Marsh starts a new series with this tale featuring sexy smokejumpers, a minor suspense plot, high school classmates reunited and some interesting firefighting information. The tension between the bad boy, with wanderlust and commitment issues, and the reserved hometown beauty, who wants a family and a happily-ever-after ending, may get a little weary. But, it is an entertaining read with likable characters.
When Jack’s adoptive mother calls with a request for firefighting help, Jack and his foster brothers head home to small-town California. There has been a flurry of unusual fires in this already dry, high-risk area, and Jack finds that the fires are centered around a lavender farm. He is surprised to find the farm has recently been purchased by Lily, the high school girl he kissed a decade ago — and hasn’t been able to forget since. Lily moved back home after a series of unexplained fires drove her out of San Francisco, on the run from a stalker. Can the incidents be connected? (BRAVA, Nov., 288 pp., $14.00)