An interesting and different paced return to her firefighting crew

Up In Smoke coverUp in Smoke by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annabeth Albert’s return to her firefighting crew has some highlights but also left me frustrated at times.

Both Brandt and Shane have deep insecurities which make them hesitant and, while I totally understand, it also made the romance feel a bit more subdued.

Having said that, I adored the family aspect of the narrative, Jewel was a little sweetheart for all that she’s a tiny baby .

I felt the connection both men had with her grow strongly while they fought their feelings for each other.

Another thing which made me happy, and I absolutely agreed with Annabeth’s explanation in her author note, was the lack of any job related fire drama.

While there are still incidents, there wasn’t the bone deep fear of something happening out on a major incident and I appreciated it.

The relationship itself fluctuates between consuming passion, it’s hot how much Brandt is into being on the receiving end of Shane’s touches, and angsty panic.

Ultimately though, alls well in the end as each man comes to realise he can rely on the other to support and encourage, love and protect.

The Epilogue set two years later, is wonderfully sweet and gives a very definite Happy Ever After.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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