NOT at all a typical Jill Shalvis book. I usually can't put her books down but this one took some effort to get through. Unfortunately, I ordered the 3 in this series so I'm hoping the next two are better.
I somehow managed to read this series out of order. Griffin is a tortured soul having lost his entire crew to a wild fire including his lifelong friend, Greg. Lyndie is a free spirited pilot who doesn't want to be tied down. She flies a reluctant Griffin to a small Mexican town in danger of being engulfed by a wild fire. Working side by side, they both drop their defenses and learn to love. This book was a little harder to get into than most of Jill's work. Still enjoyable but at times slow. 3.5 stars
this was a new author for me and was very good kept looking for wxcuses not to do house work so i could read, moved along at a good pace.this girl is a brush pilot who of course needs no man in her life until the right man came along. it was a good read.
Nice, fast read. This is the first time I have read a larger, stand-alone from Ms. Shalvis. Good stuff. Though at times the story line got a bit repetative, the characters pulled through and made up for it.
I quite enjoyed this book although I think the secondary romance happened TOO quickly. The relationship between the brothers was wonderful. Made me get teary in a couple of places. The hero and heroine were enjoyable about I thought the heroine was hella stubborn at some parts. I'll definitely be looking for more of Jill Shalvis' work.
Griffin Moore lost his sense of self a year ago when twelve fellow wildfire fighters lost their lives on a mountain in Idaho . He's pulled away from his family and friends, doing nothing more than sitting on the beach in California and mourning his loss. That is, until his brother, Brody, shows up, somehow managing to talk him into volunteering to fight a fire in the Mexico mountain lands.
His pilot to San Peubla, the village hoping to escape the burning acreage, is Lyndie Anderson, a tough-as-nails woman who was raised by her military grandfather--and has the "need no one" act down to a science.
I LOVED this book! Not just the sexual chemistry between Griffin and Lyndie, which is undoubtedly hot, but the way the characters were portrayed--their own private needs, desires, and demons.
You won't go wrong with this book. There's action/adventure in the form of the fight against the wildfire; passion not only with the budding relationship between Griffin and Lyndie but that of some important secondary characters, as well; and just a lot of feel-good story interspersed with the kinds of ups and downs that make people tick.
A romantic suspense against the backdrop of hotshot firefighters is both unique and intriguing. Shalvis does a wonderful job of creating an exciting setting then drawing an intelligent look at a subject, building the tension slowly and realistically. Griffin Moore's character is damaged in a way readers can relate well too. None would want to be in his shoes yet all want him to succeed and find happiness. Lyndie Anderson was not as sympathetic or likable. While one understands her army brat background, it does not explain all the excuses she gives for being the way she is. Many women grow up under similar circumstances and don't turn out as hard and fearful of love and commitment. Because of this, she becomes the major downside to the story for me.
I also feel that while Shalvis is an expert at the physical aspects of a romance, she falls far short when it comes to emotional depth in her stories. So bottom line, if you like lots of physical stuff along with your suspense, there are few better. If, however, you prefer a rich emotional, loving read, it would probably be best to look elsewhere.