Genres: Contemporary Romance
Lina McArthur has spent her life in Marietta, Montana, in the shadow of her doctor father. But now that she’s finally broken free and moved away, she is determined to figure out who she is out of her scrubs. Then she meets the first man to ever tempt her to let him take them off…
Dean “Ace” Clark has been on the run from a troubled and tragic past. When a work-related injury sends the smoke jumper to the hospital, his wounds are tended by the beautiful Dr. McArthur. Just one problem. He knows the McArthur name, and she’s connected to the past he desperately wants to stay one step ahead of.
Ace has never been afraid to jump into a dangerous situation, but falling for Lina might just be the biggest leap of courage he’s ever faced…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Ignite” by Nicole Helm is book 3 in the Firefighters of Montana series and can be read as a standalone. This novel is the story of Dean “Ace” Clark, a Smokejumper firefighter and Lina McArthur, a doctor. First let me say that I really love this series. The heroes are rugged, alpha and sexy and I like the heroines as well because they are smart and not flighty. Even though the five book series is written by different authors, I can honestly say the writing from book to book flowed perfectly making no difference to the stories being told. In addition, the characters from past and future books are mentioned throughout. If you’re a fan of the Montana Born books by Tule publishing, you will love the mentions of Marietta. Actually Ace’s sister’s story was previously written “Keep Me Cowboy” also by Nicole Helm. I admit that wasn’t one of my favorites in that series because I didn’t like the characters as much but having read it, I had more understanding of Ace’s past.
Lina moved from her hometown, Marietta to Kalispell to make a new life for herself, out from her father’s shadow and the stigma of the prestigious McArthur name. Lina’s father was not an affectionate man; more condescending than anything. Lina just wanted to be known for her own talents as a respected doctor without the influence of her affluent family name. Unfortunately, because of the stifling way she was raised, Lina was uncultured of the real world in so many ways. She lacked the experience and joy of having fun. Lina was very intelligent but sadly ignorant of many things in life.
Ace was running from the past, hiding his identity so he wouldn’t be found. Ace had his reasons although I disagreed with how he let his self-banishment go on for so long. When he meets Lina in the hospital following an injury sustained during a forest fire, there is a small recognition however he denies his true identity when questioned by Lina. Of course she is suspicious and decides to do some investigating.
As Ace and Lina get to know each other, Ace stays true in his denial and even though she doesn’t believe him, Lina decides to ignore it for the time being as they grow closer. “Ignite” was a beautiful story. I loved watching Lina let down her walls and learn to enjoy life without analyzing everything. Ace was such a likable character. I just loved him! Ace was sexy and sweet and even protective, not to mention he had a romantic side too. There was some angst leading up the the HEA but so worth it! I can’t wait to read the next in series, “Heat.”