So Mr. Chocolate has finally figured out my love of reading. And that it’s my go to, favoritest ever, hobby. He has accepted this fact. I know this because at Christmas he loaded me up with some books. All by Nora Roberts. I think he may have also picked up on my love of Nora, or at least his mom did. 🙂
Anyway, this was one of the books he got for me. It sounded interesting. Here’s what my favorite store of all times (Barnes & Noble) had to say about it:
Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. But there’s also little else as thrilling—at least to Rowan Tripp. Being a Missoula smoke jumper is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home—even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.
One of the best of this year’s rookie crop, Gulliver Curry is a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. And though Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, Gull is convinced he can change her mind…
But everything is thrown off balance, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull—any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.
See? Sounds good. I was
mildly excited (Cut me some slack, I had JUST finished a 3 book series of hers right before he got me this. I was romanced out.) to started reading this one. Fire! Firemen at that. Romance!! Romance with firemen. And a “dark presence”? Ok, we can throw that in there, too.
Reading the cover I was convinced this dark presence was going to be something weird. I had just come off the “In The Garden” series that had a resident ghost. I wasn’t wanting more ghosts. I wanted DARK! I got my dark, but sadly, it wasn’t dark enough for me. You knew bad stuff was going on around them. And you knew what the bad stuff was. But there weren’t enough details about it for me.
This book, in true Nora Roberts fashion, took a while for the dark presence to show what it was. A murderer. People being framed. Deaths. Arson. Interesting, but not enough of it. I wanted more in that. More of the drama. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of drama with the fire-fighting scenes. She 100% did her homework on what these people go through. But I didn’t read the book for it to be a lesson on how to jump fires. I read the book for the romance and the dark presence. Give me more of that!
I have read other reviews about this book (What? I wanted to know what was going to happen & I didn’t have the book with me!) and many people have said they knew early on who this murderer was. For me, I had an idea of several characters I thought it could be. In the end, I was right, and in a way that disappointed me. It wasn’t juicy enough for me. (Apparently I was craving some awful bad things to happen in this book!)
Also in true Nora Roberts style, it took a while for the book to really get going. I’ve found that’s why I tend to read her series more – half way through book 1 you know what’s going on. After that, the other books just start right where the other left off. I was half way into Chasing Fire before I really got interested in it. I’m not an overly fast reader, so making it that far was difficult for me without putting it down. And since this was a Christmas present from Mr. Chocolate, once started it had to be finished. I will say though, once the book got going I didn’t want to put it down. I was looking forward to coming home and reading for a while.
Overall I enjoyed this book. If you’re a fan of Nora Roberts you’ll also enjoy it. If cheap romance novels (not quite the $3 bin cheap) aren’t up your alley, then this totally isn’t for you. I would say I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5. It was good, it’s what I expected, but it could have been better, juicer.
All opinions expressed are 100% mine. No one contacted me asking me to read or review this book. These are my own thoughts & feelings towards it. In no way was I compensated for this review.