For the first time since I started writing this blog, I decided to combine a few book reviews into one post as they are all for the same series and I’ve been reading them as if they are a handful of m&m’s, and I can’t seem to stop! I did do a separate review for the first book in the series, Barely Breathing, so I won’t be including it in this post. I didn’t see a reason to create a different post for each book though since they are all in the same series. Not to mention I’m already on book six and haven’t done a review on any of them since the first (hahaha).
Once I started reading this series it’s been hard to put the books down. I’m so addicted that I’ve read all the way up to book six within the matter of a week. Granted, the books aren’t that long as each is only a couple hundred pages. They’re quick reads but they have been so enjoyable. They’ve made me laugh out loud, cry a couple of times, and made me feel as if I was going to have heat stroke from the delicious sex scenes that can be found in each.
Do I recommend reading these books? Hell yes!
Much like some of my other favorite series, I always love when the characters of the previous books are brought along into the story in those that follow after them. This makes it more enjoyable as you get to continue following along with what their lives have been like after you’ve read their main story. You get to go along for the ride with their ups and downs, and the sudden flips that come along the way. And let’s not forget the hunky men (and gorgeous women) and all the sex that goes along with them. I know this series isn’t for everyone but I truly can’t see how you can’t enjoy this fun, and smoky-hot, series.
My review of Barely Breathing – Book 1
Slow Burn – Book 2
“Firemen are my favorite color.”
Pamela Clare, Slow Burn, p. 13
I enjoyed this book so much that I actually read it in one day. I just couldn’t seem to get enough of Eric and Victoria. Their relationship didn’t exactly start off on the best of settings as when Eric had first thought he was picking up a male friend of Lexi’s from the airport, not the female he found himself flirting with, and complaining to about the person he thought he was there to get. Landing his ass in some pretty heated water with her. I could feel the heat between the two of them slowly start to flame from the beginning and I couldn’t keep my nose out of the pages. This book didn’t bring any tears to the eyes but it did bring quite a bit of laughter, and plenty of times of needing to fan myself to cooling as it got quite steamy between the two of them.
Falling Hard – Book 3
“She was suffering, and you dulled her pain. She was scared, and you held her. She drifted into unconsciousness knowing she wasn’t alone.”
Pamela Clare, Falling Hard, p. 196
This book had me crying buckets of tears. It continually tore at my heart over and over. And I couldn’t seem to get enough, so much so that it only took me two days to read this one, and it only took that long because work decided it needed to get in the way like usual. This particular book hit home hard for me as we get to know Jesse Moretti, another member of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team, who’s also a former Army Ranger suffering from his time in Iraq. There are a handful of people in my life that have also spent time fighting in the same war, bringing home the hardships that come along with it and I’ve seen them suffer one time too many from their time over there. Thankfully, for Jesse, he finds the family that is able to pull him out of his hard times and show him that he’s worth fighting for.
Tempting Fate – Book 4
“That’s what courage is—doing something that needs to be done even though you’re afraid”
Pamela Clare, Tempting Fate, p. 57
This particular book actually felt a bit rushed to me, at least when it came to the relationship between Chaska Belcourt and Naomi Archer. I still enjoyed the story but for how Chaska was portrayed when it came to relationships, and well, not really having any, I seemed as if he rushed things with Naomi and went against his usual self. Like with the previous books in the series you can feel the true connection between the two but I think it would have made for a better read if the two of them got to know each other more before jumping into bed together. Yes, people do have one-nighters with others, but Chaska and Naomi don’t come across as people who would have those, so them jumping into a relationship as quickly as they did had me questioning things a bit. But like I said, it’s still a good read, I just didn’t feel as close to the two of them as I did with the previous books. Everything was just so rushed with this one.
Close to Heaven – Book 5
“When life sucks, eat cookies.”
Pamela Clare, Close to Heaven, p. 71
I’m so happy that Rain and Joe got their own story. I did read somewhere that this particular story was meant to be a Novella instead of a Novel but apparently the author just couldn’t stop writing about them. And I’m so happy that she didn’t. From the first chapter there is action happening between the two of them, granted, it is twenty years in the making. I was hooked from chapter one with this story making it easy to carry on with my love for the books. There isn’t as much action that goes on within this book other than Joe and Rain fighting their feelings for each other, but that alone was interesting enough. There were definitely plenty of times I wanted to smack Joe upside the head and tell him to get his ass in gear. He refused to let himself be happy which resulted in Rain also not being able to be happy and it came too close for my liking of things ending horribly between the two.
About Slow Burn
Victoria Woodley is done with men. Fresh off a dating nightmare, she flies from her home in Chicago to Scarlet Springs to take part in her best friend’s wedding. Who picks her up at the airport? Eric Hawke. Of course. he made a fool of herself over him last time she was here. He’s cocky, charming, and sexy as sin. But the fact that she’s attracted to him is all the proof she needs that he’s bad news.
Eric isn’t looking for a relationship. Between running the firehouse and volunteering for the county’s search and rescue team, he has enough on his plate. Yet from the moment he looks into Victoria’s big brown eyes, the attraction he feels is too strong to deny. Faster than he can imagine, the spark of desire that has smoldered between them since the first day they met will flare into full-blown passion.
About Falling Hard
Ellie Meeks promised her pilot husband that if anything happened to him, she would live her life to the fullest. Three years later, she is still alone, raising the twins he never met. She has no interest in dating or meeting men—until one snowy night when a stranger helps her get her sick kids safely home. That stranger turns out to be a former Army Ranger and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He’s also tall, rugged… and irresistibly sexy.
Jesse Moretti came to Colorado to get Iraq out of his head, using the adrenaline of extreme sports and high-risk mountain rescues to keep his mind off the past. But getting involved with Ellie might be the riskiest thing he’s ever done. It’s not just their explosive chemistry. There’s something about Ellie that gets inside him, opening him to feelings he’s tried hard to ignore.
About Tempting Fate
Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.
Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that fate led him to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her.
About Close to Heaven
Rain Minear has fantasized about finding herself in Joe Moffat’s arms for years. It’s just her luck that the night it finally happens, he’s carrying her into the emergency room. It’s Joe who steps up to help her when a tragedy brings her life crashing down. He gives her a place to stay, helps her get back on her feet, and even tries to save her Christmas, though he’s never cared for the holiday. But he’s far too ethical to sleep with a member of his staff, holding her at arms length despite the long-simmering attraction between them.
Joe Moffat moved to Scarlet Springs to repay a debt. He’s struggled for years to keep his hands off Rain. She’s the general manager of his brewpub, and he is not that kind of boss. But, oh, she turns him on. More than that, she has the biggest heart of any woman he’s ever known. He’d do anything to see her smile again, even put up a Christmas tree and listen to carols.
When a Rocky Mountain blizzard leaves them snowbound, they can no longer ignore their feelings for one another. As their passion turns to something deeper, it becomes clear to them both that this will be the most important Christmas of their lives.
About Holding On
Harrison Conrad returned to Scarlet Springs from Nepal, the sole survivor of a freak accident on Mt. Everest. Shattered and grieving for his friends, he vows never to climb again and retreats into a bottle of whiskey—until Kenzie Morgan shows up at his door with a tiny puppy asking for his help. He’s the last person in the world she should ask to foster this little furball. He’s barely capable of managing his own life right now, let alone caring for a helpless, adorable, fluffy puppy. But Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie with her bright smile and sweet curves. One look into her pleading blue eyes, and he can’t say no.
Kenzie Morgan’s life went to the dogs years ago. A successful search dog trainer and kennel owner, she gets her fill of adventure volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. The only thing missing from her busy life is love. It’s not easy finding Mr. Right in a small mountain town, especially when she’s unwilling to date climbers. She long ago swore never again to fall for a guy who might one day leave her for a rock. When Conrad returns from a climbing trip haunted by the catastrophe that killed his best friend, Kenzie can see he’s hurting and wants to help. She just might have the perfect way to bring him back to the world of the living. But friendship quickly turns into something more—and now she’s risking her heart to heal his.
About Chasing Fire (have not yet read)
Fire chief Eric Hawke knows it’s only a matter of time until the next big wildfire. He’s done everything he can to prepare his crews for the inevitable. When high winds turn a small blaze into a raging crown fire that threatens Scarlet Springs, he, Brandon Silver, and the rest of Scarlet FD put their lives on the line to save the town and its citizens. But the one thing Hawke hadn’t planned for was bureaucratic red tape and waffling from higher-ups that could turn this crisis into a catastrophe. When his requests for support go unheeded, he’s faced with the prospect of watching the town he loves burn to ashes.
But sometimes help comes from unexpected places.
Marc Hunter, Julian Darcangelo, and Zach McBride are in the mountains above Scarlet Springs for an interagency training exercise when they see a single wisp of smoke to the west. What begins as a fun day of playing cops and bad guys soon becomes a battle against time, as they join forces with Hawke and members of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team to save friends trapped by the fire.