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I enjoyed this book very much. I loved her accounts about Alaska and could tell she had experience fighting fires. There were parts of the book that I could not put down, they were so exciting! The characters were lots of fun and I enjoyed that they were all handsome and beautiful. Fun for the imagination. I have not read romantic novels lately but do plan to follow Lolo Paige's future books. Thanks for the entertainment!
This is a great read. It really describes the treacherous conditions our wildfire firefighters face. We have cabin in the Seeley Swan valley in Montana and have seen wildfire firefighters up close. They are unbelievable and we are grateful for all they do. God bless them all !!!
First and foremost,this is an obviously, well-researched story about Alaskan Firefighters, who clearly, fight some of the most dangerous wildfires in some of the most beautiful, yet dangerous backcountry. Additionally, this is a romance between two firefighters struggling with grief and loss associated with
the job, that often presents impossible dilemmas. Both have looked for love in the wrong people and, as such, both have trust issues. However, it is also easy to see they both are looking for a forever love-a soulmate, if you will.
Although the setting, and the extraordinarily, physically & emotionally demanding job of firefighting is at the forefront of this story, the characters are also very well developed with interesting relationship dynamics and dialogue. I found the main characters to be relatable & likable. As far as the romance, the course of the it was a bit choppy, & slow-moving, and the relationship angst was a bit overdone. As such, when the relationship became intimate, I found the description of the so-called combustible, passion, immature and lacking. It is very difficult to describe mature, contemporary sexuality & attraction in flowery, metaphorical prose. It just didn’t work for orgasms to be described as rainbows. So, there was definite eye-rolling with the descriptions of sexual encounters, and that definitely detracted from the intensity and believability of the romance. Otherwise, this was an interesting read & gave an intriguing look into life as an Alaskan firefighter.
This romance story burns slowly like embers in the underbrush, then takes off with a pace that never lets up. I liked the way the female lead is unabashedly female and feminist. Rarely, do you find inequality in the work place and sexual harassment intertwined in a romance novel. The few patriarchal co-workers attitudes and behaviors are consistent with stories that I have heard from other women in the trades. What rings true for me is the conflict Tara expresses between her need to prove her independence in a male-dominated work environment and her need for nurturing. Tara is authentically feminine in her ambivalence and insecurities, reminding me of female development as described in the book, Women’s Ways of Knowing, by Mary Belenky, Blythe Clinchy, Nancy Goldberger, Jill Tarule. I do not read much romance. Are there other romance writings knocking at this door as effectively?
After reading the Simple Wild series this year, I've been craving other books about Alaska. I really enjoyed the connection between the characters and the in depth knowledge about firefighting. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. There were some editing issues, but not too bad, and I did find the climax slightly unbelievable, but overall a good, fast, enjoyable read.
Great storyline and loved the characters! It was filled with jargon for firefighting, but written so that it was easy to follow along. Tara and Ryan met in unfortunate circumstances, but their worlds were never to be the same. I would have easily given this story a 5, but there were about 7 major tense agreement issues that threw off the flow. It needs a good re-edit. I look forward to many more from this author!