Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Scott McGregor almost has it all. He’s finally living with the man he loves, Rob Hammond along with Rob’s children. And the group of diverse group of people who live at Mountain Shadows Campground have become a family to one another. But still problems lurk all around waiting to destroy his happiness and new life. His nightmares are increasing and Scott realizes that he needs to uncover the truth and face his fears before he can put that part of his life behind him.
Twelve years ago, Scott and Rob Hammond’s relationship exploded, and torn them apart. Now Rob and his children are happily living with Scott and Rob is about to leave his job to help Scott run Mountain Shadows. But even as Scott and Rob’s relationship continues to deepen, Rob must help Scott work through his PTSD and the path to recovery leads to Phoenix and the only other firefighter that survived that day.
As Scott and Rob struggle to help Scott finally put his past behind him, another danger appears on the horizon. Scott and Rob are so close to their HEA. Can they overcome the last obstacles and finally get the future they want and deserve?
So close. With Radiant Burn (Fighting Fire #5), we are so close to the HEA Laura Harner has been promising us since we first met Scott MacGregor and Rob Hammond in Firestorm (Fighting Fire #1). We’ve delved into their painful past, watched the tumultuous climb to a new relationship in the present and hoped for a bright future for them all. Now, its almost here and the anticipation and buildup is enough to make any reader a little crazy.
Why? Because as we all know, nothing is ever easy or straightforward in a Pulp Friction or Laura Harner series. There’s never just one barrier to overcome, more a veritable obstacle course of hurdles that the characters must leap over or work through to get to their HEA. That’s the joy and more than a little of the frustration (in a good way of course) that we find with these stories and characters.
One main element has been Scott’s PTSD. His days and nights are riddled with nightmares and flashbacks, which are providing a barrier of their own to a happy future. Scott needs to face the truth about that fire and the circumstances that caused his injuries and those of the only other survivor. Harner has dropped hints and clues about that fatal wildfire and now we are all about to get some answers. They will be startling, shocking even, while leaving Scott and the readers with a well earned sense of relief and closure. But as I said, with this series and Laura Harner at the helm, nothing is ever resolved that simply.
Why? Because there is a larger scheme at work at Mountain Shadows, one that has been alluded to in some scenes, hinted at in others. This mystery has no shape or definition yet. Instead it has been creeping like a dense fog over the campground and its inhabitants. And with each story and series, it has been gaining in complexity and size. What it is and who is behind it…well, we have no idea. Just vague suggestions and assumptions, nothing concrete. That’s to be left to the series finale, the last story to be written by all four authors to pull the myriad plot threads and relationships together in one explosive and ultimately satisfying crescendo of multiple tales.
Laura Harner’s Fighting Fire stories, Radiant Burn among them, has been a wonderful angst filled, sexy, white knuckle ride. Our companions have been men who have been believably complex human beings who continue to strive for a happily ever after, no matter what wounds life and experience has inflicted upon them. It’s been a wow of a trip and we are almost at our destination. One final station to go….I can hardly wait.
Radiant Heat (Fighting Fire #5) and the entire Elemental Connections Pulp Friction 2014 joint series is one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words most highly recommended reads. They will all occupy a special place on our Best of 2014 List this year.
If you are new to the series or Pulp Friction 2014, run, don’t walk, to the first stories in each series. I have listed them all below for your convenience. This is one spectacular journey you won’t want to miss! Happy Reading!
Cover Art by Laura Harner. Terrific cover that works to brand the series and the characters Scott and Rob.
ebook, 69 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Hot Corner Press
seriesPulp Friction 2014 #17, Fighting Fire #5
charactersScott McGregor, Rob Ham
About Pulp Friction 2014
Pulp Friction 2014 Authors: Laura Harner ~ Lee Brazil ~ Havan Fellows ~ T.A. Webb
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. All stories have been read and reviewed at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.
The Pulp Friction 2014 series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the characters, events and plot:
Firestorm (Fighting Fire: 1)by Laura Harner
Cold Snap (In From the Cold: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blown Away (Whispering Winds: 1) by Havan Fellows
Higher Ground (Earthquake: 1) by TA Webb
Controlled Burn (Fighting Fire #2) by Laura Harner
Cold Comfort (In From the Cold #2) by Lee Brazil
Blown Kisses (Whispering Winds #2) by Havan Fellows
Moving Earth (Earthquake #2) by TA Webb
Backburn (Fighting Fire #3) by Laura Harner
Cold Feet (In From the Cold #3) by Lee Brazil
Blown Hard (Whispering Winds #3) by Havan Fellows
Tremors (Earthquake #3) by T.A. Webb
Flare-up (Fighting Fire #4) by Laura Harner
Out In The Cold (In From the Cold #4) by Lee Brazil
Blown Chance (Whispering Winds #4) by Havan Fellows
Aftershocks (Earthquake #4) by T.A. Webb
Radiant Burn (Fighting Fire #5) by Laura Harner
Cold Day in Hell (In From the Cold #5) by Lee Brazil
Final Blow (Whispering Winds #5) by Havan Fellows
Terra Firma (Earthquake #5) by T.A. Webb
Sixth Book Series Finale Written by all the Authors coming in December.
Side Stories or Interludes:
Taking Chances by Lee Brazil (a In From the Cold story)
Wicked Winds (Whispering Winds 3.5) by Havan Fellows – bonus book, Whispering Winds
Frankie’s Knight (Elemental Connections: IV) (Earthquake #3.5)
Kismet & Cartwheels – bonus book, Fighting Fire