Into the Fire
Compass Boys Book 2
by Mari Carr
James Compton is a man of two worlds. For half the year, he’s Seth’s oldest boy, working with his family and the horses on Compass Ranch. The other half, he’s Jamie, a daring smokejumper on the West Yellowstone Squad. Those two halves make him feel whole, happy, satisfied. Until he meets his boss’s daughter, Ivy…
Ivy Wagner’s life should be complete. College degree in hand, she’s excited to embark on her career as a large-animal vet. Add in the attention of one very sexy James Compton, and her future should be all sunshine and steamy shared showers. However, a shattering loss in her past ensures Ivy will never date a smokejumper…no matter how perfect for her James may be.
As the couple grows closer, it’s clear they’re headed for a day of reckoning. Ivy can’t lose someone she loves to a raging wildfire, and James may be incapable of giving up a vital part of himself, of living half a life.
When James faces his own loss, the pair are forced to confront their individual demons. What will they willingly let go of…and what will they choose to fight for?
Dad was stepping into dangerous territory, that place they never ventured, where emotions and truth and memories all went to hide.
Jem found me a half hour after the party ended in Mom and Dad’s bathroom. He said it was like a scene from The Exorcist. Only I wasn’t decorating the place in pea soup. Every surface—even the ceiling—was painted with fruit punch. I swear to God, to this day, I still don’t know how I managed to get sick on the ceiling.
We’re brothers. Ass kicking is in the Terms of Service thing we signed at birth.
I am late to the party again as I see there was an entire series that preceded this one. Sigh, I’m always a step or two behind but my interest has been piqued and while I didn’t need the prior experience to understand this story I would enjoy going backward to read up on all the shenanigans and characters mentioned. The storyline was a well-balanced mixture of small-town family drama and sensual romance with side orders of humor and angst. The storyline was interesting and engaging while the romance alternated between heart-squeezing and erotic – my oh my, this couple could singe your eyebrows off.
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