Marsh’s second Smoke Jumpers novel sizzles with heady sensuality, and will delight both fans and newcomers. Her insight into each character, hero and villain alike, brings the story to vivid life, and the unquenchable heat between her two leads is utterly irresistible. Because no attempt made to gloss over the danger of her hero’s profession, every moment feels more intense and adds to the mounting tension of the plot. Though a bit slow to start, once the book’s leading couple succumbs to their initial spark of interest, there is no stopping this story from flaring to blistering life.
Big, strong and gruff, Evan Donovan is far more comfortable leaping from planes into raging wildfires than dealing with complications of the heart. But when he agrees to keep an eye on a friend’s ex-wife during her stay in town, he finds himself tempted by a passion too hot to ignore. Faye Duncan is determined to turn over a new leaf and make the best of her photo shoot of the firefighters of Strong, Calif. But when she realizes she may have a photo of an arsonist, she has no choice but to turn to Evan for help and savor every moment of his protection. (BRAVA, Apr., 320 pp., $9.95)