Author: LoLo Paige
Series: Blazing Hearts Wildfire Series, #3
Publication date: April 30th 2023
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Can an Alaskan firestorm lead to true love under a midnight sun?
Alaskan firefighter Raynie Atwood thinks she know what she wants—until a walking encyclopedia disguised as a hotshot firefighter storms into her life. Grieving loss and betrayal by the man she once loved, Raynie sets her sights on a top command post for wildland fire. But when an extended drought, a high heat, and beetle-killed forests add up to the perfect firestorm, Raynie’s leadership is put to the test.
To add fuel to the fire, Cohen Tremblay tests Raynie at every turn as she works to save sled dogs and Iditarod mushers dog kennels in a deadly Alaskan conflagration…and to make matters worse, a deadly threat from Raynie’s past has her fearing for her life.
But when Raynie’s world goes up in flames, Cohen may be the only one Raynie can rely on…hard to do when she no longer trusts any man, let alone a bullish co-worker. Instead, she constructs a rock-solid containment line around her heart. But fire is unpredictable, and so is love. Will their chance for love be snuffed before it ignites?
Romance, fire, and betrayal…another deadly mix!
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She sensed what was coming and was powerless to stop it—nor did she want to. But conflicted panic hit and she pushed him away, breathless. “We can’t do this. It’s the wrong time…the wrong place. We’re on a fire and…I don’t look good.”
She ran out of reasons as a divine revelation hit her—she was exactly where she was meant to be—with the person she was meant to be with. She gazed into his eyes, grateful for this man who’d found his way into her life. When she read what was in his eyes, she understood her life would never be the same.
“No. You don’t look good.” Cohen undid her messy bun, letting her hair drop. “You look absolutely beat-the-wall beautiful.” He combed her hair with his fingers, then brushed his lips up the side of her neck.
“Cohen…” She gasped at the sensation he delivered to girl parts she hadn’t been aware of.
He drew back. “We don’t have the luxury of time. You and I both know one year is like eighty in firefighter years.” He slid his hand under her robe and eased it off one shoulder, nibbling it. “All the more reason to make love with you, Fire Chick.”
Goosebumps sprung up on her skin like fireweed. “Now? What if…what if I, um, say no?” Coherent thought went on vacation and word formation hitched along for the ride.
He brushed his thumb over her lips. “Then I won’t.”
“You’d give up that easily?”
“No.” His definitive answer and the lip action on the side of her neck drove her insane.
“I can’t think when you do that,” she whispered, lust short-circuiting all logic. Her heart ricocheted somewhere in between.
“What do you want, Raynie?” he breathed in her ear.
All the doubts and fears about him that had swirled around in her mind promptly vanished, replaced by a sense of clarity and purpose. A sense of calm streamed through her. “You.”
“Good, because I can’t stop.” He plunged his tongue into her mouth, and she welcomed the sweet taste of pizza and soda and Cohen. His body was solid as titanium. She’d not smoothed her hands over titanium that she could recollect—but this body had to be as strong. She’d always admired the ripped physiques of male firefighters, but this was the first time she’d experienced the tactile sensation of one up close and personal.
Her brain drove away on vacation while her heart jumped into the driver’s seat.
Cohen held her face in his hands. “You’re trembling.”
“It’s just…I’m not sure about this. Haven’t done it in a while.”
“Do I look worried?” He tilted her face toward his. “There’s no reason to be nervous.”
“I’m not,” she lied, hoping to convince herself. “I’m just…you’re so…and I loathed you…”
“Not anymore, I hope.” Cohen kissed her while his hands sneaked inside her robe, leaving a trail of fire on her skin.
She closed her eyes. “It’s too soon for this. We haven’t known each other that long…” she trailed off, his touch igniting every cell in her body.
“Not too soon. Not with you. This isn’t a one-night stand, you know.” His chocolate voice drifted through her, like sweet, viscous music. He lifted to peer into her eyes. “I’ll stop if you want me to. The last thing I want is to pressure you.”
She was so strangled with desire she could hardly form a sentence. Voices screamed in her brain. Yes! No! Yes! No! Do it—you want him—you know you do. Decide, dammit!
She found her voice. “You realize this is our point-of-no-return, right?”
Cohen brushed her hair away from her face. “We’re risk-takers. That’s why we fight fire. If you step into this fire with me, I promise you won’t regret it.”
about the author
LoLo Paige is an award-winning author and former wildland firefighter whose debut novel, Alaska Spark, has received several awards for best indie romance. Her second book, Alaska Inferno, was a finalist for best indie romance in the 2022 Kindle Book Review Awards.
LoLo writes strong female firefighters and hunky smokejumpers who battle wildland fire in Alaska. She loves writing about the trust, friendships, and pitfalls of falling in love in the action-packed, perilous world of wildfire in her action adventure romances in The Blazing Hearts Wildfire Series. The characters in her stories are battling more than just fires, they’re struggling to stay alive—and they’re willing to risk it all for love.
Alaska Spark and Alaska Inferno have ranked No.1 on the Amazon Bestseller Lists for action adventure and romantic suspense in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The true story about LoLo’s fire crew escaping a runaway wildfire won an Alaska Press Club award and inspired her debut novel, Alaska Spark. The third book in her wildland fire series, Alaska Blaze, drops this spring.
In addition to her action-adventure romance firefighter series, LoLo also writes romantic suspense thrillers and romantic comedies. Other books under her romance umbrella are, Hello Spain, Goodbye Heart, a recently released travel romance, and Irish Thunder, to be released later in 2023, by The Wild Rose Press.
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