A teenage pyromaniac nearly gets San Diego firefighter Jake Rawlings killed during a fire. To make matters worse, the kid's family then sues Jake for damages. Still recovering from his wounds, Jake leaves town—and the media hype—for Blue Flame, the Arizona guest ranch he's inherited from his estranged father.

Since Jake's father died, manager Callie Hayes has run the Blue Flame along with Jake's younger brother, Tucker. Callie and Jake spent one tempestuous night together years ago and it seems the flames have not quite died out.

But now the Blue Flame seems to be under a dark cloud; accidents and petty thefts keep occurring. Callie and Jake hope to find out what's happening before anyone is seriously hurt.

The touching overarching theme of this wonderful book is that of misfits discovering themselves and each other. The emotional depth and quality of Shalvis' characters leap off the page and provide a gripping reading experience. (Dec., 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith