By Em Petrova
Where there’s smoke, Ryan is eager to jump into the flames.
Ryan, aka Blaze, is a California smokejumper whose motto is “grab life by the balls and hold on tight.” He refuses to accept defeat, and that’s why he fights the world’s biggest wildfires. He loves his job, and it’s even better with a certain quirky woman making a documentary about their team. Every time she’s around, Blaze has a hard time zipping his jumpsuit.
Scarlett is only interested in finishing this documentary for her dissertation. She isn’t into Blaze’s rugged good looks and crooked smile. The two of them are just buddies—who see each other naked, that is. Between his rough hands and heart of gold, Scarlett wonders how she will be able to walk away once she’s finished filming. But maybe she won’t need to.
When the smoke clears…
Do people fall in love after only a few days? Blaze’s idea might be crazy enough to work. When he says, “I bet you can’t handle a man like me forever,” Scarlett is head-over-heels enough to try. Which means a wild trip to the justice of the peace and a wedding dinner at IHOP is in order.
But now that the fire’s died down and reality has hit, she doesn’t want Blaze in the path of danger. Not when she had everything to lose. And Blaze damn well isn’t giving up the only thing he’s been passionate about. As they fight to build a life out of lust, will they be able to create something out of the ashes?
Tempting the Flames is a story about new love and navigating around the dangers of smoke jumping. This really was love at first sight for both Scarlett and Blaze (aka Ryan). They had instant chemistry.
This is a very fast paced story that explores the relationships formed when one of the partners has a dangerous job. Scarlett is there on a research project to finish her degree. She is getting to know all of the men and doing a documentary to find out why they do it. Blaze never expected Scarlett or the feelings he instantly had for her.
I liked the fact that this story highlights the families of these men and women. This is a dangerous job and that takes a toll on relationships. After Scarlett realizes that Blaze is not going to give up on his job, she has to come to terms with it. I also liked the fact that Blaze was not okay with her being out in the field. He instantly became very protective of her.
Em Petrova does a wonderful job of expressing the emotion that happens between people when they are afraid for someone else and the camaraderie between these men and women. The one thing that perhaps I would question is that Scarlett had no training before she went into the field with the men. She had never jumped out of plane and her focus in school was not wild land firefighting, so I’m not sure the she would have been taken to an active scene. But this is a great story about love at first sight and then figuring out how to stay together.
Tempting the Flames
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