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Series: Smokejumper #1
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Entangled: Amara
Published: February 25th, 2020
This is the first in a new romance series featuring Smokejumpers. Living in the UK, I have to admit that I know little about these brave firefighters and I learnt a lot from reading this story. Grady Billman is the smokejumper hero in this story. He’s one of ten children, the son of a smokejumper and he has brothers doing the same dangerous job.
When he first encounters Willa Frank and her two best friends they mistake him for a stripper! He manages to convince her to go on a date with him and that’s when he discovers her two-date rule. She’s so determined not to be in a relationship that she refuses to have more than two dates with anyone. She’s a workaholic planner, running her own business and always working towards her own goals. He’s a smokejumper who tries to avoid making plans as his lifestyle is so unpredictable. Get ready for fun, laughter and family as he arranges lots of get togethers that really aren’t dates – are they? As the attraction between them builds will their differences bring them together or drive them apart?
The story has a great range of characters and plenty of surprises in store. Willa’s childhood has seriously impacted her attitude and outlook. She loves her Dad but he has problems that have affected her. Only by facing the past can she find the courage to move forward to a more balanced future. Her attitude has a distinct impact on Grady, who initially has a live-in-the moment and forget about the future attitude so at odds with that of Willa. His family is loving, caring and very accepting of Willa. It is a heartwarming romance with plenty of laughs as well as drama along the way.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and enjoying doing so.
Willa Frank has one simple rule: never go on a date with anyone more than twice. Now that her business is providing the stability she’s always needed, she can’t afford distractions. Her two-date rule will protect her just fine…until she meets smokejumper Grady Billman.
After one date—one amazing, unforgettable date—Grady isn’t ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he’s found a sneaky way around both their rules.
Throwing gutter balls with pitchers of beer? Not a real date. Everyone knows bowling doesn’t count.
Watching a band play at a local show? They just happen to have the same great taste in music. Definitely not a date.
Hiking? Nope. How can exercise be considered a date?
With every “non-date” Grady suggests, his reasoning gets more ridiculous, and Willa must admit she’s having fun playing along. But when their time together costs Willa two critical clients, it’s clear she needs to focus on the only thing that matters—her future. And really, he should do the same.
But what is she supposed to do with a future that looks gray without Grady in it?