Release Date: April 12, 2011
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There's little as thrilling as firefighting-at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend. She's been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home-even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering.
Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is one of the strongest ever-and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids' arcade.
Everything is thrown off balance when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year's tragedy. Rowan knows she can't complicate things with Gull-any distractions in the air or on the ground could mean the end-but if she doesn't find someone she can lean on, she may not make it through the summer. . . .
Rowan Tripp loves what she does along with her fellow smoke jumpers, which are fire-fighters in the wildlands that parachute into remote areas to combat wildfires. It's the beginning of a new season which means, new rookies including one Gulliver (Gull) Curry, who is attracted to her instantly and doesn't waste any time hiding it. Rowan has a rule about not dating any fellow smoke jumpers, but Gull isn't going to let something like that get in his way. While out in the field, Rowan stumbles across something horrible that might be connected to the following sequence of events that put her and the team in danger.
Rowan is a strong woman both physically and mentally who cares about the people in her life, but doesn't believe a romantic relationship can last and prefers to keep it fun and on the surface. The banter between her and Gull were one of my favourite parts. He's very intelligent and loves innuendoes, which always made me smile. That doesn't mean he as a one-track mind as he shows through sweet gestures that catch Rowan off-guard and the thought he puts into figuring out who is risking all their lives before it's too late.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is always something new for me to learn in a book by Nora Roberts. You can tell from all the details that she does her research, making everything so realistic. My heart pounded in my chest every time they parachuted out of a plane and felt as exhausted as the crew after another long fight against wildfires that were described in such a beautiful and terrifying way. The life of a smoke jumpers is thrilling and dangerous. I think you have to be as brave as you are out of your mind to do what they do.
My one critic not related to the story is the price. The ebook, hardcover and paperback are too expensive and not a price I'd be willing to pay regularly. It might even turn people off reading it and from some comments I've read online has done just that.