Romance Reader's Connection (4 ½)
RT Bookclub (4 ½ stars)
Romance Reviews Today
Romance Reader’s Connection (4 ½ stars)
“Ms. Hardy brings her flair for creating red-hot romance between
fiercely independent (yet realistically flawed) heroines and truly
Captain Nick Trask left the family farm in Vermont to make a difference
in people’s lives. A hero though he is too humble to think
of himself in those terms; Nick also uses his work to dull the pain
of losing his father and avoids facing his family (and their grief).
When a smart and sexy woman enters his life, Nick will find that
all his limits will be tested and his mission to make a difference
may not produce the results he expects.
Hillyard is a woman possessed, turning a devastating personal loss
into a crusade for the development of a brilliant innovation in
firefighting technology. For Sloane, work is the only thing keeping
the pain at bay. Her life is solitary by design. However, testing
her invention in the field brings Sloane into the world of Nick
Trask and his men. Despite her efforts to keep people from getting
to close, Nick seems determined to wear down her defenses. What
a lovely way to burn!
There’s Smoke is author Kristin Hardy’s seductive
debut for the Silhouette Special Edition imprint. A veteran of Harlequin’s
Blaze line, Ms. Hardy brings her flair for creating red-hot romance
between fiercely independent (yet realistically flawed) heroines
and truly tantalizing heroes. Nick, as a firefighter, was immediately
a favorite with this reviewer. He’s sexy, driven, and yet
possesses a vulnerability which echoes the pain threatening to consume
Sloane. Issues of risk, loss and obligation to family give teeth
to the story, which also features plenty of heat and edge-of-your-seat
action. Another hallmark of the author’s style is her seemingly
effortless ability to bring the story settings to life, in this
case, Boston and Vermont. This attention to detail is also sure
to bring the readers into the lives of these firefighters in a manner
not often explored in category romance.
befitting a trilogy, readers will also be introduced to Nick’s
two brothers: suave hotelier Gabriel and oldest brother Jacob, who
has been entrusted to maintain the family farm business. I simply
can not wait to know all of the Trask men a little better! Book
two of the Holiday Hearts Trilogy, Under
The Mistletoe, will be in bookstores this December. The
trilogy will conclude with Jacob’s story, entitled Vermont
Valentine, in February 2006. Don’t miss it!
-- Melissa Fowler
Bookclub (4 ½ stars, Top Pick!)
"…a powerful, poignant story highlighted by subtly-shaded
characterizations, flashes of wry wit and intense sexual tension."
“...this first book of her Holiday Hearts trilogy will not
only delight all who read it, but ensure that we are eagerly awaiting
the next in the trilogy Under The Mistletoe.”
Hillyard can’t forget the nightmare of losing her beloved
brother who was a firefighter, in a hideous blaze. The one thing
she knows for sure is that she will do her best to make sure this
can’t happen to another family, and that she will never be
involved in any way with another firefighter again. Will she be
able to keep that vow?
Hillyard lost her only brother five years ago in a burning fire
that was a maze of dead ends and impenetrable smoke. She has never
fully recovered from her loss. To make sure no one has to endure
this type of loss, she has vowed to do whatever it takes to make
sure no other family has to lose another firefighter. So she created
the Orienteer, a system that is designed to locate firefighters
inside burning buildings and show them the way out. She is committed
to her project, and with the backing of city councilman Ayre, she
is ready to test her system in a real life fire situation.
fire captain Nick Garrett loves his job. He could never imagine
doing anything else, not even the lure and family pressure of staying
on the farm in Vermont, where his family has been making maple sugar
for generations, can draw him from what he loves. Fighting fires
is what makes him feel worthwhile and alive, lord knows he doesn’t
do it for the money! Being told to work with the alluring and incredible
looking Sloane Hillyard wouldn’t be a hardship for most men.
But Nick is not most men, and when it comes to protecting his men
from what he thinks is nothing more than a political scheme, he
uses an iron hand. Can Sloane change his mind about the project
that is so dear to her heart? Is she in danger of losing her own
in the process?
mounts in Ladder 67, Sloane realizes that she is fighting more than
a stubborn captain. She is fighting her own growing feelings for
a man whose profession she has sworn to never be involved with again.
How can she protect her feelings and at the same time witness the
birth of the project that she has been working on all these years?
One that she knows will save lives.
There's Smoke by the multi-talented Kristin Hardy is a wonderful
example of her ability to weave an interesting tale, and ignite
our imagination with irresistible characters. The fabulous background
and story she has created with this first book of her Holiday
Hearts trilogy will not only delight all who read it, but ensure
that we are eagerly awaiting the next in the trilogy Under
“An emotional read that will have you alternately cheering
and sitting on the edge of your seat.”
Captain Nick Trask has dedicated his life to firefighting. It’s
hard and dangerous work, but he’s proud of what he does. Yes,
the fear of losing a fellow firefighter during a call hangs over
them, but the satisfaction of saving lives overcomes that fear.
Nick prefers there be no distractions at work, but when a councilman
up for election pushes to have a new device tried out at his station,
he balks. Especially when he meets the lady he will be working with.
Hillyard’s company is promoting a device to help firefighters
find their way out of a burning building. Very few know that she
has a personal reason for wanting to get her invention tested and
eventually made a standard for firefighting. Sloane’s first
meeting with Nick at the station brings back memories of the brother
she lost in a fire and reminds her why she can’t get involved
with a firefighter. But the sparks between them fly hotter than
a four alarm blaze. Forced to work together, will they be able to
fight their heated attraction before it brings out emotions they
want to dampen?
and around Boston, Where There’s Smoke takes us into
the inner lives of a fire station. We meet interesting characters,
like the seasoned veterans and the eager rookie. The fire station
is a background to the emotional romance of Nick and Sloane. Both
are passionate about what they do, but are at loggerheads trying
to convince the other to go along with their beliefs. Nick’s
life has revolved around firefighting, and he is not about to let
pretty red haired Sloane get in the way of his job.
life has been shaped by the loss of her loved ones, and as a result,
she feels the need to shut out other people. Meeting Nick and the
other firefighters forces her to recall her brother’s tragic
death. But she believes the device she has spent years developing
will save lives and needs to be out there. But first she has to
get it tested with the help of an uncooperative Nick. Working closely
with Nick has its disadvantages; Sloane soon finds herself falling
for the handsome firefighter. A dangerous situation when you swore
never to fall for anyone in that profession.
There’s Smoke is an emotional read that will have you
alternately cheering and sitting on the edge of your seat. A firefighter’s
life is richly detailed without becoming boring. Kristin Hardy gives
us the flavor of Boston along with the mountains of New Hampshire
when Where There’s Smoke briefly shifts there. Nick
and Sloane will tug at your heart and make you care what happens
to them. With action that is heart stopping, you feel as though
you are right there when Nick and his fellow firefighters are battling
a blaze. Where There’s Smoke is the first book of the Holiday
Hearts trilogy. The next two are coming out in December and February,
and they will feature Nick’s brothers, Jacob and Gabe.
characters, descriptive storytelling, and a hot romance between
Sloane and Nick highlight Where There’s Smoke. It’s
a heartwarming story that will make you proud of the men at Station
67 who save lives on a daily basis. Don’t miss Where There’s
Smoke for a thrilling tale of two people overcoming emotional
obstacles to find love.
-- Patti Fischer