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Cheery & Profound: High Heat by Annabeth Albert

Such a cute and lovely story!

by Annabeth Albert
Series: Hotshots #2
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
Publication Date: 
July 27th 2020 by Carina Press
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★½
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Smoke jumping is Garrick Nelson’s life. Nothing, not severe injuries nor the brutal physical therapy that follows, is going to stop him from getting back with his crew. But when a lost dog shows up on his front porch, he can’t turn her away, and he can’t take care of her on his own. Thankfully, help comes in the form of his new sexy, dog-loving neighbor. As they work together, trying to re-home their little princess, Garrick can’t resist his growing attraction for the other man, even though he knows this guy isn’t the staying type.

Rain Fisher doesn’t take anything too seriously. He dances through life, one adventure at a time, never settling in one place for too long. When his hot, conveniently buff, neighbor shows up on his doorstep, dog in tow, Rain’s determined to not just save the adorable puppy, but her reluctant owner as well. He never expects their flirtation might tempt him into stay put once and for all...
From the first moment I met Rain, I knew I was in for a treat!

"There's not much I wouldn't do for you. We're totally hide-the-bodies friends."

Garrick was a smoke jumper until an injury left him in a wheelchair. His focus is getting through intense physical therapy so he can get back out in the field. He should not be focusing on his new pet and the eccentric neighbor.

Garrick's story tugged at my heart-strings. Even though the story doesn't really touch on this, I felt he was just not okay with anything in his life. Reading about him always had a somber tone to the story, which is why I'm so glad Rain came in his life!

Rain's a breath of a fresh air. I can honestly say I haven't met a character like Rain. I loved just how much he embraced his fashion sense, down to the silver shorts and his lacey underwear. I loved his femme said, his silliness, his outlook on life. He brought so much cheer and lightness to the story, just what Garrick needed.

I loved how much these two characters balanced each other out. They're literal perfection for each other. Their conversations would take a somber or profound one minute, and mild, light the next minute. Their friendship was adorable. I really believed their connection was real.

Overall, High Heat is a colorful, cheery, yet profound story that serves great as a summer read or for cuddling in the sheets on a rainy, cool day.

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