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Fighting the Flames

(Where There's Smoke #1)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Where there’s smoke, Maddox jumps into the flames.

Maddox has been battling California’s wildfires for years. As a smokejumper, he’s trained to take action first and think second, but when he sees the cabin his best buddy owned before his death surrounded by a wall of fire, he can only think of his friend’s widow.

Sydney came to the cabin to ready it to sell. The place holds
Published January 10th 2017 by The Hartwood Publishing Group
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Olga therebelreader
I loved this book! Not just the sexual chemistry between Maddox and Sydney, which is undoubtedly hot, but the way the characters were portrayed--their own private needs, desires, and demons. Super hot sex, an interesting plot, and deep characters that we like right away, make this worthwhile. If you want a short read with a great story and some hot sex action, well this book is for you!

Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 5/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Su
Vanessa Fischer
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the series and it is hot! Maddox has been a firefighter his whole life working as a smoke jumper is all he wants to do. They are fighting a fire and he discovers his deceased best friend's wife is in the cabin that the wildfire is trying to overtake. He calls his buddies on the line and they save the cabin and her. His buddy died in a fire and his wife gave up her job as a firefighter, but she is determined to stay with them and help fight the wildfire until they are through. M ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fighting the Flames" (Where There's Smoke 1) by Em Petrova is a great read. I loved Maddox and Sydney's story! This story is packed full of emotion, passion, action, hot firefighters, interesting and entertaining characters, and more. I'm looking forward to reading more about these smoke jumpers! Highly recommend to all fans of romance, hot firefighters, and hot reads.
Julie Warden
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series by Em Petrova, Where There's Smoke. Let me just say it was totally HOT! The fires that those smokejumpers fight have nothing on the chemistry that Maddox and Sydney shared as the story unfolded. They were beautifully developed and the setting, as well as the fabulous cast of supporting characters, only added to this story's ability to grip the reader by the heartstrings, hanging on tight until the inevitable conclusion.

Maddox was a smokejumper, a firefighte
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sydney was getting ready to sell her and her dead husband, Rob's cabin. A fire broke out and the realtor left her. Se didn't panic much, because she was a firefighter in the city. Rob, was a smokejumper and she presumed a team would be on the way to try to suppress the fire. Maddox, secretly crushed on Sydney. He felt guilt from liking his friend's wife and from survivor's guilt. He felt protective of Sydney. He knew she was strong, skilled and determined, but he saw her as a woman first. Sydney ...more
KL Cassanello
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sydney's husband, Rob, a California smoke jumper, died fighting a fire. She was a city firefighter, and left that for a safer job. It's been three years, and as she begins to move on, the decides to sell their cabin. She and a realtor drive to the cabin, but when a fire threatens, he leaves her there. Where Maddox finds her. Maddox and Rob were teammates, and Rob's death hit everyone hard. She begins to help fight the fire, refusing to leave the forest. Their attraction is combustible, and they ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maddox is a smokejumper who takes action first and thinks second. When he sees the cabin that belonged to his best friend, Rob, all he thinks about is his widow, Sydney.
Sydney came back after three years of grieving, thinking about selling the cabin, when she noticed that a wild fire was close. The real estate agent leaves her stranded, making her think about how to save the cabin. Now she is a fire fighter from a small town, but has no experience in smokejumping, except for what her husband to
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Where There's Smoke series. Meet Maddox and Sydney. Maddox is a smokejumper firefighter and he is currently fighting a blaze in the area around his deceased friends cabin. This job is personal for him, he cannot let the cabin burn. Sydney has lost her husband, Maddox's friend, three years ago and she goes up to the cabin to prep it for sale. There are too many memories for her keep it. Can Maddox and Sydney save the cabin from the fire? Can they not only endure the ...more
Maggi West
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new series from Em Petrova that is gives us a look into the lives of the smoke jumpers. This is an exciting, pulse pounding, page turning read. This is Maddox and Sydney’s story. Syd’s husband Ben, was a member of Maddox’s team and he died in a five 3 yrs ago. Finally being able to move on, she was back to sell the cabin she and Ben loved. When a wild fire unexpectedly comes up, the realtor with her panics and leaves her at the cabin. The smoke jumpers are called in and when Maddox and his tea ...more
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new series!

Fighting the Flames is based in California where Wildfires, run wild (no pun intended) and Smoke jumpers are needed to fight the fires. Maddox has been in love with Syd for as long as he can remember. The only problem is, Syd is his buddies widow. When he finds out her cabin is in the path of the latest wild fire, he finds himself headed there to save it, not realizing that Syd is in the deadly fires path as well.

Syd is finally ready to move on. It's been
Debbie Caswell
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in this rereleased series and do yourself a favour grab book 2 Tempting the flames as well you won't be disappointed.

Sydney finally knows that it is time to sell the cabin that she once shared with Carter her smoke jumper husband who died three years previously in the line of duty. A death that also caused her to leave her job as a metro fire fighter. When the real estate agent deserts her in the face of an oncoming wild fire she knows she is doomed That is until he husban
Viper Spaulding
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This addictive romance really brings the heat!

Maddox and his team of smoke jumpers are fighting a fire near the vacation cabin of a team member who died in the line of duty three years earlier. He finds Sydney, Rob's widow, stranded there and with her own experience as a former city firefighter and her refusal to be evacuated, Maddox reluctantly allows her to join his team as they battle this blaze.

Let me tell you right now, that forest fire is the coldest flame they're fighting! The inferno th
Emily Pennington
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was a very enjoyable book and gives the reader lots of respect for the job those smokejumpers do (and firefighters in general)! In this story, we meet Maddox, a smokejumper, who jumps into blazing wildfires to save lives and property. This time, his battle was more personal as he was reconnected to Sydney, the widow of a smokejumper buddy who died in the line of duty 3 years previously. Sydney was right in the middle of things, having been getting her cabin ready to sell. Because she used t ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 1 of a steamy new series about sexy firefighters and the strong women in their lives.
Book one is the story of Sydney a young widow of a California Flame jumper, she is trying to move on after 3 years of grieving. She finds herself in the woods. at a cabin in the middle of a forest fire. She is rescued by Maddox , her dead husband'sfellow friend and firefighter. These two fight their attraction to each other, and they fight the forest fire together.
Can they work through the guilt over their
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
One Hot Romance!!

I just loved this story, it has all the feels and emotional impact of the way things are after a loss of a loved one. And finding a love where they can still share the grief but learn to forgive and love whole heartedly..
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. It’s a quick read but I don’t feel like I was cheated out of a story. The author manages to develop a good story and likeable characters without taking several chapters to do it. I’m looking forward to reading the next story.

Maddox and Sydney know each other. Syd was married to Maddox best friend and fellow smokejumper. Maddox never had feelings for Syd. After her husband died doing the job he loved so much she retired from firefighting and drops off the map.

Fast for
Sassy Angel
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story! I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want it to end. I love reading anything by Em Petrova.

Sydney is back at her old place when a wildfire breaks out. She is looking to sell it because the memories are to much. She lost her smokejumper husband three years before. She is rescued by Maddox who worked with her husband. Instead of going to safety, she pitches in to help battle the fire with the smokejumpers. Maddox wants Sydney but tries to stay focus on the job. Their attraction
Marlene Davis
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Maddox is a member of the California Smokejumpers, who go into the woodlands and fight the ever-present wildfires in California. Three years ago a member of their team, Rob, died, leaving his widow Sydney...She had decided to sell their cabin set in the woods where she and her husband went of weekends away from their jobs as firefighters. She was an urban firefighter in a small town nearby...after his accident, she left that job and now worked in an office, but yearned for more...decided to jump ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading This story .
It is book one in the Where there's Smoke series . Sydney Carter's husband died while fighting a wildfire three years ago .
Sydney decides it is time to sell their getaway cabin and move on with her life .
Suddenly she finds herself stranded and caught in a wildfire . She is soon assisted by her husbands fellow smoke jumpers . Sydney has training being a city firefighter before her husbands death . Maddox and Sydney have an instant and crazy attraction as soon
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sydney is the widow of a smokejumper. She is a firefighter in the city. After three years, she decides to go to their cabin and put it up for sale. While there, she gets trapped by a forest fire. Her husband's team jumps to help put out the fire. Maddox, a friend of her husband's goes to the cabin and finds her there. She decides to help the smokejumpers with the fire. Maddox is constantly watching her to make sure she is safe. She refuses to leave and remains with the men finding that she reall ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Over 18 Only Please
Recommended to LMR by: Em Petrova & Booksprout!
Fighting the Flames (Where There Fighting the Flames (Where There's Smoke Book 1) By: Em Petrova
They're "Fighting the Flames" HARD... But They Can't Seem To Put The F¡R€ Out!
Since His BestFriend died, He's been "Fighting the Flames" that Suddenly Flared Up between Him & His Friend's Widow...
It's NEVER been Worse,
Than when He Jumped outta that Plane & saw Her cabin surrounded by Flames!
Sooo He's "Fighting the Flames" ON two levels...
But He's UnSure if He can keep "Fighting the Flames" when She keeps putt'n HerSelf in His pa
Leslie Sanchez
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another first class story from Em Petrova. She has a way of making you feel like you are right there with her characters. I felt like I was watching everything. Several years after Syd's husband was killed on the job she is ready to begin living her life again. A wildfire threatens the cabin getaway she and Ryan shared. When the smoke jumpers drop in the first person she sees is Ryan's best friend, Maddox. The platonic closeness they shared before is growing just as fast and hot as the w ...more
Jan 23, 2020 added it
Heated romance…

Friends to lovers was no stretch at all when Maddox and Sydney meet again. Sydney is starting to come out of her grief even as she is haunted by what might have been. She pulled away from his friends who were too close to what took him away from her. Just as she was starting to look forward again, Maddox pulled her right back in…

What happens when you fall in love with someone whose job was dangerous. Every second, minute and day could be the one where he (or she) doesn’t make it h
Tanya Brown
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh WOW! What to do when you're doing your job and come across your friend's widow? Maddox has dropped into the woods near Rob & Syndey's cabin as a smoke jumper to help put out the fire heading towards it. Some instinct told him to check the cabin first and he finds Sydney inside. She refuses to leave and wants to help. Rob has been gone 3 years and this is the first time the whole gang has seen her. They all feel protective of her but Maddox feels possessive. The sparks fly between these 2 alon ...more
Anne Donaldson
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to engage with this book, but, once I did, I really enjoyed it. Maddox is fighting his attraction to Sydney because she is his friend’s widow. She is moving on and working with Maddox and his crew reignites her love of firefighting and its adrenaline. Maddox is less sure – wanting her out of harm’s way. The sexual chemistry in this book is outstanding – it builds, it’s carnal, it’s definitely not for reading in public. But, with this, is a story worth reading and a scenario th ...more
Char Davis
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Sydney goes with the realtor to take pictures of the cabin she spent so much time with Rob her dead husband an some of the smoke jumpers .When she sees smoke an the realtor say we have to get out of here she said she needed to,say the cabin he left her.When the smoke get worse she thinks she may die from smoke before she burned to death then the door days open an there stands Maddox.Maddox wants Syd more than hes ever wanted a woman before but he feels guilty Syn feels things toward Maddox ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As always, Ms. Petrova has written a story that will curl around you and make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Maddox and Sydney have a past. This is not a second chance story though. I love that Sydney has been able to overcome her pain and realize that she should be living and that it is time to do just that. I love how strong she is and that she shows it. I love Maddox even if he is a stubborn, hard headed pain in the tail end. The secondary characters add lifeblood to this story and they all sta ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the fact that Syd was strong enough and talented enough to not only be a firefighter, but a smoke jumper. She loved Rob, but was able to let go and move forward with her life. Syd and Maddox were combustible.

Maddox, on the other hand, drove me crazy. Really....Dude, get over it. If Syd could get past Rob being your friend and brother smoke jumper, why can't you?

I do have to say as sexy as Maddox sounded, and as steamy as the scenes were, I don't know that I could be rolling around amongs
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book in the Where There's Smoke series.
Sydney knows that it is time to put her cabin up for sale. She once shared this cabin with her husband Carter (he was smoke jumper who died in the line of duty). After her husband died, she left her job as a fire fighter and went to live in the cabin. When the real estate agent deserts her in the face of an oncoming wild fire she knows she is doomed That is until he husbands team jump into the fire to rescue her this is where she meets Maddo
Claire RC
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book kept my attention so much so that l read it one go. Sydney lost her husband to a fire some years ago, she decides to sell the log cabin they owned in the forest, however, she doesn’t realise until it’s too late that she’s literally jumping from the frying pan into the fire as a nasty forest fire takes hold. Maddox saves her after he and his crew jump into the fire zone. This is a very interesting book and explores the guilt that Maddox holds over Sydney’s husbands passing. Well written ...more
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