Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Title:   Chasing Fire
Author: Nora Roberts
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Rowan Tripp & Gull Curry
Release Date: April 2011
ISBN978-0399157448 or 
Publisher: Putnum Adult
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $15.09
Borders- $15.09
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:

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 firefighting 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 kids’ 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.

My Review:
There wasn't anything wrong with this book that I could pinpoint, but for some reason, it just didn't strike the right chord for me.

I did truly love Gull and his incredible wit. He has the perfect comeback of snark, wit, and smarts to just about every situation. He was hilarious, smart, sweet, and sexy. He's rich. He's adventurous. He's ambitious. He works very hard to keep Rowan concentrated in positive/upbeat things. He always knows how to focus her on the facts of any situation rather than the emotional. He's the perfect guy and he sees Rowan for what she is.

Rowan is as tough as you would expect a female fire jumper to be. She grew up in this world and knows exactly what she is doing. There's a scene way early in the book where she's working with the rookies- I loved the way that she knew how to push and interact with them all to get them to perform esp. "Barbie." Rowan is emotionally stunted for one-on-one relationships from being abandoned at a very early age by her mother. Gull quickly starts breaking down those emotional walls though.

This book has a HUGE cast of characters, several ongoing story lines, as well as a lot of very technical explanations of how they fight the fires. I think that all proves to be too overwhelming for the story line to move forward and for you to become fully involved in the outcome of all the story lines.

The suspense was fairly lacking. I honestly grew really bored with it and just wanted that part of the story line to just go away. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book enough that I am glad that I read it, but I can't ever foresee a reason why I would want to read it again.


Julie said...

Hmm...that's too bad that you didn't quite connect with this book. I am curious about it, but with the size of my tbr pile, I'll probably only be able to get to in sometime in 2014! lol

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Sometimes books (even from our favorite authors) don't necessarily strike a chord with us. It's ok because we know they will put out another "knock my socks off" book :)

Christi Snow said...

Thanks girls!!!