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Smolder by Tracy Solheim (Firefighters of Montana #1)

Smolder by Tracy Solheim
Reviewed by Helen

This is a great start to a fabulous new series about smoke jumpers these guys are strong and determined they work hard and fast to stop fires and save lives and they are just what every girl needs in their lives if you can cope with the danger. This is from a new to me author Tracy Solheim and I loved it and will be looking out for more of her stories.

Ex Army ranger Sam Gaskill has arrived in Glacier Creek Montana from Texas to take on the captains role at the smoke jumpers he as arrived with his late wife's horse Tabitha and has her boarded at the local Whispering Breeze Ranch where he hopes that the owners can bring a wish to fruition for his wife and that is to have Tabitha win the finals at the quarter horse championships Sam has a lot of issues from his past and wants nothing more than to get on with his life but I think this is about to change when he meets Laurel Keenan daughter of the owners of the ranch the spark between them could start a fire.

Laurel Keenan is a single mum and lives at the ranch works hard she has been through what she thought was love with an champion snow boarder and getting involved with someone is not what she wants her life now evolves around her 5 year old son Tyson but she cannot deny the pull that she has when first meeting Sam but of course Laurel is known for speaking before she thinks and this has Sam on his toes. What is in store for Laurel will she be able to overcome her past and get on with the future?

This is a sizzling story for two people who had both been burnt in the past there is a lot of emotion flying of the pages and neither of them can deny this spark this lustful passion that shoots between them can they overcome their pasts together? This is really a beautifully written story that gives Sam and Laurel the chance to find love again it is fast paced emotional and a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me turning the pages I do highly recommend this one.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Tule Publishing

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Review by Amanda

Smolder by Tracy SolheimSizzling, engrossing and angsty Smolder by Tracy Solheim should definitely be on your radar of novellas to read. The characters in this short and fast-paced story were well-drawn out and the author did a fine job building their individual back-stories without overpowering the readers. Sam and Lauren jumped off the pages. Their past relationships, their struggle, their growth—their overall personalities kept you interested until the end. This is a gem for readers who love short stories that sizzle!

Recommended
4 Stars

Review by TashNz - 5 stars

Although this is the 1st in the series, I read it second. I loved the symmetry between this book and number 2, for example a couple of things happened in book 2 from book 2's characters point of view and the same things happened in book 1 from book 1's point of view. I found that really interesting. Once you've read the two you'll know exactly what I mean.

I was just as invested as Book 1, Captain Sam is quite the character and very likeable. I liked the plot, his back story and his go get em no nonsense approach to all things. Laurel was quite the lucky girl I think!

Fantastic examples of smokejumpers and what they do to practice in season and off season, coming from NZ I knew nothing about these type of firefighters. I found the action side of the story great.

The reason I give this book 5 stars is because I loved the characters, I loved how the first two stories kind of merged in the right places and I loved that I was totally invested 100% early on in the piece. I also enjoyed the fast paced story line, the action and the characters and locations that were focal point in book 2 as well, I enjoyed the familiarity.

Totally recommend this read to everyone!



Review by Cheryl Steckling - 5 Stars

Having never read a book by Tracy Solheim I did not know what to expect. But now will keep my eyes open for me. She sold me over with this book. 

It of course takes place in Montana, Glacier Creek to be exact. Former Army Manger, Sam Gaskill is starting over since losing his wife and what better way but then moving out of Texas to Montana. 
There he boards his late wife’s horse and where that happens he meets Laurel Keenan. She is a champion horsewoman and she was going to leave the ranch and area however when her mother got sick and she herself got pregnant all those dreams vanished. She was there raising her son alone and leading a pretty quiet life, she also was taking classes. 


Sam already failed one wife with his being gone a lot with the Army and her death that he does not want to let his heart fall for another woman. Laurel does not want to risk her heart once again for a thrill seeker. She knows her son still wants her to be with his father and that is not happening as he has moved on to another gal. But fate has stepped in and they found each other. 


Will they last? As I said in the start this is an awesome book and can’t wait to read the rest in the Firefighters of Montana series. Enjoy as I did!!



Review by Alexia - 5 Stars

"Smolder" by Tracy Solheim is the first book in the 'Firefighters of Montana' series. We are introduced into the world of smokejumpers who are very sexy, and just regular guys too. Captain Sam Gaskill, former Army Ranger, relocating to Glacier Creek is leaving behind his memories in Texas. Laurel Keenan couldn't wait to leave town but is back because of her sick Mom. When Sam and Laurel meet the instant attraction is there, but there are also complications. Past memories, and Laurel is coming back already pregnant.


Review by Amanda - 4 Stars

Sizzling, engrossing and angsty Smolder by Tracy Solheim should definitely be on your radar of novellas to read. The characters in this short and fast-paced story were well-drawn out and the author did a fine job building their individual back-stories without overpowering the readers. Sam and Lauren jumped off the pages. Their past relationships, their struggle, their growth—their overall personalities kept you interested until the end. This is a gem for readers who love short stories that sizzle!


Review by Dottie - 5 Stars

A fantastic start to a new series called Firefighters of Montana. Sam Gaskill moves from Texas to Glacier Creek Montana to start over bring his late wife's horse with him. He lost his wife in a way that leaves him with a feeling of remorse. He was a skilled soldier and that kept him away from home more than his wife liked and so to ease her loneliness he bought her a palomino to occupy her time. Her desire was for the horse to be trained and enter a championship unfortunately she dies before she accomplishes this. In order to fulfill her wish he engages the help of Whispering Breeze ranch to have Tabitha trained. Laurel lives on the ranch with her son Tyson, and she has her hands full enough trying to help her son accept that her marriage to his dad is done. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a firefighter. Ms. Solheim takes two people both hurting in their own way and bringing them together to train a horse. The attractions is immediate but the fear of being hurt is strong. You will fall in love with little Tyson and his dog Oreo. Can these two find the love they deserve despite the fears they both have. You will have to read this lovely story to appreciate the wonderful writing of Ms. Solheim and fall a little in love with Sam also.