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Burning Up (Smoke Jumpers #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  551 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
It takes a special kind of hero to be a smoke jumper. To take the greatest risks. To live or die in the raging heat of the moment. And it takes a special kind of woman to love him...

Where There's Smoke...

For Jack Donovan, smoke jumping is a way of life. He lives for the adrenaline rush--the thrill of flying over the burning California hills, the intensity of diving straigh
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2012
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Nov 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fv-review, ppb

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Jack Donovan, former U.S. Marine and now smoke jumper, has returned to his hometown of Strong after receiving a call from Nonna, his adopted mother. Nonna fostered and adopted Jack and his two foster brothers, Evin and Rio who are known to the residents of Strong as the Donovan Brothers. Fire season is always a stressful in the small town and it’s still early in the season, but they have already experienced a series of questionable sma
Oct 30, 2012 Jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Lily and Jack shared a kiss when they were younger, but Jack was restless and needed to get out of the small town of Strong. He went on to become a fire jumper, loving the adrenaline rush and leading the men in his company into dangerous situations to help get fires under control. His adoptive mom asks him to come back to Strong as a series of random fires, too early in the season to be considered “usual”, have started and she’s worried their small town f
Burning Up
3 Stars

Former marine and smoke jumper, Jack Donovan reluctantly returns home to California at the request of his foster mother who is concerned over a series of arson fires in their small town. Jack soon realizes that the arsonist is also the stalker who has been terrorizing Lily Cortez, and takes it upon himself to protect the only woman who has ever made him smolder. As the malicious stalker moves ever closer to his target, Jack and Lily will have to overcome their differences is the
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Oct 30, 2012 BBMoreB ~ rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher, Kensington, and NetGalley for the chance to read this!

A very explosive story!

This story quickly caught my attention and took off at a sprint. It is the first in a new series about smoke-jumper firefighters. If the rest are even half as good as this one, then Ms. Marsh has a winning series on her hands. Well written, intense, and full of suspense, this story was on FIRE (pun intended).

I’m not sure which I enjoyed most the romance, action or suspense. I found myself racing
Jack couldn't wait to get away from small town life and he loves his job as a smoke jumper more than anything. He's always been restless and the job makes sure he never has to spend too much time in one place which suits him perfectly. His adoptive mother Nonna is about the only person who could get him back to his home town so when she calls to tell him about a spate of arson attacks and begs for his help to keep the town safe he drops everything to help her. Lily was crazy about Jack when she ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Samantha rated it it was ok
It was okay seriously is all that comes to mind. Jack and Lily share a kiss while they were too young to understand or I guess be ready for what they could have. Jack leaves because he needs to get out before the walls close in leaving a heartbroken Lily. A decade pass and our hero has not forgotten his Lily but actually thinks about her often. A series a fires too early in the season to be "usual" occur and has his adoptive mom calling for support. Of course we all know that she is trying to ge ...more
Reviewed Sweet Burn, a later book in the Smoke Jumpers series, for netgalley, and then I just had to go back and start at the first one. I do enjoy the slow and intense build up of the story and the love/sex aspect of Marsh's firefighter stories - it's not wham! bam! you're mine, m'am! - but a more realistic build up. Marsh knows her firefighting stuff, and I really enjoy reading the details associated with fighting the fires. Also, the firefighters/smoke jumpers/hot shots are usually military g ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!

Burning Up quickly caught my attention and kept it through the entire story. Jack and Lily are a hot couple and they’re caught up in a mystery that could end deadly.

Jack comes back to Strong at the request of his Nonna. They’re little town has an arsonist and it quickly becomes apparent to Jack, that Lily is the target. Lily fears her stalker has found her again and she’s scared. Jack moves in to take care of her and protect her.

Anne Marsh has created a hot story with some hot romance. Jack and
Jan 08, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is the first smoke- jumper firefighters book I ever read and also the first in a series. It was very interesting learning all the details of forest fire fighting plus the type of person needed to be able to handle fire crisis at a moments notice. The author’s research made for an educational twist. The book was a romance filled with suspense and mystery.
The writer balances the talents of the characters with their weakness. In this book of the series, Jack and Lily are the main characters.
Dec 13, 2013 Darkand rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine
This was my first taste of this author and it certainly won't be my last. I enjoyed the sexy smoke jumpers and I can't wait to hear more about the brothers. Lily is a wonderful heroine and is the perfect woman for Jack. I had a little trouble with their inner monologues which were a bit repetitive and also kinda went back and forth about their feelings for each other. One minute they were both struggling with their feelings to the point of denying them, the next minute they were damning all to h ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2014
If you love contemporary romances showcasing a different count of hero, this series is for you. In Burning Up, we're introduced to Jack Donovan, a smokejumper who came back home to Strong, California, when there's a rash of wildfires in his home town. With his two brothers and his jump team, they're on the scene, when it sent him to his former flame's doorstep. Lily Cortez runs her own lavender farm, when there's an arsonist stalker burning her personal and private things. It's up to Jack to pro ...more
Traci Lamothe
Jul 23, 2014 Traci Lamothe rated it it was amazing
Wow the suspense in this book will have wanting to read more to find out who done it. we follow Jack and Lily's story. Lily just moves back to Strong after a stalker sets fire to books in her kitchen. Once back in Strong she is once again feeling safe only to have her world turned upside down again. Jack comes back to Strong to help Ben out with the summer fires that have been popping up here and there. Lily and Jack are thrown together due to her stalker returning and setting little fires here ...more
Aug 30, 2014 heidi rated it it was ok
As novels go, it was an acceptable short story. Characters flat.
Dec 12, 2014 ButtonsMom2003 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot but the next ones in the series are better. Each book stands alone – no cliffhanger.

This was the first book I’ve read by Anne Marsh and I did enjoy it but I must admit that it took me longer than normal to finish it. I’m not sure why it didn’t grab me right away. It could be that it was the timing of when I read it (it was Thanksgiving week) but I think it just was a bit slow at the beginning for me. Once I got a little further into the book I really liked it.

While each b
Oct 20, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
Burning Up by Anne Marsh is the first book in a trilogy about smoke jumpers.

In this one we meet Jack Donovan, as he and his team are jumping out of an airplane into a fire. He loves his job and the adrenalin rush he gets every time. He is your typical Alpha male - strong, determined, hard-working with a soft spot in his heart for his family. His family is Nonna, who adopted him as a troubled youth, and his 2 foster brothers. He has agreed to return to his hometown, Strong, because Nonna has call
Mar 29, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
what started in their youth and ended abruptly continues to stoke the fires of love and stubborn romance for Jack and Lily.

Jack returns to Strong, California to help with the heavy and unexpected fire season and vows to protect his Lily against her serial arsonist.

Will Jack Donovan and his brothers, Evan and Rio be able to save the town of Strong, from the arsonist ? Will he manage in time to save Lily so they can have a future together?!

A SMOKIN HOT read......
Katy Budget Books
May 11, 2014 Katy Budget Books rated it it was amazing
Karen B says: What started in their youth and ended abruptly, continues to stoke the fires of love and stubborn romance in Jack and Lily.

Jack returns to Strong, CA to help with the fire season, and vows to protect Lily against her serial arsonist. Will Jack and his brothers be able to save the town of Strong from the arsonist? Will he manage in time to save Lily so they can have a future together?

A smokin' hot read!
Suzanne Cotton
Jul 01, 2014 Suzanne Cotton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Smokes

Hot as hell, Jack Donovan fought fires, jumped out of planes and stayed moving. Nothing could tie him down until Lily. Great book, full of danger, intrigue, and hot fire jumpers. Anne Marsh tells a great story with great characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series of "Smoke Jumpers".
Jack Donovan, ex-Marine and expert smoke jumper is back in Storm, California for the summer fire season after running away for ten years. He is needed to help find and stop an arsonist that is after Lily Cortez.

Jack and Lily find they still have unfinished business in the romance department; all the while a crazy arsonist is watching and setting fires. His needs for fire escalates and the end of the story involves a dramatic rescue and a revelation of what is really important to Jack.

It is a gr
Jun 04, 2016 Lucy rated it it was ok
The premise to this book was pretty appealing. The execution? Not so much.

Actual psychopath, Jack Donovan is a smoke jumper. In the book's opening scene, we join him as he and his crew are in their plane, circling above a forest fire in California. Jack runs his own business heading up a team of smoke jumpers for private hire, who risk their lives to fight out-of-control forest fires. Jack lives for the danger and adrenaline rush his career provides and doesn't want to be tied down.

As Jack wait
Aug 20, 2016 Kathy marked it as dnf
Shelves: contemporary-r
Dnf. I had to quit reading after only 20%. Two of the problems I had with the book are:
- The MC Jack is a jerk and a bully. Why would a women consider being with someone she hasn't seen for 10 years who immediately starts ordering her to leave her home.
- The plot didn't make sense. If a suspected arsonist is setting fires you would call the police, not a team of smoke jumpers. The team (with their helicopter and plane) would not sit on standby at a little town with no active fires during the fi
May 12, 2015 Carole rated it liked it
Shelves: uniformly-hot
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Jul 25, 2013 Wminbc rated it it was ok

Uggg...I wanted so badly to love this book! I really enjoyed Ms. Marsh's book One Hot Cowboy...but this book left me burnt out instead of burning up! I really disliked Lily and then as the story moved on (ever so slowly along) I began to really dislike her, then hate her. There were times were I wanted to smack her in the face. Case in point: the time Jack got the call that there was a fire on the ridge and homes were in jeopardy so Jack jumped out of thei

Book Synopsis

It takes a special kind of hero to be a smoke jumper. To take the greatest risks. To live or die in the raging heat of the moment. And it takes a special kind of woman to love him. . .
Where There's Smoke. . .

For Jack Donovan, smoke jumping is a way of life. He lives for the adrenaline rush--the thrill of flying over the burning California hills, the intensity of diving straight into the inferno, the glory of taming the forces of nature. Love is a distant ember compared to the fe
Oct 31, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
Didn't Light My Fire
The last thing smoke jumper Jack Donovan wants to do during an active fire season is ground his team and return to the small town he left ten years ago, but the phone call he receives one afternoon takes the options out of his hands. He may not be happy about it, but Jack cares too much to ignore the request from the woman who took him and his brothers into her home when they were children, then made them her own.

And when Nonna mentions the fires that have sprung up around th
Apr 04, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it
The book opens up with us watching Jack and his team jump into a fire and heroically save the day. They are a team that is called in on special assignment when the local fire department can't handle the job. Jack has gotten a phone call from the woman who gave him and his friends' a home when they were misunderstood youth and who he will always have a soft spot. Nonna has asked him to move the head quarters of his team back to his old home town for there is a series of unexplained fires in the a ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Kristin marked it as gave-up-on
I gave up on reading this book. The story focused on Jack's return to his hometown when his mother figure asks him to come home to help fight the recent outbreak of fires. Jack has vowed not to return as he has unfinished business with Lily and doesn't want to be confined to the small town. But since he feels he owes his mother for taking him in, he returns home without a protest. Immediately he finds out that Lily, a girl he apparently cannot get out of his head, is the victim of the recent fir ...more
JoLee (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
Hot Smoke Jumper Alpha Male Hero

Ever since I posted Burning Up sexy cover as my pick for Lusting For Covers Meme by TBQ's Book Palace awhile back on my blog. I was looking forward to reading it. Even though I rate it as a 3 star-I like it. I really wanted it to be a 4 or 5 star. Now it is not a bad thing that it is 3 stars. I just had a few issues with the book but at the same time I enjoyed it.

I love how Jack is a hot Smoke Jumper Alpha Male Hero who is arrogant but is also sweet. My kind of h
May 31, 2015 Sparkymom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta love smoke jumpers

While neither Jack nor Lily were what I'd consider immediately likable, they grew on me. Ben, Nonna, and the brothers are what hooked me into the story first. I liked the idea behind 3 boys who choose to be brothers and wouldn't allow themselves to be separated. The descriptive blurb for the story is exactly what you get, so I will just say that while I enjoyed the story, I would have liked a little more action throughout instead of mainly at the end.
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After ten years of graduate school and too many degrees, Anne Marsh escaped to become a technical writer. When not planted firmly in front of the laptop translating Engineer into English, Anne enjoys gardening, running (even if it’s just to the 7-11 for slurpees), and reading books curled up with her kids. The best part of writing romance, however, is finally being able to answer the question: “So ...more
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