“A flame reaches forward like a hand, fingers outstretched toward the dirt line. It jumps across in an arc of flames. Wraps right around my throat, squeezes me with a pain I’ve never known. And in that moment, the moment of my death, I realize there’s nothing to fear. It’s just relief. That it’s all over. That I don’t have to worry anymore. That I don’t have to live in pain anymore. That I don’t have to hate anymore. The world burns away and somewhere in the dark skeleton forest, I know there is peace. Just out of reach.”
Hot Shot (Northridge Series #3) by Karina Halle
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Contemporary Romance, Standalone
About Hot Shot
Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody, rugged mountain man are anything but tame.
Fox Nelson has a secret too. As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives… forever.
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Oh. My. God. This book kills. On an ugly cry scale from 1-10, it’s a solid 8. Sometimes I couldn’t read through the tears streaming down my face. But it was SO worth it.
I confess I hadn’t read books 1 and 2 of the North Ridge series before diving into Hot Shot, so I knew there were other stories behind the secondary characters and was concerned I might have missed something important to this story. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried; there are references to the relationships established in the first two standalones in this series, but they didn’t detract from this one. And Hot Shot, Fox and Delilah’s story, is so powerful that it made me want to go back and start the series from the beginning — I’ll be doing that today.
As always, Karina Halle draws and develops deep, complex characters that instantly engage you, frustrate you, thrill you, delight you, hurt you, and compel you to keep reading. Fox, the alpha hero/anti-hero of this story, is a beautifully broken, confused, fearful young man, taunted by guilt and shame, driven to put his life on the line as an elite firefighter as his life spirals out of control and ultimately unravels around him. Delilah is a less complex character, but powerful in her strength, compassion, tenderness, patience, selflessness, and devoted love for this tortured man. Their story will tie you in knots, then lift you up, then tear you apart, then put you back together again.
There is so much more I could say about this beautiful book – its masterful settings, raw alpha eroticism, meaningful dialogue, sizzling chemistry, and heartbreaking conflicts are all-consuming. I read it in one sitting and thought about it for hours afterward. I know I’ll read it again because I devoured it – and now I want to go back and read the series in order so I can savor every word.
If you’re in the mood for an emotional read that will take you to the highest highs and the lowest lows, one-click Hot Shot today. You’ll thank me tomorrow.