Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blue Flame by Jill Shalvis

After San Diego firefighter Jake Rawlins is injured in a heroic, high-profile rescue, he decides to hide from the media and recover in solitude. So he retreats to the Blue Flame, the Arizona guest ranch he inherited from his father. The remote oasis under a clear azure sky might seem like a bit of heaven, but Jake finds himself longing to return to the city, where he can be lost in a crowd instead of alone with his thoughts--or-his spread's tempestuous manager.

Callie Hayes has put into the Blue Flame her heart and soul--both of which are shaken when her wildly sexy employer returns, rekindling memories of the stormy past they shared. But Jake's a different man, and soon he's setting off sparks that could lead to a love hot enough to change both their lives.

I went back a ways with Jill Shalvis, thanks to the DC Public Library, and ended up with Blue Flame - a not too shabby firefighter romance. It almost reminded me of something by Diana Palmer, with the western backdrop and two people finding each other again after a 'night of passion' (I couldn't help myself). Jake and Callie don't know what to do with ranch Jake's father left him - he's bitter and Callie just wants to protect the only home she's ever known. 

It's a familiar plot (though what the hell - could a firefighter really be sued by a snot nosed kid claiming 'rough handling'? Cause that's messed up) that was fun to read. I think I've got others of Shalvs's characters that I liked more, though the side story between Jake's brother and the new ranch cook was super cute. I don't think they get a book of their own but it was a sweet side story that I didn't expect to enjoy. Recommended as a comfort library read :).

Overall Feeling - B-

Series - 1) White Heat 2) Blue Flame 3) Seeing Red