The number-one New York Times-bestselling author delves into the world of elite firefighters who thrive on danger and adrenaline-men and women who wouldn't know how to live life if it wasn't on the edge.
There's little as thrilling as firefighting-at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula... read more
Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there's... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp.
The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend in the field. She's been fighting fires since her 18th birthday. 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.
Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is among the strongest ever - and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids' arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, yet he's instantly more fascinated by his hero's daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn't hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn't make a good case to be an exception to the rule.
Everything is thrown off balance, though, 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.
“F$?&ing Assistant Principal Brewster!” Dobie stomped out the licking flames. “Suspended me for smoking in the bathroom.” “High school sucks.” “Middle school. I got an early start.””Dobie and Gull
““I found you in the wild, Rowan. That’s a hell of a thing.” She smiled, a little uncertainly. “I wasn’t lost.” “Neither was I. But I’m found, too, just the same.””Gull to Rowan
“No. It’s you. It’s Dobie in the black, the fire raging behind him, telling me how much he loves this job, what he’s found in it. And it’s you, Rowan, in the sunlight with preserved beauty at your back. You’re the end of the goddamn rainbow.” “Come on.” Mildly embarrassed, she shrugged it off, started toward him. “You must be punchy.” “You’re the answer before I even asked the question.””Gull to Rowan
“She’s hot.” “Jesus Christ. She’s old enough to be your mother.” “My aunt’s also hot. A guy doesn’t have to want to sleep with a woman to acknowledge the hotness.”Gull to Rowan, talking about Ella
“I got another in me.” Stovic lifted his glass, proved he did—before he slid bonelessly to the floor. “And he’s out.” Cards crossed Stovic off the board. “I am not out.” From the floor, Stovic waved a hand. “I’m fully conscious.” “You leave your chair without calling for a piss break, you’re out.” “Who left the chair?”
“Rowan: "Not much appetite this morning?” Dobie: “I woke up on the floor with Stovic. I may never eat again.” “How’s Stovic?” Gull asked. “Last I saw him, his eyes were full of blood, and he was crawling toward his quarters. If I ever pick up a glass of tequila again, shoot me. It’d be a mercy.”Rowan, Dobie and Gull
““I want lots and lots of sex.” “You really are the woman of my dreams.” “First round, wet shower sex, after we scrape off a few layers of the Alaskan tundra, then a short and satisfying lunch break.” She unbuckled her belt, dropped her pants. “Then a second round of make-themattress-sing sex.” “I feel a tear of gratitude and awe forming in the corner of my eye. Don’t think less of me.””Rowan and Gull
“Fire doesn't only destroy, Rowen. Sometimes it creates. The best of it creates, and when love's a fire, whether it's bright or a steady glow, hot or warm, it creates. It makes you better than you were without it.”Lucas
“Time’s always wasted if you’re not aiming for what you want.”Highlighted by 102 Kindle customers
“You were fearless once. You don’t forget what you are. Sometimes you just put it aside awhile.”Highlighted by 68 Kindle customers
“Fire doesn’t only destroy, Rowan. Sometimes it creates. The best of it creates, and when love’s a fire, whether it’s bright or a steady glow, hot or warm, it creates. It makes you better than you were without it.”Highlighted by 57 Kindle customers
“There’s a lot that goes around it. Trust and respect and—” He cleared his throat again. “Attraction. But the center’s a reflection of all of those things, all your strengths and weaknesses, hopes and dreams. They catch fire there, in the center. Maybe it blazes, maybe it simmers, smolders, but there’s the heat and the light, all those colors, and what’s around it feeds it.Highlighted by 47 Kindle customers
“You should know, straight off, I don’t need a mother.” “Oh, of course you do. Everyone does. A woman who’ll listen, take your side, tell the truth—or not, as you need it. A woman you can count on, no matter what, and who’ll love you no matter how much you screw up.Highlighted by 21 Kindle customers
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A daughter of the gods, divinely tall, and most divinely fair.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
nonsequitur I can get behind.” “Seriously. ItHighlighted by 17 Kindle customers
Innocent in Death Creation in Death Strangers in Death Salvation in Death Promises in Death Kindred in Death Fantasy in Death Indulgence in DeathHighlighted by 15 Kindle customers
erudite. But it’s just as blindingly boring as it was when I was twenty. Thank God you’re back, or I might have been paralyzed with ennui.”Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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