by Nora Roberts

April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-399-15744-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Putnam

Author Nora Roberts always seems to find something new to write about. In her newest novel, Chasing Fire, she explores the dangerous world of smoke-jumpers. This may not sound like fodder for a romance novel, but Ms. Roberts can bring passion to almost any profession.

Rowan Tripp grew up around the dangerous world of smoke jumping. Her dad, the legendary Iron Man Tripp started this training camp in Montana decades before. Rowan loves the thrill from jumping out of a plane and the satisfaction she gets from fighting man to man with her team as they work to stop fires from destroying the countryside.

Gulliver Curry has come to base camp as a rookie, but his skill set quickly moves him beyond the rest of the trainees. His experience on a hotshot crew has given him plenty of fire exposure, but jumping into the center of a blaze will be a new experience for him. His instructor, Rowan Tripp, is a novelty too. Tall, with the Valkyrie-like stature of her ancestors, she can out-fight and out-drink most mere mortals. Gull is instantly smitten.

When Rowan is put in danger, there is no fire fierce enough to keep Gulliver from protecting her. Together they will get to the bottom of all the turmoil surrounding the camp and find out who is behind it all.

Chasing Fires has it all. Danger, humor and passion are all condensed into a dynamic story filled with interesting characters. The real world drops away as readers disappear into expert storytelling.

Reviewed in April 2011 by Paula.

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