Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Hotshots, book 2
Publisher: Carina Press (July 28, 2020)
Mass market paperback, 352 pages
Smoke jumping is Garrick Nelson’s life. Nothing, not severe injuries nor the brutal physical therapy that follows, is going to stop him from getting back with his crew. But when a lost dog shows up on his front porch, he can’t turn her away, and he can’t take care of her on his own. Thankfully, help comes in the form of his new sexy, dog-loving neighbor. As they work together, trying to re-home their little princess, Garrick can’t resist his growing attraction for the other man, even though he knows this guy isn’t the staying type.
Rain Fisher doesn’t take anything too seriously. He dances through life, one adventure at a time, never settling in one place for too long. When his hot, conveniently buff, neighbor shows up on his doorstep, dog in tow, Rain’s determined to not just save the adorable puppy, but her reluctant owner as well. He never expects their flirtation might tempt him into stay put once and for all…
Holy Hannah this book is hot! This is an age gap and hurt/comfort slow burn romance with one of my personal faves – a doggy catalyst to the romance! Haha. Despite being a hurt/comfort and being a lot about Garrick’s very difficult physical recovery after a serious injury, the overall tone of the book is quite upbeat and cute.
I adore the chemistry between Garrick and Rain, and I might aspire to basically be Rain’s grandma when I grow up. I also really appreciate the disability rep in High Heat – I would love to see more disabled MCs in romances (and, let’s face it, in all genres). There are some VERY steamy sex scenes in this one too, if that’s your jam.
This is the second book in the Hotshots series, but can be read as a standalone. I think there are some spoilers for the first book in the series, Burn Zone, which also includes Garrick getting injured I think. I definitely plan to go back and read the first book, since I started with this one.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.