SEEING RED

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Summer Abrams and Joe Walker were teenage buddies until a warehouse fire killed Summer's father and injured her. To cope with the grief, Summer left Ocean Beach to pursue a career leading adventuring tours. Meanwhile, overweight Joe stayed in town and slimmed down, eventually becoming the fire marshal.

Now, 12 years later, Summer has returned to help her mother when fire again becomes the enemy. Seeing Summer once more reminds Joe of his teenage unrequited love. To Summer, Joe was her best friend in the world, and she deeply regrets leaving so abruptly, but accepting and dealing with her emotions is not something she's prepared to do. When another fire almost kills Summer, Joe tries to put the pieces together to discover who is behind the death and destruction.

This is one heroine with serious commitment issues. In a turnabout from the more typical fear-of-commitment stories, it is Summer's traumas rather than Joe's fears that are their biggest stumbling blocks. Seeing Red packs quite the emotional punch, providing both an irresistible hero and a dangerous mystery. Shalvis definitely delivers drama. (May, 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith