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Fire on the Mountain

(The Mountains #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,055 ratings  ·  157 reviews
The Mountains: Book One
Second Edition

Take a break from academics, enjoy the Colorado Rockies, fight a fire now and then. That’s all Jake Landon expected when he signed up to be a ranger. He’ll partner with some crusty old mountain man; they’ll patrol the wilderness in a tanker, speak three words a day, and Old Crusty won’t be alluring at all. A national forest is big enoug
ebook, 2nd Edition, 212 pages
Published June 22nd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 2009)
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Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, romance, contemporary
I’ve not read a book by this author before but the blurb to Fire on the Mountain sounded so attractive, I thought I’d give it a go. It turned out to be a an engaging story with realistic, likable characters.

Jake is spending his summer season as a forest ranger before heading off to Pharmacy college. His job is to drive through the forest park looking out for the beginnings of forest fires and putting them out before they can catch and do too much damage as well as keep an eye on the various tour
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Epic fail. And it makes me sad to say so, because from a technical standpoint, Singer's writing is rock-solid. The mechanics are all in place: impeccable grammar and the ability to craft interesting sentences results in smooth, readable prose.

Unfortunately there's more to writing good fiction than just having the mechanics down. There's a need for some level of nuance, subtlety, and subtext. Without those... Well, reading this book was like being whacked upside the head with the clue stick, brut
Sexy fire rangers, lovely scenery, a slow build up to a wonderful, tense and often painfully obvious attraction. A really good adventure and Jake and Kurt are gorgeous, hunky men working their way through a solid friendship first then thankfully seeing the light and becoming lovers so beautifully. Nicely paced and the writing is good, I enjoyed this sweet, erotic romance.
Mandy*reads obsessively*

I really liked the setting, the rangers in the mountains, the setting with the cabin, lake, forest ..different and interesting.
Jake is firmly in the closet and has decided to take a break from school and joins the rangers for a season, there he is partnered with Kurt.
There was a lot of action and drama, but not enough of the relationship building for my taste, that part sort of dragged, and then when it finally moved forward it was rushed and although it was probably realistic what was goin
I think my biggest problem with the story -- even if the writing is good -- is how slow things progress. I mean, I'm not one who loves wham-bam-sex, I like story with relationship building ... but this one, I don't know, probably because of all of those narrations about the fire fighting (though it's pretty good narration) before getting to the main course, it made me impatient. I like the two guys, but it's just too darn slow *sigh*.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Buggy by: D
Opening Line: “Fires would be part of my summer-I’d know that even before ever getting up to the mountains.”

This was a fantastic little find (thanks D) containing not only a very satisfying friends to lovers romance but complete escapism due to J.D Singer’s vivid descriptions of the Colorado park setting and obvious research she’s put into forest firefighting. Her descriptions are so accurate that at times I was shaking my head, is this author a fire ranger in her spare time? We also get some ab
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

You are gay. You are a fire ranger who is basically in the middle of nowhere in the mountain area in Colorado. Worse, you are stationed in a small cabin with this sexy, smart man who is your 'mentor'. Two of you are in the confine of the cabin 24/7, with only once-per-week trip to a nearby small town. What would you do?

That's what Jake feels when he's stationed with Kurt. Everyday contacts with the other man has driven him crazy. Kurt is his mentor and his friend, but Jake really wants
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars

Pretty sweet story but a little too much inner-monologue and self-doubt coming from Jake.

The forest fire-fighting stuff was entertaining and informative.
Every once in a while I read a story that makes me appreciate destiny’s hand in love. Two people meet, be it on the job, on the street or at a store and fate has brought them together for a reason. It’s all the more interesting when those two people happen to be gay men...because all too often you can feel like you are the only gay person in this big old world.

Fire on the Mountain is one of those books. Jake and Kurt are fire rangers stationed together in the mountains of Colorado. The story is
Heather C
I really enjoyed this book. Jake and Kurt were adorable. Yeah, the story was slow to progress but I actually loved the slow burn of friends-to-lovers. There really isn't much angst or any major obstacles other than them coming out of the closet to each other. The sexual tension was smoldering and the sex was scorching!!

I was a bit disappointed at the abrupt ending...until I figured out it was a series. Then I was a little more disappointed. And since I am not a huge fan of same couple sequels I
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-mm
Overall book rating: 4 Stars
Audio book: Narrator - FinnSterling - 3 Stars
Book cover: 3 Stars

This book made me giggle. I think I was in the mood for something like this it was sweet and funny in a weird way.


Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

DNF at 17%.

I honestly couldn't push myself to finish this book. I didn't care for the narrator and had a very hard time connecting in any way to the story.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, ebook, 2009, done, 2012, reread
Smokin' hot m/m romance about two guys fighting forest fires together in the Rockies. I enjoyed the added flashback short story in this edition.
Elisa Rolle
One of the complaints I heard most from gay romance authors is that the genre often doesn't respect the reality. In today time it's not so easy to be gay or to come out, and all those romances where people are out and proud, and happy and comfortable, are not realistic. Coming out is still an issue for most gay men, and often to gather the courage to do it takes years and you arrive well over 20 years old without having done so.

In Fire on the Mountain there is a similar situation; Jake is the ne
3.5 Stars

Jake Landon is deeply in the closet and doesn’t quite know how to get out of it. For years, hiding his sexuality has made him feel safer and less exposed. But when he joins the rangers to spend his summer fighting fires in the Colorado Rockies, the last thing he expects is to be assigned a partner as tempting as Kurt Carlson.

This story has a deliciously long slow-burn romance, and although Jake and Kurt come together in a spectacular fashion later in the book, most of the story is meas
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
True rating: Wavering between a 4.25 to 4.5 ... I need to mull this one over and I'll explain. Give me a day or two to collect my thoughts and this is one book I won't forget to review. I promise!!
Note: Though I'll probably review tonight. Oh and read my updates, they are fantastic review markers :-)!!

Now I am off to read the 2nd book! I'm really into their story and cannot wait to find out what's next for these lovebirds :-)!!

Definitely very recommended :-)!!

P.S. I'll be purchasing the Bundle
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I originally got this book because Jenre’s Well Read raved about the sequel and thus prompting me to read the first book in the series. While I may not have enjoyed this offering as much as Jen did, there are some interesting aspects to the book. The fire fighting depiction is really stunning in detail and authenticity, which helps the book since the romance aspect is rather weak and diluted. The setting and strong sense of work in the fire scenes kept the book interesting, although more time an
I liked the story and the writing was good, but for me it seemed a little to slow to move the story along and I found myself wanting to skim through parts. Kurt and Jake were likeable characters, but there was a lot of inner dialog which seemed to take over too much for me.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mmr, kindle
I really enjoyed this book, the only reason it didn't get five stars is that the ending was rushed then cut off.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - This was a pretty interesting adventure romance about Jake, fresh out of college but still deep in the closet, who signs up for a six-month stint as a forest ranger since he thinks being stuck in the woods watching out for fires will solve his problems of (not) dealing with being gay, especially since he’ll probably be partnered with some Grizzly Adams old man who he won’t be tempted by at all. But Fate says, “Think again!” and his partner is the young, experienced ranger Kurt, who i ...more
Carole Cummings
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though each book in this series can stand alone, it's hard for me to separate them into individual stories, because they're so inter-woven. The characters become deeper and more 'real' with each edition, but that doesn't by any means indicate that they're not already very real from Page One of Book One. the whole series is like a layer cake, with each layer adding something you didn't consider missing, but yet enhances the whole. The author doesn't 'talk down' to her audience. Have you ever read ...more
Kaje Harper
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, comfort-reread
This is a slowly-building romance between Jake, a young college guy doing a short-term job as a fire fighter in the Colorado Rockies, and Kurt, the slightly older and more experienced ranger he's teamed with. There is a lot of sexual tension which lasts through much of the book, and some nicely heated scenes once the tension is resolved.

The descriptive atmosphere of this one is well done, with details of the guys' mountain life that make the situation vivid. There are some nice little moments of
Mathilda Grace
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschichte von Jake und Kurt ist eine wundervolle und fast gänzlich ruhige Story um das Suchen und Finden zweier Männer in einem nicht gerade ungefährlichen Job, der den beiden auch ordentlich Feuer unterm Arsch macht und das im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes.

Ich habe das Lesen sehr genossen, auch wenn ich mir zwischendurch die Haare raufte, weil die beiden so offensichtlich umeinander herumschlichen, das wäre selbst einem Blinden aufgefallen. Nur Jake ist planlos, dabei sind Kurts Annäherungsver
Mara Ismine
4.5 stars as I've only read it once so far. I've been saving this one for a while. I knew it would be good and I wanted to savour it properly. It was well worth the wait. The detailed background of fighting forest fires in the Colorado Rockies is built naturally through rookie ranger Jake's eyes. The slow build-up as the relationship between Jake and his work partner Kurt deepens was beautifully done. Jake's worries and fears are real and understandable. And the ending was exactly right for the ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
Another sweet, sweet love story - two guys, stuck together in a ranger's cabin on a hill dance around each other for the summer, but finally manage to figure out that they both want the same thing: each other...
Good, if a little predictable plot, great landscape descriptions that really put me right next to Kurt and Jake into the colorado mountains. A tad over-angsty with Jake's 1st person POV narration. Smooth and enjoyable writing and a wonderful, if a bit self-purposeful happy end. I can reco
Jess Candela
I loved this book the first time, and even more this time. Possibly because this time I read the new, improved edition. But it also could be that it gets better with rereads, as the very best books are wont to do. So while I rated it 4 stars in 2010, it's 4.5 stars in 2012.

I loved how very nearly perfect Kurt has just enough flaws to keep him from being insufferable. And I like Jake and enjoy seeing the world through his eyes, painful though that can be at times.

I also really enjoyed finally get
A fabulous story when you want something light and entertaining with a bit of excitement and a happy ending.

Two gorgeous young men, spending months together, pretty much isolated in the national park. One has had a bad experience and is looking to hide his sexuality. The other is totally gorgeous - blonde, buff and rides a motorcycle!

Jake lusts after Kurt and finds it hard to control his physical responses to the man but remains very much in the closet. Kurt doesn't make it easy, providing lots
Eden Winters
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What set this apart from other books I've read of this genre is that I actually learned a thing or two along the way. The story never dragged or raced, but was perfectly paced.

The scenes were described in adequate detail to be pictured clearly, while not falling prey to over-wordiness. While some books I've read toss two totally unsuitable people together and tie them neatly, but unbelievably together, the relationship between Jake and Kurt never once taxed credibility-- I could really see them
3.8 Stars

Slow-building romance but sexy once their attraction catches fire. (See what I did there?) Yes, some of it was predicable and some of it was left a little unresolved - not a cliffhanger but enough of a tease that I'm definitely interested in the next one...
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

This is an emotional story about how two young men deal with their feelings and attractions, how they deal with being gay and how they deal with falling in love.

Landon is young and wasn't expecting to be attracted to his assigned partner when he signed up as a ranger. He's supposed to spend the summer in a cabin in the middle of the wilderness and patrol for fires. While in the forest, alone with his partner Kurt, who happens to be a vet at this position
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PD Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, one proto-adult, and a deficiency of cats. She's a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain Pam has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving.

When not writing, playing her fidd

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