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Burn Zone

(Hotshots #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Introducing Annabeth Alberts Hotshots seriesthe emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregons fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts

Smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is speechless to see Jacob Hartman among his squads new recruits. Linc had promised his late best
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2020 by Carina Press
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Burn Zone is book one in the brand new series, Hotshots, by Annabeth Albert. This is my very first book by Annabeth but shes long been on my want to read list. This is a M/M romance with two sexy firefighters that bring on all kinds of swoons.

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Jacob Hartman is twenty five years old. Years before he came out to his family. He didnt want to hide who he was. Jacobs late older brother was a smoke jumper, a firefighter that parachutes into dangerous fires. As is his brothers closest
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

And so it begins: yet another gripping, romantic, and sexy AF series by Ms. Albert.

And, WOW, is it off to a good start.

Burn Zone features:

- two stubborn MCs (Jacob, the rookie, who's determined to make Linc see that they belong together, and Linc, the experienced fire jumper, who made a promise to Jacob's brother and thus keeps Jacob at arm's length)

- dogs (dogs rule!)

- slow burn (and how! Jacob and Linc dance around each other for SIX DAMN YEARS)

- age gap (ten years, something Jacob
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

I'm a huge fan of Annabeth Albert's writing, going way back. In fact, I've read twenty five of her books, and my average rating is well above 4-stars. But her recent stuff? I've been less than impressed.

Linc was a very hard character for me to relate to in any way. He was self-flagellating and cold, and I felt like he was a huge downer. I didn't like how he dragged his feet the entire time in his relationship with Jacob and how Jacob had to force his way into Linc's heart. Linc didn't
I was so excited to see a new Annabeth Albert series. I loved her Out of Uniform series. I adore that she writes about people doing tough, dangerous work and somehow finding the right partner to share their softer side.

Linc is a Smoke Jumper. I didn't know what that was or that the job even existed before reading this book. It's amazing when I find myself learning something new from a romance novel. But the truth is that romance novels have made a huge impact on my knowledge, my beliefs and most
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a fabulous start to this new series from Annabeth.

It combines the camaraderie of her Out of Uniform series with the small town vibe of her Rainbow Cove books and I loved it.

Lincoln needed a shake or a good talking too so he got his head out of his backside but I totally got him.

Jacob is an honest and direct guy, he wants Linc, always has. But his dead brother's ghost hangs over them both.

There's angst, but it never becomes overwrought, Linc is struggling with his own feelings for Jacob and
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Heated Hearts!

Calling all Albert fans!! Behold a new series with firemen as the main attraction!

This first book features Linc and Jacob, who have known and wanted each other for years but have always made excuses to not cross the line. Hence, beware a drawn out back and forth, showcasing deep desires that are painful to witness because whatever barriers they put up (mostly on Lincs side) seem absolutely inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. However, blame a past shitty family and an


I hate to even bring up Annabeth Albert's Alaska series, but I have to- it just didn't resonate with me. I was super bummed because AA has been a go-to of mine for years. When I first read about Burn Zone, I was equal parts excited and nervous. Nervous because the previous series wasn't a winner for me; I so didn't want that to be the case again. I'm happy to report it was awesome. Nothing to worry about here!

Unrequited love ✔
Temptation ✔
Angst ✔
Chemistry ✔
Dual POVs ✔
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Love the love between these two.
First time reading the author and I was in the mood for a little hottie heat and with a name like Burn Zone, you know these firefighters can give up a little heat.

The author did a nice job developing the story and moving it along. She employed a bit of anticipation with the backstory and provided us with that great push pull with a best friend's brother no-no situation.

And when they finally decided to hell with it, they deserve each other
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved Annabeth Albert's "Out of Uniform" series so I could't pass up on the chance to try her new one, this time about a couple of smoke jumpers.

Generally, I have a hit or miss luck with this author and this time it was saddly closer to a miss...

Linc and Jacob have known each other for a long time, since Linc was practically a member of Jacob's family growing up. They have an age gap of ten years between them, which caused some intense conversations, but the main obstacle was Lincoln's
I was really looking forward to this new series from an author I enjoy a lot. This was fine but overall did not meet my expectations. I struggled with Linc's character a lot. He was difficult for me to like. Jacob I really liked and I ran out of patience with both his family and Linc in how they treated him. There was also too much sex in this imo. I would have liked more relationship development outside the bedroom.

Overall though it was a fine start to the series. The excerpt for the next book
2.5 Stars!

Ive enjoyed every book Ive read by Annabeth, especially her Out of Uniform series so I'm super excited to start another series written by her.

This book was good. The writing was excellent as usual and bonus points for it exposing me to the world of smoke jumping (which I had zero prior knowledge of). Those individuals who do this as an actual profession are all badasses and no one can tell me otherwise. WILLINGLY jumping into burning areas? Those people deserve all the
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Annabeth Albert writes consistently good romance. I've found I can depend on her for character depth, interesting settings that are more than just window dressing and hot physical chemistry, and most importantly to me, I can always feel the emotional connection between her MCs. I need to see past the steam, and she always delivers. And in that regard, this was no exception.

The connection between these two is palpable, even in the earliest, prologue scene. Jacob lights Linc up with his mere
⭐⭐⭐.5/5 Stars. Leaving rating blank until I decide if I want to round up or down.

A few thoughts and feelings until I write an actual review:

-Did I like this book? Yes!!
-Did I LOVE this book? No.
-Will I read the following books in the series? Absolutely!
-I was hoping to love this like I did the Out of Uniform series. Unfortunately, I didnt. At least not yet. But series can definitely improve as they go and this one for sure has potential. Also I should note I didnt love every book in the Out
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, lgbtqa
Albert is always a very solid hit or a near miss for me and I have finally discovered why.
While her writing is always good, some of her books simply cater to an audience that isn't me.

Linc and Jacob's story is one full of angst and miscommunication that finally gets it's start with a friends with benefits arrangement.

Also, a major issue I had with this book was how the homophobia from Wyatt was brushed aside again and again. Yes I know he wasnt actively in the book, but Linc stuck by his side
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seductive, tender, and timely!

Burn Zone is a steamy, engrossing firefighter romance that features the lonely, closeted Linc, and the fun-loving, younger Jacob as they engage in a love affair strife with issues of insecurities, hidden sexuality, promises made, and workplace fraternization.

The prose is passionate and sincere. The characters are well-drawn, rugged, and sexy. And the plot sweeps you away into a fervent storyline filled with friendship, family, light drama, danger, smouldering
Em Wittmann
I'm on the fence with this one. I enjoyed it; Annabeth Albert writes couples I like reading about and getting to know. But the story itself never seemed to go anywhere, and because the problems between the principal couple seemed to be so started to grow tedious right before it got better. So, this doesn't quite earn a high rating from me, but I would recommend it to AA fans.

Lincoln Reid is something of a loner. After the death of his mother when he was a young boy, his
Nat ReadingAllNite
Feb 23, 2020 marked it as dnf-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read, netgalley
I find the characterization of Linc, his negative behavior and martyrdom so annoying and unsympathetic that I do not care to continue reading. If I did, it would be a negative review.
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Hotshots #1
Rating: 4 stars - it was enjoyable

One Sentence Summary: The last thing smoke jumper Lincoln Reid needs is to have Jacob Hartman as a crew member but his friend's little brother is more tempting than ever now that they're around each other all the time.

Burn Zone starts off the new Hotshots series by Annabeth Albert and I am here for sexy firefighters! Like all of Albert's books this is heavily character driven and Linc and Jacob have a lot of angst in their relationship, mostly
Diane Dannenfeldt
I had a hard time rating this one. The story line is so similar to others that she has written. We have the same issues w/the MC's. Linc doesn't want to give in to his feelings for his best friend's kid brother. Mind you the best friend was a homophobic a&&hole. I'm saddened when someone dies, but I'm glad he wasn't around for very long. When Jacob comes out to his family, Wyatt tells Linc to stay away from him. He doesn't do it in a that's my kid brother type of way & I don't think ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow at AAR.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75ish Stars

I enjoyed the dynamic between our MCs and the smoke jumping was an interesting setting, but I never got quite on board with Lincs hesitancies. Tbh the late-best-friend seemed like a jerk so all the drama that stemmed from that was a little annoying. Id still recommend if you like Annabeths other work though. It was enjoyable and the steam was awesome.
Annabeth Albert's "Frozen Hearts" was a great series (my average rating was 4.5 for the three books) so I am looking forward to diving into Albert's new Hotshots series, which centers around wildfire fighters in Central Oregon.

Veteran smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is still mourning the death of his best friend and fellow smoke jumper Wyatt Hartman, so when Wyatt's younger brother Jacob shows up among the new recruits, Linc has a million reasons why Jacob shouldn't pursue his dream of becoming a
Samantha Ortega
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Annabeth Albert's novels. I love all of her series and I couldn't wait to see what she was going to offer us in this new universe. My favorite series of the author remains Out of Uniform so I was super happy to find virile men in uniform even if they are firefighters and not soldiers.

I really liked this first volume. I loved the characters and quickly got into the story. I got so attached to Linc. I found this character super interesting in his relationship with others. I liked that the
Stef (Noveltea Corner)
Burn Zone is the first book in Annabeth Albert's new Hotshots series of books about m/m romances set against the backdrop of Oregon's fire fighting crews. Burn Zone features  a slow-burn, age-gap romance and was  really great read.

Lincoln Reid is surprised to see Jacob Hartman, his best friend's younger brother, amongst the new recruits for the season. Before his friend's death, Reid promised that he would stay away from his best friend's brother despite their chemistry and mutual attraction to
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm excited about this new series. I love books with hotshots and fire crews, there's that extra element of uncertainty and bravery with their jobs.

Linc reluctantly promised his best friend he wouldn't go for his little brother. But that was years ago and a lot has changed, plus it was a promise he should have never made. Jacob has wanted Linc for years, and once he finally gives in just a bit, it turns into real feelings and more than just a crush.

These two have a few things working against
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first read from this author and it definitely wont be my last.

Linc & Jacobs Story was fantastic. Older brothers best friend. It was a well thought out MM read. Smoke Jumpers who have grown up together and fought their feelings- eventually they give in. I have to say I kind of hated Jacobs family. Homophobic assholes who didnt deserve the awesome son they had.

I received an arc of this book.
Sue~Always Reading~
2.5 stars

I struggled with this from the beginning. I did not like Wyatt telling Linc to stay away from his brother and Wyatts homophobia put a damper on the story for me.

I really like Jacob. He stayed true to himself and went for what he wanted. Linc was harder to like. I think this series is promising and the next book may be more my thing.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.75

Burn Zone is Albert's first book in a new series about smoke jumpers. It's told in her typical dual POV format between the two main characters, Linc and Jacob. Linc is the gruff best friend of the older brother and Jacob is the young, enthusiastic, and flirty one. They've been fighting chemistry for years now, but after the death of Wyatt (Linc's friend, Jacob's brother), who has expressed on many occasions his desire for Linc to stay away from his brother, the two are
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Some stories need an adrenaline shot. Or some stimulant. A sugar rush to imbue some life into the pages. No matter if it wears off fast and leaves you tired. At least it would be a hill in the road after a looooong straight journey. An event that wakes you up and makes you focus again in the road. For a reader, a journey without any
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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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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