Burn Zone

Annabeth Albert
Burn Zone
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Carina Press
Release Date
April 2020
Book 1 of Hotshots
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Introducing Annabeth Albert's Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon's fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…

Smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is speechless to see Jacob Hartman among his squad's new recruits. Linc had promised his late best friend he'd stay away from his little brother. And yet here Jacob is…and almost instantly, the same temptation Linc has always felt around him is causing way too many problems.

Jacob gets everyone's concerns, but he's waited years for his shot at joining the elite smoke jumping team, hoping to honor his brother's memory. He's ready to tackle any challenge Linc throws his way, and senses the chemistry between them—chemistry Linc insists on ignoring—is still alive and kicking. This time, Jacob's determined to get what he wants.

Close quarters and high stakes make it difficult for Linc to keep his resolve, never mind do so while also making sure the rookie's safe. But the closer they get, the more Linc's plan to leave at the end of the season risks him breaking another promise: the one his heart wants to make to Jacob.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Apr 04, 2020   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
56 people found the following review helpful
BURN ZONE is the first book in the new series, Hotshots, by Annabeth Albert. In here, we are introduced to Smoke Jumpers--those brave men and women who try to stay ahead of forest fires, unfortunately not always successfully.

We start off with Linc and Wyatt who appear to be best friends, although that is debatable. Fast forward and Wyatt is dead, his little brother Jacob has got his shot at being a Smoke Jumper, much to the disapproval of everyone, and Linc finds it harder than he should to keep things professional between them.

Linc is a solitary guy, living a quiet life outside of work. I could appreciate the way his thoughts worked in most ways. The one way I didn't get was how he idolised Wyatt to the degree he did. Yes, he saved Linc's life and not just when they were smoke jumping, but Linc saved his too. And he did appear to have a split personality! I was ecstatic when Linc came to his senses!! Jacob has the hardest job of all--proving not only to his family but also his work colleagues too, that he is here to stay and not only can he do the job but he is damn good at it too.

This is a slow burn romance with Linc fighting it for most of the book. Jacob is more honest about it but still tells lies to himself about just how much he feels for Linc. The world this book introduced me to is well-written and thought-out. The pacing is smooth and the characters are all three-dimensional.

This is the first book in the series and I, for one, can't wait to continue. Absolutely recommended by me.
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