Flashpoint (Forged in Fire #1) by Skye Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We have got the hot firefighter Cole and the lonely, gorgeous firefighter’s widow Natalie. Cole has been secretly in love with Natalie since before she married his best friend. But she checks off all his “NO-GO” boxes: 1) best friend’s widow and 2) a firefighter’s widow to boot – which is 3) a major “hand’s off” if he wants to move up in the ranks. So, he has been aloofly taking care of her house fix ups while pining for her since her husband died two years ago. Natalie is a hard-working, up and coming baker and just wants to move on with her love life — without the heartbreak associated with another man’s dangerous job, she is looking for normal.
This is really a slow-burn as they are friends and eventually end up not being able to resist each other. Once they finally get together, it seems everything and everyone is trying to keep them apart as some sort of forbidden relationship. There are some gut-wrenching moments dealing with Natalie’s losses – and they just keep adding up. Along with some nastiness from the firefighter community that just wants her to stay in her lane “as a widow”. The bosses start to threaten retribution against Cole if he crosses the line with Natalie.
Flashpoint is a sweet love story and the two main characters really do fit together well – once they finally get there. This is my first read of Skye Jordan’s and I was really impressed – the writing flow seemed effortless including a wonderfully developed set of characters with their “not so perfect” lives. Looking forward to the next installment from our author Ms. Jordan.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Author Collective 20 for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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