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Release Day Review! BURN ZONE by Annabeth Albert (Hot Shots #1)

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Title: Burn Zone
Annabeth Albert
Hotshots, #1
approx. 90,000 words
Contemporary Romance
Imprint: Carina Press
eBook On-Sale:
April 27, 2020
eBook ISBN & Price:
9781488057045, $4.99 USD

Book Description: Introducing Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…

Smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is speechless to see Jacob Hartman among his squad’s new recruits. Linc had promised his late best friend he’d stay away from his little brother. And yet here Jacob is…and almost instantly, the same temptation Linc has always felt around him is causing way too many problems.

Jacob gets everyone’s concerns, but he’s waited years for his shot at joining the elite smoke jumping team, hoping to honor his brother’s memory. He’s ready to tackle any challenge Linc throws his way, and senses the chemistry between them—chemistry Linc insists on ignoring—is still alive and kicking. This time, Jacob’s determined to get what he wants.

Close quarters and high stakes make it difficult for Linc to keep his resolve, never mind do so while also making sure the rookie’s safe. But the closer they get, the more Linc’s plan to leave at the end of the season risks him breaking another promise: the one his heart wants to make to Jacob.

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Lincoln is a smoke jumper. His childhood had been rough, and what made it bearable was his best friend Wyatt and his family. Wyatt was there for him at crucial times–he literally saved his life more than once–which made it easier for Linc to excuse his friend’s less admirable qualities, especially his OTT homophobia.

As Wyatt’s much younger brother, Jacob unfortunately saw more of the bigot in his older brother and less of the hero. He chose to become a smoke jumper more in spite of his brother’s legacy than because of it–and that fact that it will bring him closer to Linc, his teenage crush? Could be a plus, or it could be torture. Because Linc made a promise to Wyatt that he’d stay away from his brother…

The push and pull between these two was really something–they were just wonderful together. Linc, though, had all kinds of hangups–technically, he’s still in the closet; his promise to Wyatt hangs over him; Jacob is ten years younger; and they’re coworkers. He has so many reasons to not pursue a relationship, and just one to give it a chance: jacob. Will it be enough?

Of course it will–this is a romance! But how will they get to their HEA? Read Burn Zone to find out!

Burn Zone is the first book in Annabeth Albert‘s new Hot Shot series, and does it ever get off to a great start 🙂 I cannot wait for book two! (I will, of course. But that teaser… OMG.)

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

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Linc was no longer sure who was leading, only that it was all better than it had ever been because it was Jacob and he was right here, right now.
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