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Blog Tour: Feel The Fire by Annabeth ALbert

Feel The Fire | Annabeth Albert

Hotshots #3

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Release Date: October 26th, 2020

Publisher: Carina Press

Length: 336 pages

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Blurb

When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze…

Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.

Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.

Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts. Don’t miss the Hotshots series from Annabeth Albert: Burn Zone, High Heat and Feel the Fire.

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Excerpt

“I’m sorry, we’re getting who?” Tucker was usually all about getting through the morning meeting as quickly as possible, and he’d learned through years of working with Fred that too many questions would slow the boss down, lead to tangents and rambles and a lost morning he could have been working. And a lost morning meant being late getting out of here in the afternoon, meant another hasty dinner for him and the twins and grumbles all around. So he made a point of paying attention to the announce­ments and getting information right the first time, but this time he had to have heard Fred wrong.

“New fire behavior specialist out of California—Angeles National Forest is sending him since we’re still under a hiring freeze and now down to a bare-bones op­eration. You know all that. You were complaining about overtime last week.”

“I get that we need some more boots on the ground. But I’ve been working as burn boss the last several fires, and Garrick’s coming along too. Would be nice if they’d send us some more admin support and not someone who’s going to expect a leadership role.”

“Don’t get your feathers ruffled. You’re both an asset to incident command, sure, but we need this guy’s fire behavior experience, especially as it pertains to arson. He’s got the analytical skills we can use and the experi­ence to back it up.”

“Glad they’re finally taking the arson suspicions seriously. And what did you say the name was?” That last part was what he really wanted to know. He could deal with the problem of too many chefs in the kitchen, but he could have sworn Fred had said—

“Luis Rivera. Comes to us with great experience.”

“Sounds good.” He managed a nod, even as his head swam. Fuck. Maybe there were a lot of guys with that name in the LA area. Maybe it was some stodgy near-retiree and not the darkest, deepest pair of eyes Tucker had ever known. The voice husky and earnest. The smile he’d never forget.

“Apparently he knows the area at least a little is what his boss told me on the phone.”

And with that, Tucker’s cornflakes and coffee turned to bricks in his stomach, a heavy weight he hadn’t felt in eons. There might be plenty of guys with that name in California but there had only been one Luis Rivera in central Oregon, the one who’d left with Tucker’s heart all those years ago.

“They’re making me go.” Luis’s voice had wavered, first time Tucker had seen him cry since he’d broken his arm back on a fourth grade dare, and even then, he’d been more mad than sad, all sputtering bravado. This was a level of devastation Tucker had never seen from his friend.

His chest hurt, like he was some hapless cartoon char­acter and his heart really had been cleaved in half by this news. Scooting closer, he wrapped an arm around Luis’s slim shoulders, trying to be brave for both of them.

“You could stay with us to finish school. Share my room and—”

“I’m hardly your parents’ favorite person.” Luis’s weighty sigh hit Tucker like that time a swing had slammed into his gut, because he was right. Tucker’s par­ents weren’t going to come charging in to save the day.

“I’ll wait for you,” he promised.

Only Tucker hadn’t. And if it was that same Luis, well, there wasn’t going to be any avoiding him. As short­handed as they were, it wasn’t like Tucker could claim some of his mountain of unused vacation days. Fred would want him working closely with this person. But maybe he could figure a way around—

“Should be here any minute.”

Or not. Damn it. He needed time to sort himself out, time he apparently wasn’t going to get because here came Fred’s assistant, Christine, knocking at the conference room door, ushering in…

A stranger.

Not the boy Tucker had known. A man. One with a couple of flecks of gray in his dark hair, which was neatly styled, not all choppy and goth, and he had a lean, muscu­lar build, taller than him by a couple of inches, not some scrawny kid. His shoulders were solid, a man who had known his share of heavy labor, and the biceps peeking out of his forest service polo said he kept that work up. The edge of a tattoo played peekaboo with his sleeve. Tucker’s memory had miles of smooth tawny skin, no tat­toos or scars like the one this guy had on his other arm.

But right when Tucker’s shoulders were about to relax, the pit in his stomach starting to ease, the guy frowned, and Tucker would recognize that hard, defiant look any­where. Luis’s head tilted, revealing the familiar curve of his neck to his shoulder that Tucker remembered all too well.

“Tucker?” The Californian accent drew out the vowels in his name, an effect that could make him feel special and singled out when whispered on a starless night. But add a little disdain and a deeper timbre than Tucker recalled, and it made him feel like an unwanted extra in a surfing movie.

“Yeah.” He nodded, head feeling untethered, like a helium balloon about to escape.

“What the—” Luis blinked, then drew his shoulders back, professional distance taking over, smoothing his facial features and softening his next few words. “Sorry. Wasn’t expecting…”

“Y’all know each other?” Fred stood to greet the newcomer with a hearty handshake. “Now, that’s just great. Small world, right?”

“Right,” Tucker echoed weakly, unable to take his eyes off Luis. “Small world.”

Too small. Especially considering that he’d once seen the miles between them as an uncrossable sea, a distance so great it made his brain hurt almost as much as his heart. Once upon a time, he would have given anything to end up in the same room again, weeks of working together looming, and now he’d trade an awful lot to avoid it.

About the Author

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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.

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 children.

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Kit and Henry’s story is one of loss and longing but ultimately of love

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Utter perfection.

This book was everything I hoped it would be and much, much more. Kit Redford has always fascinated me whenever he’s appeared in this series of books from Joanna.

Henry, Duke of Avesbury, we last saw bursting into Simon Reid’s office when he was meeting Murdo and David in The Bequest and in obvious distress.

In this book we find out why. Poor Henry has spent 18 years believing his Christopher was comfortably living in the house he’d bought for him with a yearly stipend and a nice payoff to invest for his future.

Instead, the reader knows Kit has had a traumatic time, glimpses of which we’ve had throughout the Enlightenment series, as he was left alone and vulnerable when Henry was forced to leave him because of a promise to his dying wife.

Henry is such a wonderful man, he is everything you’d ever hope a Duke would be, caring, responsible, willing to do his duty to the best of his ability, and capable of dealing with immeasurable loss and still go on. His is the perfect English stiff upper lip in attitude.

There may be readers who think “but he cheated on his wife?” with Kit. But, it’s more than that. There is an understanding between Henry and his wife because of her own nature, and I really appreciated that she was herself a thoughtful and kind person. She’d been fully complicit in Henry finding himself a lover.

Kit has always been there in the background, the owner of the self-named club where gentlemen of a certain persuasion could come and freely mingle without fear of discovery or exposure.

But there’s always been a sense of him holding something back, there was an air of aloofness amid his joviality and here we finally get the full story of these two men.

With a beautifully written narrative, Joanna gives the reader their journey back, they are Restored not only in each other’s eyes but also in the love that they’ve never lost.

And she does it through a multitude of individual plotlines which weave brilliantly together to create a build up of tension which all comes to a head with a dramatic encounter at a gaming den (and hello Jake Sharp, aren’t you a delicious character!)

This is also wonderfully steamy, the dynamic between Kit and Henry is turned utterly on its head and oh gawd how much did I love seeing Henry willing to do whatever Kit wished?! So, so emotionally vulnerable and chemistry bouncing off the charts.

I won’t go into more detail than I have here, other than to say there wasn’t a bit of this story that didn’t work for me. In actuality, it was the complete opposite, it left me wanting more.

More Kit and Henry, more of Simon Reid, definitely more Jake Sharp.

It also gave me George and Freddy, Henry’s two grown-up sons, and George is just like Henry and oh, how my heart hurt for him. His has clearly been broken and a throwaway comment from his father years before has led to a world of unintended pain, which I really hope Joanna is going to resolve with his own book.

And yes, I’m begging you for that one, Joanna! 😁😉😊

PS: How gorgeous is this cover too?! The Enlightenment series has some of my absolute favourite covers in the genre, such simplicity which evokes not only the time period but the men inside.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Release Blitz My Only Reason By Leigh Lennon

My Only Reason | Leigh Lennon

A Love is Love Book #1

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Release Date: October 15, 2020

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Blurb

Ryder

It’s a cliche’ really, falling in love with my best friend, my very straight best friend. And to add more complications, I’m a football player, about to be drafted. We’re manly men.

We aren’t supposed to be gay. But I am and I love the one person I’ll never have. Until fate forces us together six years later. It’ll be both a fantasy and hell on earth, playing alongside Crush—the only man who will ever truly own my heart.

Crush

He dropped a bomb on me. Then he left, never looking back. Our friendship—ruined until he lands back in my life. His presence is just as big as ever. I never forgot him, or what that one kiss so many years ago still does to my body. He’s here, but is he willing to stay?

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About The Author

Leigh Lennon is a mother, veteran and a wife of a cancer survivor. Originally with a degree in education, she started writing as an outlet that has led to a deep passion. She lugs her computer with her as she crafts her next story. Her imaginary friends become real on her pages as she creates a world for them.

She loves pretty nails, spikey hair and large earrings. Leigh can be found drinking coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.

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