Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
After a wildland fire put Scott McGregor on the disabled list and ended his career as a firefighter, Scott had to start his life anew. While in the hospital, an old emergency contact number saw the reentry into his life of Robby Hammond, a former college lover of his. Together they see Scott settled into his new home and life as owner of the Mountain Shadows Campgrounds. Comprised of a number of rental cabins as well as a bed and breakfast, Mountain Shadows is full of challenges, not the least of which is having Robby Hammond back in his life again.
Finding Scott again after all these years is hard enough for Robby but then to see Scott alone and in pain in that burn unit, well, that was enough for Robby to do the unthinkable and uproot his own life. Leaving San Francisco is hard but taking a job as a law enforcement ranger part time is even harder. Robby, like Scott, has to adjust to a new town, Flagstaff, and a new residence too. What is not new to either man is the white hot attraction that sparks back to life the moment they see each other again.
But what forced them to separate the first time around remains between them causing them both unlimited hurt. Still the flames of love and passion continue to rise. Where there is smoke, there is sure to be fire…sooner or later.
The Pulp Friction authors have started the adventure once more! Firestorm (Fighting Fire#1) is the first in Laura Harner’s series for the Pulp Friction 2014 interconnected storyline and its off to a terrific start. Comprised off just six chapters, Harner dumps the reader immediately into Scott’s new life as he travels with Robby from the burn unit in Albuquerque where he was recently discharged to the Mountain Shadows campground where he is to begin his new life. We learn bits and pieces of Scott (and Robby’s past) as they travel the road up the mountain uncertain of exactly what his new property looks like.
I love riding along with the characters as they prepare to start this new chapter in their lives. It brings us face to face with all the uncertainty and stress of the unknown ahead of Scott. The property was bought sight unseen and Scott has no idea of what lies ahead of him. Harner gives us a man on the precipice of a monumental life change and this character is reeling with the stress of the changes he has gone through while still trying to recover from the burns of the fire. It makes Scott both someone we can empathize with and relate to, complete with limp and scarring, emotional and physical.
Packed on top of all the drastic changes in his life, the reentry of Robby Hammond adds one more tumultuous layer to the situation Scott faces. Harner is crafty in only doling out bits and pieces of Scott and Robby’s past relationship as they travel together to get Scott settled in at the campground lodge that is to be Scott’s home. We see that they loved each other and that the physical and emotional attraction to each other is still very present. But other than that? Nothing until a shocker that arrives at the very end of this first story that both explains so much while still leaving us with loads of questions to be answered.
In Firestorm, Laura Harner is setting the stage for the rest of her series and the first inklings of the interconnected characters and relationships from the other authors. I love the tone and pace of the story as well as the depth of characterization and surprising elements she is building into the relationships and storylines. What a great setting too. The wildness of the habitat just outside the door is aspect of the story that brings challenges of its own to all the people present as well as acting almost like an additional character as well. I got to the end and immediately wanted more. So will you. Consider this story, this series and in fact, the entire Pulp Friction 2014 group highly recommended.
Cover art by Laura Harner. Cover is great, perfect for the character and story within.
From the Pulp Friction Group: The Pulp Friction 2014 Collection. Four authors. Four Series. Twenty books. One fiery finale. Spend a year with an eclectic group of strangers brought together through circumstances, as they are tested by life, and emerge as more than friends. The strongest bonds are forged by fire, cooled in air, smoothed by water, grounded in earth. Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.
Firestorm (Fighting Fire: 1) by Laura Harner
Cold Snap (In From the Cold: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blown Away (Where the Wind Blows: 1) by Havan Fellows
Higher Ground (Earthquake: 1) by Tom Webb