#Blogtour #Review #Extract: Burn Zone by Annabeth Albert @annabethalbert @CarinaPress @StephanieTzogas #BurnZone #Hotshots
Release date - 27th April 2020
Book length - 368 pages
Publisher - Carina Press
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I want to thank Stephanie from www.carinapress.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley. I also have an extract for you all to sink your teeth into, which you can read further down the page. Enjoy!
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…
Smokejumper 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 smokejumping 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, nevermind 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.
A Sizzling hot romance, BURN ZONE by Annabeth Albert is brimming with danger, action, and drama from start to finish.
Lincoln Reid is a smokejumper who likes to keep his personal life private. Working alongside his best friend, Wyatt, doing what they always wanted to do was all he ever wanted, even if Wyatt's homophobic jokes and comments sometimes rubbed him up the wrong way. But Linc trusted his best friend who saved his life in so many ways so when Wyatt made Linc promise to never go after his younger brother Jacob, Linc agreed even though it was difficult for him because there was a connection with Jacob. But Wyatt was the only real family that Linc knew and he would never jeopardise that.
Years later and Wyatt has passed away, and Linc finds himself training up Jacob to become a smokejumper, against his wishes. And it isn't long before that heat that was always between them flares to life again only this time there is even more strength behind the flames. But Linc is determined to leave at the end of the season and doesn't want to hurt Jacob or his family who may never forgive him. And then there is the promise he made to his best friend all those years ago. But Jacob is his own person and wants Linc more than words can say. He is willing to risk it all for a chance of happiness but can Linc let go of the past long enough to see that his future could be standing right in front of him? Or will Linc lose the most important person in his life for good?
BURN ZONE by Annabeth Albert is the first book in this new series (Hotshots) and I look forward to reading the next instalment. The characters are likeable and relatable, and I loved getting to know the real Linc, behind the uptight and controlled facade that he tries to maintain all the time. Jacob is so sweet and I loved his determination to go after what he wants while never losing his own sense of self-worth. The smokejumper aspect of the story was exciting and intriguing and I enjoyed getting to know the other characters in this tight-knit community. And as for the romance element, this story is hot and I mean hot, so if sizzling sex scenes are your thing then look no further because this book has got it all. I love nothing more than a good love story and this is a great one.
BURN ZONE by Annabeth Albert is a wonderful gay romance and is sure to make hearts beat faster for fiction fans everywhere.
[…] Linc ended up heading outside to the firepit like he hadn’t known all along where he was headed. Jacob was just working on lighting the thing as the evening temperatures dropped.
“Need a hand?” he asked, squatting down next to him.
“Yours? Always.” Jacob was far too flirty for his family being close by, but Linc liked the warmth in his tone too much to call him on it.
“Here.” Linc handed him some kindling. Same as with the baby, they worked together silently, doing this task like they’d done it a thousand times before, when the reality was that the firepit had always been Wyatt’s domain, not Jacob’s. He liked working alongside Jacob, something that had both annoyed and buoyed him the last week, the way Jacob could often read his mind, anticipate what he was about to ask.
And somehow once the fire was going, they ended up the only two out there in the big wooden chairs, alone but not really. They sat in a companionable silence for a while before Jacob shifted, leaning forward, voice a bare whisper. “You know, I’ve been thinking—”
“Please don’t.” Linc wasn’t trying to be funny. The look on Jacob’s face, at once mischievous and earnest, so damn appealing, both turned him on and put him immediately on edge.
“We need to get this—” Jacob gestured between them “—out of our systems. Once and for all.”
“No.” It didn’t work like that, and it spoke to how damn young Jacob still was that he thought it did.
“Hear me out. One night. Then we can concentrate on work after. Put it behind us. Take away the mystery maybe.”
Linc snorted. It might be simply curiosity for Jacob, but it sure wasn’t for him. “It wouldn’t work.”
“Maybe not, but I at least want to try. You don’t?”
“I’m not an itch you scratch once.”
“That sure of yourself, huh?”
More like he was that sure of Jacob, but he said nothing, just stood. His no might be firm now, but he wasn’t made of iron either. Enough wheedling from Jacob and he might get twisted up enough to agree to that ridiculous plan.
“Night. You have a nice time now with your family. And see you tomorrow. At work.” He chose his words carefully, reminding them both about the two big reasons they couldn’t do anything foolish.
“Just think about it,” Jacob urged.
“It’s cake time!” someone called from the house, saving Linc from answering. But he would. He’d think about it all right. He’d think about it tonight, alone in his bed. And probably tomorrow, in the shower. And he’d want it, just like he had for years now, every cell in his body aware of what he could have but wouldn’t allow himself. Lord, how he’d want it, especially now that Jacob had made this diabolical little offer. One night.
And it didn’t help that a small piece of himself kept whispering, It might work. Never know. It could work. That part was wrong, of course, but it spoke to his want, wormed its way into his thoughts until he wasn’t sure how long his willpower could hold out.
Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
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