Smolder is the first book in the Firefighters of Montana Series and was a very enjoyable book that has me looking forward to the rest of the series. Tracy Solheim is a new author to me but I really liked her writing style and I loved reading about the smoke jumpers.
This book centers around Sam who is a former Army Ranger with a complicated past, a lot of guilt and a very dangerous job. Laurel is the daughter of ranch owners and horse trainers who at one time competed with horses but once she became pregnant with a extreme snow boarder’s child and ended up a single mom her life changed dramatically. Now her life revolves around her son and trying to be safe and make smart decisions. She has no place in her life for a man with a dangerous job but the attraction between the two is fierce.
At right around 150 pages this book packs a lot of story, emotion and romance into a short amount of space but never makes you feel like you are missing anything. The pacing is superb, the storytelling is compelling and the romance is both steamy and emotional. I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters and was given just enough information about both horse training and smoke jumpers to be entertained and informed but never bored. Both characters were likable and had very strong personalities. There was a good mix of action, suspense and romance and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more! 4 Charms for this smoldering book!