Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
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Published by Putnam on April 12, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Audiobook Narrator: Rebecca Lowman
Audiobook Length: 15 hours and 10 minutes
Source: Community Thrift Store
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Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.
But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive fire-fighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend in the field. 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 in the air.
Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is among 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 kid's arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, yet he's instantly more fascinated by his hero's daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn't hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn't make a good case to be an exception to the rule.
Everything is thrown off balance, though, 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 be lethal. But if she doesn't find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.
Chasing Fire thrilled my heart and mind!
I had picked this up at a thrift store a couple years ago and then had set it aside. I recently picked it up and couldn’t put it down! What a thrill! I can’t remember ever reading a book about firefighters of any kind, let alone these jumpers. These are the heroes that bravely jump straight into the fray, placing their lives in direct peril, but beating back the fire with sheer will and strength.
While this drama enfolds, there is murder and two couples falling in love, one who is younger, and one more mature, which we don’t see often in romance. So refreshing! There is something for everyone in this thrill ride. The ending is satisfying, and the book contains several hours of thorough entertainment. Buckle up. Not every book has to be brand new and the latest trend to be devoured with pleasure. Count on Nora Roberts to deliver pure enjoyment.