Scorch by Dani Collins

Scorch by Dani CollinsScorch by Dani Collins
Series: Firefighters of Montana #2
Published by Tule Publishing on June 14th 2016
Pages: 144
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Jacqui Edwards is back in Glacier Creek to wrap up loose ends after the death of her husband, Russ, captain of a group of daring, talented smokejumpers. She wants to stay and reboot her life, but faces an uphill battle shedding the role of the captain’s fragile, grieving widow. 

After growing up in foster care, Vin Kingston finally found a family when he joined the smokejumpers. Then, six months ago, his best friend and captain died in a freak jump accident right before his eyes. Vin is consumed with guilt and determined to watch over Russ’ widow. No easy task when the vibrant, beautiful Jacqui is busting out of her shell and challenging Vin’s vow to keep her off limits. 

Dani Collins’s sharp, beautiful writing – all that thorough exploration of emotion, disillusionment and second chances – lifts this story above many I’ve read and tears through the complexity of a ‘forbidden’ relationship between a woman and her dead husband’s best friend with such aplomb and perception to make it work so well.

But that’s what good writing does to me. A story becomes extraordinary because of it; this second chance romance, birthed in the fire season, scorches, burns and hurts not only because of the undeniable heat between Jacqui and Vin but also because of Collins’s narrative twists and turns that made me wonder if they would ever find their footing together.

I loved all of it. Above all, I’m just about to take my hat off to the quietly courageous heroine who refuses to bow to small town pressure again…while waiting for the thick-headed hero to catch up, yet again.