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High Heat

(Hotshots #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  227 reviews
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 toget ...more
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Published July 27th 2020 by Carina Press
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
High Heat is book two in the Hotshots series by Annabeth Albert. I fell in love with the first book in this series, Burn Zone, and Linc and Jacob. So, I’ve been waiting not so patiently for this next book. Either of these can be read as stand alones.

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If you read the first book, you already know that Garrick Nelson had a serious accident while smoke jumping. He broke both legs and had a serious spinal injury. Garrick’s legs have mended for the most part but he’s still in extensive physical therapy
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Sequel Stars - BR with Adam!

This was a very nice age gap story, full of hurt comfort and generously brimming with slow burn UST and sexual healing.

It’s recommended to read this in series order since last we saw Garrick in Burn Zone, he had suffered some serious injuries which were far worse than feared. Never mind two broken legs but add a spinal injury as well, and Garrick has been struggling (but mostly winning) at beating the odds, determined to regain full mobile function so he can get
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Hotshots is another great series from the talented Annabeth Albert that I highly recommend for all men in uniform groupies. Actually, scratch that. Anyone who likes alpha males badass enough to fight fires should enjoy this series.

High Heat features an age gap and hurt/comfort overtones. Garrick and Rain are an unlikely couple, what with Garrick being a former smoke jumper recovering from a terrible accident that happened in book one and Rain being a hippy vegan.

But Garrick is pan and open abo
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book beautifully examines the reality of life with a disability. Annabeth gives the reader a flawed but still deserving of love injured smokejumper Garrick, and Rain, a free-spirited man who finds that his adventures might just end up rooting him in one place.

I will add the disclaimer that I beta read this book for the author for disability rep, as I am severely disabled with physical mobility issues and swap between crutches, wheeled walker and wheelchair, although mine were not caused by
Low in action, high in character development.  The second installment in the Hotshots series features dual POV in an age-gap, hurt-comfort romance

Garrick was seriously injured in the previous book.  This is his recovery story with a wonderful young man who knows exactly how to help without getting in the way.

Rain is a lovely young man still looking for his calling in life.  He quickly develops a crush on his handsome neighbor. With the help of a rescued dog, they forge a friendship that becomes
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I very much enjoyed this second book in the Hot Shots series by Annabeth Albert. What's not to love about sexy firefighters into dudes???

I liked the progression from helping hand to friends to flirting to more. I liked the age difference being there but only being a minor deal. I liked the originality of the characters - representing actual people and personalities.

The drama at the end b
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Rain and Garrick have little in common. Except for two things - the injured dog they suddenly become responsible for, and an undeniable mutual attraction.

Starting off as strangers, they quickly bond over taking care of Cookie, the playful stray that showed up on Garrick’s doorstep and decided to stay.

And after some initial hesitation, both men are more than happy to explore what’s between them.

I liked how easy Garrick and Rain were with the physical part. Yes, Garrick does
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I have to accept I don't mesh with this author anymore. ...more
True Loveislovereview
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq, age-gap
An injured homeless dog brought them together and now Rain is crushing on Garrick, who’s also injured and walks with crutches. Maybe they can have some fun, just for the time being of course. Rain will not stay long enough to start something even though that’s exactly what he’s looking for.

Rain lives next door with his gran. He’s looking for a job with the wild firefighters.
He wants Garrick, who’s a smokejumper, to train him, in exchange he’ll help with the dog.
Rain a sparkling rainbow unicorn a
~Mindy Lynn~
3.5 Stars!

This was a sweet read about two guys not really knowing where their place in the world was and who ended up finding it with each other.

Ever sine Garrick had his accident he has been working hard with his physical therapist to get back into smoke jumping shape. He's determined to make it back to his crew even if his doctors are not as confident in that being possible. He's pretty much kept to himself during his recovery and not seeing much of anyone but his dad. That all changes when a
I enjoyed this book in the beginning, then it got long and boring and nothing really happened. While I deeply disliked one of the MC's in the first book I didn't in this one, but I didn't really care either.

Garrick is the smoke jumper who got hurt at the end of the first book, he's still not healed but determined to get there one way or another. Rain is moving over and over again, trying to find his next big adventure. He's also much younger than Garrick. Can two men so different find common gr
Emily Seelye
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc
This is in my top 5 Annabeth reads. Not since At Attention have I enjoyed one of her couples so much. These guys were perfect for each other.

The only criticism is that I wish they wouldn’t have had such low expectations going into the relationship. Obviously, things work out, but they could have saved each other some heartache, if they’d had a conversation sooner.

* I had an ARC
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR.

High Heat, book two in Annabeth Albert’s  Hotshots  series, picks up the story of Garrick Nelson, one of the crew of Smoke Jumpers based near the fictional town of Painter’s Ridge in central Oregon. Garrick was badly injured during a jump at the end of book one, Burn Zone, breaking both his legs and incurring a spinal injury, but by the time High Heat opens some six months later, he’s out of hospital and back at home.  He’s still undergoing intense physical therapy a
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this very much. This was a quite kind of slow book but not it a bad way. These two guys become friends and fall in love all while communicating like adults and not being drama llamas. I also really loved the way the author handled the way they learned to modify their day to day living and their sex lives based on Garrett's injuries. It was a unique situation and I really appreciate that this author regularly writes books with all kinds of characters and all kinds of lifestyles. I don't t ...more
High Heat by Annabeth Albert is an excellent addition to the Hot Shots series.

-Age gap
-Opposites attract
-AWESOME main characters
-Dual POVs
-HOT chemistry

Garrick and Rain are up there as one of my characters from Annabeth Albert. Their acceptance, understanding, and respect for each other were felt on every page.

I also need to mention how much I love the way Annabeth Albert handled Garrick's recovery. It was everything.

Highly recommend it.

4.5 Stars
Rachel Emily
This is the second book in the Hotshots series, and although it does stand well on its own, I think you'd enjoy it more if you read the first book. Garrick is introduced there and we learn of his horrible accident that sets up his journey to recovery in this book.

Garrick is slowly recovering from his leg and spine damage, when a stray dog, Cookie, and a much younger man, Rain, come into his life. I don't remember an exact age, but I would say that Garrick is in his late thirties, whereas Rain i
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

I disliked the first book, Burn Zone . I had hard time to remember secondary characters from that book so I didn't really remember about Garrick. But boy, add one sassy caring younger neighbor and a cute dog named Cookie, and this book was wonderful read for me!

I loved that Garrick was secure enough in his pansexuality -- and although there was age gap, he didn't completely shy away from introducing the younger Rain to his friends or family. I LOVED his relationship with his
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I liked it better than the previous book, because I didn’t have an intense dislike for a character like I did with Linc, but it was a little boring to be honest.

Garrick got injured at the end of book 1, and a year later, he is still not fully walking but is convinced he will go back to 100% and smoke jumping. He hates asking for help, and is pretty much in denial about his future. He meets his neighbour’s 23yo grandson, and they immediately click and the attraction is undeniable. It st
Nadine Bookaholic
Annabeth Albert delivers a HIGH HEAT, Hurt/Comfort, May/December, Romance that is sure to have readers rooting for Garrick and Rain right from the start.

I was looking forward to Garrick's story after Annabeth Albert told me a little about it in our Author Interview for BURN ZONE, once I heard there was a matchmaking dog involved I was all over it! I mean seriously I know I am going to have a great read because of whose writing the book but once you throw in a dog that somehow gets two guys toget
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
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Rating: 2 Stars – it’s a struggle to finish the damn book
Evie Drae
I received a copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m always down for a good “sexy person in uniform” book, so when I was offered a spot on the blog tour for Annabeth Albert’s High Heat, I smashed that “Yes, please!” button with a quickness. Ms. Albert is a new-to-me author, but after completing this story, she definitely will not be a one-and-done. I picked this book up without having read book one in the Hotshots series, so I can attest to it being
While this is Book #2 of the series, I think it can comfortably be read as a standalone so do not worry if you want to pick this up as it is.

If you did read the previous book however, you'll recall how Garrick(one of the MCs in this book) had a horrific accident that left him so broken, it is a wonder he made it out with his life. This book detailed not only how he got back his health, but also how he adjusted to a new way of life. He was gruff(but inherently kind) and he had to learn new things
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Actual Rating 3.75 Stars

Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Publisher and Netgalleyin echange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

An age gap m/m romance that will scorch your kindle/e-reader once you start reading it! This is the second book in the Hotshot Series – though I didn’t find any issue connecting to the story and the characters; though some secondary characters were mentioned throughout the book!

Garrick suffered
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Garrick Nelson suffered major injuries in a smoke jumping accident and he has been working hard for a year to get back on his feet. He is self-isolating, broody, and determined. He is still hindered by crutches or a wheelchair, but has single-minded focus on getting back to work as a hotshot and smoke jumper. That is until a dog in need finds himself on his porch. When Garrick goes to the neighbor for help, her twenty-something grandson is willing to help with anything Garrick and the dog need. ...more
Amber’s reading
High Heat is the 2nd book in the Hotshots series, but can be read as a stand-alone. This was a nice age-gap MM romance about an injured firefighter about a year into his recovery and a cute younger guy visiting his grandmother for the summer. A cute stray dog brings the two men together, which was a nice and heartwarming touch.

This MM romance is very approachable for new MM readers. I’d say the steam and angst are very mild, but nice. We get to meet characters from the past novel, and most like
3.75 Stars

”I’ve had plenty of reasons to jump before, but never such a good one to come back to earth for. You’re something else.”
HIGH HEAT followed Garrick Nelson’s life after the severe injuries he suffered in “Burn Zone” the first book in Albert’s “Hotshots” series. It’s almost a year after the accident and - defying doctors’ prognosis - he could walk again; but it’s still far from his pre-injuries fitness. His friendship with Rain Fisher started when Rain helped him with a lost d
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I reviewed the ebook version HERE, so I won't rehash that. The audio has the added bonus of Iggy Toma's narration - he's always easy to listen to, does a good job with the characterisations and with the emotional content of the story. Recommended
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I loved the world of smoke jumpers that I discovered in Burn Zone, so could not wait for the next installment. Annabeth Albert did not disappoint in this story about Garrick Nelson, a smoke jumper injured during a mission gone wrong.

Although we met Garrick in Burn Zone, we didn’t get to know him, and didn’t realize just how much of a good, sweet guy he would turn out to be. Continuing with physical therapy a year after an accident left him with a spinal injury, Garrick was portrayed as extremely
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

This is my first Annabeth Albert book, and it won’t be my last. High Heat didn’t blow me away but it’s a near-perfect example of the kind of romance book that I need from time to time. It’s lovely, thoughtful and generous of heart, in a way that makes me feel safe even during moments of high drama. In these times, more than ever, I appreciate a writer who can cocoon me like that.

Garrick is 12 months into recovery for a serious spinal injury after a work accident. He was a smoke-jumper, one
Rafa Brewster
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really satisfying read, something that I say a lot when it comes to books by this author. Without taking away from the romance, her books tend to be meticulously researched to set as authentic a scene as possible, and Garrick's story was no exception.

You could probably read this book as a standalone, but if you'd like the story behind Garrick's injury, and some high octane (also high-angst) romance, then you should read book 1 Burn Zone first. I was pleased that High Heat wasn't as a
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Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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