Smolder by Tracy Solheim
Firefighters of Montana #1
Sam Gaskill has come to Glacier Creek, Montana to start over after his wife’s death. But moving on is hard, especially when Sam is butting heads with Laurel Keenan, the woman who will be training his late wife’s champion horse. Laurel has enough on her plate as a single mother and the last thing she wants is to get involved with a smokejumper who puts his life on the line everyday.
Smolder was an entertaining and spicy read that helped me pass a few hours. Since it’s the first in a series there is a lot of setup for future books and I’ll admit I was a little overwhelmed by the number of characters being introduced, especially for a book that’s only about 200 pages. That being said, Sam and Laurel have pretty good chemistry once they get over their initial antagonistic meeting. Of course, both are incredibly resistant to the idea of a relationship so they try to keep things casual instead.
While I liked Sam and Laurel together they weren’t individually my favorite characters. Laurel has one of the worst cases of foot-in-the-mouth and she says some pretty bad things early on. But I did like her journey of accepting what she really wants in life and not giving up her dreams just because she’s a single mother. Sam is pretty stoic and close-minded about getting involved with another woman. In the beginning Sam throws around the “my wife is dead” card a few times to push Laurel away and I wasn’t crazy about that because he made it seem like he was grieving over a lost love when he really wasn’t. Not to say that Sam didn’t care for his late wife, but it’s more complicated than it appears.
Overall, I enjoyed this while I was reading it but it just didn’t make a lasting impression for me.
3 out of 5 stars
Tags: Firefighter | Fling to a Thing | Rancher | Single Parent | Widow
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?
Published by Tule Publishing on June 7, 2016