Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ember's Fire by Norah Wilson

Title: Ember's Fire
Author: Norah Wilson
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Standish Clan #2
Main Characters: Ember and Jace
Release Date: February 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Ember Standish and Jace Picard had their lives together planned before they graduated high school. But that was before he cheated on her. Ember went on with her life, and their paths never crossed again…until now. 

Home for the Thanksgiving weekend, she’s dispatched to carry meds out to an injured hiker holed up in a hunting camp on the Prince River. Newly certified as a doctor, she plans to put her skills to work on that sprained ankle. Yet when she finds out who’s at the end of that long hike, it’s her heart that may be in need of repair…all over again. 

When a storm blows in, she’s forced to stay the night. Jace, who has habitually hermited himself away during her holiday homecomings, can no longer dodge her. It soon becomes obvious that what happened that long-ago night is shrouded in more mystery than either of them knew. 

Ember’s mission of mercy to a faceless hiker turns into a quest for answers with the one man she could never forget. The only thing they know for certain is that the long-buried passion between them is still there, just waiting for a spark.
My Review:
Second chance at love is one of my favorite tropes, and this is a good one just in that Jace and Ember never should have broken up. They were simply too young, too immature to handle the conflict that they were faced with ten years ago. 

They haven't seen one another since that day until there's a call to Search and Rescue of a hiker with a sprained ankle that needs some supplies. Since Amber is a doctor and her brother has to go out on another rescue, she volunteers to hike in the supplies to the injured hiker, not knowing who he is. She isn't a happy camper when she comes face to face with the love of her life who cheated on her, but he's hurt and she can't ignore that.

As I look back on this story, there is a LOT of depth and action to this book. There is a lot going on...present day...the details of what REALLY happened ten years ago...and the complications added by both Jace and Ember's family situations. In the middle of all that is Jace's injury and a slew of bad weather and interesting hotels. ;) Just one of these things as a source of conflict would have made a great book, but the combination of all of them made the story riveting. Ember and Jace would sort out one tiny thing between them, but as a reader you know that there are still half a dozen other things waiting in the wings to sabotage them.

Literally, the book is nonstop action and events that had my heart skipping a beat. It's really obvious early on that neither one of these characters ever got over the loss they suffered ten years ago. Under the layers of hurt and pain, that love is still there. But they've been through so much, it's hard to see how they'll make their way out of this with a happily ever after. 

I loved all the layers and different aspects to the story line. I didn't know how they were going to unravel all their issues completely, and that doubt kept me reading and praying that they would. Yes, I got completely caught up in these characters lives. 

This is the second book in the Standish series. There's one more to go...Scott's. I've loved this family and the trials they're part of in this small community where prosperity is nonexistent and they are trying to strike a balance between jobs and saving their beautiful land. It will be interesting to see how the final story plays out. I can't wait.

I received a complimentary copy  of this book in return for an honest review.

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