Monday, April 27, 2020

Burn Zone (Hotshots #1) by Annabeth Albert ~ Book Review with Author Q&A

Introducing Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…

Smoke jumper 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 smoke jumping 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, never mind 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.

This book is approximately 90,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

I couldn't put this book down! The slow burn between Linc and Jacob became a sizzling heat that rival the fires they put out.

Linc and Wyatt have been friends for years and worked together as smoke jumpers but there was one thing that had come between them, Wyatt was always warning Linc away from Jacob, his younger brother. Jacob was ten years younger then Linc and came out to his family nineteen and his brother wasn't to happy about it. This twist to the story was nicely done there was no gay bashing or drunken bar fights, Annabeth Albert shows readers a different side of things that not many people see, how families react to finding out someone is gay when they are on the homophobic side of things whether its because of religion or upbringing or personal insecurities. 

Linc's promise to Wyatt about staying away from Jacob is what has Linc fighting with himself for the majority of the book but sometimes promises are made to the wrong people and they shouldn't cost you your happiness. The chemistry between Jacob and Linc is something that is worth fighting for, even if you're fighting a ghost.

If you enjoyed the OUT OF UNIFORM Series by Annabeth Albert this series is for you. I would also recommend this book to readers that enjoy the Best Friends Sibling Trope or the Hurt/Comfort Trope.

Happy Reading!!!

Nadine Bookaholic:  Do you listen to music while writing? Does it influence the flow of the scene you are writing? 
Annabeth Albert:  Yes! I always have music going and listen to music for the book that sets the mood and tone. The Burn Zone playlist is right here: 
NB:  Can you tell us about your upcoming book? 
AA: So the next book in this series is HIGH HEAT! It’s coming in July and it’s Garrick’s book! I am so excited to bring you this sexy hurt/comfort book! And there’s a matchmaking dog! It was one of the most fun, rewarding books for me to write! 
NB:  Name three things on your desk right now. 
AA: Empty coffee cup, lemon meringue cheesecake (so good! See my Instagram for pics!), and a bracelet that my kid made me! 
NB:  What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 
AA: I loved all the smoke jumper research, but to me, the best thing here was the chemistry between the heroes. All the pining and longing! 
NB:  To get to know you a little bit better... Do you have a pet or something that is special to you that you could share with us?
AA:  I’ve probably shown you guys Shiny before but this is a recent picture of her thinking that she’s going to get a sausage if she begs enough! 

About Author Annabeth Albert: 

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series. To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.

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