Jakes Rawlins loves his job as a San Diego firefighter. Then he is seriously injured in a fire rescue that puts him in the hospital and into the middle of a lawsuit that creates a media frenzy. Jake decides to escape to have time to heal physically and emotionally. His retreat is the Blue Flame, an Arizona guest ranch that was left to him by his late father.
When Jake arrives at the Blue Flame, he has to deal with other issues such as whether he will need to sell the ranch and how he will deal with the ranch's manager, Callie Hayes, with whom he had a relationship in the past. Callie has put her whole being into the Blue Flame, so she is rightfully concerned about her future with it and nervous about renewed feelings for Jake. Can the sparks between them ignite into flames of passion or turn into cold embers?
Blue Flame is the second single title book in Jill Shalvis' Firemen series. Her talent for mixing humor with heartwarming charm is clearly evident in this excellent story. The hero is charismatic and strong, but learns to deal with his physical wounds as well as emotional ones from the past. In Callie, the author has created a strong and determined heroine faced with tough choices. There are spicy love scenes and plenty of romance along the way. The most satisfying element of Blue Flame is the way it shows how we all must deal with the hurts and burdens of the past before we can move on to happier and healthier futures. The vibrant descriptions bring the setting to life, and the dialogue rings true. The characters are all richly drawn, and the secondary characters add extra depth to this story about the healing power of love.
Fans of Ms. Shalvis will be entranced by this latest novel. She has an extraordinary talent that is sure to add new readers to her fan base. I know I will be looking forward to future novels.