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Forged in Fire

(Red-Hot SEALs #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,488 ratings  ·  698 reviews
Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.

Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warri
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 309 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Trish McCallan (first published September 4th 2011)
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, safe-for-me, series
What a great find! This is on KU and you can even listen free on audible (which is what I did).

I really enjoyed this suspense story. It is technically romantic suspense, but certainly has more emphasis on the suspense than the romance. But the book caught my attention right away and I was hooked! I listened all day.

I enjoyed the different take on a "mate" story and the paranormal aspect. The heroine was pretty solid. Did not do stupid things and seemed like a pretty normal chick. The hero was a
"Hope is the most exciting thing in life and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn’t come straight away there is still that chance all through your life that it will."
- by Josh Hartnett -

3.5 stars.

Lt. Commander Zane Winters is a Navy SEAL. Zane and his SEAL buddies Cosky and Rawls are on leave and ready to board a plane. They want to attend a friend’s wedding in Hawaii. Beth Brown comes to the terminal because she had a nightmare of a deadly plane hij
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trish-mccallan
Wow!! I want to rate it a 10! This is a new author for me, but one that will be an auto buy from now on. The only negative to this book is having to wait until March to read the next book! This one ends on a cliffhanger. The suspense, characters, and romance come together to make an amazing book! I couldn't put it down!

Beth is not a psychic. After dreaming of three Navy Seals that are killed on board a flight to Hawaii, she is compelled to go to the airport to see who is boarding this plane. She
Beanbag Love
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
It got much, much better after my 22% status update. In fact, I stayed up late to finish it. Which brings me to why it lost a whole two stars (it would have lost one anyway for the clunky, tedious beginning). It doesn't actually have an ending. I suppose you might call it a cliff-hanger, but I call it a cop-out. You can keep the thread of mystery going and still end the actual story you're telling. But this one ends in a way that makes the whole story feel almost like an excerpt.

Pretty darn inf
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of J.R. Ward
Shelves: military
A diamond in the rough, Trish McCallan's Forged in Fire delivers submachine guns, admirable heroes, and heart-wrenching, nail-biting suspense back to the genre.

Romantic suspense novels deliver tension. Joe has to save Jennifer or Jennifer has to save Joe and the country, but most romantic suspense novels fail to deliver the other half of that coin: the practical details that lend realism to unimaginable scenes. These details also lend weight to the hero's plight and credence to his credentials.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year, having downloaded it when it showed up as a Kindle freebie. Friends recommended that I give it higher priority as they thought it a standout in the genre. I really regret it’s taken me so long to get to it as the story grabbed me from the first page.

The set up
Zane Winters has some psychic abilities where he gets flash visions of the future, not enough to get a complete picture but just enough to see the horrible outcomes. Beth Brown has never had p
♡Karlyn P♡
A fast action romance suspense, impressive for a debut. I think fans of Catherine Mann or Nina Bruhn will especially enjoy.

Albeit a highly implausible story, it was entertaining! Lt Commander Zane Winters has a history of seeing visions of events to come. Though they are never clear and detailed, they are always accurate. So when he gets flashes of danger on the airline him and his SEAL team 7 buddies are about to board in 90 minutes, they all know to take him seriously. But just as they are pu
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audios, pnr
Multiple POVs

Very little romance but heavy on the suspense action.

Main couple gets happy ending but storyline is left with cliffhanger.

I’ll continue this series….eventually.
3.5-4 Stars I did not expect to enjoy this at all except for maybe the hot men. I am not a fan of military/cop/weapon type stories. This was grabbed me by the neck and dragged me into a story I couldn't put down. I was looking for the clichés, woman does not listen to warnings gets taken away, man doesn't listen to woman gets shot, or the usually stupid woman makes stupid choice puts all in danger just because she's angry... you know it's how 95% of stories go. I was reading and seeing trouble c ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is why Self-Publishing is going to flourish. No one would pick this up as a debut book. Seriously, I can't think of one publisher who would take the chance on this book for so many reasons...and all those reasons are why I loved it:

Non-stop action.
One day... forget about the unneeded setup.
Lots of backstory, but none of it dumped.
And it's a cliffhanger of sorts. THIS story is wrapped up nicely, but there's *a lot* left to carry to the next book.

I have no idea when it happened, but some time
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was a 4* half a book - but I am just sick and tired of authors (and publishers - but in this case it doesn't apply) publishing HALF a book. I'm also getting tired of reviewers not warning me clearly that I will invest 4 hours in a book and then want to throw my kindle across the room.

A cliff-hanger ending is one thing ... and I don't like those particularly. Are authors really so insecure they think I won't buy their second book if they ACTUALLY FINISH their first book?

Sorry rant over.

I really enjoyed this book. Sure there was a little more bloodshed than normal, and not that much romance, but I didn't mind it at all. But there was one thing that kind of didn't sit right with me and it was to do with the bonding between Zane and Beth. I would expect it from a PNR but not in a romantic suspense and I found it a little bit unbelievable. I'm really looking forward to finding more about the sub characters especially Mac and Amy's story.
Aղցela W.
This was a really good read. Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. While at the airport waiting for a flight to Hawaii he has a vision that he and his two buddies are going to die. Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hij ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, hell, fire and SEALS! FanFingTastic! Thank you NyQuil for sparking this book!


This book hooks you out of the gate before you even know what hit you!

• Immediate meaningful action that keeps a steady pace throughout the book.

• A group of yumm'o SEALS that are as witty with their banter as they are lethal with their fists.

• A female lead that thinks with her brain, not her vagina. You know that character you're screaming at 'don't go with the bad guy; scream, bitch, scream?' Yeah, our girl
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters and his SEAL Team 7 buddies, Cosky & Rawls, are ninety minutes away from boarding a flight to Hawaii when Zane has a vision of their bloody deaths aboard the aircraft at the hands of hijackers. Zane comes from a long line of men with psychic abilities, but he only gets flashes of the future, not normally enough details to abort tragedy from occurring. As he scans the airport for signs of trouble, his eyes zero in on those of Beth Brown triggering an instant ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

This book was a pleasant surprise. Trish McCallan is a new to me author and I will be keeping my eye on her.

Although I've seen this book mostly classified as Romantic Suspense I have a hard time putting it on that shelf because the balance was far more toward the action and suspense than the romance. There was a romantic line through the plot but there wasn't much time to indulge it because of the tense race against time to find the hostages and thwart the bad guys. I thought
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
I want the next one! Review to come, maybe.
From what I've been able to determine this is Trish McCallan's first book. It's a winner. Love me a hot, compassionate, alpha hero and a beautiful, smart, brave heroine. Throw is a physic connection between them, emanate danger and you have a wonderful, edge of your seat book. This is the first book in a new series and I'm late reading it, but with the 4th book soon to be published I'm glad I finally started. The overall arc is that a global organization seeks world dominance and the SEAL Team 7 ...more
Connie N.
#1 Red-Hot Seals romantic suspense series

I've been putting off reading this book for months and finally decided to listen to the audio version. I'm glad I did since it was very enjoyable--exciting and sexy. The touch of psychic ability held by both Zane and Beth made the results fall into place a little easier, but I didn't find it to be detrimental to the story--the excitement and suspense was still there. After Beth's dream, she became intimately involved in the story, especially when her clos
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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I LOVED this book, plain & simple! No fancy adjectives or flowery words are needed to describe it, just know that if you read, you’ll love it too. :) The story is intense, action-packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat page after page. The cast of characters is just yummy (SEALs, hello?!) and the set-up for the next books leaves me wanting tons more.

Zane is a member of a SEAL team on their way to a wedding. While waiting in the airport for t
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a fluke. I needed an audiobook because I was on day four of driving around the US w/three kids in the car and I needed to block out all the "Mom, mom, mom MOM's!!" This was free on Kindle Unlimited so I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did. This was super good. In fact it was so good I switched to the ebook as soon as we got to the hotel so I could read faster and then I binged the entire series.

This is about a unit of Navy SEALs on their way to a wedding. One, Zane, has psychic
**2.5 stars**

Forged in Fire is a messy mix of PNR and Romantic Suspense that needed the reader to suspend disbelief way too much for it to work out. Am I to believe that post 9/11, some villains will resort to hijacking a plane to get their hands on some people? What happened to old fashioned kidnapping?

Sadly for the villains, their "fool-proof" plan was foiled by the psychic dreams/visions of our hero and heroine who happened to be fated mates. Even though their assertions are pretty crazy, th
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fabulous book! I stayed up till 2am last night trying to finish this it was so amazing. Can't wait for more!

Best LOL of the book:
"Look." She didn't stop walking, because she didn't want to have this dialogue face-to-face. Lord knows, the last thing they needed was face-to-face time. "I'm not interested, o.k.? I'm already involved with someone."
He stopped so abruptly she was in mid-stride when he jerked her back.
"Too bad." He caught her chin in an iron grip and forced her gaze up. The face st
Diane ~Firefly~
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, romance, wobble
The book started off with a bang and never let up. I really liked the SEALs. They were a close-knit group. I also liked Beth and how she was worried for her friends. Unfortunately, some good characters didn't make it and others had some very bad things happen to them off page.

Beth and Zane were very good together. He is as stable as it gets, which she needed. I loved Marion. And they even found a way to make you feel a little bad for the villain. I really enjoyed this and will definitely read th
Good and I liked it but I expected it to be a little steamier. But it was good enough that I plan on continuing the series. I did have one issue at the end (view spoiler) ...more
I don't know what I was expecting when I purchased this book but what I got was one helluva dramatic, suspenseful, heart-stopping journey into the seedy underworld of hijackings and terrorists and the kickass men trained to thwart them. This is the book that defines the genre "romantic suspense" and anyone who enjoys a story that is one huge adrenalin rush from beginning to end will love Forged in Fire. Kudos to Trish McCallan for penning such a powerful debut novel. I'm not even a fan of the ge ...more
Trish McCallan is now one of my favotite new authors. I loved this book. This book grabs you from the very beginning and does not let go. Unfortunately I have to wait for her next book to find out what happens next. The story line was a little different than other books which made it unique, and Hell, who does't love a hot, sexy SEAL. I do!
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Annoying characters, stupid actions by said characters, steriotypical descriptions and gratuitous violence against women. I hate when I'm not warned about that. So I'll warn you. THere's rape and a lot of referring to said rapes in this. Of course the characters that were raped are perfectly fine.

Stupid book. Don't read it.
Lady Heather
I liked this story and it's characters.
A really cool spin of having the soul mates connected not only on a physical and emotional level, but that they also can read each others minds as well (their that connected). Hence, there is no worry of cheating, or wondering where you stand with one another... the intimacy has no limitations.
I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3 1/2
A pleasant surprise. A RS that does indeed center on a story :)
The pnr touch was a bit on the left field, but there's a lot of it going around...
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“For a moment she was convinced she was still dreaming. That she’d fallen asleep while reading one of JR Ward’s Brotherhood of The Black Dagger romances and had inserted herself into a dream based on the book. Any moment now he was going to start growling Mine Mine Mine and let loose with some spicy bonding scent. Or flash a massive set of fangs.” 16 likes
“And this is the library,” Mrs. Simcosky said, leading Beth into a generous room with a fire flickering in a river rock fireplace. “Or, as Mason liked to call it, my love den.” She drifted to one of the floor to ceiling book shelves and trailed her fingers down a bevy of colorful spines. “He used to call my books ‘the other men’.” 12 likes
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