Genres: Contemporary Romance
Callie McClain is back in Montana after a twelve year absence to care for her ailing father, despite the fact she can’t stand the cold and isolation. But in an ironic twist of fate, it seems Montana is finally giving her what she wants—blistering heat and a fiery glow that threatens to incinerate everything in its path. Wildfire. The only thing hotter than the advancing flames is the smokejumper who comes to her rescue, and suddenly Callie is finding reasons why Montana might just have everything she’s ever wanted.
Tyler Dodson can’t recall a time when he didn’t want to be a smokejumper. There’s nothing as dangerous—or as exhilarating—as jumping, until he rescues a pretty veterinarian from an advancing wildfire. He knows he shouldn’t get involved. He doesn’t need that kind of complication in his life, and distractions of any kind can be deadly in his line of work. So why can’t he keep his mind – and his hands – off of Callie McClain?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Heat” Firefighters of Montana is the fourth of five in this series. What a beautiful story! I can’t say enough about how much I love this series. All the novels in this series are written by different authors. This one was written by Karen Foley. Here we have the story of smokejumper/firefighter, Tyler Dodson and veterinarian Callie McClain.
Callie, born and raised in Montana, returns to her childhood home to take care of her father who is recovering from a massive heart attack. Callie puts her life on hold and leaves her home in California to help her father. She has no intention of staying permanently in Montana. In fact, she plans to convince her father to return to California with her. Of course he is stubborn and wouldn’t willingly leave his home. In fact, he nearly gets them killed when he refuses to leave their home which is a sanctuary for his precious wolves.
Tyler is a smokejumper. He literally jumps from an airplane into forest fires. I actually learned a lot about what smokejumpers do and I have great respect and admiration for how they put themselves in extreme danger. During a wildfire, Tyler is sent with a small crew to rescue a man and his daughter who are currently in the path of the fires. The first time Tyler sets eyes on Callie he is struck with a strange feeling and all his protective instincts come alive. Of course, Tyler and Callie can’t make a relationship work when he lives in Montana and she in California.
This was a sweet story of two people finding love and a way to make it work. It was not an easy journey for them. This was no insta-love story; it was realistic and their feelings for each other grew gradually, but were no less intense. When they finally came together…..well let’s just say this novel was appropriately named…HEAT…!!!
Tyler and Callie were good people and good for each other. They were likable characters and easy to connect with and it was sweet and satisfying to watch them find their HEA.
That being said, there was one small detail that bothered me in this novel. Tyler’s co-worker and friend, Ace, had his HEA in the previous book, “Ignite.” However, there were repeated insinuations throughout the book that he was still single. That annoyed me a bit but it had no reflection on how much I loved Tyler and Callie’s story.