Will an Alpha cowboy find true love with a wounded warrior in this sexy, small town western?
Sometimes it takes more than water to put out a fire.
Daredevil Cassidy Grace tried for years to get Parker Hansen’s attention. It finally happened- the night before she left for basic training. Parker has always wondered what would have happened if he’d made a move sooner. Caught up in the ins and outs of fighting fires and working a ranch with his cousins, he didn’t have much time to think about it. But now that Cassidy’s back, a messed up combat veteran and the newest member of Prairie’s fire brigade, he’s thinking about it. A lot.
But Cassidy is fighting more than just fires. Her nights are tortured with visions from her experience as a combat helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. Her days are haunted by Parker offering something she thinks she’s not worthy to have.
Only love can quench this Fire
When Cassidy volunteers for a dangerous hotshot mission in the wilds of Colorado, Parker insists on going with her. As they travel together into a life-threatening situation, will their love combust like the trees that surround them? And in the battlefield of a forest fire, will Cassidy be brave enough to fight for the one thing that will snuff out the fires that rage within her?
You may have noticed I am trying to catch up before Prairie Fever releases in September. I am very much enjoying this series and the relationship to the Resolution Ranch series which I am reading in tandem. No pressure here at all.
In this one we get to know Cassidy Grace, the strong willed yet damaged combat pilot. She takes chances she shouldn’t, because it’s her way to deny her PTSD. Now a firefighter in Prairie and a pilot with the National Guard she battles the flames.
Parker had started something with Cassidy before she left for basic training, years ago. He wants to start where they left off but isn’t sure how she feels about it.
Battling a massive wildfire, Parker on the ground and Cassidy in the sky the two meet up as their crews get some down time.
This is a favorite scene.
“You gonna invite me to sit?”
Shit. His mother would whale him for a bullshit move like that. Quickly, Parker stood, gesturing to the chair across from him. “Please. Sit. I didn’t mean to leave you standing.”
She rolled her eyes, and let out a breathy laugh as she pulled out the chair across from him and sat. “I was just fucking with you, Park. Keep me company?”
“He’d love to,” Mike answered for him. “Don’t stay out too late kids,” he tossed over his shoulder as he dragged Cruz away with him, leaving the two of them alone.
Even though the room was crowded with exhausted and hungry firefighters, and chatter echoed from the walls, silence settled between them. Cassie ate quickly, stuffing a forkful of meatball into her mouth and chewing thoughtfully. Her eyes sparked with energy and amusement. How was it that she wasn’t tired?
“My job’s easier than yours.”
A laugh escaped from his chest. “Did I say that out loud?”
She smirked, fork stopping in midair. “Sure did. And nothing gets me excited like flying.” She popped another bite into her mouth giving him a wink.
Except sex, if he remembered correctly.
All the blood in his body rushed to his balls in a heated rush at the thought of seeing Cassie light up. “You sure about that?”
She stopped chewing, eyes narrowed, and slowly wiped her thumb across her plump lower lip.
Parker shifted uncomfortably in his seat, the energy of attraction overriding exhaustion and common sense. She’d been home a little over a month, and while they’d hung out with the rest of Prairie’s first responders, worked together, trained together, and run into each other at the Trading Post, they’d never been alone. Not that he hadn’t thought about how to get her alone. He had. A lot.
But this was Cassie, his former best friend. He should ask about her sisters, or whether she needed help fixing the beat-up motorcycle she always brought to him for repairs when they’d been young, not dream up excuses to get into her pants. But he couldn’t stop thinking about that. And he kept getting distracted by the damned zipper on her flight suit, mesmerized by the way her generous breasts pushed against the material.
“Eyes up, cowboy.”
He dragged his gaze away, a flush heating the back of his neck, and met her eyes. She
was shaking with suppressed laughter. At least she wasn’t pissed she’d caught him staring. He flashed her a sheepish grin. “Sorry.” Not so much.
She put down her fork and balanced her elbows on the table, leaning in. “So. When are you going to make your move?”
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Fire: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (pp. 15-16). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.
This book is very intense, the fire scenes are vivid and explicit. You can feel the tension and exhaustion of the crews in every word.
The heat isn’t only in the fire though as Cassidy and Parker ignite the pages. So much to love and overcome. Parker’s help with her motorcycle and his dismay at the damage she’d done to it, but thankfully not to herself. The overlap with the ranch and working with the horses, as Cassidy works on her issues. And so much more with Parker.
Family, friends, drama, excitement, tears and plenty of love.
I couldn’t put this book down.
5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!
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Tessa Layne writes smokin’ hot contemporary cowboy and military romances filled with tenderhearted tough guys and sassy strong women who capture their hearts.She grew up in Colorado in the mountains at the edge of the Great Plains. There, she met her own smokin’ hot Cowboy and they had a whirlwind romance to rival any novel. She believes in Happily Ever Afters, loves fireflies, horses, and breathing clean country air. Her favorite thing to do is to sit on the porch swing with a glass of Rose, listening to her Cowboy pluck his guitar!
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