together!)

🔥 grumpy cat named Blaze

🔥 lower angst, with realistic life problems (the main issue is that Tucker's family is in Oregon, while Luis works and lives in California)

🔥 great secondary characters (I loved Tucker's twins, Walker and Wade; Wade trying to give his dad the "safe sex" talk was hilarious!)

🔥 solid HEA ending

I have a couple minor complaints:

💧 The arson investigation was never concluded. It was not the main focus of the story, but I was curious about the perpetrator.

💧 The middle dragged for me just a little bit. I liked the technical fire talk, but I could have done with fewer scenes featuring Heidi, Tucker's ex; not that she was a bad person, but I felt like she was a little controlling of Tucker. Also, as much as I liked Tucker's kids, I have enough teenage angst at home and really didn't need that many pages dedicated to Walker's girl problems.

I hope there are more books in this series, because I'm not done with Hotshots, not by a long shot (errr, pun not intended, I swear).

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~ Mason Cooley

An ARC of this book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest (not necessarily positive) review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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