Blue Flame by @JillShalvis (2004)

Blue Flame (Firefighter, #2)After San Diego firefighter Jake Rawlins is injured in a heroic, high-profile rescue, he decides to hide from the media and recover in solitude. So he retreats to the Blue Flame, the Arizona guest ranch he inherited from his father. The remote oasis under a clear azure sky might seem like a bit of heaven, but Jake finds himself longing to return to the city, where he can be lost in a crowd instead of alone with his thoughts—or-his spread’s tempestuous manager.

Callie Hayes has put into the Blue Flame her heart and soul—both of which are shaken when her wildly sexy employer returns, rekindling memories of the stormy past they shared. But Jake’s a different man, and soon he’s setting off sparks that could lead to a love hot enough to change both their lives.

I loved all the animals, the setting, the secondary characters, and especially the secondary romance of Tucker/Amy (wish we got more of them) and it was shaping up to be an almost perfect contemporary romance until Michael was revealed as the guy who was behind the bad things happening at Blue Flame. I know it had to be him as he was the only possible ‘outside’ character but I really wanted him to turn out to be just Callie’s best friend who had unrequited love for her because for two-thirds of the book, their friendship was really sweet. *sigh*

Book: 4*

Cover: 2*

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