One smokejumper with a dark past.
One summer that will forever change them both.
They’re going . . .
Up In Flames.
Elle’s life couldn’t possibly get any more small town than it already is. She was raised in the same home as the two generations before her were, her family owns the iconic downtown cafe, and she’s been dating the pastor’s son since she was allowed to go on her first date at sixteen.
Cole’s life couldn’t possibly get any larger. He’s tried. Roaming from town to town for the past three summers as a smokejumper, Cole dreads the thought of putting down roots. The only thing he avoids more than that is settling down with one woman, especially when there are as many willing women as there are trees in the forest he jumps out of planes to save.
Elle Montgomery’s life is going one way. And Cole Carson’s is going the opposite. There’s no reason their paths should ever intersect, even in a small town in central Washington.
But summer in the Methow Valley has other plans for Elle and Cole. After an awkward run-in at the local swimming hole, Elle tries to keep away from the guy who looks at her like she’s already lying beneath him in bed. She fails. Cole is about as successful at staying away from the girl who seems immune to his charms.
As the summer heats up, and tensions between Elle and Cole run high, he begins to realize there’s more he’s attracted to than Elle’s body, and she discovers there’s a lot more to the man that jumps out of planes into raging forest fires than meets the eye.
UP IN FLAMES is a New Adult Romance intended for mature readers due to steamy content and saucy language.
Smoke Jumper? What the bleep is a smoke jumper? Seeing as I was born and raised in good old New Jersey, not the West Coast where most forest fires seem to occur, I’d never heard of a smoke jumper. So what‘s a girl to do? Google it! Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that a smoke jumper is one crazy mofo. They’re basically parachuting fire fighters. I don’t know about you, but the idea of running into a burning building is scary enough. I don’t need to add dropping out of the sky to the equation. Cole Carson is a smoke jumper. A pretty hot one at that. Everyone needs a Cole Carson!
Elle Montgomery is an everyday small town type of girl. She’s been dating her high school sweetheart also known as the town golden boy for two years now. Only he’s not really doing it for her and neither is the prospect of living out her days in that small Washington town running her fathers crepe café.
In walks Cole Carson. He embodies everything Elle wants to be. He’s cool, confident and lives everyday as it comes. Only, he’s a smoke jumper and they don’t exactly have the best reputation. There’s also that pesky boyfriend issue…
I picture Elle as a bird trapped in a nice enough cage, but a cage none the less. All she wants to do is spread her wings and fly. Cole came into her life unexpectedly and has unlatched the cage door and now all she needs to do is choose. Should she stay within those safe confines or fly free and go where the wind takes her?
It is almost impossible to imagine someone who can’t relate to the internal dilemma Elle faces in Up In Flames. She needs to stop living for everyone else and start living for herself. Nicole Williams is a flat out brilliant author. She made me fall in love with Cole and all his hidden insecurities. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed or trapped. Change is frightening. Personally I suck at it! Happiness isn’t guaranteed, but then again, nothing in life ever is.
Read this book! It’s short, sweet and will capture your heart like it has mine. It’s easily one of my new favorites.