Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Smolder by Tracy Solheim

Title: Smolder
Author: Tracy Solheim
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Firefighters of Montana
Main Characters: Sam and Laurel
Release Date: June 2016
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Former Army Ranger, Sam Gaskill, is starting over in Glacier Creek, Montana - far away from the plains of Texas and the memories of his late wife. Taking charge as the new captain of a squad of smoke jumpers should provide him with enough adrenaline to chase away the ghosts from his past. Until a sexy, green-eyed temptress with a sassy mouth enters the picture… 

Laurel Keenan, champion horsewoman, couldn’t wait to escape her hometown. But instead, an ailing mother and an unplanned pregnancy landed the impetuous dreamer right back on her father’s ranch. Laurel has managed to lead a quiet life with her young son—until she sets eyes on the tough guy with the sexy ass. 

Sam already failed one woman; he won’t trust his heart with another. And Laurel is determined not to risk her heart—or her son’s—on another thrill-seeker. Can their slow burn lead to a love that lasts?
My Review:
The mountains are my happy place so I also have a happy place for smokejumpers. We lived in the mountains for 3 1/2 years and seeing those exhausted, dirty crews always gave my heart a twist. It's a hard life, but the job they do is incredible. So when I heard about this new series coming out with a couple of my favorite authors writing on it, I was bouncing in my seat with excitement. 

This is the first book in the series and it's the PERFECT place to start the series. This book is about Sam. He's the new captain taking over the smokejumpers after their other captain died in a bad jump the year before. It's a new job, a new crew, a new home for a guy who's already had a rough year. When the story begins he's just arriving in MT and settling in his dead wife's horse at the ranch where she will be boarded. His wife died just under a year ago. As a soldier and smokejumper who wasn't home enough, he's harboring some deep-seeded guilt...a lot of it tied up in this champion horse that he gave her to make up for his absences. 

For Laurel, she was a risk-taker in another lifetime...before her son was born leaving her a single mother. There's no where in her life for risks any longer...Tyson has to take her priorities. Falling for a smokejumper is right up there with her affair with the Olympic snowboarder that got her pregnant....NOT a good idea. But with Laurel taking care and training Sam's horse, it's hard to avoid the enigmatic man or their incredible chemistry.

The setting really makes this book. I loved the backdrop of the smokejumpers and this little Montana town that revolves around them and ranching. This isn't an easy situation that Sam is stepping into. The whole team is still mourning their last captain and having an outsider coming in to step into his shoes isn't comfortable for any of them. I liked how aware of that Sam was and how he really tried to respect and earn his team's respect in turn. 

I also really loved Laurel's ranch and the menagerie her son has created. There's a lot of depth there...both in her history between herself and her ex as well as the situation with her parents, especially her mother. This could have very easily turned into a longer, deeper novel, but as is it's a pretty quick read that gave me a happy place to escape to for a few hours.

It's a great start to the series. Now I need to see about going out and buying the rest of them.

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

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